When Age Doesn't Matter: Students Teach Their Elders


OTTOWA, CANADA

December 2, 2003

The Lubavitcher Rebbe, of righteous memory often said that “If you know the first letter of the alphabet (the aleph) teach it to someone that doesn’t. Every Jew has something valuable to impart.”

That lesson resonated recently with a group of 22 young girls from the Bais Chaya Mushka Seminary of Montreal and some 30 women in the Chabad Project Talmud class in Ottawa.

At a Lunch-and-Learn session in the Jewish Community Centre of Ottawa, the seminary students and the class participants studied together in a “chavrusa” one-on-one style of learning that blurred the lines between teacher and student and left everyone eager for more.

Brenda Mussman, one of the Ottawa participants, said, “I enjoyed this type of learning immensely and found the girls knowledgeable and so willing to share. They are so enthusiastic, their energy is contagious. I feel privileged to have participated.”

This project was sponsored by the Jewish Youth Library of Ottawa, Bais Chaya Mushka Seminary of Montreal, and the Soloway Jewish Community Centre of Ottawa and was under the direction of Mrs. Devorah Caytak.

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