“I remember that moment. He approached the situation with humor and care. From then on I had such respect for him as my principal.”
Story by: Anonymous
That moment, all those years back, left a very profound impact on me.
One day, when I was in third grade, I received detention, which I decided not to attend. So I attempted to escape yeshiva and skip detention. I told a friend of mine with whom I used to walk home everyday, that I was going to be walking home on time. 4 o’clock came and I told him “Let’s just start trying to head out, hopefully I won’t get caught”. We started running towards the exit of the yeshiva. As we were running we noticed that the principal Rabbi Rapaport was chasing after us, so we started running even faster and decided to head down to the lowest level of the building and try to run through the gym to get out through the back door. But as we neared the gym we noticed that the gym was locked, so we just continued running to the end of the corridor. To the right of that was a bathroom, so we ran in and stood in the washing room just catching our breath. I remember at that point that my mind was racing with a million emotions and thoughts, scared of what may happen. We heard Rabbi Rapoport running down the corridor. When he saw us he said “Why are we running?” (Including himself)
I remember that moment. He approached the situation with humor and care. From then on I had such respect for him as my principal. I see how much more was accomplished through approaching a potentially difficult scenario with a bit more care and a little more sensitivity. It had a much stronger, lasting effect. Till today whenever I see him, it brings back very fond memories, and I always stop to say hello whenever we meet. That moment, all those years back, left a very profound impact on me. How much more can be accomplished if we just approach a situation with a little more sensitivity and care.
Thank you Rabbi Rapaport!
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