This picture is from my son’s end-of-the-year concert.
I hope you enjoy today’s links.
- William Kolbrenner is interviewed by Jeffrey Goldberg of the Atlantic about his new book, Open-Minded Torah.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The dog stoning story was retracted by Maariv. There may or may not have been truth in it.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Science and Sensibility looks at the latest research on epidurals and breastfeeding.