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May 2 2013

Mamaleh’s Day Gifts: What Jordana Wants

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Jordana HornNeed 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). To get us started, here’s Jordana Horn’s wish list.


1. The Book of Jewish Food: An Odyssey from Samarkand to New York by Claudia Roden

the book of jewish food

I lost my copy of this book about 20 years ago and for some reason have never replaced it. I LOVE THIS BOOK. The recipes are far-ranging and delicious, and the text, stories of the far-flung Jewish diaspora, are intriguing and would definitely cause me to burn food. I made an Indian-themed dinner for a boyfriend 20 years ago and after he took the first bite, he said he should marry me. He didn’t, but that’s neither here nor there: the point is the food is incredibly tasty.

2. DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: California

dk eyewitness travel guide: california

I love these guidebooks and would love to get a copy of this so that I can spend my oh-so-many idle moments dreaming away about what I will do on my 40th birthday vacation getaway with my husband this summer. That’s right folks, ONE WEEK WITHOUT THE KIDS, JUST ME AND MY HUSBAND IN BLISSFUL CALIFORNIA. Fine, there’s the kid in my uterus–I told you I can never even go to the bathroom alone, let alone on a weeklong vacation.



3. Some kind of prenatal facial/massage thing at Destination Maternity

spa setAn afternoon or morning spent in bathrobed bliss, drooling.




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

A magic pill I could take after giving birth to a healthy baby by which I would immediately fit back into my pre-maternity clothes. Hell, let’s make the pill have the side effects of giving me perky boobies, a springy butt, and eradicate all traces of circles under my eyes too.

*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!*

May 15 2012

My Pregnant, Hormonal Mother’s Day Recap

By at 11:26 am
ticker tape parade

Ticker tape parade? Not enough.

It was Mother’s Day Sunday, as you may have heard.

I’ll readily admit that I’m insanely hormonal as of late. I’m entering my fifth month of my fourth pregnancy. And I know that Mother’s Day is the day that we’re supposed to think about how blessed we are, how lucky we are to be mothers, how being a mother is the most wonderful thing in the world. And that if I don’t appreciate all that–especially on Mother’s Day–I’m an ungrateful little toad.

All that is true. But as I read my Facebook friends’ updates about being feted in bed by children bearing homemade chocolate-covered strawberries–as I prepared to host 15-odd family members for brunch–I thought, you know something? What *would* constitute a “good enough” celebration of this Day of Days, or as my husband (incorrectly) called it, this “Hallmark holiday”? Read the rest of this entry →

May 11 2012

Happy Mother’s Day, Moms of Kveller

By at 3:34 pm

Earlier this week, we were trying to think of which moms we wanted to honor this Mother’s Day. Sure, there are women throughout history that have done fantastic things for the state of motherhood, and there are definitely some trailblazers today that are working to make a difference in the lives of moms.

But when we thought about it, really thought about it, the group of mothers we so desperately wanted to thank was right under our noses. This Mother’s Day, we’re sending out a big old I LOVE YOU to all of the women who have written for Kveller. We couldn’t exist without you, which is pretty much the definition of motherhood, right? All your beautiful faces make us very proud, and we hope each and every one of you has the best Mother’s Day (and Mother’s Week, and Mother’s Year, and Mother’s LIFE) possible.

Note to a Mommy Friend

By at 2:37 pm

coffee mugMother’s Day is on Sunday, and in addition to honoring and thanking the mother figures in my life, I also want to thank my fellow Mommy friends. On my first Mother’s Day in 2008, my older daughter pulled over a cup of hot coffee and sustained burns up and down her left leg. This is a post I wrote to a friend after that happened.

Dear Friend,

Thank you. I was having a terrible week (a week when even a little retail therapy didn’t help) and I called you and blurted out my craziness, my worries, my fears (so much for focusing on the present, I guess) and without a pause or hesitation, you invited me over. We sat at your kitchen table, eating our sandwiches, and I told you about the burn (even though I’d already told you the story two? three? times before). Read the rest of this entry →

Talking About My Miscarriages for the First Time

By at 11:02 am
keeping a secret

When I was younger, nobody talked about miscarriages.

For this Mother’s Day, one of our writers reflects on her previous miscarriages, and just how lucky she is to be a mom.

When I was pregnant for the first time, at 22 years old, I miscarried.

I had cramps, saw drops of blood, and waited. The next day, on the toilet, I felt something drop out of me. I flushed before I could look.

I had a D&C. My husband comforted me and I called my mother. I didn’t tell anyone else.

A month later, I found a lump in my breast. I had to wait four weeks to see if it was the result of an inflamed milk duct from the pregnancy. Read the rest of this entry →

Pop Quiz: All About Moms

By at 9:33 am

How do Israeli’s celebrate Mother’s Day? What’s the deal with single mothers by choice? Just how many working moms are there? In honor of Mother’s Day coming up (this Sunday!), we wanted to see how well you know your Jewish mother stuff.

Our quick Mom Quiz is ready and waiting for you. And if you do well, you can officially call yourself an expert mom.

Take the Mom Quiz today!

May 10 2012

Contest: 6 Word #MamalehDay Story

By at 1:33 pm

#mamalehdayIt’s unavoidable, whether you think it’s the perfect opportunity to express your gratitude, or just another Hallmark holiday. Mother’s Day is this Sunday, and we thought we’d have a little fun by hosting yet *another* contest. This one is for all you Tweeters out there, so get your hashtag fingers ready:

We’re looking for six word stories, all about moms. It could be your favorite Mother’s Day memory, an ode to being a mother, or an ode to your own mother. Whatever it is, we’re asking for it in just six words. Here’s an example (please don’t judge):

Gave me life, and homemade cookies.

To enter the contest, tweet your 6-word story @kveller along with the hashtag #MamalehDay. We’ll choose a favorite by Monday morning, and the winner will receive–drum roll please–a copy of Mayim Bialik’s book, Beyond the Sling!

May 9 2012

My Mother, In the Pictures

By at 3:01 pm

sarah tuttle-singer mother photographsIn honor of Mother’s Day, one of our writers reflects on the lasting memories of her mom.

My mom was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in November, 1999. For a while, chemotherapy was her powerful ally, and she won battle after battle against the invader cells. By May, 2002, she was proclaimed “cancer free,” and went traipsing off to Provence with my dad and his cousins for a 10-day adventure, where they enjoyed the flowering countryside, good food, and fine wine.

She returned happy and very, very tired. When the fatigue didn’t lift after a few weeks, she was back at her oncologist’s office, bravely facing the terrible news: The cancer was back. With a vengeance. So, she and her oncologist tried to hit back twice as hard, until she developed a life-threatening toxicity to the only drug that was kicking cancer’s ass. But, instead of giving up, she entered a hard-core clinical trial–one that left her skin blistered and peeling, her nights suffocated by excruciating dreams, and her unusually keen memory foggy and addled. Read the rest of this entry →

May 8 2012

The Grunt Work of Motherhood

By at 10:36 am

broomsIn my speechwriting days, whenever I was on deadline and stuck for inspiration, I’d turn on the radio and look through famous quotations. Given their way with words, the three men I always turned to first were Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, and Martin Luther King, Jr. I never had a favorite quotation, but in recent months, I’ve found myself frequently mulling this King comment:

“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.” Read the rest of this entry →

May 3 2012

Mother’s Day Giveaway: Free Tee!

By at 9:32 am

mamaleh t-shirtWe already told you about the great deal we’ve got going with Rabbi’s Daughters, in which you buy one Mamaleh/Bubeleh necklace, you get one free. We’re also excited to announce a bonus giveaway, in which one lucky winner will get a free Mamaleh t-shirt. Now that’s what we call a great Mamaleh’s Day.

All you have to do to enter is LIKE us on Facebook (if you don’t already, of course) and then drop us a note in the comments below saying hi, or whatever you’d like to say to us. We’ll choose a random winner on Wednesday, May 9th, so enter today!


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