As a parent I find midwinter vacation upsetting. Yes, family time is a good thing, but there is a time and a place for everything. Of course, midwinter vacation has been around for a long time so nobody is being blamed for anything, but let’s take a step back for a minute and think about it.
· For many parents, midwinter vacation presents a scheduling problem. Who is going to be home for the kids all day? It’s not so easy for everyone to take off from work or to hire babysitters.
· The kids all want to go somewhere. When they get back to school, they listen to what the other kids did, and they don’t want to feel left out. All of that costs money and not everyone has it in their budget.
· Most importantly, why is it OK to shut down the Torah learning of pure children for one or two or more days? Doesn’t that go against so much of what we are taught?
· Finally, due to Covid, perhaps it’s better to avoid crowded places altogether. I hope nobody gets sick due to midwinter vacation.
Now, I’ve heard the argument that it’s time off for the teachers, but let’s be frank. Don’t think we don’t appreciate the teachers. We do. But the reality is that most people work all year without much vacation at all. Many even work on Chol Hamoed.
Teachers get summers off. Of course, the flip side is that Rebbeim work on Sundays and many take jobs in the summer too. But be it as it may, it’s not like other people are getting off either. But most importantly, the Torah and Tefillah of thousands of children is being halted without good cause. Perhaps a better idea is for schools to take the children on a trip. The kids would still have time to learn and daven much like the first month of summer, and the parents would not be pressed for time and money.
Once again, school midwinter vacations have been around for a long time. As such, this is more about highlighting the issue than faulting anyone. Hatzlacha to everyone.
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