20 Top Israeli Baby Girl Names for 2012

baby girl in pink jumper

See also: 20 Top Israeli Baby Boy Names for 2012 At long last, the Israeli Central Bureau for Statistics announced popular names for 2012.  Today I'll review the top twenty names for Jewish girls. First, a word about trends. Remember how just a few years ago single-syllable names were all the … [Read more...]

Israelis Protest Breastfeeding Harassment

Maya Norton breastfeeding in a restaurant her baby

Check out my interview with Tel Aviv Radio by host Amir Mizroch, starting at 30 minutes.  You can see the picture by Amir Schiby that I mention in the interview. Last month, a mother visited a Petach Tikva mall with her two small children. The baby got hungry. While the mother knew of a nursing … [Read more...]

Israeli Baby Girl Name Help November 2013

Chava Ewa Darski Kovacs baby Shasha

Two readers just sent inquiries about Israeli baby names. Can you help? Thanks for a great site!  I am having quite a hard time with a baby name to be named after my grandmother Hedwig (Tzirel).  I am comfortable using an H or I suppose a Z for the tzadi.  We can't use Hannah... Do you know of … [Read more...]

Bnei Baruch Kabbalah Laam: Politics and Money

Lake Yeroham in southern Israel

In March, 2009, I wrote about Bnei Baruch Kabbalah Center in Petach Tikva, Is Bnei Baruch a Cult?. In January, 2011, I posted a first-hand account of a former member. Since then, the post has shot up in Google rankings and gets about 400 visitors a month. In August 2012, Haaretz published an … [Read more...]

Gas Mask Distribution Information

boxes with gas masks

This post was originally published in 2011 but has been completely updated. With the threat of war, the home front command has a new phone number for gas mask distribution information: 104. There may be a long wait. You can also order home delivery, via the post office. Phone: *2237 or leave a … [Read more...]

Mother in Israel’s Guide to the Polio Vaccine Campaign

Well baby clinic record of 3 doses of Oral Polio Vaccine from 2004-2005.

Israel lives with constant military threats. Lately we are dealing with an invisible threat, the polio virus, which has crossed our borders via Egypt. Polio was supposed to have been eliminated by now, through aggressive vaccination. One of the most dangerous strains is already extinct. But partly … [Read more...]

Mothers and Fathers, 2013

don't forget baby in car

The blog post below was written in Hebrew by Esther Pelled, author of the blog Unedited. She is responding in part to a report on Channel Two News last Saturday evening, which claimed that the Israeli health ministry puts too much pressure on women to breastfeed. Thanks to Julie Rosenzweig of … [Read more...]

Tips for Couples Struggling with Infertility

infertile woman missing uterus Jewish community

I wrote this post a long time ago, after attending a talk by Natalie Taylor at the Kolech conference on fertility. Unfortunately the topic still relevant for many couples. At the time the speaker was pregnant with twins, who were born healthy. Natalie Taylor started off by saying that she is not … [Read more...]

Tomorrow’s Wars


Last year I asked, "Where Are the Children of Tomorrow?" about the absence of sessions about parents and children at Tomorrow 2012, also known as the President's Conference.  This year's program showed only slight improvement with one session on education and another on women and Judaism (more on … [Read more...]

Thank You to a Stranger from a Special Needs Mom

girls in swimming pool

Please welcome Hadassah Rosenthal for today's guest post. Hadassah's moving story has a lesson for all parents. Yesterday was my 5-year-old daughter's first day at the pool. I've heard way too many stories about kids on the Autistic Spectrum who wandered into water and ended up drowning. So, … [Read more...]