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News Roundup: Holocaust Pageants and Circumcision Bans

This week’s parenting news you probably didn’t have time to read.

– Is your child’s future already set? There is so much talk about the fight to secure gender-equality, but maybe the key is starting earlier than we thought. Way earlier. Like in Kindergarten. (Forbes)

– Last week’s Holocaust Survivor Pageant has sparked debate from Haifa to New York. Contestants were judged on their poise and personal stories. Surely, picking a winner of such a pageant has some type of moral ramifications. (NYT)

– Anne-Marie Slaughter’s article in The Atlantic has unleashed a storm (or, more appropriately: a raging tornado) of response about the modern, American working mother. Is it even fair to define what it means to “have it all” when everyone defines success so differently? (NYT)

– Let’s admit it. We’ve all used the “I’m too busy” excuse to get out of awkward family reunions, lunch dates, and even movie nights with friends. Being busy has become a mark of success–but maybe we are missing out on some quality laziness. After all, if we are so busy we can’t stop to smell the roses, why did we spend all that time planting them in the first place? (NYT)

A recent German court ruling has defined religious circumcisions as a “serious and irreversible interference in the integrity of the human body.” But Jews (and Muslims) have been practicing this religious rite for hundreds, if not thousands, of years with few complaints. Germany might want to “take note” of the health benefits of circumcision. (JTA/Tablet)

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