As a rebbi, I took the opportunity to discuss with my class the Kennedy assassination. I was amazed by how much I was able to teach my students and how they drank it all up, wanting to hear more and more.
I shared the hashkafic aspects of the story, in addition to the myriad historic details of what happened, such as the Grassy Knoll, Lee Harvey Oswald, the conspiracies, and what this country felt like when we learned the news of Kennedy’s death.
I saw it as a unique opportunity to reflect on history from a Torah perspective, no different than some rebbi may do in 40 years when discussing the 9/11 tragedy.
What do parents out there feel? Would you want your son’s rebbi to address these sorts of matters, or would you prefer if rabbeim like myself simply stick to teaching our curriculum rather than branching out to discuss current events during our morning hours?