by Reb Gutman Locks @ Mystical Paths
Israeli kids can drive their teachers nuts! Here is a good example.
A nonreligious teacher brought his class to the Kotel. He did not bring them because he wanted to, or because he thought that it was a good idea, but of all things, a couple of years ago, the Israeli equivalent to the Board of Education decided that all of the Israeli school children have to come to the Kotel twice a year. Obviously, they think that there is some kind of educational value to this “historical” site.
Back to this wild kid pictured above; the class was leaving their obligatory visit, and the teacher was calling out, “Okay, let’s go, let’s go.” I called out to this boy to come put on tefillin. The boy looked at his teacher, and the teacher yelled, “No way! We have to go. Why would you want to do a thing like that?”
So obviously, being an Israeli, albeit a recent immigrant from Russia, (they learn quickly) the boy nodded okay to me, came over and let me help him put on tefillin. You see that look in his eye? Not only was he happy to be doing a mitzvah, but he was extremely happy to be doing something proper while his frustrated teacher had to wait. In fact, to the teacher’s great dismay, we got a bunch of his students to put them on.