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Section:  Avodah   Category: Chanoch L'Naar
Standing Without A Shtender

The Mishna in Pirkei Avos 1:1 says "Ha'amidu Talmidim Harbeh", you should have many Talmidim. The Tosfos Yom Tov says that the word Ha'amidu means to "help stand up". He says that it is not enough to have Talmidim. The objective is to bring them to the point where they can stand on their own two feet, "Bal Yamotu" and not collapse. Our job is not to create dependent and obedient children. Our job is to develop independent and capable adults. We need to give them the tools to run their own lives and the confidence to do so.

I heard this from my dear Rebbi who commented, that while his Yeshiva is not growing as much as they anticipated, this is giving him the ability to do just what the Tosfos Yom Tov was talking about. He is not spreading his Torah to thousands. He is making a few good men, which is what it is all about. He added that he saw a very nice vort along these lines from Rav Kariinstein zt"l of Heichal HaTorah. In the parts of Tefilla that you must stand, the halacha is that if you are leaning against something which if it was taken away you would fall, it is not called standing.

Our goal is to ween our children from being dependent on us. They should be independent enough that if we, their support system, were pulled out from underneath them, they would continue to stand and not fall. We need to teach them how to approach situations and not try to give them step by step guidance to every possible problem. We should aspire to build a nation that "Nitavim HaYom Kulchem Lifnei Hashem", each person, fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, young and old, all stand independently before Hashem. Each one with their own talents, their own unique Avodas Hashem.

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