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Aug 9 2013

Kveller Hits of the Week: August 5 – 9

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- Sam Horowitz, Bar Mitzvah Boy: Live at the Omni Hotel. Everything’s bigger in Texas, including this footage from the  craziest, most over-the-top bar mitzvah video we’ve ever seen.

- Nursing Twin Preemies is Not Easy but So Worth It. Cara was determined to nurse her newborn twins, but found herself overly stressed out about whether she was doing everything right. Soon she found a little support can go a long way.

- The Childfree Life vs. The Childfull Life. The latest cover story for TIME Magazine stirred up the old Mommy Wars by posing whether having it all meant having no kids. But was the article accurate, or even necessary?

- Mayim Bialik’s Son Loves His Baby Dolls. Mayim always hoped she’d have sons who loved to play with dolls, and sure enough, her little Fred has started playing with her dolls from childhood, and it’s rather adorable.

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Aug 2 2013

Kveller Hits of the Week: July 29 – August 2

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- We Need Better, Affordable Jewish Day Care Options. Everyone knows the best way to get kids excited about Judaism is early engagement, so why are we so lacking in affordable Jewish day care options?

- After Years of Failed Fertility Treatments, A New Plan. Throughout the last five years of trying to have a baby, Leora and her husband have gone through 11 IVF cycles and 6 pregnancies, but still remain empty handed. Now, they’ll be using extra embryos from another couple’s IVF.

- My Daughter’s Beautiful Day. In the middle of a sticky, sweaty hot summer day in Israel, Sarah’s daughter asked, “Mama, do you know why today is so beautiful?” Sarah asked why, and her daughter’s answer will blow you away.

- Mayim Bialik Busts a Move in Missouri. Mayim goes to Missouri for a wedding and regales us with tales of shooting pool, girl talk about dating, and *busting a move.*

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Jul 26 2013

Kveller Hits of the Week: July 22 – 16

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Overnight Camp is About More Than Just Having Fun. As parents send their kids off to sleepaway camp, many emphasize how much fun they’ll have. But camp is about more than having fun–it’s about learning who you are and becoming a better you.

How I Missed My Own Son’s Birth. Kerry’s pregnancy was running smoothly until a month into her third trimester, when a rare complication spurred on an emergency C-section.

I’d Rather Make My Husband Happy Than My Kids. Alina believes that as a wife, it is her key responsibility to make her husband happy. But as a mother, it is her responsibility to teach her kids how to make themselves happy, and sometimes that means letting them down.

Becoming Frum: A New Jewish Book from a Local Mom Friend. A fellow mom that Mayim knows from shul wrote a new book exploring how people who become more religious later in life take on the language and cultural cues of Orthodoxy.

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Jul 12 2013

Kveller Hits of the Week: July 8 – 12

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- Notes from a 9 Months Pregnant CEO. Since she’s become visibly pregnant with her second child, Rabbi Jill Jacobs noticed that most people perceive her not as a CEO and religious leader but a walking, talking uterus.

- You Don’t Have to Be Selfless to Be a Good Mom. When she heard so many women saying their mothers were their heroes for being so selfless, Whitney wondered whether you really need to give up so much of yourself to be a good mom.

- I Caught My Husband Sneaking Formula to the Twins.  Cara and her husband agreed on breastfeeding their twins, but had some formula on hand for emergencies. So she wasn’t too happy when she caught her husband red-handed, sneaking them some formula.

- Three Crazy Things That Happened Last Week. A week in the life of a celebrity: your phone dies, your power goes out, and you find a dead slug in your home. Oh, to be Mayim Bialik!

Jun 28 2013

Kveller Hits of the Week: June 24 – 28

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I Cheated My Sons Out of a Jewish Education. Alina sent her two sons to a prestigious and academically rigorous private school, and she was thrilled with their education. That is, until she sent her daughter to Jewish Day School and so how much her boys had missed out on.

Free Stuff Alert: HydroChic Modest Bathing Suit. Summer’s in full swing and we’re offering one lucky reader their choice of a swim bottom from HydroChic, a modest swimwear line that let’s you be as covered as you want to be. It’s not too late to enter!

Ten Great Books to Read This Summer. It’s Jordana Horn’s second annual summer reading lists, with some great suggestions from funny girl tell-alls to runaway mothers and more.

How Many Shabbat Candles Does a Divorced Woman Light? Traditionally, married Jewish women light two candles on Shabbat, while single women light one. So, now that she’s divorced, Mayim wonders what she’s supposed to do.

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Jun 21 2013

Kveller Hits of the Week: June 17 – 21

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- Stop Taking So Many Pictures of Your Kids. While trying to organize her hundreds of digital photos, Nina realized it would be a lot easier if she didn’t take so many photos in the first place. Here are her tips for still capturing all those special moments while not going overboard.

- Finally Opening Up About My Medical Termination & Five Things Not to Say when Someone is No Longer Expecting. When Tova’s unborn fetus was diagnosed “unfit for life,” she made the best decision for her and her family by termination the pregnancy. Here, she shares her story as well as invaluable tips on what–and what not–to say to someone who’s experienced a pregnancy loss.

- My Third Grader Had a Terrible Year (And I Didn’t Do Anything About It). Alina’s son struggled both academically and socially this past school year, but unlike other parents who urged her to speak up or get more proactively involved with the situation, Alina decided to step back and let her son work it out on his own.

- Since My Divorce, I’m Missing the Mikveh. The mikveh is the Jewish ritual bath that women visit before their wedding and each month after their menstrual cycle. But now that she’s divorced, Mayim no longer needs to visit the mikveh, and that’s a hard ritual to break.

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Jun 14 2013

Kveller Hits of the Week: June 10 – 14

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A Non-Jewish Surrogate Gave Birth to My Son, And Then We Held a Conversion Ceremony. Alissa’s son was born through a non-Jewish surrogate, and since the halakhic laws go back and forth on whether that he means he’s Jewish, Alissa decided to make it official through conversion when he was 4.

I Need to Stop Yelling at My Kids. Growing up, Yael felt terrible when her mother yelled at her, and she swore she’d never do that to her own kids. But lo and behold, she finds herself yelling quite often, and for the coming year, pledges to stop.

I Was a Breastfeeding Snob… Until I Had Twins. Racheli couldn’t understand why any mother who was physically able to breastfeed would choose not to. Then she had twins, and realized that breastfeeding is not always for everyone, and there’s no point in judging other mother’s for their choices.

Jewish Divorce: Getting a Get With Mayim Bialik. As she navigates through her own divorce, Mayim shares some of the Jewish aspects, like getting a get, the legal Jewish way to break a marriage contract.

Jun 7 2013

Kveller Hits of the Week: June 3 – 7

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Three Years of Trying & Still No Baby. Their doctors have informed them they’re doing everything “right,” but for Sharon and her husband, three years of trying to have a baby proves just how difficult infertility can be.

Should a Mom Be Jailed For Her Own Stillbirth? A mother in Mississippi has been accused of manslaughter after traces of methamphetamine were found in her system when she had a stillborn baby. Rabbi Jill Jacobs argues why a conviction like this would open a dangerous slide for prosecuting women for any adverse behavior while pregnant.

Coming to Terms with Medical Termination. At three months pregnant, this mom found out that her baby had a rare chromosomal abnormality, and she and her husband had to make the difficult decision to abort the baby.

Since My Divorce, What Do I Do About Covering My Head? The first in a series on the Jewish aspects of divorce, Mayim Bialik talks about how traditionally, once a woman becomes divorced she no longer needs to cover her hair, but it’s a ritual she’s not so ready to let go.

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May 24 2013

Kveller Hits of the Week: May 20-24

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-My Son Wants to Know About Bacon…And God Too. Sometimes those tricky God questions come in the form of, “Mom, why can’t I try bacon?” Is “Because Hashem said so” ever good enough?

-Interview with Interesting Jews: Author & Sexuality Educator Cory Silverberg. We interviewed Cory Silverberg, author of the fabulous (and extremely inclusive) new book for kids “What Makes a Baby.”Do you have any questions about how to talk to your kids about where babies come from, sex, sexuality, or any of those fun topics? Cory has agreed to take on some of our readers’ questions, so leave them in the comments below!

-The Kid-Dish. In a recent interview, Rachel Zoe opened up about the fact that she and her husband Roger Berman are “not above” things like diaper duty and dinner and bathtime. So, you know, being a parent.

-The Israeli Stranger Who Left Me Her Baby on the Plane. “When the mother squeezed past me to go to the bathroom, something funny happened. Or rather, didn’t happen. She said nothing to me, leaving Baby 23F next to me with no instructions in the event that he wake up, cry, or spontaneously combust.”

May 17 2013

Kveller Hits of the Week: May 13-17

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-The Book of Ruth–A Story Close to this Convert’s Heart On Shavuot, the Book of Ruth is traditionally read. After her husband dies, Ruth, a Moabite woman, follows her Israelite mother-in-law into the Jewish people with the famous words, “Whither you go, I will go, wherever you lodge, I will lodge, your people will be my people, and your God will be my God.” For Tamara, who converted to Judaism six years ago, this story hits especially close to home.

-Today, I’m Thankful for the Other Mothers in My Life. Here’s a lovely piece about recognizing the importance of the other mothers in your life, the ones who accept and love your kids for who they are.

-Jewish Mother’s Day, With a Side of Guilt What does it mean when your son gives you a Mother’s Day card with a drawing of Darth Vader on it? For Jordana, it was a Jewish Mother’s Day with an extra side order of guilt

-Let’s Stop Fat Shaming at the Bris For her nephew’s bris, Tamar baked a delicious array of goodies. Upon seeing them, all the women in the family began the traditional recitation of guilt: “Uch, this is SO BAD. I should NOT eat any of this.” “Don’t let me have ANY of this.” “This isn’t going to help me stay good.” And then she yelled at them to stop



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