Seasons of the Moon

For the week ending 25 January 2014 / 24 Shevat 5774

“A Great Teacher”

by Daniel Keebler
The Color of HeavenArtscroll

Rabbi Dovid Weinberger, shlita

Maggid Shiur, Registrar

“The mediocre teacher tells, the good teacher explains, and the superior teacher demonstrates.” This grading of teachers made by Willam Arthur Ward came to mind upon hearing what Rabbi Dovid ‘Weinberger did for his class of senior citizens at Jerusalem’s Ohr Somayach while studying the Torah law forbidding the consumption of animal fat known as cheilev. In all of his many years as an educator, Rabbi Weinberger never had such a group of students who insisted on being shown exactly which is the forbidden fat and which the permitted one.

What did Rabbi Weinberger do? In the presence of the students, he got on the phone to the renowned Jerusalem butcher Reb Alter Hacker, and began asking him how to answer his students’ questions. “Send one of them over to me right away,” was the answer. In less than a quarter of an hour one of the men came into the classroom clutching genuine cheilev in one hand, and the permitted shuman in the other.

Thus Rabbi Weinberger, who serves as the Ohr Somayach Student Registrar in addition to his teaching role, proved himself a superior teacher by demonstrating what he taught and a truly great teacher by inspiring his students and his colleagues with a love for learning and teaching.

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