In Israel we’ve enjoyed a mild spring and summer so far, with normal humidity and cool evenings. July is expected to get hotter, starting this Shabbat. Between my kids being home from school and preparing for an exam in lactation, things are hectic.
Fortunately life provides unexpected entertainment. At the municipality, the automatic phone system informed me: “You have pushed the wrong number by mistake. Thank you and goodbye. CLICK.” I wonder if things were better back in the days of switchboards.
I hope the following links will help you take your mind off the heat.
- Jewish couples traditionally enjoy large celebratory meals for seven days after the wedding known as sheva brachot, a major logistical challenge for hosts. If you’ve ever thought of preparing a large dinner party, check out my guest post at Maven Mall: Tips for Preparing Sheva Brachot. Readers share more in the comments and I hope you’ll share yours too.
- Yosefa hosted this month’s Kosher Cooking Carnival and offers a giveaway.
- A salesman at “Fox Baby,” a clothing chain, kicked out a mother for breastfeeding in a sling. The management said it is not store policy but if so, the salesman should have been informed. Unfortunately, the mom apparently made a bizarre comment to Ynet, protesting that her breasts were small and it’s not like she “had to wrestle with watermelons.” This is a case where size doesn’t matter.
- I loved this wacky food label translation from Toby.
- Natalie Portman called her baby son Alef.
- This next one is long, but well worth the read. She Goes Covered appeared in the magazine Triple Canopy and features a fascinating interview with a haredi woman who moves to South America to harvest human hair for her high-end wig business. Don’t miss the photo slideshows, videos and PDF sprinkled throughout. Hat tip: Yonit.
- With summer starting it’s time to revisit this guest post on Free and Inexpensive Family Trips in Israel.
- At Cooking Manager, Marinated Beet Salad with Ginger and Garlic.
I wish all readers a cool and peaceful Shabbat.