Vowing to God: What to Do When Your Son is a Month Old and Already on Heart Medication?


This week’s alumni Dvar Torah is by Benzion N. Chinn

I confess that this is less than a traditional Torah thought, with a clear question and answer, than an expression of my own bewilderment. It is less that I am offering textual interpretation and sage advice and more that I am asking readers for their guidance.

My son Moshe Eliezer (Louis “Mackie” McKenzie) Chinn was born this past April 24th. Since we brought him home he has been sent back to the hospital twice. The first time was after a coronary-pulmonary failure; in lay-person’s terms, he stopped breathing and needed CPR. The second time was with a heart rate over 300 beats a minute. Thank God, Mackie is responding well to treatment and is now home. We have been introduced to Wolff-Parkinson-White-type Supraventricular Tachycardia. It does not appear to be life-threatening and we hope for the best. The reality…

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About jamesbradfordpate

My name is James Pate. I study the History of Biblical Interpretation at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio, as part of its Ph.D. program. I have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting.
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