I thank you for this wondrous gift of life.
I am humbled by the blessings and responsibilities of parenthood and my participation in the miracle of creation.
May I learn to love without smothering.
May I learn to house without imprisoning.
May I learn to give without imposing.
May I learn to live today, that yesterday and tomorrow might find their own way in the world.
I give thanks to life for the gift of life, and stand in wonder before the awesome task of parenting that lies before me.
Blessed is the way of life that makes parent rejoice with child.
-Rami M. Shapiro
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Why make an account and save your favorite JewBelong stuff? Because someday Jack is going to get off his ass and pop the question and you’re going to get to plan that wedding you've been thinking about since third grade.
Because why use any of your precious brain cells to remember where you kept those great readings that you’ll use someday at Jeffrey’s B Mitzvah? Make an account, keep the readings there. Easy peasy. The only thing you’ll need to remember is your password, and from personal experience that’s hard enough.
Hey, can you watch the phones on Friday? We have a thing.