There are a few reasons some mothers commit the unthinkable act of maternal filicide. First of all, maternal filicide is the act of mothers killing their own children. Mothers would normally not kill their children unless they are seriously disturbed. One reason that a mother may kill her child is that she rationalizes and believes that killing her child is in the child's best interest. This is called "altruistic filicide." Another reason a mother would commit maternal filicide is if she is hearing voices or has some other non-understandable reason. This is called "acutely psychotic filicide." Another reason, called "fatal maltreatment filicide," is where a mother kills her child accidentally, but the child is killed due the sum of abuse. "Unwanted child filicide" is when a mother kills her child because the child is a hindrance in the mother's life. Lastly, "spouse revenge filicide" is when a mother kills her child to hurt the father. Again, these only really occur if the mother is seriously mentally ill. These acts may seem impossible, but they do occur in real life.
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
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Friday, October 7, 2016
Mr. Menachem Daum is a survivor of the World War II Holocaust. Unfortunately, his mother does not get the same title as he does, because she did not make it to survive. The story of Job and the story of Fela Nussbaum and Moshe Yosef Daum, Menachem's parents, have similarities and differences. In both of these cases, these people's lives were ruined and they were tortured by god. Also in both stories, they were tortured for no good reason. Job did everything well according to God's commandments, and in fact, that is the reason that he got tortured by god. He was so faithful, that God tortured him. That seems pretty backwards and against what I would believe was right. Also, in the Holocaust, the survivors believed they were doing nothing wrong. Menachem Daum said "I don't think my mother felt the strong need for God's forgiveness. On the contrary, she told me when she's called before God in final judgement, she will turn the tables. She will demand to know why he stood silently during the Holocaust as her large family was being destroyed." In both of these cases, the people don't deserve to be punished. This leads to a difference between the stories. Fela Nussbaum starts to get very angry at God, saying that she will ask god why he stood silent, almost trying to confront him angrily. However, Job doesn't get as angry, he just gets upset and he feels helpless. Another difference between these stories is that Job doesn't die, but Nussbaum doesn't make it past the torture. Lastly, Job is blessed after the torture. After his life is completely ruined, his life becomes great. After, Fela Nussbaum's life is ruined, she dies. The sad thing is that Fela's story is real life, and Job's is just a story, while Fela's story is even worse.
Thursday, October 6, 2016
The book of Job has many similarities and differences to the story of Abraham and Isaac. In both stories, god is testing the human faith. Also in both of these stories, god is testing their faith by having very bad things happen to them. This is where the differences start to come in. In the story of Abraham, god is testing Abraham for seemingly no reason, or possibly just for reassurance. However, in the book of Job, God is testing Job because Satan did not believe in his blind faith. Another big difference between the two stories is how the bad things happen to them. Abrahams bad action, sacrificing is son, is sort of his choice, and he is doing it to himself. However, Job never did anything wrong, yet god is deciding to make his life a living hell, to prove to Satan himself, that Job was faithful. God made his sheep and servants burn, he made a raid of his camels, and killed his servants. However, a similarity between the characters of Job and Abraham arises from that: they are both unbelievably faithful to god. Abraham is willing to kill his son for him, and Job is willing to stay faithful in God, after knowing god basically ruined his life. They were both suffering extremely from these times because of god, and they still remained faithful. However this also leads to a difference in the way the stories are written. When Job finally complains, the story gets very emotional. The story of Abraham and Isaac is written very blankly and emotionless. However, The story of Job shows a lot of emotion through dialogue, thoughts, and actions. This makes the story much more interesting to read, and although it is not a situation any one of us can relate to, it makes it seem much more real to us.