Breastfeeding and Judaism: Why Moses’ Mother Didn’t Put Bottles into the Ark of Bulrushes

Below is the first post in my series on breastfeeding for the Israeli environmental blog Green Prophet. The Torah doesn’t talk much about breastfeeding, as it was taken for granted in ancient times. Moses’ mother doesn’t put bottles into the ark of bulrushes she sends down the Nile to save him from … [Read more...]

Jpix Jewish and Israel Photo Blog Carnival #21

Welcome to the December 8, 2008 edition of JPix, the Jewish Photo Blog Carnival.Let's take a moment to remember the victims of the Mumbai massacre, through a photo collage: Leah Lipszyc presents In Memoriam. Gabi & Rivky Holtzberg H"YD posted at chossid's photoblog.And now for the … [Read more...]

Our Israeli Container Garden

The second floor of our apartment has a large, sunny porch. At one point we had a thriving herb garden, which now contains only a geranium, some sad-looking rosemary, and a miniature citrus tree. I am gratified that the tree survived long enough for us to enjoy the single kumquat, since we couldn't … [Read more...]

Reading the "Little House" books

I've been reading the Little House series of books to my seven-year-old son Y. He loves them, even the rather slow descriptions of the prairie landscape in The House on Plum Creek.I remember a discussion on a Jewish blog about whether the description of killing and cooking a pig in the first book, … [Read more...]

Mnemonic for Noachide Laws

Ilana-Davita posted about the seven Noachide laws. According to Jewish tradition, these commandments are also binding on non-Jews. Here's a mnemonic for remembering them:Aleph-Bet-Gimel-Dalet and the Big Three? Aleph--Ever min hachai, the prohibition against eating a limb from a living animal? … [Read more...]

A Subdued Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

A member of our shul, a mother of five, lost her fight with cancer on the first night of Rosh Hashana. When the family realized that her death was near, they checked her into the hospital and stayed with her. Had she died at home, the burial would have taken place on Yom Tov with the family walking … [Read more...]

The end of shmitah

This Rosh Hashanah marks the end of the shmittah year in Israel. During the sabbatical year the land is supposed to be left fallow, and whatever grows by itself in the field and on the trees is "hefker," or free for the taking. At the end of the sabbatical year, the Torah requires lenders to forgive … [Read more...]

Synagogues in mixed communities

Trilcat vents about people who object to government allocations for synagogues, yet visit on holidays or when they want an aliyah for their son's bar mitzvah. I am not sure that the people complaining about municipal allocations for religious purposes are the same as those stopping by for Ne'ilah on … [Read more...]

What’s My Line? Another Visit to the Shmitah Store

Original post: A Trip to the Shmitah Store Zemira is a cashier at "Shefa me-ha-Teva" (Nature's Bounty). We call it the shmita store because it markets the produce of the organization Otzar Haaretz. Otzar Haaretz provides produce acceptable during the sabbatical year, while striving to protect … [Read more...]

A visit with Abbi, and the bug in the challah dough

What I've been up to this week:Met Commenter Abbi in the park. Her children are so sweet! (Sorry about the photo quality--I can't get through to Canon about repairing the camera.) I was glad for an excuse to get out of the house and socialize. On a related note, I don't understand how Israeli … [Read more...]