At last night’s town council meeting, the Jackson town council proclaimed April 16th (corresponding to 11 Nissan) as Education and Sharing Day.
Rabbi Shmuel Naparstek of Chabad of Jackson accepted the proclamation that honored the Lubavitcher Rebbe ZT”L’s contribution to education.
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History of Education and sharing day
In 1978, the U.S. Congress asked President Carter to designate the Rebbe’s birthday as the national Education and Sharing Day to recognize and pay tribute to his efforts for a better education for all American citizens.
The Rebbe was an advocate for children and spoke about the need for each child to be given an education that would offer them the opportunities to succeed. He spoke about the need for education to focus not only on academic achievements but also on character building. The Rebbe’s followers established a network of several thousand Jewish schools and educational centers in the United states and across the globe.
The Rebbe often argued that the most important part of a child’s education is instilling in him or her “[awareness of] a Supreme Being and a Law higher than man’s” or “fear or love of a force greater than man”.
Since then, each year on that day, the President issues a proclamation which calls on American citizens to follow the example set by The Rebbe and focus on education and betterment of society.