web analytics
May 30, 2015 / 12 Sivan, 5775
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post


Hide your Children

Hide your Children

Photo Credit: Yaakov Naumi/Flash90

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…

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.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

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.

Current Top Story
What's happened to NYC's Celebrate Israel Parade?
Israel Rejects as ‘False’ UJA Federation’s Claims about Israel Parade ‘Inclusion’
Latest News Stories
FIFA logo

Israel praises FIFA for avoiding what Israel’s deputy foreign minister Tzipi Hotovely called an “absurd situation.”

FIFA president Sepp (Joseph) Blatter and PM Binyamin Netanayhu

FIFA Pres. Sepp Blatter, 79, was re-elected to a fifth term heading the world soccer federation, despite bribery allegations.

PA's soccer chief Jibril Rajoub, a member of the Fatah Central Committee.

At the last minute before the proposal was to go to vote, Rajoub submitted an amendment that would cancel the bid to suspend Israel.

FIFA logo

Zurich police have confirmed there was a bomb threat to blow up the FIFA congress, but they have since allowed the annual convention to continue following a search.

Israeli Consul General refutes UJA president’s claim that government insists NIF march in Celebrate Israel parade.

They stopped Blatter from speaking, waved PA flags and demanded “Israel out.”

Reishit HaGez is the giving to the Kohen the first cuttings of the fleece of sheep grown in the Land of Israel (based on Deut. 18:4: “You are to give them the first fruits of your grain, new wine and olive oil, and the first wool from the shearing of your sheep.”). Most Jews cannot […]

Postal officials refuse mailmen’s request to be relieved of the job to deliver Baptist cult material that may be illegal.

Final steps are underway for building the City of David’s “Kedem” visitor’s center in Jerusalem that will sit on top of the “Givati Parking Lot” excavation just outside of the Old City of Jerusalem’s walls. The visitor’s center will serve as an entryway to the Jerusalem Walls National Park, which includes the City of David […]

The Orthodox Union, B’nai Brith and the Houston Federation are pitching in.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker declared Sunday, May 31 as “Celebrate Israel Day,” when thousands of Israeli Americans, Jews and supporters of Israel are to attend the Celebrate Israel Boston Festival sponsored by the Combined Jewish Philanthropies and the Israeli-American Council Boston Chapter. Gov. Baker noted that Israel remains “a tremendous partner, economically and culturally,” to […]

The “rabbi “may be a “reverend” who allegedly was not revered by Ice Cube’s bullies.

Israeli PM Netanyahu talks about his vision for regional cooperation with Arab nations.

Hadera drew the attention of El Paso officials for the city’s desert environment, a large electric power plant, desalination plant and manufacturing complex, and the high-tech incubation programs at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, located 30 miles away.

A day devoted to “peaceful co-existence” in Jerusalem was marred by Arab “anti-normalization” thugs.

At least a dozen people are reported to have been killed in the attack, and another 30 wounded.

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 […]

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

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: