May 2, 2024 / 24 Nissan 5784 • Parshat Achare
Issue 819
Dedicated in loving memory of Mrs. Miriam Friedman

You must not give any of your offspring to pass
through for Molech, and you must not profane
the Name of your G-d; I am G-d. 

Leviticus 18:21

Allegorically, passing our children through the fires of Molech means providing them with an education that – whether we realize it or not – will consign them to the flames of their own materialistic passions.

Some parents may mistakenly think that their primary responsibility toward their children is to provide them with an education that will enable them to earn a good living. While there is, of course, nothing wrong with earning a good living per se, parents must know that their primary responsibility is to provide their children with a spiritually and emotionally healthy upbringing and education, which will enable them to live as G-d wants them to: devoted to the values and laws of His Torah. This is the surest way to earn G-d’s material as well as spiritual blessings for a fulfilling and happy life.

When we and our children are aflame with the fire of G-d’s Torah, we need not fear that either we or they will be consumed in the fires of false hopes, dreams, addictions, or passions.

--Daily Wisdom Volume 3