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Yoseph Janowski
By the Grace of G-d

Harvard — where moral clarity vanished

It started before Harvard’s past president (who just resigned) was born. It’s a tale of what’s wrong with education in America. And it’s a wake-up call to fix it.

Plagiarism, and calls for genocide, have a common denominator — both are wrong. So how did a president of a prestigious university not know this?

The answer takes us back sixty years, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against school prayer. Before that decision, children mentioned G-d daily in public school. The Supreme Court ruling meant, that many children would not think about G-d. It meant that the only incentive to be honest and not steal or hurt others, was the policeman. But what if one felt that they could outsmart the police, by hiding from them? And even if they get caught, they can get away with it by hiring a good lawyer etc.

In other words, by removing G-d from the classroom, America removed effective moral guidance, and children grew up without a strong incentive to be good.

And as more people developed and disseminated their own ideas and ideologies, sometimes even endorsing the worse atrocities for the sake of various causes, others (lacking moral guidance based on an awareness of G-d) fell into it, losing their own individuality in the pressures of “going with the flow.”

And a future president of Harvard grew up without strong moral convictions against stealing (plagiarizing) and murder (calls for genocide).

The Lubavitcher Rebbe often spoke about instituting a daily moment of silence in public schools, so that parents could tell their children what to think about during the silent moment, beginning with that there is One above Who conducts the life of the child, the child’s family, and friends. Once the moment of silence is instituted, it can be profusely publicized (in newspapers and the like) that parents can tell their children what to think about. This would save society from worrying about how to ensure, that children grow up to be peaceful, proper, and law-abiding.

About fourteen states have mandated this silent moment, but many states have not. And (even in those fourteen states) it seems that the second step which the Rebbe recommended (publicizing to parents) has generally not been done. America is lacking strong moral guidance. The Rebbe advised how to correct this. Perhaps the Harvard saga will encourage people to fix things.

And very soon “the world will be filled with an awareness of G-d, just as the waters cover the sea.” (Isaiah 11; 9)

About the Author
The author lives in Toronto, Canada. He has written for ExodusMagazine.org.