Learning Through Teaching

By teaching our children about the Exodus, we gain a greater appreciation and more profound understanding of it ourselves.

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To the commandment that one should tell the story "in the ears of your son…that you may know that I am the Lord," Rabbi Zvi Hirsch adds that it would seem more logical if the order were reversed: first one should know, and thereafter tell his or her child. But the reason for the Torah's order is that sometimes, by teaching one's children the Torah's story and ways, one attains a more profound understanding her or himself. Indeed, Rabbi Hirsch adds, parents often gain much knowledge because of the commandment, "you may tell in the ears of your son."

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Aliza Kline

Aliza Kline is the Executive Director of Mayyim Hayyim, a community mikveh in the Boston area.