Batsheva A. Neuer has a MA in Jewish Philosophy. She is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in The Jerusalem Post. She writes about two of the worlds (unrelated) great mysteries: Middle East peace and parenting. Follow her at @baneuer.
I'm an Orthodox woman and pretty soon, I'll be wearing my first kippah (skullcap). Well, sort of. My son turns 3 in November, and along with a new pair of Jordans, he'll be boasting a navy…knitted kippah that says his name--in Hebrew, no less--on his first day of school. For the first time, he, and I, will be publically identifying ourselves as religious Jews. I'll be frank: I find it terrifically daunting. Until now, I have enjoyed the anonymity that is concomitant with being a bareheaded woman. There is something both thrilling and peaceful about the ability to get lost among (most) peoples of the… >> Read More
It’s my first job interview after a two year lull (because in the corporate world, birthing two children in 20 months, moving continents twice, and pursuing a law degree in a foreign language is…considered a lull). But first, some serious sprucing is in order, if only to help mask the “I breastfeed for a living” I imagine emblazoned across my forehead. I have only one chance to convince them I can make it in this ruthless, three-inch heel environment. One new suit from Ann Taylor and visit to… >> Read More