Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Summer 2011 Modest Swimsuit Website Overview


I have reported on modest swimsuits in the past, but I think it is time for an update.  At the time, two companies were just getting their feet wet (pun intended) in the modest swimsuit market--SeaSecret and Hydrochic, but now there are a few more companies around.  All offer great modest swimsuits in an array of styles, colors, and prices. 

For your convenience, I went through a huge list of "modest swim suit" sites, and excluded the ones that just don't work for the level of modesty required of religious Jews. 

Here are the links to some of the sites I found, my impressions of their offerings, and the prices you should find on the sites.  I have focused on women's suits, but most of these companies also have children's suits, and some also feature boys and men's suits.

I have included pictures when they met the modesty requirements of my page (i.e. no women in revealing clothes that plunge or show upper arms or thighs.) 

Happy summer! 


Thursday, May 19, 2011

Beyond Words

By Michelle Nevada

           I called my mother a few moments ago.  She didn’t even say “Hi,” instead, as soon as she picked up the phone, she said, “How angry are you?”
            “Obama bin Landen has finally tipped his hand,” I spat into the phone.  “It was only a matter of time, I guess.  We should have expected it.”
            “Still, it was such an incredibly disrespectful thing for him to do.  How could he call for ’67 borders and a Palestinian State! What was he thinking?  How could he have said something like that?  The agreement we had with Israel was made with America, not Bush.  This was an AMERICAN agreement.”
            The rest of the phone call was spent discussing the many ways that Obama had simultaneously destroyed Israel, the fictional “peace process,” and the re-election campaigns of countless Democrats across the nation.
            After 45 minutes, I got off the phone feeling a little better.  At least I had spoken about the pain, anger, and disappointment I felt, but it wasn’t enough.  I couldn’t wait to get to a keyboard to write about my feelings.  It isn’t that I need to share my thoughts with others (although that is a fortunate side-effect), it is also because it is at the keyboard where I can begin to sort out and organize my thoughts. 

Monday, May 9, 2011

A Letter to a Friend and Hero


On the afternoon of this terrorist attack, I was in Israel.  In fact, I was at the Yeshivat Otniel, the Yeshiva that was attacked. 

I was with a group from Betar/ZOA, and we had stopped our bus at the Yeshiva to pick up some of the students who wanted to spend Shabbat with us in Safed.  

Those were the lucky few students from that Yeshiva who didn't experience the terror of that evening.

We heard at the time that Noam Apter not only locked the door, but he then threw the keys behind the hot commercial stove where no one could retrieve them--protecting his friends in the dining room.

Four young men died that night--but if it weren't for him, twenty or thirty or more might have been killed. 

My memory of Israel is carefully inlaid with the powerful images of the Shiva of this young man and his friends.  We went to as many of the Shivas as we could to show our respect for these heros.  The families were distraught, but they were also strong and forthright.  Their sons--all religious, all Zionist, all learning to be soldiers--had not died in vain.  They had made the ultimate sacrifice protecting their classmates and friends from terrorists.  

It is my honor to print this letter.


Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Supreme Court to Hear Jerusalem Birth Certificate Case


Is it to “politically sensitive” to record any other city in the world?  Is it too politically sensitive to record London, or Paris, or Tokyo, or Belfast?  


So, why is it too “politically sensitive” to acknowledge that Jerusalem is in Israel, or that any other city is in Israel?  

Why is it that the United States has diplomatic relations with Israel, but won’t recognize it on a birth certificate?  Why does the State Department have the audacity to deny what is fact?

Isn’t the State Department, by refusing to mention a city of birth for US citizens born in Israel, saying that Israel isn’t actually a nation?  Aren’t they denying the sovereignty of Israel?

I am completely disgusted with the United States State Department and their cowardly stance on Israel.

G-d Bless the Zivotofsky family.  May they succeed and bring the US to its senses!