A Mother in Israel
Parenting and women's issues from a Jewish perspective.
A revised version of my post, Nursing in the Ezrat Nashim, is up on DovBear. Update: Be sure to check out the comments.
And you can find Haveil Havalim, the Jewish and Israel blog carnival, at The Rebbetzin’s Husband.
think you should edit this post to say the comments on dovbears post are hilarious and quite spirited – well worth the read!
Wow, you are a glutton for punishment, aren’t you! 😉
This one was fine.
yup, just saw. Not so bad, only a few outrageously insane comments. Some very intelligent discussion actually.
Don’t talk about Katherine that way.
ar ar ar! I was not the one talking about various bodily ahem functions – in shul no less! 🙂
That blog is just too much for me. I used to visit all the time but have stopped due to my borderline high blood pressure.
yeah it is driving me nuts – the argument is getting stupider and stupider – think I’m gonna hang up the gloves
yeah I actually don’t know how you’re keeping your cool Hannah – those comments are driving me up the wall.
137 comments (so far)!! After I slogged through many of them, I decided I like your blog and commenters much better. I believe we are a more civilized bunch over here.
Ironic–bunch of babies over there…
Baila: “I believe we are a more civilized bunch over here.” Aw, thanks. By the way, I haven’t forgotten your request for help with teens. I’ve been meaning to bring it up for a while.
I’m kind of appalled that men, purportedly grownups, are so disgusted by breastfeeding. Chances are they’re not appalled by breasts in general (if I had to guess).
And the guy who said that he’s responsible for the davening in the family and his wife has never nursed in shul because she’s busy having babies and all….gosh, I don’t go to shul much either, but that’s because I have a toddler who doesn’t sit still and keep quiet and that, in my opinion, is FAR MORE inappropriate than a baby sleeping or nursing in a sling. I did go to shul until my older one was about six months and we did just that. Anyway, I am fine with the idea that women’s and men’s obligations in terms of davening (or any of the mitzvot shel zman gramma–having a baby changed all that for me) are different, but I get pretty riled up at the idea that I can’t go to shul (daven b’tzibbur…or have my own unique tefillah/relationship with Hashem, even?) because I have this millstone of a baby around my neck. (My own interpretation of where this comment was going; not expressed directly in the comment.)
I think I was pretty insulated from stuff going on in my own shul because we attend an early minyan that takes place in a classroom; there were many times when I was the only woman in the ezrat nashim. I guess if there is nobody to call me on my behavior, it’s up to me to decide what’s appropriate.
Thanks, Kate. I’ll ask the women who oppose it whether they would leave the sanctuary if they were alone.
I read up to #129. Maybe it comes up later, but I was surprised nobody pointed out the glaring flaw in “just take the baby out and nurse him”: supposing you have another child or children with you, what about them? Do you create further disruption by shlepping her (them) with you when you leave? Do you leave them there unsupervised to possibly (probably) create even more disruption in your absence? Disrupt the men’s section by sending them to sit with Daddy?
S-R: As you may have noticed, there weren’t too many people bringing arguments to support my point. I did mention that just now though. I didn’t before because I felt it would move the discussion into a different direction.
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