Professor Sydney Engelberg, 67, of Hebrew University was surprised when he learned a photo of him holding a student’s baby had gone viral.
The mother of the baby posted the picture on social media after the professor offered to hold her crying child so she could remain in the class on organizational management. Her original post has gotten over a million views and many positive comments.
The professor was dubbed “Professor of the Year” and “Most Valuable Professor,” among other complimentary titles.
“This is a professor who truly cares about the education of his students. Seriously,” someone commented.
“This is awesome. Way to go professor,” said another commenter.
Engelberg’s daughter, Sarit Fishbaine, posted the picture on her Facebook account, where it got nearly 50,000 likes.
“My dad just loves kids and loves babies, he has five grandchildren, so he just takes the baby,” Fishbaine said. “He’s the one that’s in motion, he’s walking around the class. So he just takes the baby and continues teaching.”
Engelberg, a father of four, grandfather of five and professor for 45 years, has been pleasantly surprised by the reactions around the world. He encourages students to bring their infants to class and lets mothers breastfeed during class.
“The reason is that education for me is not simply conveying content, but teaching values,” he said. “How better than by role modeling?”
His family is amused by the reaction. “He’s gotten love letters,” Engelber’s wife, Fredi Siskind Engelberg said, adding her husband has gotten many calls from radio and TV stations. “He’s pretty blasé about it, and we just find it all very funny. I think it must have happened on a no-news day.”
Nor is Engelberg the only professor who supports students with young children. The Israeli Student Union said the social media explosion following the incident was “the sweetest trend,” and posted pictures of other professors with their students’ babies during class.
“Israel is a very familial society, and it is not at all strange for young mothers to bring children to classes. Babies are often brought to weddings or formal occasions, and during school holidays it is not uncommon to see children running through the halls of office buildings or university departments,” Jonathan Kaplan, vice provost at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, said.
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.—
On the heels of its groundbreaking legislation banning dismemberment abortions, Oklahoma is now set to pass a bill mandating a 72-hour waiting period for abortions.
The Oklahoma House voted 75-3 on Thursday to approve the bill, which now goes to Gov. Mary Fallin’s desk.
“In Oklahoma, we have a waiting period for divorce of 10 days. If there are minor children it is 90 days,” said Sen. Greg Treat. “We should also take it very seriously when we’re talking about the irrevocable decision of abortion.”
If the governor signs the bill, Oklahoma will become the fourth state with a 72-hour waiting period. The other states are Missouri, South Dakota and Utah.
Oregon currently has no waiting period or other restrictions on abortion: a woman can obtain an abortion at any time during pregnancy.
Helena Andrews, a Washington Post gossip columnist attending the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, was apparently so glued to her phone that she couldn’t even take a break for the national anthem.
She was caught on camera by a CNN videographer and promptly roasted on social media.
“At #whcd disgusting disrespect for flag and anthem,” one person tweeted.
Another added, “*sigh* That’s disturbing. Well, I’m glad some folks in that photo are being respectful.”
After realizing she had been caught on TV camera, Andrews identified herself and attempted an explanation. “Apparently someone saw me on TV ‘texting’ during the dinner. FTR I was taking notes. On my phone. Because it’s 2015.”
Her text only added to the uproar. “Have respect and wait 3 minutes to take ‘notes’. People died for you,” someone said.
“We’re all well aware of the year. Respect for the National Anthem is timeless,” someone else added.
An apparent veteran chimed in: “…and to think I fight for your freedom. Everyone who’s replied to this is right. You show no respect…”
“There are those that defend this country and are moved to their soul by that song every time it plays!”
Someone pointed out there is not much difference between “taking notes” and “texting”: “As if that is any more excusable than texting? Were you writing down the words of the song before you forgot them? Come on.”
Shortly after the devastating 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, and Col. Yoram Laredo, of the IDF Home Front, discussed ways to assist the country.
Just before the meeting, Netanyahu said, “You are being sent on an important mission. This is the real face of Israel — a country that offers help at any distance in moments such as these.”
The Home Front Command assistance team Israel is sending in approximately 260 personnel. At the time of the meeting, an advance team was already in Nepal, preparing for the rest of the team to arrive.
The team’s goals are locating missing Israelis, rescuing people trapped under rubble, and providing the thousands of earthquake victims with medical care.
An extensive field hospital will be set up as well. “As time passes, the focus will move from search and rescue to hospital treatment. The hospital can treat 200 patients a day,” Laredo said. “We can link up with local heavy engineering vehicles.”
Israeli delegations have assisted in many disasters, including in Haiti and the Philippines.“It’s a blessed thing that a variety of Israeli delegations are going, as from my experience, in situations like this, everyone who arrives will be needed and have work to do,” said Dov Meisel, a volunteer paramedic.
“The Nepal government asked for help, and Israelis rush to help,” Meisel said.
The Sustainable Development Solutions Network has released its annual World Happiness Report, which publishes a list of countries ranked by happiness level.
158 were included in the report, which measures “happiness” by a variety of factors including GDP per capita, life expectancy, generosity, freedom, community support, and absence of corruption.
And the happiest country in the world? Switzerland. Iceland, Norway, Denmark and Canada are close runners-up, followed by Finland, Netherlands, Sweden, New Zealand and Australia.
Israel is the 11th happiest country in the world, and US comes in as the 15th.
Unsurprisingly, considering the current struggles against terrorism, Afghanistan and Syria have some of the lowest happiness levels, along with the Ivory Coast, Guinea and Chad.
The report was first published in 2012. “As the science of happiness advances, we are getting to the heart of what factors define quality of life for citizens,” said Professor John F. Helliwell, editor of the report. “We are encouraged that more and more governments around the world are listening and responding with policies that put well-being first. Countries with strong social and institutional capital not only support greater well-being, but are more resilient to social and economic crises.”
The goal of the report is to “guide progress toward social, economic and environmental development.”