The Education Imperative



What we need now in this nation, more than atomic power, or airpower, or financial, industrial, or even manpower, is brainpower.
The dinosaur was bigger and stronger than anyone else — but he was also dumber.
And look what happened to him...

John F. Kennedy

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Rabbi Yosai ben Kisma said: Once I was walking on the road, when a certain man met me.  He greeted me, "Shalom," and I returned his greeting, "Shalom."
He said to me, "Rabbi, from what place are you?"  I said to him, "I am from a great city of scholars and sages."
He said to me, "Rabbi, if you would be willing to live with us in our place, I would give you a million golden dinars, precious stones and pearls."  I replied, "Even if you were to give me all the silver and gold, precious stones and pearls in the world, I would dwell nowhere but in a place of Torah."
And so it is written in the Book of Psalms by David, King of Israel, "The Torah of Your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces."
Furthermore, at the time of a man's passing from this world, neither silver nor gold nor precious stones nor pearls accompany him, but only Torah learning and good deeds...

Mishna; Avot 6:9