Shuvu Stories: Mrs. Devorah Sofer, Principal Emeritus Shuvu Rishon Letzion

[COMMUNICATED] “We educate “Chinuch Shel Pa’am”, old-fashioned Chinuch. Our students are taught to stand up when a teacher or visitor enters the class, which sadly no longer exists in Israel. We teach out of love, Teshuva M’Ahava, and eventually the children want to adopt our lifestyles. I remember a 3rd grade student of mine, Tanya, who once came to school on Sunday completely sunburned. She had clearly gone to the beach on Shabbos. I didn’t rebuke her for going to the beach on Shabbos, but rather told her, “Tanya! You must remember to put on sunscreen!”

“Speaking about going to the beach, I had another student, Paula, whose parents wanted to go to the beach on Shabbos. Paula had already decided to be Shomer Shabbos and would not go, but knew she needed a good excuse for her parents. She made up that she had a math test on Sunday, which her parents naturally understood. 

“Nonetheless I saw on Sunday that Paula was disturbed. I asked her why, and she told me she was upset that she had lied to her mother. While she was home on Shabbos the phone rang but Paula didn’t answer. When her mother came home she asked if anyone had called, and Paula lied and told her someone did, but that she was in the bathroom and didn’t get to the phone on time.” Paula today lives in America, is married to a Chareidi dentist, and their son learns in Cheider!”

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