The Non-Denominational Mikveh

An anonymous reader sent me a link to an article containing an interview with the founder of the non-denominational mikveh in Boston called “Mayim Hayyim.”"For a lot of people, the mikveh's been associated with a lot of negatives -- the second-class status of women, the denigration of women's … [Read more...]

Is the teacher’s strike kosher?

I promised to write about the high school teacher's strike, which has been going on now for a month. We're lucky; my eleventh-grader is in a private school, and my eighth-grader has only one striking teacher (but it's her best teacher). Her large school has enough substitutes and non-striking … [Read more...]

Growing up in the middle

Yesterday I found a blog called Musings from a Square Peg. From the introduction:Recently I have begun questioning my assumptions and wondering if I should be Orthodox – and if so, what stripe. My parents, Jewish educators both, managed to imbue their children with their passion for Judaism. I feel … [Read more...]

A Trip to the Shmitta Store

Mo'ah kemo Efro'ah has been nudging me to do a post on shopping during shmitta. So on my last trip to the "shmitta store" catering to the religious public, I brought my camera. I can't possibly explain all of the political, religious, economic, and practical implications of this mitzvah; check out … [Read more...]

Seven things about Sukkot

I've adapted this idea from an earlier meme called "Eight things about me." (A meme is a cross between a chain letter and a themed blog post.) I changed the number to seven, in honor of the seven days of Sukkot (Tabernacles festival).My husband likes to quote the midrash where one of the nations … [Read more...]

Blogging "Al het"

For the posts I planned to write, and the series I didn't finish.For not updating the blogroll regularly.For comments and emails ignored, and worthy causes unpromoted.For failing to visit and comment on others' blogs.For failing to publicize Jblog carnivals regularly.For failing to link to other … [Read more...]

The Truth about Nursing in the Ezrat Nashim

Which of the following situations is disturbing, distracting, or inappropriate in shul? Cracking open a bag of Bamba for a toddler, who proceeds to distribute the contents around the shul Hansel and Gretel style. Shoving chairs right and left while pushing a monster stroller through the … [Read more...]

Nursing in the Negev, or Nursing in the toilet?

When I received an email from a distressed mother, criticized for nursing in shul, I assumed she lived in the US. Israelis tend to respect nursing mothers. But when I asked for permission to post, the mother said I should call her "Nursing in the Negev." Nursing in the Negev (NN) brought her baby … [Read more...]

Finally, Eight Things about Me

I can't even remember who tagged me anymore, but thanks to whoever it was! I see that Aidel Maidel tagged me again. Okay, I just checked and Frumhouse taged me first, some time in June.I used to be great at Jewish geography. Give me a US or Canadian city, and I could come up with a few names of Jews … [Read more...]

Parsha Post–Korach

Rebecca of Jewess asked me to write a dvar Torah with a feminine twist. You can check it out here. … [Read more...]