Chabad Hebrew School builds 'Twin Towers of Light'

| 15 Feb 2012 | 09:17

Chester — Students at Chabad Hebrew School demonstrated a powerful lesson at a special assembly held at Chabad in commemoration of the tragic events of Sept. 11. Rabbi Pesach Burston, Chabad’s director, welcomed all of the students and their families to the first day of Hebrew School and explained that the students will be doing a special project in response to Sept. 11th. “The Torah teaches that a little bit of light dispels a lot of darkness,” Burston began. “The terrorists darkened the world that day - and the best response is for us to add light back into the world.” Burston explained that a good deed adds light to the world and has a ripple effect - and can brightening the entire world. Students received “mitzvah pledge cards” and chose which mitzvah or good deed they would like to do to in memory of the victims of terror. Students chose to be kind to new classmates in school, give charity, act respectfully toward parents, light a Shabbat candle, help an elderly person, among others. Chana Burston, principal of Chabad Hebrew School, presented a large board with the outline of the twin towers. Each student then had the opportunity to place their mitzvah onto the towers. “ We are building Twin Towers of Light,” the principal explained. “These young students think of 9/11 in regard to the fear and terror with which it is spoken about…and perhaps images they have seen on the media. We want them to feel empowered that they can make a difference in this world by adding their special light to the darkness of this day.” Chabad Hebrew School offers a choice of Sunday morning sessions or Monday afternoon sessions at the Chabad Center in Chester. The school is geared for Jewish children of all affiliations and backgrounds. For more info on Chabad programs for all ages, call 782-2770 or log onto