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Q & A: The Sandak (Part II)

24 Heshvan 5773 – November 8, 2012
Question: I was at a brit where the father and grandfather of the boy argued over who should be sandak. The grandfather had served as sandak once before, but he persisted and, as they say, “might makes right.” I am curious as to your view on this matter. M. Renkin (Via E-Mail)

What Does It All Mean?

23 Heshvan 5773 – November 7, 2012
The continuation of my column on the power of prayer was ready to go – but then tragedy hit. Tragedy of a magnitude none of us could have envisioned.

Special Baby Born in Ramat Gan

25 Tishri 5773 – October 11, 2012
Mazel Tov is in order for a special new mother in Ramat Gan.

Davening with Baby

18 Tishri 5773 – October 4, 2012
Some 21 years ago I had the honor of being the stay-at-home father, while Nancy was the one with the grownup job that required...

Now, That’s an Esrog!

7 Tishri 5773 – September 23, 2012
It turns out this is what a mature esrog looks like, and the lemon-size fruits we're all used to are baby esrogim, picked at...

Charge: Facebook Pages Spew Blood Libels, Attack Jews and Aborigines, Mock...

25 Elul 5772 – September 11, 2012
There is no scientific equation to determine what is hatred, but a Facebook picture of a smiling Anne Frank surrounded by the caption, "What's that burning? Oh it's my family" is an easy one. So is a Facebook picture of a baby on a scale emblazoned with a Jewish Star, where the bottom of the scale is a meat grinder with raw ground meat (presumably, a baby's) oozing out.

Cutest Time Bomb You Ever Saw

16 Elul 5772 – September 3, 2012
First, obviously, this has to be in the top 10 sweetest back-to-school or first-day-of-school images in the history of schools. These boys are lined...

Gas Mask Distribution

2 Elul 5772 – August 20, 2012
Can you understand the concept that a young mother was happy that her son now had a gas mask? When you can, you'll understand what it is to be Israeli - at least in part.

The Ticking Time Bomb: Explosive Children

16 Av 5772 – August 3, 2012
“But, I want it NOW!” Yankel screamed as his mother lifted his baby sister, Leah, out of her car seat. “Yankel, we can’t get ice cream now. I told you we could have it for dessert. We have to get inside to feed the baby.” “No! I will not go inside! I’m going to sit in the car until you give me ice cream.”

Baby Beauty Contest, 1949

23 Tammuz 5772 – July 13, 2012
The Golden Age Club met at the Emanuel Cohen Center, 909 Elwood Avenue North, Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 16, 1949. The judges here included, left...

Health Ministry: Breast is Best in Israel

12 Tammuz 5772 – July 2, 2012
Israel’s Health Ministry will begin a more concentrated effort to encourage women to breastfeed their babies, instituting new policies in hospitals starting September 1.

Neytz HaChochma’s Unique Summer Camp

2 Tammuz 5772 – June 21, 2012
Children look forward to summer camp and Camp Neytz is a favorite with many who return year after year.

Ancient ‘Metzitza’ Practice Followed by Newer Custom of Haredi Bashing

20 Sivan 5772 – June 9, 2012
Towards the end of last week, a story had come out about a new brochure issued by the NY City Health Dept. discouraging the...

NYC Health Commissioner Condemns Metzitzah B’peh, Recommends Safe Alternatives

18 Sivan 5772 – June 7, 2012
The New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley has issued a strongly worded statement calling for an end to the circumcision-related rite of "metzitza b'peh," loosely translated as suction with the mouth. Last year, a baby died at Brooklyn’s Maimonides Medical Center from “disseminated herpes simplex virus Type 1, complicating ritual circumcision with oral suction."

Israel May Up Fertility Treatment Subsidies to Three Kids, Cut Aid...

14 Sivan 5772 – June 4, 2012
Israel’s Health Ministry is mulling a plan to vastly increase government assistance to couples with fertility difficulties to grow larger families, while decreasing the amount of subsidies to women over the age of 43 who have never succeeded in getting pregnant.

Are Diamonds Forever?

12 Sivan 5772 – June 1, 2012
This is in no way intended to dampen the enthusiasm of kallahs flush with excitement over their upcoming nuptials, but who hasn’t heard a “lost diamond ring” story or, for that matter, experienced firsthand the traumatic loss of a precious piece of jewelry?

Understanding Post Partum Feelings

26 Iyyar 5772 – May 17, 2012
Dear Dr. Yael, I gave birth a little over a year ago and, even though it was not my first child, I felt differently this time around. I have always been a happy-go-lucky person, but after having this baby I could not seem to return to my previous self. I was moody, short-tempered and gloomy. While some of these symptoms could have been chalked up to normal baby blues, they persisted and I was becoming scared.

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach: Time Magazine on Attachment Parenting

Time magazine's cover story about attachment parenting garnered a great deal of attention. Clearly, the shock value of showing an attractive young mother breast-feeding a child nearly four years of age was enough to excite worldwide conversation. The story inside focused on a controversial theory…

Lost And Found In Jerusalem

25 Iyyar 5772 – May 16, 2012
“Mum, you’ll never guess what happened.” My daughter Tammy’s tone of voice at the other end of the phone indicated that it wasn’t something pleasant. “Someone took my baby stroller from the bus. When I went to pick it up and get off the bus, it wasn’t there any more. I couldn’t believe it. Who would do such a thing?”

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