My Family Visit to Bogota

Seven flights, eight airports, four languages, four currencies and four continents. I just returned from Bogota and Medellin, Colombia, where I attended the Latin American Breastfeeding Conference. Even though my Spanish was poor, I managed not to come down with typhus, yellow fever, malaria, … [Read more...]

Yet Another Passive-Aggressive Letter to a Daughter-in-Law

This week, Gilui Daat published another letter to an uncooperative and unappreciative daughter-in-law. My own daughter wondered whether both letters were written by the same person, but the details don't match. Here's the previous letter: With a Mother-in-Law Like This, Who Needs Enemies? My … [Read more...]

Fun and Frugal Family Games for Your Chanukah Party

My family hosts the annual Chanukah party for my husband’s siblings and their children. Aside from frantically cleaning the house, I’m planning a short program. Almost everyone likes to play games, and they are a fun way to get to know my nieces and nephews. It’s not so easy to find a good party … [Read more...]

Single Motherhood in the Orthodox Community

Image via Wikipedia The phenomenon of Orthodox single women who choose to have babies on their own has been around for a while. Gilit Chomski of Ynet interviews some of the mothers, as well as rabbis who have ruled on the subject. A few passages in the long article that stood out for … [Read more...]

Teaching Compassion to Children: Start When They Are Babies

We all want our children to be compassionate, but teaching this in our individualistic culture can be challenging. Here are my thoughts: Show compassion for your children from when they are babies. A person can only be compassionate if he has experienced compassion from others. We comfort babies … [Read more...]