Why this photo of a professor holding a baby is going viral

A heartwarming photo from Israel is sweeping the Internet.

The picture shows Jerusalem Hebrew University professor Sydney Engelberg holding a student’s baby in class while giving a lecture.

The baby was brought to class by a student who couldn’t find a babysitter, but when the little one started to cry the student decided to leave.

Photo credit Sarit Fishbaine.
Photo credit Sarit Fishbaine.

Instead, professor Engelberg took the baby in his arms, continuing his lecture as if it were a routine occurrence.

The photo was posted to Facebook by Engelberg’s daughter Sarit Fishbaine and has been shared more than 5,000 times with over 50,000 “likes.”

Photo credit Sarit Fishbaine.
Photo credit Sarit Fishbaine.

“There’s a lot of young moms and a lot of them have babies, and he encourages them to just bring their babies to class,” Fishbaine told Buzzfeed News.

Fishbaine said as a grandfather, her dad loves children.

“My dad just loves kids and loves babies, he has five grandchildren, so he just takes the baby,” she said. “He’s the one that’s in motion, he’s walking around the class. So he just takes the baby and continues teaching.”

“The way he sees the concept of getting education is not only learning the dry facts that you need to learn in class,” she continued, “but also learning values. And that’s the very important message that my dad wants to endow to the world.”


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