Recently I posed the “Big Question” to Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz. The question should not be surprising to any of you, “What is the purpose of childhood ?”
Even some human emotions stem from our most child-like parts: being in love is the ability to see the “other” as someone novel whom you can have dreams about.
The child’s inner and outer ability to grow is the real source of our life.
I spend my summers traveling to see the great work being done by scores of non-profit Jewish overnight summer camps. Camp is a uniquely child-centered environment. It is a wonderful place just because everyone, adults included, is open to the experience of wonder. In childhood, fun and learning need not be distinct activities. Camp is not just a location; it is also an invitation. It is a call to all of us to reconnect with our inner child.
As seen on the Global Day of Jewish Learning