When Your Child Teaches You About Revelation

by Rabbi Sara Sapadin

Published in ReformJudaism.org, 6-6-2019

Breathless, my son ran over to me, his eyes aglow.

“Did you know that hagfish digest food through their skin? Or that there are more than 1,000 kinds of mangoes?”

I shook my head no.

Ecstatic with my ignorance, my son continued with his barrage of bizarre facts. As he rattled off one outlandish statement after the next, I couldn’t help but smile at his fascination with the world around him.

Children tap into this sense of awe with incredible facility. They “oooh” and “aaah” with ease, peering out onto life with eyes hungry for amazement. Their ability to be genuinely surprised is beyond admirable – it’s inspiring.

Have you ever seen a child give chase after a firefly or spot a rainbow on the horizon? It’s magical! Children embrace these experiences with unmitigated gusto, the truest sense of wonder in this world.

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Rabbi Sara Sapadin