Rabbi Shmuley notes that many of the standout athletes competing in the 2008 Summer Olympics were raised by single moms, including U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps, U.S. basketball star LeBron James, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt and U.S. sprinter Tyson Gay.
Rabbi Shmuley takes a closer look at what he calls the "startling" absence of fathers at the Olympics and what this means for fatherhood. He also seeks to answer the following controversial questions: If single moms can do a good job raising children, what are dads still needed for? What is it that dads can provide for children that moms can't?
"Fathers teach their children the centrality of love by showing affection to their mothers. Hence, amid a plethora of heroic single moms who do a wonderful job raising their children, the one thing a mom cannot do on her own is demonstrate to her children the beauty of companionship and romantic love. For that, we need committed, devoted and romantic dads."