This week’s edition of Yated Ne’eman features two letters recently written by Rav Yisroel Reisman, the manhig ruchani of Camp Agudah.
In his first letter, Rav Reisman writes about his concern for the campers’ emotional health coming from months of cooped-up quarantine. His second letter was written after spending three weeks in camp. In both letters, Rav Reisman makes note of the forgotten victims of the pandemic: the children.
“The 7th, 8th and 9th grade talmidim who we will meet are all coming off an extended period of upheaval,” writes Rav Reisman. “…All young boys are hurting. They are not feeling secure… These months have been more challenging for them than they were for us… We need to be gentle… They need emotional healing.”
Rav Reisman goes on to state that the academics of the campers this summer is far less important than their emotional health – their developing a love of Yiddishkeit.