Often times, when expecting Jewish American parents are thinking of baby names, they tend to focus on popular names here in the U.S. But what about using Jewish names that are popular in Israel? It…could be a great way to find a name that's less common in the States, giving your baby something special and unique. When it comes to the most popular Jewish baby names in the U.S. versus Israel, there is some overlap of course, but not as much as you'd think (Noam, for instance, is one of… >> Read More
I have three children. Three healthy, wonderful, grown-up children. I have a wonderful husband. And I have a father, a brother, and sister-in-law, and other friends and relatives whom I love. Sounds…good, no? It is good. It’s very good. And yet, I often say that I live between a rock and a hard place. Here’s why. My husband and I live in New Jersey, where we settled when we married 28 years ago, and where we raised our children. We raised them with a love of… >> Read More
We lived in Jerusalem until my son Cai was eight-years-old but he never learned Hebrew. I have my excuses. We knew we’d probably leave Israel and wanted him to focus on English. My husband never…truly felt a part of Israeli society, so I didn’t want to create distance between father and son. The American International school was a five-minute walk from our apartment, and we knew and already loved one of the pre-school teachers because she’d babysat for Cai. But like all good rationalizations, these were cold comfort when… >> Read More
I often espouse controversial opinions. For example: Licorice is the worst. Under the right circumstances, yoga pants totally qualify as acceptable day-wear. Vegemite is disgusting (okay, that one is…only controversial in Australia). But, certainly in this context, what I am about to say might be one of my more controversial statements. We should talk to young Jewish children about Santa. In their first year of kindergarten, if not before. Every parent needs to have a “Santa Claus conversation.” It begins like this:… >> Read More
Everyone loves music. It doesn't matter who you are or how old you are — it's something that can bring everyone together. And one of our favorite couples turned band is making music happen.
Yoni…& Nina Tokayer are a married couple (they are also parents to an adorable baby) who make up the Israeli band Yonina. In the past, they had a viral hit when they covered Matisyahu’s “One Day.” Now they're back with their song, "Battle of the Niggunim." As they explain in their Facebook post, a "niggun is a form of Jewish song… >> Read More