Having recently attended the college graduation of our middle child, I could not stop thinking what I might have said if given the opportunity to offer the commencement address. Here are five thoughts:
Parents of Jewish high school students spend an enormous amount of their time and energy wondering whether their children are being properly "prepared" for the rigors of college. However, the discussion I rarely hear is whether these students will continue to be committed to ethical work as they become more independent.
It's a hot summer day and 16 teen-agers are walking through YadVashem in Jerusalem with a handful of adults. The scene is acommonplace one until you look a little closer and listen morecarefully. Half of the group is speaking softly in Arabic amongthemselves and they come from villages with names like Julis and KfarYassif. The Arab and Druze teens in the group, as well as the Jewishones, are wearing long white T-shirts displaying the name of theGhetto Fighters' House and the word "guide" printed in large blockletters across the back.