After a long period of silence, "Girls" star Lena Dunham responded to recent allegations of anti-Semitism following a satirical quiz she published in The New Yorker entitled, “Dog or Jewish…Boyfriend? A Quiz.” Kveller contributing editor Jordana Horn was the first of many people to react to the piece's questionable portrayal of Jews. Dunham tweeted: As a birthday gift to my beloved boyfriend I will attempt not to scandalize or enrage anyone for an entire week — Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) March 31, 2015 So far… >> Read More
As I sat behind the mechitza in synagogue last week, peering through its wooden latticework to catch a glimpse of my son playing at my husband’s feet, I couldn’t help but feel that I had crossed…a great divide. I have always been a staunch defender of egalitarian Judaism, reluctant to attend any synagogue which assigned distinct gender roles in prayer or divided the male and female congregants in the sanctuary. In the Conservative synagogue in which I grew up, men and women sat together and participated equally in the service.… >> Read More
I have a confession to make. Not only do I enjoy Passover, I also enjoy making Passover.
For years, I hid this fact. Living in a prevailing culture where it was obligatory to begin moaning about…Passover cleaning not long after Hanukkah, I felt that enjoying making Passover was a flaw in an otherwise perfect character. I was embarrassed to admit that I really enjoy tipping out the contents of my kitchen drawers and lining them with paper, and that washing down the insides of my kitchen cabinets to a background… >> Read More
Spring has sprung, and with it: Passover! It's most people's favorite Jewish holiday and I can't say our family is an exception. My boys love it; they love the added responsibility that comes each…year from learning more of the Four Questions to opening the door for Elijah with as little trepidation as possible. Where? As a divorced mama, I am grateful to my wonderful ex and our wonderful way we co-parent. READ: Mayim Bialik: Watching “Prince of Egypt” With My Boys Made Me Cry–With Gratitude We will be… >> Read More
The Passover musical parodies are rolling in, and we've got to tell ya, watching you all make delightful fools of yourselves sure is exhausting. Phew. Anyway, your favorite…nice-Jewish-boys-turned-a-capella-stars The Maccabeats are back with an amazing cover of the Passover classic, "Dayenu," musically reimagined in a series of different genres. We find the heavy metal one pretty, um, arresting. Dayenu, or (roughly) "It Would Have Been Enough," is a classic Passover song that thanks God for the plentiful blessings he gave the Jewish people… >> Read More