Maybe you’ve heard about the unwanted down syndrome babies who are left in hospitals after they’re born. I’ve never been in that situation, so I am not one to judge. But you cannot deny that this is heartbreaking.
In my parenting class taught by Rebbetzin Leora Silberg, we learned the Adlerian theory of raising children, which says that, besides food, clothing and shelter, children need one main thing: a sense of belonging. To one person. Like, let’s say, a mother. There have been studies done (says Rbtzn Silberg) that show that babies thrive when one main person cares for them, and that they don’t when caregivers (say, a hospital staff, no matter how caring) are on shift.
Enter Lamed Vuvnik (pronounced “Lah-med Vav-nik”). Besides finding homes for these abandoned special needs babies (with the help of the Derech Elokim Fund) Lamed Vuvnik addresses the exact needs of Israel’s poor: clothing children in winter, feeding familes, and providing double strollers for mothers who, like me, have babies close in age, so that they can breathe some fresh air once in a while. This may sound trivial, but any mother of small children knows that being stuck at home all day can be torture.
Keep a lookout for me in this one: We happen to have bought the same double stroller that Lamed Vuvnik gives its recipients, the Graco Duoglider, so Shmuel filmed me pushing it with Moishe and Israel enjoying the ride.
Shmuel made this movie with David Coleman, whom he met when he filmed for Torah Encounters, which is another video I have to post one of these days.
Enjoy! And please, the next time you come to Israel, bring a double stroller with you. When I no longer need mine, I hope to give it a good washing and donate it to Lamed Vuvnik.
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