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Jul 31 2014

Do Jewish Moms Smother Their Kids With Too Much Love?

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Do we, as Jewish mothers, love our children “too much”?

Arguably, the fact that I react to that statement by saying, “There’s no such thing as too much!” says all you need to know. Of course, I also feel that way about fresh-out-of-the-oven chocolate chip cookies.

The question is inherently posed by “The Jewish Daughter Diaries: True Stories of Being Loved Too Much By Our Moms,” edited by Rachel Ament. It’s a quick-read book of essays that vary widely in quality, but are all about the experience of being a daughter to a Jewish mother. Read the rest of this entry →

Jun 11 2014

The Kid-Dish: Catch This Rabbi Mama on Jeopardy! Tonight

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All the Jewish celebrity parent gossip you (n)ever wanted to know.


(Courtesy Jeopardy Productions, Inc.)


– While Rabbi Sari Laufer is not technically a celebrity, she’ll get her claim to fame as a contestant on “Jeopardy!” tonight. The reform rabbi and mother of an 8-month-old baby told JTA that she was was terrified of missing the question in the “Jewish” category. (JTA)

-And the name is…(drumroll, please…) Oliver Finlay Dallas!  That’s right, Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas had a baby boy. If you read Kveller diligently, then you already know that a few weeks ago Ginnifer talked to Jimmy Kimmel about the challenges of naming a baby boy with the last name Dallas. Mazel Tov! (People)

-Mila Kunis, who is expecting a baby with Ashton Kutcher, plans to join the list of celebrities who had a totally natural childbirth (Kveller’s Mayim Bialik made this list, too!). No epidural, nothing. (Us Weekly)

-Speaking of our very own Mayim Bialik, she can’t name all the Kardashians, but she sure can tell you which lobe of the brain contains the visual cortex. Catch Mayim in People’s video series, “Up Close.” (And we thought we were being original with the whole Up Close thing.) (People)

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Dec 18 2013

Sleep Training Gets a Bad Rap

By at 2:13 pm


After reading Mayim Bialik’s recent article on why she disagrees with sleep training, I felt I had to write a response to show everyone the second side of the sleep-deprived coin.

I want to start out by saying that I think Mayim’s take on parenting is so refreshing and honest. She is so in tune with herself and what her needs are as a mother–which is the single most important aspect in parenting our children. I am not writing this response to “battle” anything she has written, or to contribute to the “Mommy Wars” that exists today. I just want every mother to feel true to herself…

Unfortunately, sleep training has a very negative connotation these days. It is often wrongly associated with leaving Baby to cry for endless hours alone, leaving him emotionally and physically traumatized. Although there are many methods out there, amongst them are also gentle, holistic ideas. Sleep training doesn’t always mean teaching your baby how to sleep. It also means teaching your baby when to sleep or how to become less irritable. There are so many factors included in the blanket of helping improve sleep habits that I could write a 20-page article alone just discussing that!

But don’t worry, I won’t bore you. I also won’t spend time addressing what sleep training is in more detail. I just want to share my thoughts on why it isn’t necessarily a disciplined, last-resort measure. Read the rest of this entry →

Sep 17 2013

How Well Do You Know Mayim Bialik?

By at 5:01 pm

mayim bialik quizMayim Bialik has been writing for Kveller since our very humble beginnings, and has since gotten nominated for an Emmy TWICE for her work on The Big Bang Theory. (Yes, we’re kvelling.) While she continues her pursuit to the perfect Emmy outfit, we thought it would be fun to quiz her most loyal readers on all things Mayim.

So, without further ado, we present to you the Mayim Bialik quiz. Take it. Study it. And then be sure to tune into the Emmys this sunday to root on our favorite nominee!

Take the Mayim quiz here!

May 21 2013

Mayim Bialik: How I Teach My Kids About Both Science & Faith

By at 1:59 pm

the sun

This post is part of our month-long series featuring different ways that parents of various religions have talked to their kids about God.

As a scientist and a person of faith, I get asked the following question a lot: “How do you reconcile your scientific beliefs with your faith in God?” The question seems to concern others a lot more than it concerns me, largely because I see no conflict at all. They exist together, happily, and each supports the other. Read the rest of this entry →

May 7 2013

Mamaleh’s Day Gifts: What Mayim Wants

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mayim bialik headshotNeed some Mother’s Day gift inspiration? We’re asking our contributing editors the three things they want (and the one thing they can’t actually buy). Here’s what Mayim Bialik is hoping for this year.

I actually don’t do “gifts” like this for Mother’s Day. It’s not my thing–but here are three things I do need…

1. New flats

black ballet flats

I wear flats a lot. And I wear black a lot. It’s sort of Converse or flats like these 24/7 except when I have to go to some red carpet event or the Emmys or something. I wear flats most days of the week and I constantly wear them out. These are a bit more than I like to spend, but it’s Mother’s Day, right? Let’s go crazy.

2. New robe 

lavender bath robeI like a fuzzy robe. Unfortunately, I have found that the softest ones tend to be kind of pricey which is why I would never buy this for myself because I am very stingy with myself. But look how soft it looks. And cozy. And I am a person who really likes baths and it’s so nice to put on a fuzzy soft robe after a bath. And I also am always in some state of needing to do laundry so sometimes it’s so great to put on a robe after throwing everything you are wearing into the wash rather than change into clothes especially if you’ve just worked out and don’t feel ready to shower or put clean clothes on your dirty body. Also, since I am stingy, I go to great lengths to not turn on the heat if I don’t need to, so a cozy robe makes you feel warm and cozy so you don’t need to turn on the heat. Given all of that, I still won’t buy one for myself. But it’s something someone should buy for me, obviously.

3. The essential little pink tool kit

all pink tool kitI am a divorced woman. He got the toolbox in the divorce. I need some tools. Not just the basics, either. I need the whole shebang, so that if I want to assemble something or if Fancy Assistant Brandon and I want to assemble something or if the next door neighbor who happens to be a contractor and has been helping me with some stuff needs some tool and doesn’t want to go to his van, I have it handy. I need this toolbox. And I like the pleasant colors. I like that they thought of my feminine instincts when they designed this tool box. I want it.

The one thing I want for Mother’s Day that you can’t actually buy:


*By purchasing any of the above items through Amazon, a portion of the proceeds will go to support our work at Kveller. It’s a Mother’s Day mitzvah!*

Oct 31 2012

What Do Jews Think About Halloween?

By at 9:27 am

Halloween is kind of a tough one for Jews. Less openly Christian than, say, Christmas or Valentine’s Day, but not as ecumenical as Thanksgiving. There’s scary costumes and candy, and a vaguely pagan-y narrative. So how does it play out for Jews?

Here at Kveller we’ve given you a few different perspectives on this issue.

The Jewish Take on Halloween:
A summary of different Jewish positions on Halloween

Mayim Bialik tells us why Halloween isn’t for her, but how she still makes it fun.

Carla explains why she doesn’t like Halloween, but still does it up with her family anyway.

Oct 26 2012

Kveller Hits of the Week: October 22-26

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This week’s most popular posts, in case you missed them.

– Making A Fabulous Birthday Party With Just One Hand. Mayim Bialik only has one hand to run her family these days, so she couldn’t handle baking a birthday cake from scratch. Her improvised solution? An ice cream sundae bar, complete with a 1950s soda jerk costume.

– Why We Chose A Jewish Day School Over Public School. Avital and her husband put off making a decision about their children’s schooling for as long as they could. Between public school, montessori school, and Jewish day school, they had several good options, and while Avital was leaning toward the Jewish school, her husband wasn’t leaning with her. Read about how and why they ended up at a Solomon Schechter day school.

– Can We Afford Jewish High School? One family that has been sending their kids to day school through middle school now has to make a decision about high school. With a double curriculum and a massive price tag, the choice isn’t going to be easy.

Shopping For My Daughter’s First Bra. Have you ever said a blessing in a department store dressing room? This mom (and rabbi) took her daughter bra shopping, and celebrated the beginning of womanhood with the shehecheyanu prayer.

Jul 19 2012

Emmy Nomination for Kveller Blogger Mayim Bialik

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mayim blog headerTalk about kvelling! We’re over the moon to share the news that Kveller blogger Mayim Bialik has been nominated for an Emmy. She’s up for best supporting actress in a comedy series for her role as Amy Farrah Fowler in The Big Bang Theory.

Also nominated from Big Bang is Jim Parsons, yet he seems to be more excited for his co-star Mayim than for himself. He tells TVLine:

“I was jumping up and down — I kid you not… I love her so much… I went to call her immediately but I didn’t have her number — isn’t that weird that I don’t have her number yet? I don’t think she wants me to have her number, which is OK. I still love her.”

Um, Jim? Pretty sure she wouldn’t mind if you had her number. I mean, here she is kissing your face on a screen at Comic-Con.

We send our biggest mazel tov to Mayim. There is no one more deserving!

Read up on Mayim’s life at her blog on Kveller, and then check out her post about pumping on the set of Big Bang.

Jul 11 2012

Free Stuff Alert: Mayim Bialik Audio Book

By at 4:08 pm

beyond the sling audio book giveawayWe know many of you have been dying to get your hands on Mayim Bialik’s new book Beyond the Sling, but if your hands haven’t gotten it yet, maybe your ears will. That’s right, we’re giving away three copies of the audio version of Beyond the Sling over on Mayim’s blog.

While it’s not in Mayim’s voice, you’ll still get all of her juicy wisdom straight for the source herself. The giveaway ends this Monday, the 16th, so head over to Mayim’s blog today and enter to win!


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