Molly Tolsky is the editor of Kveller.com. She holds an MFA in Fiction Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Her fiction has appeared in various literary magazines including Lumina, MAKE, and The Collagist, and her non-fiction has appeared in xoJane and the Jewish Daily Forward. She isn't a parent, but a very proud aunt.
Well here's some news that's bound to get a big "like": Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan have welcomed their first child, a daughter, into the world. Mazel tov!
Now,…every single new baby is a call for celebration and wonder, but there are a few key takeaways from this particular birth that are worth calling out: 1. They named their daughter Max. It's classic, easy to pronounce, yet totally unexpected. And I have a sneaking suspicion that classrooms will soon be filled with lots… >> Read More
One of the first live musicals I ever saw was "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" in Chicago. In my memory, I am sitting very close to the stage, and I distinctly recall being mesmerized…by Donny Osmond's nipples while he crooned "Close Every Door to Me" behind bars. Soon after, the soundtrack became a well-worn, beloved CD in the Tolsky family household. My brother Max and I took it upon ourselves to learn every color of Joseph's coat in the order they were sung (sadly, I now only remember up to… >> Read More
The Jewish community has a lot to say about interfaith families--no doubt you've seen the surveys, statistics, and think pieces aplenty. But what often gets overlooked in these conversations are the…people themselves--you know, those living, breathing human beings trying to find the right balance for their family and where they fit within the larger Jewish community. These people exist, and too often, they are spurned. In a recent essay titled "Open Letter to Judaism" posted to Medium, Liz Polay-Wettengel chronicles the hardships she and her husband, "a kind mid-western man"… >> Read More
There's double the good news out of Silicon Valley today: Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo, has announced she and her husband are expecting twins, due in December. Identical twin girls, no less!
The…40-year-old executive made big waves three years ago when she first took her position at Yahoo and revealed that she was pregnant with her first child (the company even knew about it before hiring her, which felt like a huge win for working women). But those waves soon turned a bit turbulent when she also announced… >> Read More
Rachel Bilson and husband Hayden Christensen had their first child last October, but we're only now getting the full scoop on how they chose their daughter's name, Briar Rose.
In a recent…interview to promote his new Lifetime movie, "90 Minutes in Heaven," Christensen explained that the name Briar Rose came from Disney's original "Sleeping Beauty" movie released in 1959 (which in turn got the name from The Brothers Grimm tale, "Little Briar Rose," but hey, who's counting?). READ: Check Out Kveller's Ultimate Jewish Baby Name Finder Christensen explained,… >> Read More
Etgar Keret’s fiction has long been celebrated for its winning combination of humor, magic, and downright strangeness. So it was a genuine surprise when the 47-year-old Israeli writer aimed his…quirky and cunning observations on real life for his latest book, a memoir titled, “The Seven Good Years.” Covering the—you guessed it—seven years between the birth of his son, now 9, and the death of his father, Keret touches on everything from terrorist attacks to playground showdowns to keeping a diverse family intact. He was… >> Read More
Hands down, my favorite part about being the editor of Kveller is working with our writers. There are those who have been writing for us ever since we were just a wee little newborn website, and new…names who come into my inbox every day with a fresh story to share and a voice that needs to be heard. My absolute favorite thing? When a regular reader of Kveller becomes a regular writer of Kveller (and it happens--a lot!). So it was my pleasure to speak with Susan Maccarelli of the podcast… >> Read More
What happens when you combine Independence Day with Shabbat? A red, white, and blue challah, of course! We stumbled upon this beauty from Instagram user jonnyumansky and couldn't help but…share. A photo posted by Jonny Umansky (@jonnyumansky) on Jul 4, 2014 at 1:28pm PDT We have no idea how he did it, but if any of you are savvy in the kitchen and ambitious enough to take it on, you better share your pictures with us! Happy 4th, and Shabbat shalom! >> Read More
I am most definitely what you might call an "indoor person." I'd take a book over a bike any day, and like I recently confessed right here on Kveller, I avoid exercise like the plague. But there is…one sport I absolutely love and that is basketball. As a kid who grew up in Chicago during the '90s when Michael Jordan and the Bulls reigned supreme, that shouldn't be a big surprise. I seriously watch the 1992 "Be Like Mike" commercial on a somewhat regular basis whenever I need just a little pick-me-up. But I've never… >> Read More
Five years ago today I started an internship at a yet-to-be-named Jewish parenting website. Mostly I took the gig because I was in grad school and it paid (and I did really like the vibe of the woman…who interviewed me). My first assignment was to write an article titled "How to Care for Your Newly Circumcised Baby" and I guess I thought it was going to be a very weird summer doing work I didn't care about for a website that couldn't possibly speak to me as a (mostly) non-religious (completely) non-parent.… >> Read More
I went to a Birkam yoga class once--you know, the kind of "hot yoga" that takes place in a 104 degree room with 40% humidity. It was part of the requirement for my college yoga course (yes, I went…to art school) and it was possibly the hardest physical experience of my life (because even though I'm the editor of Kveller, I've never given birth). I didn't drink nearly enough water beforehand or during the class, felt incredibly weak and light-headed pretty much immediately, and I spent the bulk of the hour quietly "sitting out" the… >> Read More
By now, you've probably heard of the Mensch on a Bench, the toy that was started as a Jewish response to the recent Christmas craze, Elf on a Shelf (earlier this month we gave one away). But…Mensch exposure is about to get even bigger--creator Neal Hoffman will be appearing with his product on ABC's hit show "Shark Tank" tonight as part of a special holiday episode. For those not in the know, Shark Tank is AMAZING. Entrepreneurs present their company/products to a panel of "Sharks"--millionaire and billionaire business mogels including Dallas Mavericks owner… >> Read More
What happens when you get together a 10-piece orchestra, over 50 talented dancers, and plop them into the heart of downtown Chicago to celebrate Hanukkah? You get the Hanukkah mash-up song…and dance extravaganza, of course. Elliot Dvorin and the Key Tov Orchestra cover all the bases in this one, from Adam Sandler's classic "Hanukkah Song" to the Spanish-language hip-shaker, "Ochos Kandelikas," and of course--much to Mayim Bialik's delight, we're sure--The Maccabeats. Check it out: >> Read More
Recently, the woman behind the blog XO, Isabel got in touch with us with the above image and following message:
Proud of my nephew, Sammy. His teacher gave his class a writing assignment to do a…"Dear Santa" letter and tell him what they wanted for Christmas. Given that he's Jewish, he had the choice to either not do the assignment, citing his beliefs, or to have a little fun. I'm glad he chose to have a little fun. We're proud of you too, Sammy. And we really hope you get… >> Read More
OK, even if you're a Halloween scrooge or currently suffering from Halloween envy, this baby's costume just has to put a smile on your face. It's Ruth Baby Ginsburg, for crying out loud!
Ruth Baby…Ginsberg wins Halloween, so stop trying. (h/t @NaamaHaviv) pic.twitter.com/T9ETbhL025 — Ghastly Akner (@taffyakner) October 31, 2014 Like this post? Get the best of Kveller delivered straight to your inbox. >> Read More
Listen very carefully: Tell your kids to go into the other room. Turn down the volume, or put on your headphones. And watch this video of some very adorable little girls dropping some…very graphic language in the name of feminism (NSFW!!!): >> Read More
Mazel tov, Randi! The CEO, media maven, author, and member of Facebook royalty gave birth to her second child, a baby boy, on Friday, October 10th.
The name, you ask? Get excited. It's super…Jewy! Simcha “Simi” Tworetsky is apparently already living up to his name, which is Hebrew for joy. Randi tells People, "[He's] bringing so much joy to our family. We are in love and so thankful for this new addition.” Simcha joins big brother Asher, who is 3. >> Read More
Helicopter or snow plow? No, we're not asking you what your favorite kind of heavy machinery is, but what kind of parent you are. Or aren't.
This was exactly what Kveller contributing editor…Jordana Horn went on "Fox & Friends" to talk about this morning in light of her recent article for Today.com called "The 'No Rescue' movement: Could this be the cure for helicopter parenting?" In the segment, Jordana talks about letting her kids suffer the consequences of their mistakes, such as forgetting to bring their cello to… >> Read More
Last week, Kveller broke the story that a "punk rock" swastika ring was for sale on both Amazon and Sears' websites. People were, understandably, outraged, and the story soon went viral, prompting…even Carson Daley to talk about it on the "Today" show. After getting flooded with angry comments on social media, Sears clarified that the item was posted by a third party in their free marketplace, and quickly took the item down, releasing this apology on their website. Amazon also quietly removed the ring from their… >> Read More
If the name Sam Horowitz doesn't ring a bell, this video from his bar mitzvah sure might. Just over a year ago, we shared Sam's Texas-sized bar mitzvah celebration which instantly went viral,…garnering the talented young performer appearances on "Good Morning America," the "Ellen" show, and other local appearances in his hometown of Dallas. So what is now-14-year-old Sam Horowitz up to these days? If you guessed staying out of the spotlight, you'd be sorely mistaken. >> Read More
As we’ve mentioned before, Zach Braff’s new movie “Wish I Was Here” gives us plenty to talk about here at Kveller. I sat down with three of the film’s stars, Zach Braff, Kate Hudson,…and Mandy Patinkin, to talk about their Jewish connection to the movie, being a child no matter how old you are, and the hardest part about playing the role of a dying man. “Wish I Was Here” is now playing in select theaters, and will play nationwide starting tomorrow. On the role Judaism plays in… >> Read More
Zach Braff's new movie "Wish I Was Here" gives us plenty to talk about here at Kveller--the film covers everything from the (too high) tuition of Jewish day school to dealing with aging…parents. But there was one aspect that was impossible to ignore: among its cadre of impressive actors is Josh Gad, perhaps best known for his voiceover work as the snowman Olaf from Frozen. I was lucky enough to sit down with Gad--a Jewish dad himself--and talk about life as a famous snowman. Are your kids obsessed with… >> Read More
Paul Rudd has long been in the running for cutest Jewish celebrity dad, and his latest moment in the press certainly doesn't hurt his cause.
When an expectant couple bumped into Rudd, one of…the stars of the beloved comedy "Knocked Up," the three seized the opportunity to go viral with the epic pregnancy announcement, pictured above. Sure beats a pee-stick pic, no? >> Read More
Meet Josh Orlian, a 12-year-old Modern Orthodox Jew from White Plains, New York, who made his stand-up comedy debut on last night's episode of "America's Got Talent." Not yet a bar mitzvah, young…Josh, with sweet red hair and a kippah on his head, explained to the camera before taking the stage that he was quite nervous--until this moment he had only performed his jokes in front of family and friends. Like any proud Jewish parents, Josh's folks were there to cheer him on, his mother kvelling, as… >> Read More
Planning an Israeli-themed spread for your Memorial Day celebration? Make sure to double check your hummus, as nearly 15,000 pounds of the delicious chickpea dip from Target and Trader Joe's have…been recalled over possible listeria contamination. Oy! Massachusetts-based Hot Mama's Foods (good name, right?) recalled the hummus after potential for contamination was found during routine testing. According to the LA Times : Some of the affected products were shipped nationally and include 10-ounce and 2-pound containers of Target Archer Farms Traditional Hummus marked for use… >> Read More