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In times like this , our Rabbis teach us, especially the children to have faith in G-D

Once upon a time, long, long ago, there lived a man who saw through the confusion. All around him small minds vied for supremacy, promoting themselves at the expense of others. Success was measured by the size of the lie a person could make others believe. Everyone accepted the lies because it was the easy way - everyone except one young man. He alone refused to rest until he had uncovered the truth.
In those dark and troubled times there was another man. In that world, overpopulated by imagery, deceit and idols, he had made himself the greatest idol of all, and he ruled with an iron hand.
It was inevitable that these two would meet. While our young hero went out to teach the people and unmask the lies, the cruel tyrant did everything in his power to hinder him. Yet destiny could not be stopped. Truth, as the young man knew it must prevail over falsehood, just as light must dispel darkness.
That ancient despot was King Nimrod, the mightiest power of his day. The seeker of truth was Abraham, who taught that there is only one G-d. While no one remembers the king, the world is indebted to Abraham: Twice each day Jews recite with passion the credo by which their ancestor lived, “Shma Yisroel Hashem Elokeinu Hashem Echad - Hear O Israel, the L-rd is our G-d, the L-rd is One.”
This most famous of all Jewish prayers is first mentioned explicitly in this week's Torah portion. But these words are more than a prayer. They are the foundation of our faith and its propagation is our mission.
While the idols that seduce modern man may be more subtle than the primitive icons of ancient history - yet they are idols all the same. So from where will we find the strength to accomplish our task? From Abraham.
Concerning our forefather, G-d declared, “Because you did not hold back your son, I will bless you greatly and increase your offspring like the stars of the sky and the sand on the seashore.”
We too, like Abraham, can merit his success if only we do not hold back our children from learning the lesson of Shma Yisroel. As the prayer itself commands us, "ושננתם לבנ׳ך - You shall teach your children."

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