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Monday, August 07, 2006

Baby Week at Chez MoC

We are privileged this week to be hosting three babies under the age of 17 months, namely, our two grandchildren and the Baby. Very calm around here these days.

Shmuel is running around the house non-stop, saying "no" to everything. He thought it was very funny when I imitated the voices of Burt and Ernie even though he's probably never seen either Burt nor Ernie on TV. The Baby, who isn't walking yet, is starting to imitate sounds and actions. OOD, who is very shtark, is teaching the Baby frum baby tricks, like pointing to the sky when someone asks her, "Where's Hashem?" or kissing a bencher. I taught her a non-frum trick tonight, i.e., ah-bah, ah-bah, ah-bah.

Atara, who is only five weeks old is making strange noises, sleeping, eating and hanging out. The 'older' babies more or less ignore her (which, I guess is a good thing).

The best news is that as long as I get home at a reasonable hour, I get to play with them for about an hour before they go to sleep (which, sad to say, is probably the limit of my patience).

I will try to put down my thoughts on Floyd Landis tomorrow before this blog turns into too much of a chick's blog.



  • At 12:04 PM, Blogger DovBear said…

    pointing to the sky when someone asks her, "Where's Hashem?"

    Not very frum at all:

    Rambam, Hilchos Yesodai Hatorah

    7) ...If the Creator did have a body He would have had weaknesses and an end, for it is impossible for a physical body that has no end to exist. The strength of something that has weaknesses and an end also has an end, and a limit. The strength of our God is not like the strength of the body, for it has no end or pause, and perpetually guides the sphere. Since He has no body He has no bodily appearance, and cannot be sub-divided into different parts - therefore, it is impossible for Him to be anything other than one. It is a positive commandment to know this, for it is written, "...the Lord is our God, the Lord is one".

    8) It has been stated in Scripture that God has no physical form, as it is written, "...that the Lord is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath: there is none other". A physical body cannot be in two places at once. It is also written, "...for you saw no manner of form", and, "To whom then will you compare Me, that I should be his equal?" - had God had a body it would have been similar to other bodies.

    In other words, he is not "in the sky" and per the Rambam it's apikorsus to say that He is.

  • At 2:14 PM, Blogger MoChassid said…


    Tonight, after delivering some mussar to my apparently not frum daughter for spreading apikorsus to an impressionable 15-month-old, I will explain the Rambam to the Baby. She will either respond "woof woof" or "ah bah". I will let you know.

  • At 8:00 PM, Blogger Your Older Daughter said…

    I hope for your sake your comment was made in jest. As for the “frumness” of the Baby...I think Rambam would say she is doing fine. Your cynicism is always appreciated

  • At 12:39 AM, Blogger Balabusta in Blue Jeans said…

    Frum Baby Tricks! I like it!

    I've been trying to think what Conservative Baby Tricks would look like, but am left with the old joke about the world's smartest grandchild, who at the age of five months weeps through Kol Nidre, and the day after yontiff starts a petition to fire the rabbi.

  • At 10:07 AM, Blogger DovBear said…

    I hope for your sake your comment was made in jest. As for the “frumness” of the Baby...I think Rambam would say she is doing fine. Your cynicism is always appreciated

    OOD, for my sake? It's you I am worried about. I'm not certain that the yeshiva shel maala paskens like the Rambam, but if his views have held sway upstairs, you're in a spot of trouble. It's perfectly clear from his writings, that the Rambam believed that anyone who denied the incoporeality of God was a kofer who lost his olam haba. When you say God is in a certain place, like heaven, you are saying He is corporeal and commiting kefirah.

    I'm not being cynical. I'm being serious. You wouldn't let the baby eat pig meat. Why introduce to her an idea which denies one of the fundementals of Judaism?

  • At 4:56 PM, Blogger Shevs said…

    Two words:
    Lighten up

  • At 6:24 PM, Blogger DovBear said…

    A question: Would you tell me to lighten up if OOD was feeding the Baby pork? Or encouraging her to protsrate before an idol?

    Your priorites are messed up if you think denying God's incorpreality is adorable.

  • At 6:46 PM, Blogger MoChassid said…

    DB, no REALLY, lighten up. It's not that big a deal. The Baby is 15 months old...

  • At 10:45 AM, Blogger DovBear said…

    We live in a world where Jewish mothers wash their infants hands 6 times each morning, and after each diaper. We live in a world, where people are convinced that you need to wear a wig, and a hat, and stockings - or else you're a whore. A world where anyone who davens in a shul without tables is a sofek shaygetz. A world where pretzles and candies need double hechshayrim, and you're telling ME to lighten up??


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