All the Jewish parenting news you probably didn’t have time to read this week.
– LEGO has a new line just for girls, featuring the iconic plastic people (with boobs!) in a variety of places like a house, cafe, animal hospital, tree house, and beauty salon. Some people are upset. (Ms. Magazine)
– UJA reminds us why screening for Jewish Genetic Diseases really matters. (UJA)
– A baby was born on a PATH train (going from New Jersey to Manhattan), and promptly received an easy nickname: Fast. (Gothamist)
– Israel’s Ministry of Health issued new regulations in regards to homebirths. Besides things like room size, a woman wanting to have a homebirth must prove that she is sane. (NYT)
– In deciding whether or not her son should have a Bar Mitzvah, Tara Dublin recounts her own Bat Mitzvah in 1982–“probably one of the very worst years for hair, makeup, and fashion combined.” (Jewcy)
– Last month, an 8-year-old girl in Israel was spit on by religious extremists for not dressing modestly enough. Dov Linzer wonders if a religious demand for modesty is “about anything other than men controlling women’s bodies.” (NYT)