Our conception of a chassid, a title culturally vital to the Jewish community (keeping the original Hebrew is necessary to contain the nuance and connotative meaning), is vividly drawn in the teachings recorded in Lubavitcher Rabbi’s Memoirs (1956) [I include a large passage here in order to explain and substantiate the unique (and often misunderstood even within the Jewish community) tradition and culture of our schools philosophy--for our school plays such an unique role. See below] :
Lubavitch ... [settlers] could find seclusion from the outside world and devote themselves completely to the study of the Torah and the service of G-d, or to start a new life, based on the highest and purest ethical principles of the Torah. ... It gave the local inhabitants a feeling of isolation, thus turning Lubavitch into a magnet for those who sought solitude and who wished to be near to G-d and Nature. This is really the reason why so many secret ‘Tzadikim’ cast their lot with Lubavitch and put their seal upon her, creating the impression ... that the town was more legend than reality: a town of magic, with magical people, introducing an inspiring and charmingly phantastic chapter in Jewish life. ...
In the early history of Lubavitch ... there figured a remarkable Jewish personality ... Meir. He was one of those righteous men who preferred to live by the toil of his own hands. Not wishing to remain in their old home, and, in general, wishing to form a new basis for their own existence and that of other fellow-Jews, he and five other families left their native town, and went forth to seek some corner where they could settle on the land and earn their living by their own labors. Apparently Meir already had in mind the creation of a Jewish colony... Meir really got busy building up a colony in the very place where Lubavitch sprang up later. ...
What name this small settlement had--if a name was at all thought of at the beginning--is not known, but the name “Lubavitch” which this same colony founded by Meir was later given, very well described and characterized its founder.
As it is related, Meir distinguished himself by his great love for his fellow Jews and also non-Jews. His love for his fellow-beings was boundless. He used to quote the Sages that ‘He who finds favor in the eyes of his fellow-beings will also find favor in the eyes of G-d.’
Obviously in order to find favor in the eyes of fellow-man one must be good and kind to all, and ready to be self-sacrificing. And not only towards his fellow-beings did Meir show his love and respect, but he also loved all G-d’s creatures, be it a four-legged animal, a fowl, or a wild bird. To hime everything that had life was to be adored and held sacred. He used to say that showing love towards one’s fellow-beings, as well as to G-d’s other creatures, gave great pleasure to the Almighty.
It can be readily understood that Meir was a great philanthropist towards Jews and non-Jews alike, and because of this, his name very soon became known in his whole neighborhood and even far afield. Many stories were told about Meir’s kindness.
No wonder then that the new Settlement was named ‘Luba’--meaning ‘love’ both in Russian and Polish languages. Later the suffix ‘vitch’ was added, and thus Luba became Lubavitch--the symbol of love for G-d’s creation, and, as a matter of course, also love towards the Creator of the world (p. 2-4).
Our cheder, by practicing the educational principles which we articulate with seven principles below, models continuous educational improvement and demonstrates the achievement of quality education in both Judaic and general studies taught in a culturally sensitive way.
A pilot cheder is a key vehicle to promote and affect school improvement and educational excellence. Our educational community (the administration, teachers, parents, and children) will humbly, yet confidently, represent the forefront of excellent Jewish education. MCY will provide the mechanism and the training and help generate the enthusiasm and grass roots involvement, which will make the model cheder effective and meaningful. We will be a paradigm of educational excellence for Jews as well as non-Jews. For a real chassid loves G-d and his or her fellow, alike.
Chinuch according to the individual needs of each and every talmid.