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Compassion that kills

The Young Israel of Woodmere's summer learning program includes some morning shiurim for women. Wednesdays were devoted to Megillas Eicha with Mrs. Gitta Neufeld. This  week, in covering the fourth perek, she shared a twist on the pshat of the 10th verse:
The hands of compassionate women boiled their own children; they have become their food in the destruction of the daughter of my people.ייְדֵ֗י נָשִׁים֙ רַֽחֲמָ֣נִיּ֔וֹת בִּשְּׁל֖וּ יַלְדֵיהֶ֑ן הָי֤וּ לְבָרוֹת֙ לָ֔מוֹ בְּשֶׁ֖בֶר בַּת־עַמִּֽי: She called that way back when her son was in sixth grade at Darchei Torah, the rule was that the students that age had to be in for minyan, which entailed arriving by 7:45 in the morning. One mother was particularly upset by this rule and attempted to circulate a letter protesting the rule, arguing that the kids already have a very long day and shouldn't have to be in that early.

The principal Rabbi Bender (whom she identified as a mechthan of theirs, though not yet at that time) came up…

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