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The Parent Trap

Parshat Yitro (Exodus 18:1-20:23)

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/torah_portion/article/the_parent_trap_20030124

What makes a good parent? Once, while waiting on line at Passport Control in Israel, I overheard two American couples talking. Each was describing how much luggage they had brought. Finally, one said to the other, "We brought nothing for ourselves. The truth is we could have done just fine with a carry-on case. All our oversized bags are filled with items for our children and grandchildren. We took orders for whatever they wanted and shlepped it here." Then she added the ultimate Jewish thing. "Isn't that what parents are supposed to do?" The other couple, nodding in agreement, replied, "Yes, and may you do so for 120 years." Suddenly from all over the hall came, "Amen!"

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