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Brachot Upon Our Teachers

An open letter to our dearly beloved and highly respected mechanchim, mechanchot and educators:

Each year we make an effort to explicitly express our hakarat hatov to our teachers. Even more so than other years, it may appear that in this pandemic year, words may seem particularly inadequate. However, as Shlomo Hamelech tells us in Mishlei (18:21), “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” In Judaism, we value tremendously the power of words. So, we will share some words of chizuk and praise.

Teaching is the noblest of professions and you are vital as part of the shalshelet hakabalah, going back to Har Sinai, whether you teach limudei kodesh or limudei chol. By providing warmth, safety and foundational skills, early childhood through eighth grade teachers provide the interlocking pieces that support the development of the next generation of the Jewish people.

Teachers, you are partners with parents and you humbly accept the yoke of this partnership in children’s development. You are exceedingly careful with your words that you bestow upon your students and the words you choose to describe your students when you speak about them. You model and influence them to choose their words with kindness.

On a daily basis, you choose the words to individualize instruction for each child in our intentionally personalized classes to provide the space for each and every child to shine and share his or her strengths. From brilliant mathematicians to sublime artists, from solemn to seriously humorous, and every mix of traits, strengths and challenges that children have, you speak to the neshamot of each and every child, giving them the emotional and physical planting to grow.

From the very beginning of this year, together, we built a year on the bedrocks of chesed, ahava, and of course, our metacognitive framework. Every choice and decision was infused with that love, kindness and best practices.

Therefore, please accept these words of strengthening and bracha from a humbled and hidden school administration to our heroic, frontline teachers. In the zechut of your selfless devotion, may this alphabet of appreciation brachot be showered upon you and your families for many years to come.

May Hashem bless you with:

Accolades

Adroitness

Alacrity

Affection

Affability

Affirmation

Balm

Benevolence

Bonhomie

Bounty

Bravery

Buoyancy

Calm

Clarity

Camaraderie

Cheerfulness

Common sense

Courage

Daring

Decisiveness

Devotion

Dignity

Diligence

Dreams

Elan

Eloquence

Empathy

Enchantment

Equilibrium

Erudition

Faith

Fellowship

Finesse

Flexibility

Forgiveness

Fortitude

Gentleness

Greatness

Grit

Growth

Gumption

Gusto

Health

Heart

Hilarity

Holiness

Hope

Humility

Ideas

Ideals

Illumination

Imagination

Individuality

Indomitability

Je ne se quoi

Jeu d’esprit

Joie de vivre

Joyousness

Judiciousness

Justice

Keepsakes (especially those from students and parents)

Keenness (for learning and emotional safety)

Kindness

Kinship

Kisses

Knowledge

Leadership

Learning

Liberty

Life

Love

Luminescence

Magnificence

Majesty

Merriment

Mindfulness

Miracles

Munificence

Narratives (write your own and your students’ that reflect everyone’s highest potentials!)

Nature

Normalcy

Nourishment

Nobility

Novelty

Observance

Openness

Opportunity

Optimism

Order

Originality

Peace

Perspicacity

Piquancy

Positivity

Purpose

Pizazz

Quality

Questedness

Quickness

Quietude

Quintessence

Quadrillions (of whatever
is most meaningful to you!)

Radiance

Respect

Refinement

Rejuvenescence

Relief

Rhythm

Salience

Serenity

Significance

Simplicity

Staunchness

Synergy

Time

Tolerance

Tradition

Transcendence

Transformation

Trust

Unflappability

Uniqueness

Unity

Uplift

Understanding

Utility

Values

Verity

Versatility

Vibrancy

Vision

Vulnerability

Warmth

Wholeheartedness

Willpower

Wisdom

Worthiness

Wonder

Xanadu

Xenium

Xenodochy

Yes

Yearning

Youthfulness (of enthusiasm and ideals)

Zeal

Zest

Zing

Zoom (dare we offer?)

Zephyr (blowing at our backs, always)

Zion (as we yearn for Mashiach)

Love,

Your caring school administration


Mrs. Chana Luchins is principal of general studies at Rabbi Pesach Raymon Yeshiva in Edison, New Jersey. She is entering her thirteenth year of service at RPRY and is the proud parent of four RPRY graduates and one current RPRY student. Mrs. Luchins holds an MS in special education from Touro Graduate School of Education and Psychology and supervisory certification through Rutgers University Graduate School of Education and Psychology. Mrs. Luchins completed both Hidden Sparks and YouLead Leadership training programs, and has extensive pedagogical expertise.

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