By The Misaskim Board
אל תחטאו בילד
There is a story going around about using a levayah for a color war break out in Camp ________ this week. We wonder whose bright idea this was.
All of us involved when tragedy strikes our community are always looking for help on how to deal with the traumatic effect a levayah has on children and who could talk to the children before during and after. Who in the camp will accept responsibility for a child walking around, unbeknownst to anyone, traumatized by what took place, even though it ended in a joke?
What about when a child grows up and will have to attend a levayah and will be sitting next to someone and will say to the person, “Remember in camp when the niftar popped-out of the box”?
Is this what we want to teach our children? That a levayah is a joke? Or rather that when we go to a levayah, we stand with respect as this niftar is now in front of the Kisei Hakavod?
Let it be known that Misaskim didn’t give a truck for this. The camp used a made-up letterhead using Misaskim’s name (instead of which ever organization played along with this stunt). It was used without asking Misaskim permission.
If you believe that the kids didn’t know beforehand that this was a color war breakout, just ask the Misaskim staff. The day the signs went up, our phones rang off the hook, with the kids from camp asking if this was a breakout. After the first few calls, the office figured it out and told every kid that it was. So much so that a phone call was placed to the camp to have the kids stop calling the office.
Misaskim has received many complaints about this when word got out about “how low an organization can get.”
Let it be known that we don’t make mock levayos. We take it very serious and we had nothing to do with it. Any further comments should be directed to the camp.