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It’s the Small Differences

By Gennady Favel · December 24, 2013

Gennady and his lovely family <span>&copy;  </span>

Gennady and his lovely family

As we know, all cultures, nationalities and groups of people have their own ways of looking at the world, living their daily lives and dealing with different family circumstances. In that respect Mazel families are no different.  Let us explore one way that Mazel families are different from the average American family.

Situation: Dealing with a sick child.

Average American Family

  • 7:00am – The child wakes up with a sore throat, runny nose and mild chills.
  • 7:10am – The mom takes the child’s temperature.
  • 7:15am – If the temperature is below 103 the child is given Robitussin and a peanut butter jelly sandwich.
  • 7:30am – Patient zero is bouncing up on down inside the school bus infecting the rest of the student population.
  • 5:00pm – The child is presumed healthy by his parents and is given a list of household chores.

Mazel Family

  • 6:00pm – The mother of a Mazel student spots another child coughing within an earshot of her own child.
  • 6:03pm – Child and mother are racing home with the mother lecturing her child about the dangers of playground viral infestations. 
  • 6:25pm – The full story is retold to the child’s father. The child is given standard precautionary measures, garlic, Sambucol, and honey drinks.
  • 6:30pm – For the rest of the evening the child is made to wear an armor of clothing constructed from warm pants, slippers, and itchy wool sweaters

Next morning 7:00am: The child wakes up with a mild cough and sneezing.

  • 7:05am - The child feels warm to the mother’s touch.
  • 7:01am – Calls are places to the mother’s and father’s workplace indicating that they will not be coming in.
  • 7:10am – Parents begin researching the child’s symptoms online. A preliminary search shows that it could be a mild cold, malaria, or anthrax. 
  • 7:20am – The yet to be diagnosed child is given a gallon-sized cup of tea with lemon and honey.
  • 8:00am – The family is driving to the doctor. Grandmother is dialed in and put on speaker phone. Everyone explains the severity of the situation. 
  • 8:10am – The family car stops in front of the doctor’s office. The mother runs out and heads into the office. She signs in, yells at the receptionist to hurry up, and scans the waiting area for sick kids that need to be avoided when she brings in her own patient. 
  • 8:30am – After the receptionist says to bring in the child, our Mazel mother runs back to the car and grabs the child. They walk into the office, and run into the examination area avoiding any contact with other kids who according to the mother look like they might have The Plague.
  • 8:35am – The doctor renders his verdict, the child has a mild flu. Medication is prescribed.
  • 9:30am – The child refuses to take the medication. Either it tastes disgusting or there is no room in his stomach with all the lemon tea still in there.
  • 9:31am – The father comes upon a solution. The child will be paid $3 for every dose of medication he takes. The child demands $5. A deal is struck at $4. 
  • 10:00am – The mother feels the child’s forehead. Still warm. Another gallon of tea appears. 
  • 1:00pm – Grandparents arrive. Grandma carries a pot of chicken soup. Grandpa brings in a new bike. “You have to keep the child’s spirit up,” he explains.
  • 3:00pm - Grandma lectures everyone about the horrors of the modern American health system and offer to conjure up her own natural remedy.
  • 8:00pm – Grandparents finally leave. Thus far the child has made $20 dollars and got a new bike. 
  • 8:30pm – The father leaves for the store to buy more tea, lemon, and honey. 

Mazel Day School has an equal opportunity policy. We welcome parents and grandparents with all types of parenting styles, including the overprotective and overly concerned. For more information please visit us at and LIKE us on Facebook.

Gennady Favel is the Chief Investment Officer at ESG Integrated Solutions Inc, a financial technology firm that provides asset managers the ability to analyze their clients' portfolio for ESG risk as well as tailor an investment strategy to each client's individual ESG philosophy. In the past Mr. Favel was the head of trading for several quantitative hedge funds. He is the author of the book The Stock Market Philosopher. Gennady is a participant of the Parent to Parent initiative of The Jewish Education Project, which promotes parent leadership in Jewish Day Schools.

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