How “End Times” Beliefs Harm Children

I am one of the many people who chuckled at news stories about Harold Camping’s prediction that the world was going to end on May 21st. I heard about the tongue-in-cheek rapture parties and the celebratory post-rapture looting. And I, like so many others, found myself often shaking my head, wondering how could so many […]

Do Orthodox Jews Hold Children in High Esteem?

One woman recently asked me this question: “You say that the abuse [against children] cuts across all religions. However, in Judaism, even in extreme sects like Hassidism, children are viewed as ‘gifts from God’ and children are elevated to a very high status; family life really revolves around them and their needs and education. Because […]