Guiding Couples Through Infertility

This post originally appeared in February, 2010. I am republishing it today because Racheli Sprecher Frankel, whose talk I summarized below, is the mother of 16-year-old Naftali Frankel. Last Thursday, Naftali and two other young boys were hitching rides home when they were kidnapped by Hamas … [Read more...]

Are Rabbis Too Strict about Birth Control and Abortion?

The Orthodox website billed the Kolech conference on fertility as an "anti-Puah" event. Puah is an institute that helps couples with issues related to sexual health and fertility in a halachic framework. (A representative of Kolech insisted that the headline was invented by Kipa.) I … [Read more...]

Body and Soul in Fertility, Halacha and Science

On January 16, 2011, I attended the conference on fertility, halacha and women's health, sponsored by the Orthodox women's organization Kolech, the Bar-Ilan department of Gender studies, and the-Woman-to-Woman health center in Haifa. Knesset Member Gila Gamliel introduced the panel on Fertility, … [Read more...]

Rabbi Eliyahu Against Breastfeeding in Bathrooms

The alon Olam Katan has a regular feature called shu”t cellulari, or responsa via SMS. Readers can text halachic questions and get answers fairly quickly, from either Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu or Rabbi Shlomo Aviner. My daughter alerted me to one of last week’s questions: Is there a problem of tumah … [Read more...]

Fasting on Tisha B’Av for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women

The 9th of the Jewish month of Av, known as Tisha B'Av, commemorates the destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. On this most mournful day of the year, Jews are required to fast from sunset until nightfall the following day. (On a side note, most rabbinic opinions exempt pregnant and nursing … [Read more...]