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Mar 7 2014

The Definition of Sacrifice Sounds A Lot Like Parenting

By at 10:51 am

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This post is part of our Torah commentary series. This Shabbat we read Parashat Vayikra. To read a summary of the portion and learn more, click here.

Sacrifice: the act of giving up something that you want to keep especially in order to get or do something else or to help someone.

–Webster’s Dictionary

Recently I’ve been thinking about sacrifice and motherhood. First we stop drinking, then we surrender our waistlines…and that’s before they’re born and the real work begins.

But the idea of “making sacrifices” for my daughter makes me uncomfortable. It sounds a little…controlling. After all, I chose this path. I asked to bring a child into the world, and I was lucky enough to receive this incredible little kid. And as I’m sure she’ll point out in her teenage years, she never asked to be born. Read the rest of this entry →

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