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Parental Skills

Parental Skills

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When our kid was little, I used to remark on all the skills I was acquiring, which probably had no application whatsoever outside the child-rearing tasks. I could hold the baby in the crook of one arm, feed her with the same hand, and at the same time open the fridge and uncork a bottle with the other. It could possibly prepare me for life on a very crowded space station, but nothing else.

The caption below this image at Flash90, our image provider, reads:

“Jewish Orthodox men seen learning Torah at the Har Etzion yeshiva in the Jewish settlement of Alon Shvut. April 11, 2013.”

I suppose the tune of learning gemora can be very soothing to a baby. I see potential here: whole kolelim where fathers learn and cuddle their infants at the same time.

Now, that’s what I call equal burden!

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.

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