Rabbi Yaacov Haber, who resides in Eretz Yisroel has a great piece in which he gives us some insights into children who might walk away from their heritage:
Over the years I have worked with hundreds of these young men and women. It has been my experience that many of them are the sweetest, gentlest, most sensitive, and sometimes the brightest children around. Because of their non-aggressive nature they don’t easily say no. They don’t aggressively argue their point and sometimes don’t have the koach to stick to their guns and resist peer pressure.
He also points out that Yeshoshua had some of the same qualities:
Yet it was the very greatness of Yehoshua that frightened Moshe. He knew Yehoshua was a listener. He knew he was open to everyone’s ideas. He knew that he wasn’t a Baal Machlokes. Yeshoshua was a student at risk. So Moshe prayed, “May G-d save you from the plot of the spies.”
The message is Earth shattering: When you see a problem in a child, a grandchild or a friend’s child – it is quite possible that beside for having a problem on your hand – you may have a godol on your hand.
You might be dealing with the next Yehoshua Bin Nun!
Please read the whole thing.
Thanks to Steve Brizel for the link. And here’s a link to a beautiful article, that Steve’s daughter Adina had published in the Jewish Week recently.