Homeshuling is up and running and even though they didn’t ask me to write anything you should still go.

kveller.pngOK, I admit I’m no Mayim Bialik. I’m no Anita Diamant. I’m not even a Marjorie Ingall. (Hi, Marjorie!) I am, in fact, an unknown blogger who gets a measly five thousand hits a month on my Jewish parenting blog on a website owned by fundamentalist Christians. So when kveller launched last week, with serious financial backing from UJA-Federation, I shouldn’t be surprised that they didn’t ask me to write, didn’t mention my blog *, and didn’t ask me to post a link to their site on Homeshuling. Either they have never heard of me, or I’m not cool enough for them. (And they’re right. I’m really not cool. At all.)

But you – you are totally cool enough! You should definitely go to right away, because there’s a lot of great stuff on this new website devoted to Jewish parenting. (Pardon me, “A Jewish Twist on Parenting.” That’s much cooler.) I’ve browsed the site, and except for a throwaway piece on Jewish bathtime and an article on nursery decor that was a little too Cookie for my taste, most of what I’ve read has been well written, informative and interesting.
I remember the days when about the only place to read about Jewish parenting on line was on Babycenter’s Jewish Families board. I think 97% of the posters were looking for permission to have a baby shower, and 2.9% were looking for permission not to fast on Yom Kippur. I’m sure all the Jewish parenting bloggers out there who aren’t part of kveller agree with me that more is better, period.
So check it out, and let me know what you think. I promise I won’t be offended if you like it better.
*thanks to Jennifer from Mamaland for pointing out that Homeshuling is actually listed in the blogroll. I’ll try to kvetch less and kvell more.
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Jennifer in MamaLand

posted September 27, 2010 at 9:43 pm

Meh. SO not my taste.
Some good writers, some good content… but a little too slick / upscale for me. At the more traditional end of the spectrum myself, I love visiting many liberal sites and blogs, but there, I’m not seeing enough Judaism to make it worthwhile.
Then again, I’m definitely not the target market, so I guess I shouldn’t feel offended. :-)
(Except by the book excerpt on how not to have a miscarriage… by carrying a red thread in your pocket. That offends me.)
However – they DO mention Homeshuling! Right in the blogroll section at the bottom-right corner here:

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posted September 28, 2010 at 10:05 am

Thanks for your positive feedback about Kveller! We love it too. You can check out your article on our website.
Thanks from UJA-Federation of New York

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posted September 28, 2010 at 12:46 pm

>>(Except by the book excerpt on how not to have a miscarriage… by carrying a red thread in your pocket. That offends me.)
And hi, Amy!

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Jennifer in MamaLand

posted September 28, 2010 at 7:00 pm

@Marjorie – not EXACTLY. They book authors said, among other things, “…at the risk of being called idolaters, we suggest that you consider carrying in your pocket or in a necklace a prayer, a red thread, or even a stone that has personal meaning. While we obviously cannot say whether this will be effective in preserving your fetus…” etc.
Full article here:
Honestly, all the caveats made me itchy to read because the essence of it is so horrifyingly untrue. The title and subtitle (“Protection Against Miscarriage: Ancient traditions for ensuring the health of your fetus”) also shocked me.
And then I got irked because there are no comments allowed at the bottom of the page where I can say all this… :-)

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posted September 28, 2010 at 7:09 pm

Thanks for the link, Jennifer. I tried to find the piece you were referring to, but the search function on kveller doesn’t seem to really work.

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Julie Wiener

posted September 29, 2010 at 9:28 am

Love your post — I had a similar feeling of being snubbed! And I’m not even on their blogroll, but I’m going to write to them right now about that. Here’s my Kveller post:

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