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Jan 10 2014

Kveller Hits of the Week: Jan 6-10

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What Mayim Bialik Learned From Her Day as a Model. Mayim isn’t one to show skin and take orders, but for this photographer, she obliged. Mayim shares five things she’s learned during her magazine photo shoot.

Tell Your Friends #WhatILikeAboutYou. Jordana started a Facebook movement this week when she wrote a compliment for each friend that “liked” her status. Her piece reminds us that the simple act of giving a compliment is so valued, and should’t be so rare.

Infertility is Not a Competition. Risa shares her story of getting IVF, inculcating that the sisterhood bond of “infertility” should not include one-upping each other with an “I had a worse IV experience than you” story.

Oh, The Wacky Adjustments I Make For My Baby.  All first time Mama’s can relate to Ilana’s story of going above and beyond for their baby, which of course, compromises her and her husband’s sleep and eating habits.

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Jan 3 2014

Kveller Hits of the Week: Dec 30 – Jan 3

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Top 10 Most Popular Kveller Posts of 2013. Happy New Year! We rounded up the 10 most widely read Kveller posts of 2013; from placentas to bar mitzvahs and so much more.

- Mayim Bialik and the Kids Take Israel. Mayim decided to take her sons to Israel for 10 days, and she shares her plans for hummus, time at the Kotel, and meeting a fellow Kvellerite.

- Finally a Disney Movie That’s Not About Boy-Girl Love. Tova took her son to a snowy movie showing of Disney’s Frozen, and was pleased to find out this wasn’t a typical boy-saves-girl princess story. Disney finally gets it right!

- The Day of a Thousand Parenting Fails. Jordana, mom of five, has one of those days filled with total disorganization and self-deprecating moments.

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Dec 20 2013

Kveller Hits of the Week: Dec 16 – 20

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Superman Sam & The Power of Social Media. Ken Gordon shares his heartfelt reaction to the death of 8-year-old boy Samuel Sommer, and the connection he built with “Superman Sam” by following his story on social media.

- Three Reasons Mayim Isn’t Bummed About Not Celebrating Christmas. Mayim appreciates the merriment of Christmas, but is more than pleased with the amount of Jewish holidays she gets to observe. Read three reasons she is cool with being a non-Christmas mama.

- How My Mom Friends Became My Real Friends. When Jen had a baby, she was advised like many others to find “mom friends.” Guess what? She did, and now they are life long and irreplaceable.

The Day Two Women at the Dollar Store Changed My Way of Thinking. After overhearing a conversation in the supermarket about a mother who wasn’t getting enough formula through WIC, Sharrona felt over-privileged and angered. Her piece calls attention to the number of mother’s struggling just to nourish their child.

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Dec 13 2013

Kveller Hits of the Week: Dec 8 -13

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- Five Reasons Why Mayim Bialik Doesn’t Believe in Sleep Training. Mayim tells us five reasons she doesn’t believe in sleep training, and recommends some alternative ways to deal with your kids’ sleep.

- Let’s Help NPR Find The Owner of This Bat Mitzvah T-Shirt from 1993. This week NPR announced a search for a 1993 Bat Mitzvah T-shirt they found in a market in Africa. We helped in cracking the case, and got a spotlight on MSNBC!

- 36 Rabbis Are Shaving Their Heads for Pediatric Cancer Research.  A group of more than 36 rabbis are joining together to shave their heads in a bold effort to support pediatric cancer research. The fundraiser is spearheaded by Kveller contributor, Rabbi Rebecca Schorr.

- I’ve Been Talking to My Son About Death Since the Day He Was Born. Jennifer makes a powerful case for telling your children about their beloved family members that have passed at an early age, as opposed to shielding them from the scary and inevitable conversation about death.

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Dec 6 2013

Kveller Hits of the Week: Dec 2 – 6

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- Eight Things Mayim is Thankful for This Hanukkah. Mayim made a list of eight things she’s grateful for this year–including her fairly pleasant relationship with her ex, celebrating Hanukkah with her ex’s mom, and of course, Kveller.

Seven Tidbits That Will Make You See the “Sound of Music” in a New Light. In light of The Sound of Music Live! that aired on NBC Thursday, Alina put her Media Studies degree to work with a list of fun and surprising facts about the making of the film.

- Interview with Interesting Jews: Ido Kedar, 17-Year-Old Author of “Ido in Autismland.” Tracy Kedar sat down to interview her remarkable 17-year-old son, Ido, who lives with severe autism. As a writer, blogger, and tireless advocate for autism, Ido’s first book, Ido in Autismland, is now widely used to educate others on non-verbal autism.

- Israeli Actress Gal Gadot Cast as Wonder Woman. Gal Gadot, the actress, model, and former Miss Israel contestant has been cast as Wonder Woman in the upcoming Warner Bros. sequel to Man of Steel.

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Nov 15 2013

Kveller Hits of the Week: November 11-15

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mayimandcrew- I’m Buying My Girls a Bunch of Plastic Toys for Hanukkah & I Don’t Even Feel Guilty. During past Hanukkahs, Carla has tried to shield her kids from dolls and gifts in hopes they would turn out disinterested in consumerism. After being a mama for a few years now, her tune has changed.

-Hanukkah Isn’t Just About Gifts (But Here’s What My Boys Want)  Although Mayim is never one to play up materialism, she accepts that Hanukkah is a partly gift-giving holiday. Here is a list of what her boys have requested (with adorable commentary).

Let My Hanukkah Go! A call for some Hanukkah traditionalism, please! Nina is sick of Christmas and Hanukkah festivities being constantly compared, and is tired of the over-commercialization of Hanukkah.

- How I Swallowed My Pride & Asked For Help. After a crazy hard week with her kids, Tamara needed a little help from her friends. This piece reminds us it’s OK to ask for help when we need it–other mamas have been there before.

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Nov 8 2013

Kveller Hits of the Week: November 4 – 8

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Mayim Bialik: Five Surprising Things About Working on The Big Bang Theory. Mayim tell us five surprising things about working for The Big Bang Theory.

I’m the One Who’s Ruined Facebook with All These Pictures of My Kid. Jen knows what it’s like to make fun of those people who post pictures of their kids on Facebook all day–but now she’s one of them! Fall back, Facebook haters.

- The Great Fashion Debate with My 5-Year-Old Step-Daughter. Tamar recently became a step-mother to a 5-year-old and she’s finding it very hard to get her dressed properly with confidence.

- Courageous Woman Dances to Beyonce Pre-Double Mastectomy. Deborah Cohan was going into get a double mastectomy, and to prepare for it she asked all of the medical staff to join her in a dance party to “Get Me Bodied,” by Beyonce. Deborah rules.

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Nov 1 2013

Kveller Hits of the Week: October 28-November 1

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Teaching My Son to Tapdance with the Help of Michael Jackson. Mayim introduced her kids to Michael Jackson through tap dancing, and now they can’t get enough of “Billie Jean.” Too cute.

- It’s Time to Get Aware of Pregnancy Induced Breast Cancer. Stephanie’s friend was diagnosed with pregnancy-induced breast cancer–which isn’t as rare as you think. In honor of  breast cancer awareness month, spread the word.

- Are Smart Phones Really Poisoning My Baby’s Brain? Carol’s a tech-junkie mama. After being told she was “poisioning” her son’s mind by letting him play games on her phone, she’s rethinking his exposure to technology. 

- Interview With Interesting Jews: Actress & New Mom Shiri Appleby. Jillian Scheinfeld interviewed Shiri Appleby and spoke about kvelling, working on the set of GIRLS, and being a new mama.

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Oct 25 2013

Kveller Hits of the Week: October 21-25

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- “What is the Holocaust?” is a Hard Question for Too Many College Students. A bunch of college students were asked basic questions about the Holocaust, and their answers (or lack thereof) are both shocking and sad.

- Mayim Bialik Takes On the Haters. Mayim responds to the critics who question her motives on Facebook self-promotion, Jewish pride, and supporting charities.

- The Bar Mitzvah Diary: How I Prepared for My Son’s Big Day. Sharon Clark gives us a humorous glimpse into the planning, schvitzing, and schleping that goes into planning a bar mitzvah.

I May Not Be Jewish But I Want to Sit Shiva. Ashley is the non-Jewish partner in an interfaith marriage. When both her and her husband’s grandmothers recently passed away, she realized that sitting shiva was a much more meaningful way to honor the passing of a loved one.

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Oct 11 2013

Kveller Hits of the Week: October 7-October 11

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 - Tell a Friend: You Are a Good Mama. Don’t we need to hear it more often? Tamara Reese’s piece sparked a viral movement this week, reminding us that a #YOUAREAGOODMAMA pat on the back is always appreciated.

- Exclusive Sneak Peek of My New Cookbook: Mayim’s Vegan Table. Mayim’s new cookbook due out in February is a compilation of 100 of her favorite vegan recipes, including plenty of traditional Jewish foods.

- Dissecting That Poll About Secular American Jews. Contributing editors Jordana Horn and Adina Kay-Gross respond to the Pew Research Center’s highly talked about survey on the changing landscape of American Jewry.

- The Jewish Prayer That’s Never Let Me Down. Rebecca has been reciting the “Shehechiyanu” prayer for all of her children’s special “first time” milestones, but it was when she heard one them reciting it that she knew she was doing something right.

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