Good news! Remember the exam I was studying for back in July? I finally got my results, so I am now officially an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.
Mazal tov to reader Yosefa of Cooking Outside the Box on the (home) birth of her son Avi.
Please enjoy today’s links–I’d like to hear your opinion on the articles.
- The Beit Shemesh school situation is still continuing, with the protesters appearing daily to harass the parents and children. Rafi reports on indications that the government and the haredi moderates are working to stop the extremists. They seem to have gone too far within the haredi community as well. Also see this JPost article: Beit Shemesh School Shows Israel at a Crossroads.
See also this interview with Dov Lipman on German television.
- Akiva of Mystical Paths writes about his haredi daughter’s decision to serve in the army. Akiva speaks frankly about her challenges and his ambivalence.
- Please help American readers choose a modern Israeli baby name.
- Treppenwitz on an encounter with a broken scooter at an army checkpoint.
- Did you see my guest post at JewishMom.Com, an interview with speech therapist Shoshi Belcovitz on when to start solids? The interview got some flak in the comments because Belcovitz recommends offering “tastes” starting from four months. This is controversial, with the World Health Organization continuing to recommend waiting a full six months while some research recommends earlier solids. I don’t think it’s critical either way, as long as the parents are careful to offer small quantities (less than a teaspoon). There is a tendency to quickly increase amounts, creating problems with weight gain and milk supply.
- Muqata writes about how children, orphaned of both parents in terror attacks, have fallen through the cracks as no provision is made for them in Israeli law. The Schijveschuurder children are planning to return to Holland. The last straw was when one of the terrorists involved in the murder of their parents and three siblings, was released in the Shalit deal. Unlike the other families affected, they did not even receive a letter from the government in advance of the release. If you understand Hebrew, and maybe even if you don’t, the documentary about the family is painful to watch.
- Read Chaviva on the costs of converting to Judaism in Denver at Conversion’s a Racket.