Baile Rochel!

Who's Baile Rochel, you may be wondering.  Well, she's me.  That's the "Jewish name" I was given as a baby.  Besides being called Baile in Oakland Jewish Center, Bayside, NY, Hebrew School, I've never used the name in public.  When I became a Zionist in Betar, I called myself Batya, the name a substitute Hebrew School teacher suggested as more suitable for "Beth" than Baile.

A few years after we moved to Shiloh, I found this comic "voice" and named her "Baile Rochel."  My Baile Rochel column was a popular feature in Counterpoint, a pro-Jews in YESHA newspaper which was edited by Rachel Katzman and my husband, Yisrael Medad.

I was known as the "Erma Bombeck of Judea/Samaria."

    Baile Rochel and Me, Too, Dieting Blues, Burnout

    Baile Rochel's Back!

    Baile Rochel on Children's Health

    Got That Rhythm!

    Pesach Cleaning

    Hey, Diddle Diddle

    Thank G-d I'm Not a Washing Machine

    Israeli Campfires and My Girl Scout Badge

    The Little Darlings
    I'm Embarrassed to Admit This…

    Super Simple and Almost Healthy Sufganiyot

    Staying Calm

    Can't Remember Exactly

    The "Big 6" & The "Big S"

    Back from the Trenches!

    ...plays ball!

    buys a new cellphone

    won't obey the rules

    Exercises in a Straight-Jacket

    "What? Me an Athlete?"

    Ye Olde Computer Fading

    Baile Rochel Going "Modern"
    The Saga of The Missing Bus Rides

    Internet Repair, New Router for Me and "Baile Rochel"

    Baile Rochel Locked In? Nah! Can't Keep a Good Girl Down


    Mark Binder said...

    Hi Baile,
    My publisher asked me to search for Jewish bloggers who might be interested in my latest book, THE MISADVENTURES OF RABBI KIBBITZ AND MRS. CHAIPUL.
    Set in Chelm, it's a brief novel of smiles.
    Please forgive me, but I can't find any other way to contact you.
    I'd love to ask them to send you a review copy and/or an audio book.
    Let me know. Or you can contact them directly - Lou Pop (
    - Mark Binder

    Batya said...

    Sure thanks. Baile Rochel and I would love to read and review your book.