What does a Jewish holiday for trees and Martin Luther King, Jr. have in common? A lot, actually.
This year, both Tu Bishvat and MLK Day of Service fall on Monday, January 21. (Hey, it’s no…Thanksgivukkah, but we’ll take it!) The former celebrates the life of trees, and the latter celebrates the life of an influential American civil rights leader. Both holidays are commemorated by giving back to the earth and our communities — so it's a pretty cool opportunity for a cultural mashup and a prime "teaching moment" you… >> Read More
Pregnancy, as so many of us have experienced, tends to turn our bodies into public property. The belly rubbing by strangers, the guessing of how much weight we’ve gained, the insistence that…we’re about to give birth right that second… it’s not the most private time in a person’s life. Infertility and miscarriage, however, seem to have the opposite effect. We begin to retreat into our homes and ourselves, Googling everything that could or has gone wrong, ways we can prevent it from happening in the future,… >> Read More
Preparing for a bar or bat mitzvah is a challenge for any preteen — it requires hours of preparation and dedication.
But for Batya Sperling-Milner, the challenge was even more enormous. First…off, Sperling-Milner, the third of four kids, is blind. Secondly, her family, which belongs to the Ohev Sholom congregation in Washington, D.C., is Modern Orthodox, which means that the standards for her bat mitzvah ceremony had to be a lot more exacting than it would for a kid belonging to a more liberal congregation. Luckily, Sperling-Milner… >> Read More
Each year I subject my children to listening to their birth stories. I love reliving the magic of those moments and I consider it a right of passage for them. But I also share the stories to remind…them that they are who they are and they have been since the day they were born. And while I can’t prove these things to be true, I do think our children show us who they are the minute they enter the world. Here are five ways you can determine what your child's future holds:… >> Read More
Stop us if you've heard this one: Having an orgasm can help you get pregnant.
Unfortunately, the veracity of this rumor has long been suspect. Lacking concrete evidence, doctors have typically…considered it a dubious claim, many cheerfully suggesting, "It definitely can't hurt!" But, well, let's just say that science is awesome. And luckily for us gals, a new study suggests that the orgasm/conception connection might be more than just an old wives' tale. While writing his upcoming book Tulips at Midnight: Exploring the latest Research into… >> Read More