Tahel Conference to Fight Abuse in the Religious Community

Hardly a day goes by without hearing of another case of domestic violence, get refusal, or child sex abuse in the Jewish community. We are all against it, and appalled by what is happening. But is there anything we can do? Debbie Gross, director of the Tahel Crisis Center for Religious Women and … [Read more...]

Dreaming about Israeli Baby Names

Reader Rachel writes: Hi Hannah, I've really enjoyed reading your advice to people about names. As I am pregnant with boy #3, we are trying to narrow down our name options and are having some trouble. I actually had a dream in which I was asking you about names, so I figured I would contact you! … [Read more...]

Notes from the Shiva: Sholom Wacholder z”l

I am sorry to report the death of my brother, Dr. Sholom Wacholder z"l, on October 4, 2015, during the Sukkot holiday. He had been sick for two years. I attended the funeral in Maryland, and returned to finish sitting shiva at home from after Shabbat. Sholom was 9 years older, and possessed an … [Read more...]

Uncovering Gay “Conversion Therapy”

Psychologist Dr. Norman Goldwasser is a controversial figure. Some laud him for innovative treatments of trauma patients. But he has also been criticized for endorsing "conversion "or "reparative" therapy" to lessen or eliminate homosexual tendencies. This type of therapy has been thoroughly … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Secret Crush, Secret Life

The writer of this guest post would like to remain anonymous. I was in 8th grade when I first met her. To my untrained eyes, she was completely perfect. From her shining eyes and dimples to the sound of her laugh. I knew that I couldn’t approach her, but I worshipped from afar. We became friends, … [Read more...]

Rabbi Defends Not Reporting Sex Abuse

Last week, Yehuda Shohat and Ariela Sternbuch published a story in Yediot Aharonot about the advice that rabbis give regarding sexual molestation and abuse. Sternbuch called up 27 rabbis and community leaders with a story of how she or her child was sexually abused. In only a few of the cases did … [Read more...]

Israeli Baby Boy Name Help: June 2015

Request from a reader: Hi! I love your blog, especially the names! You actually helped me choose my daughter's name last pregnancy on the namewizard site (that was how I got to you). My husband and I are desperately looking for a name to go with with the middle name Benaya for a boy,  ideally … [Read more...]

Do We Need a Rule about Breastfeeding in Shul?

Rabbi Ysoscher Katz (RYK) of Yeshiva Chovevei Torah wrote a psak, or religious ruling, on whether it's permitted to breastfeed in the synagogue. I've addressed this issue several times before, because women have been harassed, and people have spoken out publicly against breastfeeding in the … [Read more...]

Israeli Baby Boy Name Help: March 2015

A reader writes: I enjoy reading your baby name suggestions, and thought you might be able to lend some of your insight to us as well... :) We are national-religious, living in Israel, originally from America, and looking forward to welcoming our first baby, a boy. We would like to name him … [Read more...]

Preschool Pesach Haggadah

I'm happy to be participating in the Passover for Kids series over at the Multicultural Kids Blog (MKB). Today I'm reposting a popular craft, a simplified children's haggadah that preschoolers can make themselves and use at the family Passover seder. Be sure to check out the other posts in the … [Read more...]