« Aujourd’hui, le chef doit être celui qui est aussi tourné vers l’intérieur, celui qui saura cultiver sa vie intérieure profondément, qui saura se spécialiser, qui pourra acquérir une connaissance réelle et, chez les EI, une connaissance juive, qu’il dispose de quelque chose de profond en lui. Il est impensable du point de vue juif que le chef soit un parfait chef scout tout en étant, dans les autres domaines, un dilettante ou un amateur. il faut qu’il soit mûr, et alors son rayonnement aura une efficacité.» (André Neher)
The best time to organize the Madrichim Commitment Ceremony is during the first weekend of school, during the Sukot Festival. This commitment is made to young people, their parents and representatives of the community that hosts the Shevet. It is a moment of emotion that ends with a joyfull campfire with songs.
This induction ceremony can also be organized at the end of a summer camp or a training course.
A Commitment to Training to Better Serve
After their successful participation in a first summer camp, the young leaders will publicly commit themselves to TRAIN to better LIVE, LIVE and TRANSMIT the values and heritage of Judaism to their scouts.
- In front of his Shevet, the young Madrich makes the scout salute and pronounces his Commitment:
“With your help, I commit to train myself to better live, to help others live better, and to convey to others The Tsofim Yehudim Law”
- Once his Madrich Commitment is pronounced, he reads this quote from Chief Fleg, the rule of life of the Madrichim and Rovers:
“May the youthful creativity of the Eternal pervade your every moment, … Never in your religious practice, nor in relations with your family or friends, nor in the accomplishment of your duties as citizens or (wo)men, nor in your most humble work, nor in your most humble pleasure, may the cold mechanisms of habit extinguish in you the creative spark which was lit by the reflection of the divine.”
Then the Shevet Leader pins the Commitment badge on the flap of the left pocket of his/her chultsa.
This Commitment badge is his/her personal Scout Promise badge with the adding of a Golden Flame (Ohr Israel in hebrew) emanated from the Tables of the Law where He wrote the Words of the Covenant. From Scout age to Leadership.
This flame symbolizes the commitment made to shine in itself the « creative spark » of which Chief Fleg speaks, to illuminate his path by better understanding the world and the others, as well as the path of the youngest for whom we are responsible. To succeed in this beautiful educational mission, the public commitment is made to train to transmit and serve LeDor VaDor, from generation to generation.
« Va vers la lumière, éclaireur d’Israël » (chant national des EEIF)
“The spirit is there in every boy; it has to be discovered and brought to light.” (Baden-Powell)