Interesting Links: Special Needs, Epidurals, Breastfeeding, Women’s Prayers, Dog Stoning, Aliyah, Basketball.

french horn concert This picture is from my son’s end-of-the-year concert.

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I hope you enjoy today’s links.

  1. William Kolbrenner is interviewed by Jeffrey Goldberg of the Atlantic about his new book, Open-Minded Torah.
  2. I enjoyed reading a review copy of reader Tzippora Price’s new book, Mother in Progress. A collection of inspiring essays for mothers, Price provides a thoughtful and self-forgiving look at the challenges of raising small children. If you are looking for a gift for a friend with a new baby, check it out or treat yourself to a copy.
  3. Bar-Ilan professor Aliza Lavie collected historical prayers for women from all over the world and published them in an unusual book, recently translated into English. I enjoyed this interview with her at Shalom TV, in which interviewer Mark Golub points out that many of the prayers were written by men and apply equally to both sexes.
  4. Social services in England grabbed a newborn out of her mother’s arms and kept the two apart for 6 days. The social services decided that the mother was psychologically unstable after she learned of the death of her son abroad. And in Spain, a mother of a 15-month-old was prevented from nursing by a women’s shelter. Update: The two have been reunited.
  5. In light of our recent discussion about parenting in later life and egg freezing, read about a mother with Four Kids After 40, at JewishMoms.Com.
  6. West Bank Mama published aliyah stories in honor of her 20-year aliyah anniversary. They’re all good, but I especially enjoyed Baka Diary’s account of aliyah with a special-needs teenager.
  7. The dog stoning story was retracted by Maariv. There may or may not have been truth in it.
  8. Amy Shuter is a blogger, new immigrant, and mother of triplets. Sadly lost her husband, Barry, last month to complications of lymphoma. You can read more about Barry in this memorial website.
  9. In my last link round-up, I mentioned Israel basketball player Naama Shafir and her problems with the immodest dress code in the European league. A compromise has been reached allowing her to wear skin-toned sleeves.
  10. The Israeli daughter of American blogger Lady-Light developed severe, mysterious symptoms and a rare condition known as RSD after a car accident. In one of her posts on her blog, she explains What It’s Like to Live with RSD. Lady Light is currently visiting Israel.
  11. Science and Sensibility looks at the latest research on epidurals and breastfeeding.
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  1. I love that picture of your son! May you continue to have much nachat from him and from your entire family!

  2. Hi,
    My kid started out with the french horn , then to the trumpet. Thanks for sharing ‘ open-minded-torah

    it reminds me of a very creative Rabbi David Lapin who wrote –

    For a long time the secular intellectual world has been on a path that does not intersect with the spirituality of Torah. In modern times we have been through periods of hedonism, materialism, hippyism, obsession with science, and obsession with money.Ö² But now a new wind is blowing across the plains of current thought-leadership: the wind of spiritual consciousness. It is now “cool” to talk of “energy”, to be conscious of its healing powers, its blessing and its miraculous capabilities.

    New-age intellectuals avoid using religious terminology. They avoid words like “holiness”, “G-d” and even “spiritual”. This is not because they do not recognize the centrality of G-d to all they believe. It is because institutionalized religion has hijacked these words and in many cases stripped them of their spiritual meaning. In religion, these terms have become ritualistic, formulistic, fear-engendering ideas. New-age thinkers distance themselves from those intonations. Instead, they use words like “the universe” for G-d, and “energy” for spirituality.

    Some of these thinkers and writers use non-English, in fact non-Western, terminology. They began borrowing terms from Indian, Buddhist, and Yoga lexicons like karma and chakra. Now they are increasingly borrowing terms from Kabbala, using words like Hashem, Ruach Hakodesh, Midot and Sefirot.

    These winds of change are not winds of kefirra (G-dlessness), avodah zarah (idolatry) or anything anti-Torah at all. They are the winds of a generation of people whose spiritual vacuousness has become too painful too bear, and who are questing after ruchniyut (spirituality) with a new ferocity hardly ever before experienced on so wide a level.

  3. also loved the photo. I played french horn for many years, and still have it in my closet…Maybe one of my kids could play it? never occurred to me until I saw this photo of your son. Harbeh nachat! I’m also off to a school concert today…(and thanks for the link too:))

  4. The picture of your son is precious, and the French Horn is a great instrument! I was a music major, so I’m always partial to pictures of orchestral instruments.

    I’m looking forward to reading these links. The link to the research on epidurals and breastfeeding first opened a funny FB page for me, and then to the page. Not sure what that’s about. Okay, onto the reading! Thanks!

  5. Observer says:

    The blogger who wrote about the mother who was brutalized by social services in the UK is a total idiot, imo, but she is undoubtedly right that the hospital was acting outrageously.

    The thing is that if a blogger is an idiot, it’s not going to do all that much damage, even if she does miss the point. But, what the hospital did DID do huge damage. I hope heads roll there.

  6. Nice photo and interesting round-up.

  7. The epidural-nursing connection is interesting. I was considering getting an epidural (I’ve never had one with my 3 kids) but I don’t think I will now.

    • I don’t think the article managed to say anything.
      It said it is highly possible that epidurals damage nursing but we could not really prove it!

      I have had 6 kids all with epidural, 2 of these were ceaserans, All nursed except the last who had all the problems decribed in the article causing all sorts of problems..

      If she had been the first, I would have seen it as proof of the article, but as 1 out of 6, it is not scientific proof yet

      • It seems that modern epidurals use less analgesics than earlier ones. There are many factors. Still, they are an intervention and some gets to the baby.

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