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July 24, 2013 8:49 am

Will the Royal Baby Make Having Children Fashionable Again?

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The wedding of Prince William of Wales and Kate Middleton. Photo: Robbie Dale.

Mazel Tov! After much anticipation, at 4:24 p.m. in London on July 22, the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth. The Royal bundle is an 8lbs. 6oz. son, future King — and perhaps a real Jewish Prince.

For those of you who haven’t heard, according to lawyer Alan Dershowitz, Kate’s mother, Carol, is the daughter of Ronald and Dorothy Goldsmith (whose parents, he claims, were also Jews).  The Jewish line may thicken with hubby Wills. It’s been speculated that the late Princess Diana’s mother, Frances Shand Kydd, was born a Rothschild. If that weren’t enough, the London Daily Mail reported that Diana is actually the biological daughter of Sir James Goldschmidt, also a Jew.

Royal ancestry-mavens consider all this hearsay, but between William and Kate, chances are some Jewish blood runs through the bluish.

In fact, the new heir was born in a “Jewish” wing of St. Mary’s hospital. A Sephardic Jew, Frank Charles Lindo, paid for the wing in 1937!  He must be shepping some nakhes!

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From the day it was announced that the royal couple was expecting, reporters, photographers, and people on the street went wild! How ironic, I thought. In an atmosphere of zero or low population growth, where having more than 1.5 (I’m not a statistician) children are often met with frowns from those who count carbon footprints, this arrival was met with a fervor rivaling the coming of the Messiah.

True, the babe will insure the family business continues for at least the next few generations and, according to Jewish Law, this is critical. In Jewish tradition, we have tremendous respect for government and authority. In the Talmud, Rabbi Chanina teaches: “Pray for the security of the government, for were it not for the fear of its authority, a man would swallow his neighbor alive.” As a child growing up in England, I can still recall special blessings for the royal family, for to have the utmost respect for royalty allows one to recognize the ultimate kingship in this world.

And the people are feeling it. One man who waited outside St. Mary’s hospital for 12 days, said: “We’ve got a lovely married couple and baby will make three — and they will be a family.”

King Solomon, who was called “the wisest of all men” for a reason, used the analogy of a threefold cord: “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” He reminds us that a one-strand cord is weak by itself, a two-strand cord is stronger, and a three-strand rope is stronger than either. Children, create a threefold cord.

True, unlike most newlyweds today, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge don’t have to worry about finances, debts, child care, or university. Ever since Kate, who stems from the tiny village of Bucklebury, became the new fairy tale Duchess, she’s become the “IT” girl of the century, and she’s a “hit.” Modern, educated, and hands-on, everything about her becomes “trendy.” So, let’s watch the birth rate!

The national and international mood is soaring at this mind-blowing and mind-changing event and I can hope that the royal blessed event will make having children a “hit” once again.

Each and every child born has the power to replenishment spirit, soul, and humanity. Each and every child is a King.

Rabbi Simcha Weinstein is a best-selling author who recently was voted “New York’s Hippest Rabbi” by Channel 13 in New York. He chairs the religious affairs committee at Pratt Institute, and recently published the book, “The Case for Children: Why Parenthood Makes Your World Better.”

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  • Julio Roberto Mendez

    And i ask what business the baby royal with the jewish people? It’s diferent and it’s against the way thing the people Jewish. This is not choose people of Yawha.

  • Marilyn Newman

    Queen Elizabeth’s three sons were circumcised by the Chief Rabbi of England. William and Harry were NOT circumcised. Remains to be seen what is decided for this new son.

    • Helen

      correction to Marilyn’s message — The royal princes were circumcised by a Jewish doctor/mohel who was certainly NOT the chief rabbi but hired for his medical expertise with no bris(t) involved

  • Vera

    Unless there is proof that the child is Jewish thru the mother, a mohel is not supposed to perform the procedure, a Dr should do it. If a mohel did it fir dinner reason b/c of questionability, no.blessing is recited.

    • Vera

      * Sorry, auto spell, should read for another reason ,NOT fir dinner reason.

  • Minoo Shaoul

    I heard in England just the Royal family having Bris for their newborn boys and that is conducting with a rabbi on the 8th days of their born, just like jews tradition. May be the “Don Tribe” which was lost is in London (Land of Don).
    May this baby bring peace for the world special Jews, AMEN

  • Janet Weinberg

    Any news of an impending bris?

  • MARNIE MACAULEY

    EXCELLENT ARTICLE RABBI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FROM YOUR MOUTH ….

    SHALOM

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