Needed: Israeli Girl Baby Name Suggestions

baby girl wearing pink clothes and headphones

Forum for Israeli Baby Name Help Received from reader Clara: I hope that you and your readers will be able to help me choose a Hebrew name for our daughter. We would like a name that wouldn't be out of place in either a secular or modern-orthodox context in Israel or North America. The … [Read more...]

Family Trip to Migdal Tzedek

On Friday, we were looking for a short day trip and decided on Migdal Tzedek in Rosh Haayin. The Parks Authority is in the middle of renovating this castle, found on an important route between Syria and Egypt. Archological evidence shows settlement from the Roman and Byzantine period, as well as … [Read more...]

Parshablog on “Levels” of Tzniut (Modesty)

Jewish women hyper-tzniut "frumka" wedding

This appeared on Rabbi Josh Waxman's site, Parshablog: Mother In Israel on a sign urging modest dress in Petach Tikvah, and why it bothers her. One misguided (IMHO) commenter advises: "Don’t feel threatened if you feel that you do your best in your modesty level (for the time being). It’s … [Read more...]

State of the House: Erev Sukkot 2010

Decorations await hanging

This is what's happening chez Mom in Israel: Household laundry is finished. Floor is washed, even though we won't be eating inside. Soldier son #1 is being picked at train station with two dufflebags of laundry. He has to go to Zichron for the day on Tuesday, followed by an obligatory … [Read more...]

We’re All in the Same Boat: Yom Kippur in the Navy

Israeli Navy boat Saar 45, Nirit

This is a guest post by DR, the father who shared his son's experience during the Marmara incident: Exclusive Account of Gaza Flotilla Violence. We're All in the Same Boat: Yom Kippur in the Navy A large proportion of commanders in the IDF are religiously observant, and the numbers are growing. … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Easy and Inspiring Sukkah Decorations

Children paint walls of their Sukkah

Wondering how you are going to decorate your sukkah*? Your worries are over! Please welcome Mara Strom of Kosher on a Budget for today's guest post on Sukkah crafts. And be sure to check out her site. I love Sukkot. Really, truly love it! I love watching my husband and sons build our … [Read more...]

Modesty and Politics

Article by R. Eliezer Melamed in Besheva, Part I

I removed what I quoted earlier, and have added the original article (thanks to Faith/Emuna for sending it to me). Bloggers have to sleep sometime, but in short, the article is mostly about tzniut and how people are not aware of how they let fashion dictate their styles. If long skirts are out, many … [Read more...]

Blogging Forgiveness for Yom Kippur

Yochanan ben Zakkai synagogue in Jerusalem

Blogging is all about communication and relationships: relationships with readers, commenters and other bloggers. Those relationships are important to me, and I haven't always nurtured them the way I should. So I'd like to ask forgiveness . . . For giving incorrect or misleading information, or … [Read more...]

Fasting on Yom Kippur During Pregnancy

pregnant belly with background of clock tower

Yom Kippur begins this Friday evening, September 17, and continues until Saturday evening. According to the Shulchan Aruch, the Code of Jewish Law, pregnant and nursing women are required to fast both on Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement ) and Tisha B'Av (9 Av, a day of mourning for the destruction of … [Read more...]

Sign Urging Modest Dress in Central Petach Tikva

Sign recommending modest dress for Jewish wmoen.

One of the things I love about Petach Tikva is its diversity. We have rich, poor, Russians, Ethiopians, Anglos, religious and secular. Even a few Christians and Arabs. So I don't quite know what to think about this sign posted on Herzl Street near the center of town, on an abandoned building just … [Read more...]