Photo of Hyper-Cacher Hostage Breastfeeding Baby

An image obtained by the Paris Match shows three adult hostages hiding in the basement freezer of the "Hyper-Cacher" while terrorists in the store above killed four Jewish customers. A closer look at the photo shows a fourth hostage, a baby being breastfed by its mother.  A Muslim worker, Lassana … [Read more...]

Israeli Baby Boy Name Help, December 2014

Here is a question from Yaniv. Hi Hannah - been going through your blog for some name ideas and figured I'd reach out directly. My wife and I are having our first this April and are looking for boy names. We are struggling somewhat as we are looking for a name that is easily pronounced in both … [Read more...]

Dr. James Cantor on Pedophilia and the Brain

This is the fourth post on the Tahel conference on "The Jewish Community Confronts Violence and Abuse." Dr. James Cantor gave the keynote lecture on the first day entitled,"Understanding Pedophilia and the Brain: Implications for Safety and Society." Cantor is the Associate Professor of … [Read more...]

Rabbi Cherlow’s Top Reasons for Divorce in the Religious Zionist Community

This is the third part in my report on the conference, "The Jewish Community Confronts Violence and Abuse." Part IV: Dr. James Cantor on Pedophilia and the Brain. Today I'm taking a break from discussing abuse to share Rabbi Cherlow's remarks about marriage and divorce. After the presentations by … [Read more...]

Rabbi Yosef Blau on Religious Justifications for Abuse

This is the second installment of a report on the Tahel conference entitled, "The Jewish Community Confronts Violence and Abuse." In part one, Rabbi Yuval Cherlow addressed the question, "Is Religion the Solution or the Problem?" Dr. James Cantor spoke on Pedophilia and the Brain. Rabbi Yosef … [Read more...]

Violence and Abuse in the Jewish Community: Is Religion the Solution or the Problem?

Part II: Rabbi Blau on Religious Justifications for Abuse Part IV: Dr. James Cantor on Pedophilia and the Brain On December 1, 2014, I attended the first day of "The Jewish Community Confronts Violence and Abuse." The three-day conference in Jerusalem, sponsored by the Tahel Crisis Center for … [Read more...]

Israeli Girl Baby Name Help, December 2014

I got this name request a while ago while I was having some trouble with my site and had to switch to a new host. I hope it's not too late for this mom :) Hi, I stumbled upon your blog when I was researching baby names. After reading for a bit I have come to understand that you seem to really be an … [Read more...]

Rabbi Who Installed Hidden Cameras in Dorm to Open New Seminary

Update posted Wednesday, December 17: Today Haaretz published an article confirming that Rabbi Bryks was exonerated by the police.   According to the Haaretz article, "Bryks currently teaches at two yeshiva programs for men in Israel, Derech and Chai Israel, and two seminary programs for women, … [Read more...]

Alarming Mortality Rates for Premature Babies in Israel

To mark World Prematurity Day, the Israel Forum for Prematurity released a report on the care of premature babies in Israeli hospitals. Judy Siegel-Itzkovich summarized the findings for the Jerusalem Post, stating that "The death rate of premature babies in Israel remains twice as high as that in … [Read more...]

Rosh Hashanah Survival Guide–Updated for 2015/5776

I first wrote the checklist below seven years ago. I'm republishing it as a new post, for the second time. I've also set up a page with the best posts about Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot. Some of the tips below only apply when Rosh Hashanah is on Shabbat or leads into Shabbat. Don't … [Read more...]