web analytics
April 19, 2014 / 19 Nisan, 5774
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post
Spa 1.2 Combining Modern Living in Traditional Jerusalem

A unique and prestigious residential project in now being built in Mekor Haim Street in Jerusalem.



Hide your Children

Hide your Children

Photo Credit: Yaakov Naumi/Flash90

Share Button

This Toldos Aharon Chassid is carrying his 3-year-old son in the streets of Meah Shearim, Jerusalem. The boy is about to start attending Cheder, and so he is brought to the Rebbe for a blessing. But to keep the little one from being exposed to forbidden sights, he is wrapped, head to toe, in a tallit.

A commendable strategy, if you can keep it up. But it makes the eventual, inevitable exposure that much more enticing, like all forbidden things.

Do you remember the expression on your baby’s face the first time he or she tasted ice cream? A smile spreads across their face, the sign of a delightful discovery. Oh my God, they seem to say, these things exist? Hey, life is worth living!

I shudder at the thought of how one might react if they’re first exposed to ice cream at, say, age 18…

Share Button

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

Leave a comment (Select your commenting platform)

11 Responses to “Hide your Children”

  1. Tarek Saba says:

    You ****en crazy people

  2. Grace Acosta says:

    That settles it. Burqas for EVERYBODY!

  3. Nmcva Mata says:

    I can understand…is same as me fear that those children here will share with mine their BOTERHAM, butter-ham sandwiches, so i keep him away from them!

  4. Anonymous says:

    I never saw this before…not halacha but makes sense. Lets not be quick to judge;.
    A 3 year old is awakening to the world around him… a heightened sensitivity. At this time (for some) there is a custom known as an 'upsher'… a ceremony to cut the hair leaving the corners ( the payot) , and recite his aleph beit with the Rabbi that will be his education mentor. Honey is placed on the letters of the aleph-beit as the child repeats them as a way of 'sweetening' the experience. It is a very special spiritual seed that is planted in this new relationship for the child, his Rabbi and a Torah education. It seems to me like a great idea , and a 'fun adventure'.
    to help prepare the child to receive the sweetness of Torah without the distractions of the world. After all, we have all closed our eyes at some point, perhaps during prayer and meditation to help us block out distraction.
    Judge to the good.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Let me ask you who is more likely to commit immorality with a loose girl; a boy who was secluded in Yeshiva, no internet, no sexual corruption of his brain by the internet or a boy who has been enticed by ther images on his Iphone for the last 8 years? Obviously the non secluded boy! The facts on the ground prove it; the rate of sexual immorality is almost zero among the secluded religious while way higher among the modern orthodox boys exposed to the internet. so your idea of enticement as a result of seclusion is a bankrupt one.

    In addition the minhag above is done on one day only after the first haircut as is symbolic. We should not insult our holy minhagim with ridiculous comments that are not even true.

  6. Anonymous says:

    get a life!

  7. Tzvi Shumulinskiy says:

    I love how you completely ignore the fact that 1) the boy isn't actually starting Cheder and just going for his first haircut 2) all Jews who don't cut a childs hair until his 3rd birthday and bring him to Cheder to get it cut do this 3) How many other kids did you see in the streets of MeaShearim covered the day after the first haircut in Chader traditon let alone up to their 18th birthday?
    Get your facts straight and think just a tiny drop before posting something that insults the intelligence of your readers.

  8. Avram Davis says:

    The author has made a mistake here. This is merely a folk custom -covering the child as he is taken either his upsherin, or to beginning cheder (or both). It is an exciting moment and a statement to the child that he is becoming a 'big boy'. It is not meant to be any sort of a permanent thing. It is merely a cute custom, one which I did with my boys and will do next year with my smallest.

  9. Lara-Miya Milrod says:

    So sad when customs get misinterpreted.

  10. Lara-Miya Milrod says:

    Shabbat Shalom :)

  11. Gary Morin says:

    Is that "all" this is about? I'm no chasid and not as frum as many, but this sounds like a way to get your sons excited, to add some mystery to the event. There are far bigger traditions or beliefs one can take issue with – but this? It hardly sounds evil!

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Loading Facebook Comments ...
Loading Disqus Comments ...
Current Top Story
FBI Wanted poster for Osama bin Laden
Pakistan Library Renamed to Honor bin Laden
Latest News Stories
FBI Wanted poster for Osama bin Laden

Many Pakistanis consider bin Laden a “hero of Islam.”

Two major obstacles have kept Israel from joining the program: Allegations by U.S. officials that Israel has discriminated against Arab- and Muslim-Americans seeking entry, and a proliferation of young Israelis traveling to the United States as tourists and then working illegally.

A Lebanese man who was arrested in Thailand on suspicion of belonging to Hezbollah admitted to targeting Israelis, Thai media reported.

On Friday afternoon, Syrian fighter jets hit opposition/rebel targets and villages on the Syrian side of the Ramat HaGolan (Golan Heights), in the Quneitra region. Large pillars of smoke are seen rising from struck areas. Quneitra is the site of an official crossing between Syria and Israel on the Golan. IAF jets were sent out […]

As Rabbi Stav said, “You’re free to think what you want. But do you want me to recognize Chelsea Clinton’s child as a Jew?”

Chimpanzees and Orangutans eat Matza, unleavened bread traditionally eaten during the Passover holiday, at the Ramat Gan Safari on Thursday, April 17, 2014. I hope they can digest it. On Passover no leavened bread (Chametz) is allowed in Jewish possession, and that includes food we feed our animals.

Following intelligence reports of further expected Arab rioting and violence on the Temple Mount today, the police have placed restrictions on Muslim entry to the Jewish holy site, according to a report on Arutz-7. Entry will be limited to Muslims over the age of 50, and women, also they must be Israeli citizens or residency […]

PA President Abbas’s refusal to publicly condemn the terror attack that killed Baruch Mizrachi is putting a damper on the parade.

The Shas political party, founded and run by the late Rav Ovadia Yosef, has a appointed a new spiritual leader, according to a Galei Tzahal report. The rabbi chosen to replace Harav Ovadia and be the new president of the party’s Council of Torah Sages is Rabbi Shalom Cohen. Aryeh Deri is the political leader […]

In 1941, the Jews of Kiev received a similar leaflet. When they showed up the next day, more than 34,000 were murdered.

Teen stabbed in South Florida high school.

The Kotel Plaza, the stairs, the Kotel entrance, the roads, everything was packed for Birkat Cohanim – the Priestly Blessing of the People – now imagine if this had been held on top of Har HaBayit, the Temple Mount!

Four Israeli citizens were hurt Thursday in a road terror attack near Tekoa in Gush Etzion.

Israel Police closed access to the Temple Mount to Jews and other non-Muslims on Thursday due to Arab violence.

Jews in Donetsk, Ukraine this week were ordered to “register” themselves and their assets.

U.S. Special Envoy to the Middle East Martin Indyk is on his way back to the region to revive talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

More Articles from Yori Yanover
rain ATM

A Jerusalem woman is trying to hold on to her umbrella while withdrawing some cash at a Meah Shearim ATM, Sunday, March 9, 2014. The rain appeared out of the blue (which is how rain should), after a warm week that started to feel like summer. Well, it don’t feel like summer no more. Last […]

Rabbi Meir Mazuz (seen visiting a synagogue in Crown Heights, Brooklyn) declared in a public Internet psak that it is legal for a Jew to go up to temple Mount.

Needless to say, Shas, the Haredi Sefardi party, is not happy.

“The only difference between this world and the time of Meshiach is our bondage to the gentile kingdoms.”

Here’s the Israeli Navy boat INS Hanit arriving in Eilat on Saturday, March 8, 2014, after capturing the Klos C, which was carrying dozens of advanced Iranian-supplied weapons made in Syria and intended for Palestinian guerrillas in the Gaza Strip. Here’s Israeli Navy Commander Vice Admiral Ram Rotberg speaking with the INS Hanit soldiers in […]

Pat Condell has a new video out, so, sit back, have fun. By the way, Message to Offended Muslims should not be confused with Message to Off Handed Muslims. Also, I’d love to hear what he has to say about Haredim.

The description that came with this picture says: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with American actor Bette Midler during an event at the house of Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan in Hollywood on March 6, 2014. But Bette Midler is not really an actor, she’s a singer who made movies for the LGBT community and […]

We will shut them up in the campuses, we will shut them up in the high schools, we will shut them up at the 92nd St. Y.

An Israeli female soldier (because they’re better at removing babies from their homes) evacuates a baby from a settlement in Judea and Samaria some time in the recent past. I’m thinking, if the baby was angry enough, couldn’t he evacuate in return, right there in her arms? Imagine the same picture, except with a settler […]

    Latest Poll

    Now that Kerry's "Peace Talks" are apparently over, are you...?







    View Results

    Loading ... Loading ...

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/photos/hide-your-children/2013/05/24/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: