More Wedding Fashions

This post is NOT part of my series on weddings in the religious Zionist community. I took this picture at a local children's store: Regular Anonymous mentioned wedding dresses with see-through midriffs, so I found two samples. And this exchange appeared in the comments section of Winter … [Read more...]

Preparing for the Israeli Earthquake

Image by Getty Images via Daylife In the wake of the Haiti earthquake the Israeli press has been writing about the possibility of a major earthquake along Israel's faultlines. But experts don't consider it a possibility. It's a certainty, the only question is when. During a discussion at the … [Read more...]

Is There a Shidduch Crisis in the Religious Zionist World?

This is the fifth in a series on dating and marriage in the religious Zionist community in Israel. Previous posts in the series: Part I: Dating Readiness Part II: Meeting the One Part III: Genetic Testing Part IV: Dating Venues VI: Internet Dating VII: Paying the Shadchan, or … [Read more...]

Dating Venues: Marriage in the Religious-Zionist World, Part IV

This is the fourth part in a series on dating and marriage in the Israeli religious Zionist community: Part I: Dating Readiness Part II: Meeting the One Part III: Genetic Testing Part V: Shidduch Crisis? VI: Internet Dating VII: Paying the Shadchan, or Not VIII: Wedding … [Read more...]

Marriage in the Religious Zionist Community, Part I: Dating Readiness

This is the first in a series.  Also see Part II: Meeting the One, Part III: Genetic Testing, Part IV: Dating Venues, Part V: Shidduch Crisis?,  VI: Internet Dating, VII: Paying the Shadchan, or Not, VIII: Wedding Costs, IX: Planning Tips My oldest son is nearly twenty. I'm not encouraging him … [Read more...]

Shoes and Fashions

The other day I decided to go into town for some errands. My stops were: The tailor, to have a zipper fixed on a coat. The bookstore and toy store to buy gifts for a brit and a child's birthday party. The shoe repair, for the lining in my winter dress shoes. I debated whether to take both … [Read more...]

A Clean City with Lots of Shoe Stores

I remember my mother taking me from store to store trying to find a pair of shoes that fit. My own daughter is fairly easy to shop for, but we must have gone into fifteen stores over two days to find sandals for her rapidly enlarging feet. In most of the stores, she wouldn't consider even a single … [Read more...]

Author Henkin: “My Wife Is Not a JAP”

Josh Henkin, guest-blogging on Jewess about his new book Matrimony: I dated non-Jews over the years, but most of my serious relationships were with Jewish women, and the woman I married is Jewish. She fits none of the stereotypes of the Jewish woman—she’s not a Jewish American Princess, nor is she … [Read more...]

The Wonders of Cholent

I observe the yahrzeit (anniversary of death) for my mother of blessed memory next Friday. So when Batya of Me-ander suggested I write about leftovers, I thought this post would be a fitting tribute. I hope to write more about my mother's legacy to me in the coming week. My mother never wasted … [Read more...]