Author Archives: Lili Kalish Gersch

Babies on their Backs

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Okay, I’ll admit it. I’ve been frequenting other websites. And even participating in discussions on other boards (Gasp!).

As a Jewish professional and a religious person myself, I was finding it fun and refreshing to discuss things that weren’t about Judaism to people who weren’t Jewish–asking and answering questions about parenting, baby carriers and the like.

And then I found the Jews on one of my favorite parenting boards. Though I had come there to discuss anything but Judaism, the lure was irresistible.

The question that had brought us all from the four corners of the website to this particular thread on the “Traditional Babywearing” discussion forum was this:

How did the Jews in the Bible carry their babies?

When you think about it, this is a really good question. Nobody was sporting all-terrain running strollers back in Biblical times.

All the posters agreed that our foremothers, as well as all those moms who shlepped their babies and toddlers through the years of wandering in desert, probably strapped their babies on their backs with a simple piece of cloth or fashioned an improvised baby sling.

It got all of the participants in the thread thinking about the challenges of parenting (read: mothering) in Biblical times. We really liked the idea of Sarah, Rivkah, Rachel and Leah practicing “natural parenting.” And the idea of a community of women helping to care for and raise each other’s children.

Definitely a different paradigm for thinking about the intersection of the modern Jewish family and the Jewish community.

Posted on August 8, 2007

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The Inspired Kitchen

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The latest installment of Adeena Sussman’s MJL food column “The Inspired Kitchen� is now available. The newest recipe: Israel-Style Kufta Kebab. Heat up your your grill and enjoy this flavorful Middle Eastern favorite.

Posted on July 26, 2007

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Fasting on Tisha B’av

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The fast day of Tisha B’av begins tonight. Like Yom Kippur, this fast lasts a full 26 hours. Argh.

I know I’m not alone in my struggles with fasting…though that doesn’t make me any cheerier at 4pm when my husband is starting to look like a roast turkey with all the trimmings.

I’m used to a Judaism of feasting, not fasting. So how to shift gears and find meaning in a day of denial?

Here to help us get the most out of Tisha B’av, Jay Michaelson offers some surprising and inspiring thoughts on the function of fasting.

Posted on July 23, 2007

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Independent, Jewish & Frankly Feminist

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Be sure to check out the new face of The Lilith Blog.

Contributers include Lilith‘s assistant editor Mel Weiss, Rebecca Honig Friedman of Jewess (a favorite of mine…) and Leah Koenig of The Jew and the Carrot.

Recent posts include:

The Four Questions About Genocide in Darfur
The Anti-Feminist Diet?
Supreme Court to Home Health Workers: Screw You
Jew to Jewess: I’ve Got My Eye on You

Posted on July 10, 2007

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17th of Tammuz

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Reaching for your morning coffee? Think again! Today is the 17th of Tammuz, a minor fast day.

Today’s fast commemorates the day the Romans breached the walls around Jerusalem, which led to the destruction three weeks later of the Second Temple in 70 C.E

More from MJL:

The ancient rabbis mention other events that they believed occurred on this day, including Moses breaking the tablets of the Ten Commandments, cessation of the daily sacrifices during the Roman siege, the burning of the Torah and erecting of an idol in the Temple before the Maccabean revolt.

Which leads me to a question that we’ve been struggling with here at MJL: Why do the rabbis like to ascribe multiple tragedies to one date?

Posted on July 3, 2007

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The Inspired Kitchen

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The latest installment of Adeena Sussman’s MJL food column “The Inspired Kitchen� is now available. The newest recipe: Yerushalmi Kugel. Looking for a new Shabbat recipe? This sweet and peppery noodle pudding is perfect for a summer Sabbath.

Posted on June 28, 2007

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Six Day War

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From Americans for Peace Now:

The war that broke out on June 5, 1967 radically changed the Arab-Israeli conflict: It introduced the concept of “land for peace;� It marked the beginning of the occupation; It led to the rise of the PLO; It energized the messianic settlement movement.

In honor of the 40th anniversary of the war, Americans for Peace Now has collected a “mosaic of opinions” on its meaning.

Panelists include a retired general, a formar Mossad officer, and an American senator–just to name a few.

Posted on June 6, 2007

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Jewish Film Archive

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From JTA:

The online Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive has been expanded.

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, which administers the archive, announced this week that it now contains more than 400 films that can be viewed on the Web site www.spielbergfilmarchive.org.il. The selection includes “The Price of Peace,” a film about the Six-Day War.

Posted on June 5, 2007

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Jewish Bibliographies

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From the Jewish Publication Society:

JEWISH BIBLIOGRAPHIES FROM AJL AND JPS
The Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL) and the Jewish Publication Society (JPS) have partnered to distribute bibliographies highlighting great Jewish books. The lists “A Year of Celebrations,” “Creating a Collection,” and “Jewish Classics for Kids” were created by AJL member librarians who are respected experts in the field of Judaic literature.

A sampling from each bibliography
is available as a PDF on the Jewish Publication Society website, where you will also find information on ordering the full bibliographies from the Association of Jewish Libraries.

Posted on May 30, 2007

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