Baby Wonderland

We’re currently in the throes of the period in Israel known as “the chagim“, the period from Rosh Hashana to Simchat Torah where it feels like every other work day is interrupted by a Jewish Holiday, and when it’s not a holiday then we are shopping, cooking, building our sukkah, getting ready for the next big day to come. It’s a lot of fun, and for those who haven’t been here during this time of year, a magical atmosphere is in the air.

It does mean however that it’s not a period of tremendous productivity in other areas of life, including blogging.

I am taking a moment however to post  this article in Haaretz about the success of an Israeli documentary, Google Baby by Zippi Brand Frank (she just won an Emmy for the film.) The documentary deals with some of the issues I’ve addressed in other posts (see here and here): the pro-natal attitude of Israeli society at all levels, as well as the changing family across the world.

In the interview for the article, Brand, commented:

She says that making the documentary gave her insights into the Israeli approach to pregnancy.”In the Western world the birthrate is declining to one child per family. In Israel the bon ton is three. We live in a very family-oriented society. An American family is divided and scattered all over the country, with family members sometimes meeting only twice a year. In Israel, if you missed a Friday night meal, something’s wrong. For Israelis it’s taken for granted. For others, especially in the West, it’s not at all clear that if you don’t become pregnant naturally you continue to insist.

“In Europe most of the countries are Catholic and surrogacy is forbidden by law. In Germany, which isn’t Catholic, surrogacy is forbidden for ethical reasons and for fear of exploitation. The interest being aroused by the film everywhere in the world where it is screened is understandable.”

She says she has drawn conclusions about Israelis from this experience.

“Israel is a very family-oriented society. Even among the gay population we have the highest birthrate in the world. Tammuz International Surrogacy [a firm that ties up all the ends of the international operation and makes the process easier for couples, including same-sex couples], the project of Doron [Mamet], who describes himself as a ‘baby producer,’ which I follow in the film, is the best proof of that. In Israel children are the way of being accepted into the family and society. They went ahead and made a child or twins, and then they’re a family like any other, and that’s amazing. It’s something you don’t see in the Western world.”

Here’s a trailer of the movie:

Chag sameach to one and all.

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2 Responses to Baby Wonderland

  1. Pingback: Whose racism? Reactions in Israel, Palestine and elsewhere to the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange – Telegraph Blogs

  2. rahel says:

    hopeful posting! Israel is filled with life, youth, families… in some segments of the west, marriage, children and family have become quite optional….

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