Kotel Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovich: Expanded Space for Women at Western Wall

Photo by Rahel Jaskow

Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovich, the rabbi in charge of the Kotel (Western Wall), said last week that he intends to enlarge the women's section of the Western Wall. Photographer Rahel Jaskow documented the poor conditions for women in two photo essays, Separate and Unequal at the Western Wall and Return … [Read more...]

Revisiting the Misgeret, or Is Preschool Necessary

This post was originally published in 2008, but is still relevant for many parents. Sadly two readers who commented here, Helene and RivkA, passed away within the last few years. It's bound to happen at one time or another when you are out with your toddler. Your neighbor asks you the question … [Read more...]

Breastfeeding in the Hospital after a C-Section

A reader writes: Hi Hannah, I had a question in response to your last post about the formula options promoted by the Ministry of Health.  I'm due to give birth to my third child in the next few weeks (in Jerusalem, G-d willing) by elective c-section. I exclusively breastfed both of my older … [Read more...]

New Mothers Get Choice — Between Two Brands of Breastmilk Substitutes

Choosing formula in the store

I once heard a bit of sales advice, let's say for shoes. After a potential customer has tried on two pairs, you shouldn't ask if he likes one or the other. Instead say, "Which pair of shoes do you prefer?" With luck, the customer will accept your assumption that he has already decided to buy at … [Read more...]

Reader: Should We Make Aliyah in the Middle of the School Year?

girl doing geometry homework

Please check out my blog post at Times of Israel, in honor of Yom Haatzmaut: The Good, the Bad and the Fantastic: 65 Surprising Things about Parenting in Israel. The post below also makes use of crowd-sourcing via the Mother in Israel Facebook page. A reader writes: Hi! I'm wishing to remain … [Read more...]

Fallen Soldiers with No One to Remember Them: Esther Koifman

Connecting with Yom Hazikaron, Israel's  memorial day for fallen soldiers and terror victims, can be difficult for immigrants. Unlike most Israelis, immigrants may not know any families who have lost loved ones. So I was intrigued when my friend Deena Levenstein wrote about participating in a … [Read more...]

Return to the Western Wall, Passover 2013

Rahel Jaskow's photo essay on equality at the kotel, Separate and Unequal at the Western Wall, prompted much commentary. She decided to return with her camera over the Passover holiday to document any  differences. Here is her report. Return to the Western Wall: Passover 2013 by Rahel … [Read more...]

The Last Night before the Hurban of Ozerow

Ben Zion Wacholder with baby granddaughter

In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, I am sharing this excerpt from my father Ben Zion Wacholder's memoir of the days before the deportation of the Jews of his town of Ozarow, Poland: No decision was taken by the family as to whether or not I should leave them until the eve of deportation. The … [Read more...]

Modern Israeli Baby Girl Names, April 2013

Mother and baby israeli names

G. writes: I love your blog! especially the baby names sections but I wanted to ask for myself specifically. I am due to have a baby girl B'H at the end of the month and I am thinking of baby girl names that have a nice meaning, sound nice in English (I am from Australia), are a little … [Read more...]

Online Conferences, Passover Baby Names and Unequal Accommodations

Butterfly and Syrian thistle

I hope you have all had a wonderful Pesach. Aside from a tiyul or two, I've been busy preparing talks for two online conferences. I want to thank the many friends and readers contributed pictures that I used in the presentations. If you've never attended an online conference, you may wonder how … [Read more...]