Growing Up



Off they go – gone but not gone, full-fledged adults but still fledglings learning to fly. College means learning, exploring, experimenting, risking and becoming as never before. We bless this journey of transformation – for openness to learning and intellectual rigor, for wisdom in self-discovery and sound choices, for creativity and fun, for healthy relationships, for all of life’s bounties. Nothing could be more Jewish.


Prayer for Parents to Offer

יְהִי רָצוֹן מִלּפָנֶיךָ, יהוה אֱלֹהֵינוּ וֶאֱלֹהַי אֲבוֹתֵינוּ (וְאִמּוֹתֵינוּ), שֶׁתִּשְׁמֹר אֶת כׇּל תַּלְמִידֵי עַם יִשְׂרָאֵל שֶׁיֵּלְכוּ לְאוּנִיבֶרְסִיטָאוֹת וּלְבָתֵּי לִמּוּד, לִישִׁיבוֹת וּלבָתֵּי סֵפֶר, בְּכֹל אַרְבַּע כַּנְפוֹת הָאָרֶץ, שֶׁבַע וְעֶשְׂרִים וּמֵאָה מְדִינָה. הָאֵר אֶת לְבָבָם בְּתוֹרָתֶךָ, וּפְתַח אֶת נִשְׁמוֹתֵיהֶם בְּחַסְדֵּךְ. May it be Your will, YHVH (haShem) our God and God of our ancestors, that You guard all the people Israel’s students who shall go to universities and houses of study, to yeshivas and to schools in all four corners of the earth, a hundred and twenty-seven lands. Enlighten their hearts with Your Torah, and open their souls with Your lovingkindness.
אָנָּא, שׁוֹמֵר יִשְׂרָאֵל, שְׁמֹר אֹתָם בַּדֶּרֶךְ, וּרְעֵה אֹתָם כְּשֶׁהֵם יָגוּרוּ שָׁם, וְהָשֵׁב אֹתָם הַבַּיְתָה, כָּךְ שֶׁהֵם יְקַיְּמוּ מִצְוַּת כִּבּוּד אָב וָאֵם, כְּמוֹ שֶׁכָּתוּב בְּתוֹרָתֶךָ: ”כַּבֵּ֤ד אֶת־אָבִ֙יךָ֙ וְאֶת־אִמֶּ֔ךָ,“ וְגָּם בְּדִּבְרֵי מַלְאָכְךָ הַנָּבִיא: ”וְהֵשִׁ֤יב לֵב־אָבוֹת֙ עַל־בָּנִ֔ים וְלֵ֥ב בָּנִ֖ים עַל־אֲבוֹתָ֑ם,“ וְנֹאמַר: אָמֵן. O Guardian of Israel, guard them on the way, and shepherd them while they reside there, and return them home, so that they fulfill the mitzvah of honoring their parents, as it is written in Your Torah, “Honor your father and your mother,”[1] and also in the words of Your messenger the prophet: “And He will turn the hearts of the fathers upon the children, and the hearts of the children upon the fathers,”[2] And we say: amen.


Proverbs 9:11

“For through wisdom your days will increase, and years will be added to your life.”