Prayer Bless the Lord O my Soul

VHammer Prayer


Sabbath Alone



Matchless: An Observant Jew Searches for Love



Bareheaded: Uncovering My Hair After Divorce

Bareheaded final

Bareheaded Lydia Polimeni


Orthodox Baby Boom!

Why are Orthodox Jews having so many children?  Did they always have so many? Viva Hammer’s groundbreaking article describes the new phenomenon.

Jewish action final


Choosing Homeschooling

Are schools a must or an option?  Viva Hammer describes one family’s journey to Teaching Their Own.

Choosing Homeschooling PDF


Blood Rhythms


Sacred Books


Always Artful Jew

In this era doused with fleshy image, we need not be ashamed of our wordy heritage devoid of sensual media. Despite the destruction of synagogues and communities, confiscation from us (many times over) of vast gilded wealth and bonfires of book burnings, we have held on to our words.

Artful Jew


Black Fire Upon White Fire

Men’s prayer comes together so naturally, so seemingly effortlessly.  Every day, twice a day, a boy waits for his moment, while his sister waits at home. Creating a prayer service entirely of girl novices, who have spent their lives waiting at home, never having been apprenticed or even mingled with the performers, is like conducting a symphony with an orchestra of nursery children. You might lose a few notes.

Black Fire


Voice of a Woman

A mother’s voice is the prime stimulus the unborn child receives from the universe: the sound of a woman is the most arousing thing there is.

Voice of a Woman Voice of a Woman


Brides of Blood

I spent the week between my son’s birth and his circumcision on the kitchen floor, breast pump in one hand and telephone in the other, searching for a mohel.

Brides of Blood


Hametz and Taxes

April 15 is the day Americans must file their taxes, which means that for Jewishly observant accountants, the Passover season is as hellish at work as it is at home.



Every Hour a Kiss

Two unforgettable events remain with me from my last visit to Israel : a kiss and a hug.

Every Hour A Kiss



When my daughter was thrust into Hebrew immersion in first grade, I seized the chance to start speaking Hebrew at home. For an Australian living in America, this wasn’t an obvious choice.



Landswoman at a Jerusalem Mikva

Standing on the edge of the mikve pool, lighted and hidden by candlelight, in the midst of a total electrical blackout and of the darkness of the intifada, we chatted about the incomparably beautiful hometown which we had both abandoned.




The moon is the woman’s parallel in the unequal upper spheres, and I show my partnership with her by joining the community in song on her monthly birthday.



Fasting, mourning and nursing at the Trianon Palace


Communing While Commuting

The rabbis require mindful prayer thrice daily. Such a goal is for angels. It is neither possible, nor necessary for human beings – and certainly not for working parents. I step into the train, find a snug spot between the benches and the driver’s cabin and begin, Hoydu laHashem kiru bishmoy hoydi’u b’amim aliloysov, Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people.

Davening before the mixed multitude of Washington commuters, I reckon I have fulfilled all three of the verse’s prescriptions. Not an ecstatic encounter, but not a bad beginning for an ordinary Monday morning.



The Rebbetzin Will Keep Her Name page 20,


No Daddys Here, Please

No Daddys Here Please


Runaway Sistah

Runaway Sistah


Chelsea’s Yarmulke

Chelsea’s Yarmulke


Titles Do Not the Rabbi Make

Titles Do Not the Rabbi Make


Making a Meaningful Bat Mitzva


Kosher In Israel

Kosher In Israel


Ten Righteous Souls

Ten Righteous Souls


Diaspora Holiday Bonus

Diaspora Holiday Bonus


Abominable Dilemmas

Abominable Dilemmas

Holiday (mis)Givings

Holiday (mis)givings


Be Thee To Me Betrothed

Be Thee To Me Betrothed


Stay at work (kollel) wife

Stay at work internet


The best driving failer in the state



Falling on Deaf Ears

Falling on Deaf Ears Internet


Are You Hungry?

Are You Hungry


Educating Bruria

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