Spy Cameras in Gan

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A new trend in Israeli parenting involves equipping small children with spy cameras to catch a ganenet (kindergarten teacher) during the act of child abuse. In Makor Rishon's "Tzedek" supplement (January 16), Itzik Wolf wrote that the education ministry is preparing a legal document that will … [Read more...]

Israeli Baby Girl Name Suggestions Needed: January 2015

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We've let the baby name requests pile up around here! These three readers are looking for four Hebrew names for their daughters: Hi! I don't know if you're still doing the baby name posts, but please help if you can! We are looking for an Israeli girls' name which is the same as a secular name. … [Read more...]

We Can’t Afford to Wait Until 12th Grade: Sexuality Awareness in the Religious Community

Rama Ganzel

We judge a society not only by what they talk about, but also by what they don't talk about. This was the theme of an event on sexuality in the religious community, organized by Tzohar. Rabbis belonging to Tzohar conduct Orthodox weddings throughout the country, with an emphasis on a meaningful, … [Read more...]

Photo of Hyper-Cacher Hostage Breastfeeding Baby

One of three Hyper-Cacher hostages breastfeeds baby

An image obtained by the Paris Match shows three adult hostages hiding in the basement freezer of the "Hyper-Cacher" while terrorists in the store above killed four Jewish customers. A closer look at the photo shows a fourth hostage, a baby being breastfed by its mother.  A Muslim worker, Lassana … [Read more...]

Israeli Baby Boy Name Help, December 2014

baby boy in bassinette

Here is a question from Yaniv. Hi Hannah - been going through your blog for some name ideas and figured I'd reach out directly. My wife and I are having our first this April and are looking for boy names. We are struggling somewhat as we are looking for a name that is easily pronounced in both … [Read more...]

Dr. James Cantor on Pedophilia and the Brain

Dr. James Cantor 
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This is the fourth post on the Tahel conference on "The Jewish Community Confronts Violence and Abuse." Dr. James Cantor gave the keynote lecture on the first day entitled,"Understanding Pedophilia and the Brain: Implications for Safety and Society." Cantor is the Associate Professor of … [Read more...]

Rabbi Cherlow’s Top Reasons for Divorce in the Religious Zionist Community

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This is the third part in my report on the conference, "The Jewish Community Confronts Violence and Abuse." Part IV: Dr. James Cantor on Pedophilia and the Brain. Today I'm taking a break from discussing abuse to share Rabbi Cherlow's remarks about marriage and divorce. After the presentations by … [Read more...]

Rabbi Yosef Blau on Religious Justifications for Abuse

Rabbi Yosef Blau

This is the second installment of a report on the Tahel conference entitled, "The Jewish Community Confronts Violence and Abuse." In part one, Rabbi Yuval Cherlow addressed the question, "Is Religion the Solution or the Problem?" Dr. James Cantor spoke on Pedophilia and the Brain. Rabbi Yosef … [Read more...]

Violence and Abuse in the Jewish Community: Is Religion the Solution or the Problem?

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Part II: Rabbi Blau on Religious Justifications for Abuse Part IV: Dr. James Cantor on Pedophilia and the Brain On December 1, 2014, I attended the first day of "The Jewish Community Confronts Violence and Abuse." The three-day conference in Jerusalem, sponsored by the Tahel Crisis Center for … [Read more...]

Israeli Girl Baby Name Help, December 2014

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I got this name request a while ago while I was having some trouble with my site and had to switch to a new host. I hope it's not too late for this mom :) Hi, I stumbled upon your blog when I was researching baby names. After reading for a bit I have come to understand that you seem to really be an … [Read more...]