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Section:  Avodah   Category: Chanoch L'Naar
Your Little Menora's Dim Light
Regarding the Bnei Yisroel’s lighting of the Menora in the Mishkan, the Medrash Tanchuma relates a Mashal.  A King tells his old friend that he wishes to visit his home.  The King asks his friend to go prepare for him.  The friend goes and prepares a simple bed, lamp, and table.  When the big day arrives the host sees the King’s entourage approaching, surrounded by gold lamps.  Embarrassed with his meager preparations, the host quickly hides all the things he prepared.  When the King arrives to the empty house he says to his friend, “Did I not ask you to prepare for me?”  The friend explains to the King that when he saw the King coming he realized that his simple preparations were an insult to the King’s honor.  The King then said that in the honor of his good friend he will dispose of all his fancy items and only dine on the simple utensils of his friend.  This says the Medrash is the moral of the Menora in the Mishkan.  Hashem is the greatest source of light.  Yet when we build Him a home, He asks us to provide Him with a Menora to provide light.

Many times it is easier for us to do things ourselves rather than let our children do it and the results will be far better.  But it’s not always about the efficiency.  Chinuch has a price and we should gladly pay it.  We pay dearly with patience when our child makes a “mess” and we ask them to “clean up” which often causes an even bigger mess. Most often it would be far easier to repair our children’s errors by ourselves.  Do we scold the child and tell them to get lost so that we can fix up their mess?  Or do we have the patience to watch the child make “amends” and complement them while we quietly rectify the still broken situation as they bask in the glory of their own “great heroics”?  Isn't seeing your child's face glowing with pride after they "mop up" the still sticky floor, absolutely priceless for both their development and your nachas?

The choice is yours.  Do you prefer the instant gratification of shining your own high powered lights or are you willing to strain your eyes in your children’s dim light in order to raise adults who will truly light up the world?
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