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Now My 7-Year-Old Understands Anti-Semitism
BY MELISSA HENRIQUEZ for Kveller
Early on Saturday morning — about an hour before the horrific news broke of the mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue that left eleven people dead — I was laying out my kids’ clothes, in preparation for a family photo shoot. Since this was a special occasion, I asked my 7-year-old daughter if she wanted to wear her hamsa, a Jewish amulet in the shape of an open hand that’s intended to ward off evil and protect the wearer.
There's a new way to keep your child from developing a peanut allergy
by Jaime Bender for FromtheGrapevine
Research suggests kids with moms who eat peanuts while breastfeeding are less likely to develop allergies when they're older.
When it comes to peanut allergies, there's a growing body of knowledge that points to early exposure as a highly successful prevention method.
And now, the evidence mounts, with a new study from researchers in Canada that suggests children whose mothers eat peanuts or peanut-based foods while breastfeeding are less likely to develop the allergy themselves.
Not Wasting: Bal Taschit
A Tradition of Creating Meaningful Rituals
Imbuing a ritual with meaning distinguishes it from routine or habit.
Cindy Kaplan of Newton is raising a daughter with significant special needs. Now 16 years old, Mira has become a driving force behind her family’s Shabbat observance. It’s a celebration infused with ritual that Mira has embraced through her participation at Boston-based Gateways: Access to Jewish Education. As a student in the organization’s Sunday school over the past 10 years, Mira has become a bat mitzvah and thriving member of the Jewish community. Like Mira, all of Gateways’ students are nurtured to become full-fledged participants in Judaism.
Mayim reflects on her son’s Bar Mitzvah
By Mayim Bialik from GrokNation
From her outfit, to the service, to family issues, we have all the details on the festivities
I promised you a report on my FirstBorn son’s Bar Mitzvah which was last weekend, and I will not disappoint. Here it is!
As I wrote last week, my son entered the holy covenant of “adulthood” by becoming a Bar Mitzvah this past Shabbat. And indeed he did! He read the things you read, he chanted the things you chant, he spoke the things you speak, and he completed the ritual.