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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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Oct 4 2013

Kveller Hits of the Week: September 30 – October 4

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– The Case of the Purple Booty Shorts-Wearing Babysitter. Ronnie’s babysitter appeared totally legit until she came in one day sporting purple booty shorts and low cut tops–then she had to decide what to do about it.

– Hobby Lobby Doesn’t Cater to Jews. This week was definitely not one of Hobby Lobby’s best. It started with no Hanukkah aisle, and ended in some anti-Semitic comments. Hopefully next year we will see some stocked Hanukkah shelves.

– Your Kids Shouldn’t Have To Compete With Your Phone. As a culture we’re completely obsessed with our smartphones, and when that obsession begins to negatively effect the amount of attention we give our kids, we must reassess.

– What If We Chose Generosity Over Judgment? Ever been that mom on public transportation with a screaming baby, or conversely, the passenger next to them? Rabbi Ayelet S. Cohen suggests we should all approach these aggravating but unavoidable situations with generosity, instead of judgment.

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Sep 13 2013

Kveller Hits of the Week: September 9-13

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- Little Known Jewish Prayers, Written By and For Women. As a Jewish woman, Renee was disappointed to find that were no special prayers or rituals to mark her transformation from woman to mother. Then she discovered tkhines, prayers written by and for women covering a variety of motherly issues.

A Collective Confession for Parents on Yom Kippur. Jordana Horn wrote her own version of the Vidui, a collective confession of sins we recite on Yom Kippur. This version focuses on the sins we often commit as parents.

My Son Had a Rosh Hashanah Meltdown but That’s Not What I Remember.  Rebecca’s son, Ben, is on the autism spectrum and has a number of sensory sensitivities–but that’s not what she’ll remember. Instead, she’ll think back on kvelling over seeing him look like such a man in his tallit gadol.

Mayim Bialk Emmys Update: The Dress, The Shoes, The Sanity. Mayim is getting decked for the Emmys, and she updates us on her Emmy prep– from the nails and toes to the jewels.

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Aug 30 2013

Kveller Hits of the Week: August 26 – 30

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- My Summer Brain Tumor. Rebecca’s summer of teaching science at a Jewish summer camp was interrupted when, after a series of severe dizzy spells, it was discovered she had a brain tumor.

- What My 10-Year-Old Son Knows About Rape So Far. Danielle lives in a college town, and the more her son picks up on some college students’ overt sexuality, she decided to start having conversations with him about rape.

- Will My Son Be the Only Black Jew in High School? Being black and Jewish means he’ll usually be in a minority, but Alina wonders whether the private high school she’s sending him to will be diverse enough for him to feel comfortable.

- On Modesty, Bikinis & Raising Little Girls. In response to a recent post about a 10-year-old girl getting caught wearing a bikini, Mayim shares her thoughts on modesty and where to draw the line for little girls.

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Aug 23 2013

Kveller Hits of the Week: August 19 – 23

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The Hebrew School Dropouts Want Back In. Allison first enrolled her daughter in Hebrew School three years ago, but due to her severe dyslexia and learning issues, she had to drop out. This year, they’re trying again with some modifications.

You Are Your Own Birth Advocate. Pregnant with her fifth child, Jordana has learned the importance of being your own advocate in the delivery room by making sure to speak up when it comes to decisions affecting your body and your baby.

A Letter to All the Pregnant Women in My Life. Sharon and her husband have been struggling with infertility for three years, so when her friends start trying and get pregnant, it’s a complicated.

Meet Mayim Bialik, The Babysitter. Mayim watched her friend’s two daughters for an overnight stay, and Ke$ha, hair brushing, and Passover Bingo ensued.

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Aug 16 2013

Kveller Hits of the Week: August 12 – 16

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- My Easting Disorder Brain vs. My Pregnant Body. After battling anorexia in college, Jaclyn still had a distorted body image, and was worried that getting pregnant would only exacerbate it. In reality, it was quite the opposite.

- What the Opt Out Generation Really Wants. Jordana Horn’s response to the buzz-worthy article in the NY Times Magazine points out a few missing pieces–namely, that workplaces are still not accommodating to the personal lives of their employees.

- My Baby Idan’s Fight to Live. One-year-old Idan has a rare, life-threatening disease, and his mother Amanda shares the harrowing tale of what it’s like to fight–and try to pay for–your baby’s life.

- Heading Back to Work on Season 7 of the Big Bang Theory. This week, Mayim’s back on the set of The Big Bang Theory, and even shares some photos from her new dressing room.

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