Written by: Third Grade Teacher Morah Michal Hoch
What make a person respectable?
Back in biblical times there was hardly anyone with a lower status than an indentured servant - someone who had to work without pay as a virtual slave to pay off his debts. Yet in this week’s parsha, the Torah teaches us that the wealthy person who had indentured servants was required to treat those servants just as well as he treated himself. He had to give them the same high-quality food, drink, accommodations etc. If he ate fancy food - they ate fancy food! This is a lesson for all times that every human being, regardless of his position or 'status,' deserves respect. No one should be looked down upon.
As we go back to school, we must remember that good grades and achievements are important but respecting our peers and teachers is the most important.