Much if not all of success stories are attributable to a lucky break. This is true in business, but if you are in chinuch, this is so very true. Many of the newly ordained rabbeim who will be teaching our children next year in classrooms all over the country are first finidng out the good news in August. Many of them will not find out for another week or two.
Why are so many rabbeim jobs given out so late in the summer?
The are a number of reasons given for the delay. Most people think that principals, who are for the most part way overworked during the school year, stagger into the end of June barely catching their breath. They take their well deserved three-week breather, and then first get around to looking ahead to the coming school year.
However, I would just as well attribute it to mazel. Most successful businesses got things off to a roll while catching a lucky break. Either it was a well paying customer who appeared from nowhere, or it was a great deal that came just when it was least expected. These are the siyata diShmayas referred to in the Gemara (Megillah 5b) which are said with regards to business.
The same applies to chinuch jobs as well. Now, when the many prospective candidates for the very few jobs have all but given up hope for having a job in the coming year is when the siyata diShmaya appears. When they have all resigned themselves to another year of sticking it out in kollel which they can’t stand comes the salvation in the form of a “respectable” job (i.e., chinuch).
A word of caution: To all those who recently found out their good luck – Don’t think this is a way of life. From now on, you will have to prove yourself to deserve what you have. The siyata diShmaya was there to get you started. Now its up to you to do a great job that will serve you well in the future.