From Rashi Head of School Adam W. Fischer
As we look forward to welcoming grandparents and special friends on Friday for Generations Day, our time honored traditions and the power of connections through the prism of Rashi’s core principles are top of mind, particularly Ruach (spirit). This spirit that infuses that connects us to one another and the universe infuses all of our actions with awareness of our relationships and responsibility for ourselves and others as well as the larger global community. This aspect of our school is critical and guides our efforts as we support Israel in the face of the terrorist attacks and the ensuing war.
The many connections that our students build and grow every day provide them with a source of resilience, a reminder of our shared history, and the promise of a vibrant future. In considering this future focus, I find myself examining the cyclical nature of how our spirit, both individually and collectively, is tied so deeply to these meaningful generational connections.
Generations Day is a special occasion that not only fosters a sense of deep connection with our timeless Jewish values, it reinforces the importance of family and tradition. The collective strength of these bonds is a testament to the enduring spirit of community and a living example of the idea that we are all responsible for one another and that educating our children is a sacred responsibility because they are our bright future.
The essence of L’dor V’dor (from generation to generation), the phrase from which our beloved event draws its name, is that a child’s family plays a role in shaping who they are and who they will become. Our intergenerational connections empower our students to learn and to appreciate their heritage, creating a stronger, more united school community, and a clearer, more durable path forward through life’s many challenges.
Our students are profoundly inspired by the wisdom, values, and experiences shared by their grandparents and special friends. One of my favorite parts of the day is witnessing the love and admiration they all share. The combination of timeless and timely, of history and the future, of love and respect make the lessons imparted during Generations Day extend well beyond the classroom.
These times together leave a lasting imprint on the hearts and minds of everyone involved. And it’s hard to imagine when this could be more welcome. With the guidance of these important role models and committed supporters and fans, our students carry forward the rich tapestry of our heritage with pride and understanding: From Generation to Generation.