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Growing Girls Whole

Parshat Chaye Sarah (Genesis 23:1-25:18)

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/torah_portion/article/growing_girls_whole_20051125

Less than a 100 years ago, the average age of menarche for American girls was almost 16. Today, 12 is considered late. Theories for such early onset range from the amount of growth hormones injected into the food we eat to the amount of electrical light we absorb. Regardless, it creates a dangerous duality in girls which I often see when working with a bat mitzvah.

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