Purim Links, Baby Names and More

Purim is coming soon! Here are links for the holiday and more. I posted about Israeli Baby Names at the Nameberry blog. Our Shiputzim translates the Megillah into Heblish. Jacob Richman has a wonderful collection of videos and websites for Purim. In light of the earthquake in … [Read more...]

Local Principal Takes Stand on Cheating

We often hear stories about condoning cheating in Israeli schools, and in the religious sector as well. One a retired teacher told me she didn't see anything wrong with it. She cheated as a student, and her children did, too. Image by Mr_Stein via Flickr So I found it refreshing when my … [Read more...]

Shidduch Investigations

Cross-posted at DovBear In some Orthodox Jewish circles, marriages are arranged by the parents (shidduchim). The parents investigate the other side before the couple can meet. Much has been written about irrelevant concerns, such as whether the family uses white tablecloths on Shabbat. Here … [Read more...]

Purim Costume Brainstorming

For an updated list for 2010, see Easy Costume Ideas. Reiza, who is pregnant and due right around Purim, tweeted that she hasn't thought about Purim costumes yet for her three kids. I always find it hard to come up with easy, inexpensive costumes. After Purim, of course, I have dozens of ideas. … [Read more...]