Grandma Rose was cranky till the day she died. It was only later that Deborah Kolben discovered that her tough-as-nails grandmother from Texas was a bleeding heart revolutionary.
EDUCATION: Many less-observant Jews wouldn’t dream about going to a Chabad synagogue. But the group’s preschools attract a growing enrollment from across the spectrum of Judaism.
FALL EDUCATION: Picking a nursery school is a big step for any parent. Choosing between Jewish and non-Jewish preschools makes the decision even more complicated.
The world of childrearing is still mostly considered the domain of women. So why are most of the how-to books that ‘instruct’ us about it written by men?
It’s hard not to get excited about the nomination of Elena Kagan to replace Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens on the Supreme Court. If seated, she would bring the number of women on the Supreme Court to three, the number of Jewish women to two, and the total number of Jews on the bench to three. On paper, Kagan’s a great choice. An Upper West Side girl who went to public school and then off to Princeton and Harvard Law School, where she became the first woman to be named the Dean of the Law School. And then she became the first woman to serve as Solicitor General of the United States.
On Sunday morning I got an e-mail telling me not to go near the dishes and instead give myself a pat on the back. “This is your special day,” read the note from one of the many parent sites to which I now subscribe. The reason for the kudos was Mother’s Day. And, well, I’m a mother.
Why is the environment a Jewish issue? Sybil Sanchez is the new leader of the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life — an Organization that asks American Jews to pledge to consume less, help raise awareness and push for public policies that promote environmentalism — explains.
Okay, I’m jumping back in the ring. When I wrote recently about feeling like a bad feminist for wanting to stay home with my newborn daughter, I didn’t expect quite the response I got. Elana, while I do take issue with some of what you have to say, you’re spot on that women should stop asking for permission. In my post, I was seeking approval — mostly my mother’s, who granted it (thank you, Sisterhood, for letting us work out our mother-daughter issues). And while I understand your point that men and women need to share the parenting load, I don’t think anybody — man or woman — will be free to be parents until we have some real societal change.