The Baby Alfie story and health care controversy in England was big news this week. It’s a great discussion on its own about parental rights and healthcare decisions, and how society views life altogether, but that’s a subject for a different time. What I would like to share is a very powerful column by John Kass of the Chicago Tribune. 

Click here to read John Kass’ column here at the Chicago Tribune

It touched me because of our own experience with one of our daughters, it touched me because of something a close relative is struggling with, and from stories of alumni who have gone through similar experiences with their children. 

I share it today because the Torah portion speaks multiple times about parents and children. And because we have a student’s parent here today who will share a few words with us. This message about parental love and what it can do for children is a fitting introduction.