By Rabbi Yehoshua S. Hecht, Member Presidium Rabbinical Alliance of America
The Rabbinical Alliance of America a National Rabbinic association with more than 950 members serving congregations and communities throughout the USA urges the City of New York in particular, to enact a daily Moment of Silence in all its Public Schools – from pre-K through High School –so as to assure that all students have an awareness of a Creator – an eye that sees and an ear that hears – reminding all to live by a code of moral and civil conduct.
The alarming uptick of violent attacks against innocent citizens throughout the City of New York calls for immediate remedial action by those in positions of authority and responsible for public safety.
For too long and with disastrous results our public schools have failed our children in the education of ethical and moral behavior that is so vitally needed to curb the out-of-control violence and mass shootings and other outrages all too often perpetrated by misguided youth.
The implementation of a Moment of Silence at our schools will serve well all segments of the population regardless of faith or creed – to have students reflect on the universal commitment to conduct themselves accordingly.
Its time for all our elected officials beginning with Mayor Bill DeBlasio to support the implementation of a Moment of Silence within the NYC public school system and thus help secure the safety and welfare of our children and adults.
Rabbi Yehoshua S. Hecht; presidium member of the RAA noted that a Moment of Silence in the schools will assist to diminish the violence and hatred so widespread today and will enhance the peace and well-being of all.
We pray that He who makes peace in His heavenly abode will make peace upon us, Amen.