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Jerusalem Launch Monday February 8, 2016 in dialogue with Start Up Nation author Saul Singer Moreshet Avraham Rechov Adam 22 East Talpiot 18:30

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Monday February 8, 2016 
Elliot Jager in dialogue 
with Start Up Nation author 
Saul Singer 
Moreshet Avraham Rechov 
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East Talpiot 18:30

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JEWISH BOOK WEEK LONDONBe Fruitful and Multiply 
Elliot Jager
in dialogue with Simon Hattenstone of The Guardian Sunday, 21 February 2016 - 11:00am 
Location: St Pancras

Price: £6.50 
In his provocative book The Pater, Elliot Jager tackles a near-taboo topic:  the Orthodox Jewish attitude towards infertility and what it feels like to be a childless Jewish man. 
In conversation with Guardian journalist Simon Hattenstone he also grapples with the concept of paternity and his complex relationship with his own father. 
 Simon Hattenstone is a feature writer and interviewer for The Guardian and has publi…

Britain's New Statesman is running a cover story on childless Leaders -- but they are all women

The current issue of the New Statesman is about childless women who are world leaders. And I'm looking forward to reading it. (Incidentally, did they forget Park Geun Hye of South Korea?)

At the same time, I'm trying to think of serving male presidents, prime ministers, and kings who are childless.

There is Pope Francis. Alright, that one is low hanging fruit.

Am I right to guess Belgium's Charles Michel does not have children?

Narendra Modi, the premier of India is childless, as far as I can see. 
So, too, is Oman's Qaboos bin Said Al Said.

Mark Rutte of Netherlands is unmarried and childless.

As is Philippines President Benigno Aquino III
Add in President of Botswana Ian Khama
Any others? 

Conversation Starter: Do you think you've lost friends because you do not have children?

Not really. Perhaps surprisingly but most of the people we socialize with have children. 
The people we feel closest to have kids and we are "invested" in the lives of their children – especially milestone events. In the old days bar and bat mitzvahs, now going into the army (most Israelis go from high-school to military or national service before even thinking about college) and weddings.
Obviously, we have drawn closer to some people and drawn away from others along the journey of life. In thinking about married friends with children the key variable has had more to do with their choice of life-partner than whether the couple has children.
Or in the case of a single parent whether this person is capable of thinking about anything beyond their parental role -- whether they can relate to others. 
The self-obsessed, socially tone-deaf, and oblivious bore me -- having nothing to do with how many kids they have or don't have.
Intuitively, our friends has mastered the ability to …

Childlessness in the News