Planting and Building: Punishment

“But isn’t it true that ‘He who withholds the rod hates his son’ (Proverbs 13:24), and that one must beat one’s child? … One must know that the rod of pleasantness is also a rod, but it doesn’t necessarily cause pain. If I give a child encouragement, this is also a rod. If the child does something good and I give him a piece of chocolate, this is also a rod; but it is a rod of pleasantness.”

-Rabbi Shlomo Wolbe, PLANTING AND BUILDING, pp. 34-35

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