“My caterpillar to butterfly moment. My Jewish birth.”

Modest Jerusalem is launching a series of personal essays from friends and other women from Israel and around the world, who have inspirational stories covering a variety of topics. Kicking off this series is a dear friend and former colleague of mine, Juli Kristof, who was born and raised in Budapest, Hungary. She made Aliyah to Israel …

DIY: Natural, All-Purpose House Cleaner with Castile Soap and Essential Oils

There are many reasons to make your own All-Purpose House Cleaner. Financial reasons, wanting to green up your house,  limit your bleach usage, to protect your kids from being exposed regularly to chemicals in the house, and many others. I want to first mention that I am not against bleach and I do clean my …

Lag BaOmer is the holiday that sets a Secular American and Israeli Jew apart

For me, Lag BaOmer is the holiday that sets a Secular American Jew and a Secular Israeli Jew apart. Growing up in a secular Jewish-American background, with a large Jewish community in Central New Jersey who mostly went to Reform and Conservative synagogues, Jewish life was mainly centered around the major holidays. Rosh HaShana, Yom …

Jerusalem’s ModLi, Dubai’s The Modist, and the Rise of Modest Fashion

*Picture above taken from a Vogue Article about Chaya Chanin and Simi Polonsky, the  Orthodox Jewish designers behind The Frock NYC. This is such an overwhelming and perhaps controversial post to write, and I although I don't have a background in the fashion industry, my choices in what I choose to wear have changed in recent years when …

Prenatal Yoga in Jerusalem at Parparim Ba Beten (פרפרים בבטן)

I wish this post existed when I was pregnant with my first, Ovadia, who is now 3. I was searching online in English for prenatal yoga in Jerusalem, as it's common on the lifestyle/motherhood blogs I was reading from the U.S. to hear about the variety of benefits of prenatal yoga's relaxation, breathing, and birthing techniques. …

Easy Moroccan Halva Cookies for Shabbat (Vegan and No-bake)

I should first note that these cookies are not technically Moroccan but my neighbor who gave me (*created actually) this recipe is Moroccan and a cookie expert (Her misloach manot for Purim is so beautiful with many different small cookies!) so I just made up the English name. She actually just calls them ״כדורים״ which …