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Shabbat, Blessing the children

Blessing the Children by Mrs. Lori Palatnik

A magic, eternal moment of connection for parents and children.

It is a beautiful custom to bless your children every Friday night; it’s a moment filled with love and meaning, especially when you understand the source behind such a tradition.

The Blessing for Sons

One of the Fathers of the Jewish people was Jacob, who had 12 sons who were to grow to become the leaders of the 12 tribes of Israel. The next-to-youngest son was Joseph, who had two sons, Ephraim and Menashe.

Just before Jacob died, he called all his sons for a final blessing. As a special reward to Joseph, who remained righteous throughout his ordeal of exile, he calls forward Joseph’s two sons, Ephraim and Menashe, and gives them a special blessing, as well as two portions of the Land of Israel:

Swedish daycare to test GPS for tracking kids

Adults accompany children to school in Nantes, France on September 5. A day…

A daycare centre in the southern Swedish city of Malmoe said Wednesday it planned to test GPS devices for tracking children when they are out on excursions. “We will test this system on 10 children for a week in October. We will have 10 GPS transmitters attached to their reflective vests when we’re outside the nursery school,” explained Karin Werholt, who runs the Kronprinsen (Crown Prince) centre that cares for 36 children between the ages of one and six.

“We will test if the transmitters are robust, if they work well and if they affect the children’s playing in any way,” she told AFP, adding that the centre did not have any problem keeping track of kids and it remained unclear whether it would purchase the system if the test went well.

According to the Malmoe company Purple Scout that provides the system, the GPS transmitters all report the positions of the children to one mobile phone, which sounds an alert if a transmitter moves beyond a certain distance from the phone.

Parents could lose their children over obesity

By Dan Harris Harvard University child obesity expert Dr. David Ludwig’s recent claim that some parents should lose custody of their severely obese children has sparked outrage among families and professionals across the country.

The national outcry led one family to share how its personal experience with the matter damaged their lives.

Ludwig, an obesity expert at Children’s Hospital Boston and associate professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, shared his divisive idea in an opinion piece that ran in the Journal of the American Medical Association Wednesday: that state intervention can serve in the best interest of extremely obese children, of which there’re about 2 million across the United States.

Can children become Transhumanism ?

By Nikki Olson

Are children capable of contemplating transhumanism?

It is often pointed out that transhumanism shares many features with religion. It answers questions regarding the nature of the world and humanity’s place in it, offers guidance on how to live, and inspires hope. However, there are a number of important things distinguishing it from a religion, such as the lack of belief in a Deity and its emphasis on the empirical method and reason. Another distinguishing feature relates to the obstacles associated with teaching transhumanism to children.

Although being religious as an adult entails contemplation of many of life’s more difficult questions, following a religion can and does occur at very young ages. Children are able to contemplate God to some extent, usually via the anthropomorphized metaphor of ‘the father’, they are able to associate simple moral behaviors with ideas of reward and punishment, and they become enthralled in the magic-like elements of religious miracles.

But are children capable of contemplating transhumanism?

I arrived at this question after encountering a piece of writing, “Children of Freedom,” by an individual going by the alias ‘Land Pope Black Candy’ (LPBC) who follows the transhumanist subculture group, the Cosmists. In the above article, LPBC suggests that a specialized school be created in order to teach transhumanism to children.

Hamas summer camp trains 100,00 children

Participants undergo anti-Israel indoctrination; UNRWA run simultaneous camps for a further 250,000 children. Hamas continued to gain strength this past summer as about 100,000 youngsters underwent radical anti-Israel indoctrination at dozens of summer camps run by the terrorist group – which also attacked United Nations camps, its main competition – according to a report released on Tuesday by the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center According to the report, more than 100,000 children and teenagers participated in the Hamas camps, which included paramilitary training and military parades. The Islamic Jihad terrorist organization also opened 51 different summer camps for over 10,000 children.

In contrast to the Hamas camps, the United Nations has been running summer camps throughout the Gaza Strip for 250,000 children. These camps, run by UNRWA, are being held at over 150 locations in Gaza. The participants engage in arts and crafts, sports and other cultural activities, and are mostly between the ages of six and 15.

On several occasions during the summer, however, groups of masked men believed to be affiliated with Hamas ransacked a number of UNRWA camps and in one case burned down the facility and all of its contents.

It’s Not Fair!

“Rena got a cell phone in 9th grade. So did Sara. Shlomo got one in 8th. Why can’t I have one now? It’s not fair!”

#imag1 Has a similar conversation ever occurred in your home? Do any of your children ever feel hard done by? Has anyone ever whined “It’s not fair” or stomped their feet and screamed, “She always gets her way and I never do!”?

If not, please take your children’s temperature immediately — they’re not normal!

Most children (at least those who have siblings) have, at one point or another, had a sense that things are not fair, that another child is favored over them, that they too should have gotten the new shoes, the haircut, the laptop…

UK scientists have created designer embryos containing DNA from a man and TWO women.

The breakthrough gives hope of healthy children to couples with genetic disorders in their families.

It also offers the prospect of eradicating fatal genetic diseases.

But the procedure – dubbed three person IVF – sparked controversy last night.

Researchers at Newcastle University set out to prevent damaged DNA in mitochondria – the “batteries” that power cells – from being passed on to offspring. They removed nuclei from the sperm and egg of affected couples, leaving behind the mitochondria.

Warning over pupil fingerprinting

Many schools are fingerprinting pupils without parents’ permission, teachers have warned.

It is thought around 100 schools in the UK now use fingerprint identification systems for registration, borrowing library books and cashless catering.

But there is no legal requirement for schools to seek parents’ consent for using biometric technologies.

Critics say this is “outrageous” and have called for a “strong and explicit law” to cover this issue.

A spokesman for the Department for Children, Schools and Families says it was “common sense” for schools to consult parents about taking fingerprints