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Aug 25 2011

Mommy, What’s Being Jewish?

By at 2:33 pm

little girl with a question“Mommy, what’s being Jewish?”  “Why don’t I go to Sunday School?”

These are some of the questions that my daughter has started to ask and I tend to dodge the bullet and say “Go ask your Daddy.”  My children are 6 and 4 and they are starting to ask these types of questions.  They are making friends and when some of their friends do things differently, they want to know why. To be honest, these make me pretty uncomfortable.

I grew up in Minnesota in a very Christian household. I was baptized, attended Sunday school, and got confirmed.  When I moved to Los Angeles, I had never met a Jewish person in my life and then I got a job at Jerry’s Famous Deli and I learned very quickly who Jewish people are, what they liked to eat, and my eyes were opened.  As luck would have it, I went on to marry a Jew. Well, I guess that depends on what you call Jewish. He does not wear a yarmulke, we do not have a menorah, and we do not celebrate Passover. When my mom told my grandma that my boyfriend was Jewish, she said, “Oh, Jewish men treat their women really well.” (Stereotype one of many.)

Our house is a little confusing when it comes to religion, faith, and beliefs.  I do not think I am educated enough to try to explain these things to our children, which is why I am here.

Trying to be married to someone who is Jewish and keep a positive relationship with my Mom is somewhat of a challenge.  My Mom is pretty upset that my babies were not baptized or that they do not go to Sunday school.  She will ask me things like “Aren’t you going to teach the kids about Baby Jesus?”  This makes my husband go nuts.  He actually caught her telling our daughter about going to heaven to see baby Jesus. That didn’t go so well.

I want to teach my children about the world and different religions and beliefs but I am not sure how to do this when I do not have a strong belief one way or the other.  My husband likes to just state the facts.  I know I believe in tradition and I want our children to have a solid foundation of something, but I am just not sure what that something is.

Aug 1 2011

Bubbe Chic: It’s All in the Pocketbook

By at 1:15 pm

Growing up, my Bubbe referred to her purse as a pocketbook. We always made fun of her, and said that it was a purse. Nonetheless, she never stopped calling it a pocket book. Now when I think of a pocketbook there’s a vintage feel to that term. I can see her pocketbooks right now in my head, and I am really glad my mom was savvy enough to save the good ones. Pocket books have suddenly changed from funny to endearing.

Once I really started to think of her beautiful bags, I realized her bag style was timeless. If she was alive today her bags would be considered vintage. The basics of her bags are still alive and well. While envisioning my Bubbe holding her pocketbook, I found more modern versions with all of the basic elements of the pocket book.

The characteristics of a pocket book can be one or more of the following: a frame with a clasp, a flap over the front of the bag, a chain strap, shorter strap, clutch style.

Here are day bag looks:

Here are evening looks. Now remember in the day of the official pocket book it was standard to take an evening bag even if just visiting a friend in the evening hours.

One final thing: I know these bags look small for what you want to carry daily, but we must remember that back then there was so much less to carry. Maybe it’s time for you to consider what is truly an essential. Once you bring it down to essentials you could carry a gorgeous pocket book too. Believe me when I tell you that you’ll exude nothing but chicness.

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