Was this a joke, too?

The Jewish Chronicle - - DIARY -

that high chicken-soup con­sump­tion leads to a per­son be­ing ready to die by age 60 or at most 67. Three fa­mous col­leagues of Dr Osler dis­agreed. Dr Abigail Hadas­sah, a gen­er­a­tion later in the early 20th cen­tury, fur­ther de­vel­oped Pro­fes­sor Osler’s lead, but the med­i­cal pro­fes­sion con­cluded “What do women know?” — and dis­carded her life’s re­search!

Your Purim spiel on page 18 con­cern­ing the re­lax­ing of kashrut fees for some sema­chot was al­most be­liev­able had you said it ap­plied to all cel­e­bra­tions rather than those for 174 guests. Dr Ruth Mayo and Yonat Zweb­ner, is that this could be be­cause of a process of self-ful­fill­ing prophecy, as we be­come what other peo­ple ex­pect us to be­come. But it is our par­ents, not us, who choose our names

Could it be that their choice re­flects their own at­ti­tudes and ex­pec­ta­tions, which in the long run also con­trib­ute to turn­ing the child into the sort of per­son they hoped he or she would be when they chose the name?

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