This will enable our children, in this age of distraction inundated with Tik Tok, Instagram, Snapchat, and so many more intrusions, to take a moment at the beginning of the day to focus inward and anchor themselves in the moral and spiritual values that will be suggested to them by their parents, so that they can thrive not just intellectually, but also spiritually and emotionally; not just as human doings, but also, as human beings.

Rabbi Allouche

Today, history was made in Arizona — and, in large part, due to our amazing CBT.

After months of tireless work, my friend, Arizona Governor, Doug Ducey signed into law Arizona House Bill 2707, also known as “the moment of silence bill.” This new law now requires all our public and charter school children in Arizona to begin their every school day with a moment of silence and reflection.

This will enable our children, in this age of distraction inundated with Tik Tok, Instagram, Snapchat, and so many more intrusions, to take a moment at the beginning of the day to focus inward and anchor themselves in the moral and spiritual values that will be suggested to them by their parents, so that they can thrive not just intellectually, but also spiritually and emotionally; not just as human doings, but also, as human beings.

This bill was inspired by our late Lubavitcher Rebbe — whose 120th birthday falls today — who called upon the United States of America to implement this bill in all public schools, after the attempted assassination of President Reagan in 1981, in the hopes of restoring emotional and spiritual health, sanity and accountability, to our children and to a society that can produce such an assassin.

In the words of the Governor in his address today: “This new exercise will let our kids escape from all their distractions — if only for a minute or two — so they can think, feel, reflect, and breathe. I’m confident this will have a significant impact on the mental and emotional health of our kids. 
I want to thank Representative Alma Hernandez for sponsoring this legislation and leading on this issue. I also want to thank Rabbi Pinchas Allouche from Congregation Beth Tefillah of Arizona for your hard work and support to help get this bill to my desk.


And I would be remiss if I didn’t recognize Rabbi Schneersohn — also known as the Lubavitcher Rebbe — an influential figure of the Jewish community…. I’m eager to sign this bill today, which will further the vision of the great Rebbe, enhance the education of our children, and contribute to their emotional and spiritual well-being.” For the full transcript of the Governor’s remarks, click HERE.

Thank you to AZ representative Alma Hernandez for sponsoring this bill, to my dear friend, Adam Kwasman for stewarding this bill through its many hurdles along the way, to my dear friend Maria Fuentes for your guidance and assistance, and to Governor Doug Ducey for your inspiring leadership and friendship.


Onward and upward to more and more accomplishments that will better and illuminate our world!