Addressing the Problem at the Root

Rebbetzin Finkelstein, I have been privileged to read “Mendel the Mouse” to my children and grandchildren, as well as to very many students over the years. Mendel is precious. In the sweetest way ever, he teaches the very basic ways of Torah living. I think that every child gained middos and Yahadus, as well as enjoying his gentle and kind mussar.

You address the issue of trespassing (“Don’t Trespass on Someone Else’s Mousehole … er… Property,” Nov. 8, page 2). As many people walk across a neighbor’s lawn, people have to keep in mind that, eventually, an unsightly path will be cut out. Asking reshus from the homeowner is basic in Torah living and common decency.

Together with that, how do we stop children and adults from dropping their candy wrappers, coffee cups, etc., on our property? Unfortunately, there are public areas of Monsey where one cringes at the mess and chillul Hashem. Perhaps every yeshivah, Bais Yaakov and shul should set the standards. Now and then, there is a “clean-up” campaign. Why don’t we address the problem at the root and have both parents and educators teach basic hilchos bein adam lachaveiro? We can start with our schools’ properties and playgrounds and go on to implement it on a more global level. This, hopefully, will teach children and adults alike what a Torah Jew’s obligations are.

Mrs. Judith Rhine, Monsey, N.Y.