Enrollment into yeshivei ketana/day schools started after sukkos, before a lot of children settled in to their respective kindergartens. Next came the push to be accepted, along with all the “pull” it takes to get in. By the time Jan 1 comes along the schools don’t accept anyone anymore, unless “people back out”. The whole time until your child is accepted you’re left wondering what is going to happen to my child, where is he going to go next year.
We are dealing with a child’s neshama here.
Just this past year I thought of a vort that is worth sharing (especially here).
Reuvain tells Yaakov in Parshas Mekeitz “If I don’t return Binyamin you can take my two sons” to which Yaakov states “My son is an idiot, aren’t his sons mine too?” The Ramaban explains that Reuvain was saying this b’derech Keifel (double, twice the amount that was stolen). This is very perplexing, since if someone kidnaps someone else they should get death not pay double? The answer I came up with is very disturbing, Reuvain considered his sons (and by extension children in general) his possessions, and therefore I take away one of your possessions you take away two of mine. This is seen later on in the Midbar when Shevet Reuvain wanted to live B’Eveir HaNahar. They came up to Moshe Rabbeinu and stated their cattle first and then their children, to which Moshe answers “no” whereby this time they switch their request and put their children first.
This being said, if we put our children, and in general our community’s children, first and foremost (instead of running schools like a business that is meant to make money), we would stop making Reuvain’s mistake and produce respectable Yidden and not just numbers.
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