Leah Vincent is a blogger and senior editor at Unpious.com, a website which features voices on the Hasidic Fringe. Leah has a masters degree in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, and is currently writing a memoir chronicling her transition out of the ultra-orthodox community of her childhood, into the secular world.
The opposite of kvelling is kvetching--and it's something, if I can say so myself, that I'm quite good at. Every non-Jewish boyfriend I ever had learned the meaning of this Yiddish word that…onomatopoetically conjures up its very essence: kkkvehhhtch. To complain persistently; whine. I've kvetched about heat in August and cold in December, my mother, my father, and all my ex-boyfriends. I could (and have) conjured up a kvetch in Central Park, on a fresh April Day, while eating ice cream in the arms of my beloved… >> Read More
There are two pinks.
You know about the first pink: that thin line that rises off the plastic window, showcased in a thousand TV shows, movies, books. It's the spark that sets off fireworks of joy…and expectation. The pink of new life. I knew mine was coming even as the pee-drenched sticks remained stubbornly clear. Blue veins were lacing my breasts--full, fat breasts that were hot to the touch, the areoles spreading mauve skirts around my nipples. Then, finally, it was there. Just there. A decade of wanting, two weeks… >> Read More