We all love looking at gorgeous photos--it's a way for us to momentarily escape reality, even for just a second. This is why we absolutely love Dikla Laor's photographs of biblical Jewish women from…the bible. Laor reinterprets the lives of women, like Deborah and Jezebel, and brings them to life in stunning photographs. On Laor's Facebook page, she explains how she lives to reinvent myths and bible stories, and uses her camera lens as a way to explore different worlds and realities. She states, "I love to photograph… >> Read More
On Rosh Hashanah, I learned Torah from a 5-year-old.
More specifically, my 5-year-old. I took my daughter to a full day of High Holiday services—9 a.m. to 1 p.m.!—for the first time on the…second day of Rosh Hashanah. She took it like a champ. Anything is possible with chocolate milk, picture books, and snacks. During the Torah reading, she got a little antsy (not unlike many adults, plus, sugar in the chocolate milk). I explained to her that they were reading a story. Understandably, she wanted to know… >> Read More
Choosing what to name your new baby is a decision that is definitely not to be made lightly--because that name will follow your child around for the rest of their life (unless they hate it so much,…they change it). When it comes to choosing a name, you may be basing the name largely on tradition and meaning, which is why we rounded up 10 of our favorite names that are from the bible. Sometimes, going back to your roots is the best bet. We chose some old favorites, along with some names… >> Read More
Need a refresher on that whole Passover story in time for this year's seder? The kindergarten students at Lander-Grinspoon Academy in Northampton, MA have you covered in this crazy cute video…released just in time for the holiday. In the video, well-informed cuties talk us through how the Israelites became slaves and what it was like under Pharaoh's rule--"Work and work and work" and "Don't sleep at all" (hmmm.... sounds oddly similar to parenting). They go on to talk about Moses' trip down the river in a basket,… >> Read More
While I’ve written before about how Jewish women get the short end of the stick on TV, it’s not like Jewish men do much better. Woody Allen set the standard, and the nebbish, hyper-intellectual…loser with girls cliché still sticks (let’s not talk about how the majority of Jewish male characters on TV are married to or involved with non-Jewish women—that’s a whole other topic for another time). That’s why I was intrigued to hear that ABC was launching a weekly series, “Of Kings & Prophets” which premiered this… >> Read More