Wednesday, September 03, 2008

First Grade Prayer

My baby asked me to write a note to her teacher. She said I could write whatever I wanted, as long as I wrote it in her notebook. Oh, and it had to be in Hebrew. Which wasn't happening. But I wrote the letter anyway, in English. And because I can't send it to the teacher, I am putting it here.

Dear Teacher,

N is my beautiful, sweet daughter. She has been blessed with love, health, friends, happiness and a love of learning. And this week, we put her education in your hands.

I hope you can give her the keys to unlock the alphabet and teach her to love reading. Unravel the mysteries of numbers for her, and teach her the value of math. I hope you build onto the foundation of Judaism which we have constructed for her.

Tell her stories about the world and pique her curiosity about her environment. Transmit to her a deeper love of Israel, of God, of Religion.

Push her, but don't knock her down. And when she falls, gently lift her back up and send her on her way. I have three children, but only one daughter, one baby. And I am entrusting her to you for this first year of formal education.

N's Daddy


Blogger concernedjewgirl said...

tear :(

September 04, 2008 12:26 PM  
Blogger mom said...

you're so good at what writing, brought a tear to my eye too.
now learn how to say that in hebrew, and you're on your way!!

September 04, 2008 7:02 PM  
Blogger Baila said...

If she's going to Masuot, good luck with that...

September 04, 2008 11:46 PM  
Blogger Just Shu said...

Why couldn't you send it to the teacher

September 06, 2008 8:37 PM  
Blogger tiajones said...


My name is Tia and I'm an editor at, the debate website. Since we both cover immigration, I thought I'd drop you a note. I would've e-mailed you but I couldn't find an address.
See, we're currently having a discussion about whether Oregon should teach in only English. Measure 58 would make it mandatory for grade school children to learn in English-speaking classes. In this debate, Oregonians for Immigration Reform is challenging Parents & Teachers Know Better. You can see it here:
Although vetted experts are the ones doing the debating, anyone can contribute by choosing a side and posting comments about the experts' arguments.
Check it out and, if you have the time, let me know what you think at

October 27, 2008 10:56 AM  
Blogger daniel john said...

I'm going to work on it...I'll see if I can come up with something... This is really fun.

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