TJC - The Jewish Channel
Home About Us Schedule Video Subscribe Contact TJC
Join Our Mailing List
Sign up for our Email Newsletter
TJC Blogs
  • The Docent
  • TJC Newsdesk
  • TJC Movies
  • America & World Jewry
  • Feature Films
  • History &
    Remembrance
  • Israel
  • TJC Original Series
  • Row J
  • The Salon
  • Up Close
  • Holy Dazed
  • Inside the Issues
  • Jews of Color
  • Modern Jewish Mom
  • The Portion
  • Rabbis Roundtable
  • Srugim
  • TJC Movie Talk
  • With the Editors
  • Join Our Mailing List
    Sign up for our Email Newsletter
    TJC Blogs
  • The Docent
  • TJC Newsdesk
  • TJC Movies
  • America & World Jewry
  • Feature Films
  • History &
    Remembrance
  • Israel
  • TJC Original Series
  • Row J
  • The Salon
  • Up Close
  • Holy Dazed
  • Inside the Issues
  • Jews of Color
  • Modern Jewish Mom
  • The Portion
  • Rabbis Roundtable
  • Srugim
  • TJC Movie Talk
  • With the Editors

  • Why We Have Children

    by Steven I. Weiss

    Having a child is the most optimistic thing you can do in life. There are many other actions that suggest a hope or prediction for a better future in some small way — buying certain stocks or homes — but having a child is different. Having a child speaks to every possible thing that can happen in the world and our individual beliefs that they will turn out for the better.

    We have children because we have faith in ourselves and our world. Children are the embodiment of everything we want the world to become, because we make them to make the world turn out that way.

    When we worry about our children’s health, it’s because we’re worrying that their lives might not be as great as we’re trying to make them. When we worry about our children’s educations, it’s because we’re worrying that they might not gain the access to opportunities that we hoped would become available.

    It takes relatively little effort by relatively few people to make so many hopes and dreams come to a startling halt. For so many, there will be no more hopes and dreams, and nothing will ever bring them back.

    It seems unfair, and it is. It takes so much — so very, very much — to make hopes and dreams real. It takes so very much of us to raise children. And it’s so easy for others to take them away.

    The political discussions have already started, and the recriminations will begin soon.

    But today and every day, when we think about what we want to happen and how we want the world to be, we need to remember what makes us believe in a better future in the first place. And that’s our children.

    December 14, 2012 | Read more Newsdesk posts. 1 Comment »

    Comments

    1 Comment »

    1. Like.
      Really well said.

      Comment by Margi — December 14, 2012 @ 2:12 pm

    RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URL

    Leave a comment





    © 2008 The Jewish Channel. All rights reserved.

    Follow the news with the TJC team. Weekly news webcasts and regular updates.

    E-mail us:

  • Blogroll