When it came to the Menorah in the Holy Temple, the commandment was to light it anew
every day; and to light it, as Rashi says, “until the flame could rise up on its own.”
So too, each and every day, the first thing a Jew does in the morning is recite: “I offer thanks
before You… for mercifully restoring my soul, I have great faith in You.” This underscores the
fact that we are not thanking someone – a god, or an angel – who is distant, in some far off
heaven… Rather, “I offer thanks before You” – G-d is right here beside each of us.
This is the primary tenet of educating Jewish children: His teaching must begin with the
realization that he always stands before G-d, and is always in relationship with Him.
Subsequently, in all areas of his life, he has ‘great faith’ – a constant faith, which grows
steadily stronger, higher and higher, until ‘it rises on its own,’ like the light of the Menorah.
The boy or girl will no longer need to ask their teachers for proofs and explanations in
matters of faith – the faith will become his own ‘flame,’ part of his own soul, rising on its
own and lifting him above all the challenges of life.