Recently, an Israeli lawmaker had a baby with a gay friend she isn't married to--which isn't exactly the first time this has ever happened, but it's definitely a rarity for someone in public life.…It's the first time "a Knesset member has pursued shared parenting out of wedlock," according to The Times of Israel. (The Knesset is Israel's unicameral parliament.) 41-year-old MK Merav Ben Ari announced the good news when she posted a photo of her baby girl to her Twitter account. תודה רבה לכל המברכות והמברכים, כמה שהתכוננתי לא הבנתי בכלל… >> Read More
What better way to connect with others in solidarity than through music? Music helps us relax, relate to others, and become more attuned to our emotions. This is why I love Israeli singer Yael…Deckelbaum's trilingual song called "Prayer of the Mothers." The song, which has garnered over two million views, is a reaction to the October "March of Hope" in Israel, as well as the American Women's March, which Yael participated in. Yael also explained what the "March of Hope" was on her Youtube page, stating: "Thousands of… >> Read More
Sometimes, not often but sometimes, I think about the other man. I wonder about him, about his life. What prompted him to make that first meeting at the sperm bank? Did someone in his life have a…child with donor gametes, an acquaintance which inspired him to donate? Unlikely. Did he need the extra money for something specific? Or just as a nice bonus? When was he there? In that very same clinic where my husband and I sat and picked him off of a list? Just a few days before us? Or years earlier? Was… >> Read More
There's been a lot of back and forth in the media recently about whether you can be a feminist, a zionist, and a critic of the Occupation at the same time.
Let me introduce myself:
Hi. I'm a…feminist and I'm a Zionist. I am devoted to Israel, and I am against the Occupation. And I know the Occupation isn't just about the land: I see the Occupation in the way people are treated all over--even our own Palestinian citizens of Israel who may have the same rights on paper, but not in practice—separate… >> Read More
The first time I realized my husband and I were from different planets was when he tried to bargain at J. Crew. We were newly dating and trying to figure one another out. My husband skulked around J…Crew while I gathered clothing in his size. We piled all the clothing high on the checkout counter and my husband pulled out a wad of cash. “So,” he said, to the woman ringing him up. “Can I get some kind of a discount? You can’t do better?” In that moment, I felt my face… >> Read More