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Oct 19 2011

The Kid-Dish: Ivanka Trump’s Sukkot, Rachel Zoe’s Worst Fear

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

- No, those aren’t flowers in Ivanka Trump’s husband’s hand: it’s a lulav. The couple were seen with their 2-month-old daughter Arabella on their way home from Sukkot services at a New York City synagogue. (Celebrity Baby Scoop)

– The costume designer for the classic 90’s sitcom Blossom (you know, the one starring homegirl Mayim Bialik) gave an interview for Refinery 29 about what it was like the style those iconic looks. It’s accompanied by a great slideshow, too. (Refinery 29)

– Rachel Zoe, spotted in matching white linens with baby Skyler at the Veuve Polo Classic, revealed her worse fear: “I think he’s going to rebel and just be like, ‘I’m wearing a soccer uniform.’” (People)

– Natalie Portman joins the “Celebrity mom spotted at farmer’s market with baby” club this week. She looks very happy to be there! (PopSugar)

Sep 21 2011

The Kid-Dish: Sarah Silverman Steals Selma Blair’s Baby

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

This photograph makes my heart all a-flutter. Sarah Silverman, please, please have a baby. I could be covering you and your crazy shenanigans in this column every week. (People)

Tabitha Broderick has the busy life of a celebrity kid and manages to take care of her invisible baby, all while looking very chic in a Burberry jacket. How Does She Do It? (Celebrity Baby Scoop)

– Speaking of the Broderick’s, minivan-driving Sarah Jessica Parker reveals yet another of her parenting secrets: she talks to herself. (People)

Another face shot of Aleph Portman Millipied has been found, and the verdict is in: that baby is cute. (Suri’s Burn Book)

Sep 14 2011

The Kid-Dish: SJP Admits to Minivan, an Aleph Spotting

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

- Tori Spelling played dress up with her family for the October issue of Parenting Magazine. She talks about her guilt with balancing motherhood and work commitments, and her goal for her kids to be confident in themselves by the time they’re 30. So probably, they’ll have their own guilt fairly soon. (People)

Aleph Portman Millipied has been spotted in Paris for the first time since his birth in June. You can catch the whole slideshow of 20 blurry pictures of Natalie, Benjamin, and the baby in various baby holding, baby wearing, and baby hiding positions. (Pop Sugar)

– Good news for celebrities who need to be styled: Rachel Zoe says since having her baby Skyler, she’s become much more calm and way more efficient. (Celebrity Baby Scoop)

-Breaking news: Sarah Jessica Parker drives a minivan. She calls it her “Mommymobile.” She gushed about it on TV with Katie Couric, who according to this article is a fellow minivan lover. Stop the presses. (Celebrity Baby Scoop)

Aug 24 2011

The Kid-Dish: Olive and Isla Go for a Ride, Natalie Portman Comes Back Out

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

Olive Baron Cohen was spotted on the back of mama Isla Fisher’s bicycle in the West Village. Here you can see Olive thinking: A trendy hat does not a helmet make, Mom. (Celebrity Baby Scoop)

– I admit, it’s been so long since we’ve heard a peep about Natalie Portman, I nearly forgot about the whole Aleph craze. The actress was finally spotted after being in hiding for 2 months, but with no baby in sight. (PopSugar)

– The first snapshot of Selma Blair’s newborn son Arthur has made it’s way to Twitter, which I’m pretty sure is slowly replacing baby books. (Celebrity Baby Scoop)

Destined-to-be-a-star James Wilkie, the 8 year old son of Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, would like to start acting. SJP doesn’t want him to start quite yet, but she’s probably just bitter about what Square Pegs did for her image. (People)

Jul 6 2011

The Kid-Dish: Introducing Alef Portman Millepied…?

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

- Big, as-of-yet-to-be-totally-confirmed news: we have a name for the Portman-Millepied baby! If popular Israeli TV show “Good Evening with Guy Pines” (and yes, that last name is pronounced like the certain body part that we still don’t know whether this baby has had circumcised or not) is to be believed, the baby of the hour is named Alef Portman Millepied. That’s Alef, like the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet. So, thoughts? Cunning remarks? Witty jokes? Let’s hear them. (Huffington Post)

Tori Spelling took her kids to the farmer’s market in Malibu to prepare for the 4th. The kids, pictured above, then spent a lovely Independence Day at the beach. Stella is all like, “Whatchu looking at?” (Babyrazzi)

Woody Allen and his typical Jewish family, including wife Soon-Yi Prevan and daughters Bechet and Manzie, were seen shopping in Rome, where he’s filming his next movie, Bop Decameron. (Celebrity Baby Scoop)

- Stylish Jewish mom Sarah Jessica Parker tied for first place with Angelina Jolie on Forbes’ list of highest paid actresses this year. Parker brought in $30 million dollars between May of 2010 and May of 2011. (Popeater)

**UPDATE**

People.com is reporting that the name is spelled Aleph, though we still seem to lack an official confirmation from Ms. Portman herself. And as for the public’s reaction, a few choice twitters for you:

@TheChaviMonsterNatalie Portman only got to the first word of the baby name book!::Rimshot!::

@Dougwyman425: The good news – your mother is Natalie Portman. The bad news – your name is Aleph Millepied.

@KelliZink: I kind of like Natalie Portman’s baby name after I heard my co-workers pronounce it correctly

Jun 21 2011

Do Babies Have Freedom of Religion? Does Natalie Portman’s Baby?

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Natalie Portman at the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Jan. 30. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

I don’t always agree with Mayim’s posts, but I think her most recent one on circumcision got it just right. She was writing about whether Natalie Portman will circumcise her son and it’s been a little disturbing to see the vitriolic attacks lobbed at Mayim for essentially saying that parents should make their own decisions about these things.

The decision to circumcise one’s son is extremely personal, and every family, Jewish or not, has to make their own choice. As I have written before, I think it’s fine if Jews don’t circumcise. (Just to put my cards on the table: if I ever have a son, I will circumcise him. This is a decision my husband and I have made together.)

What I do have a problem with is folks who a) don’t respect other people’s choices, and b) some of the reasons people use to attack other people’s choices around circumcision.

I get if you think it’s barbaric, I don’t agree.

However, please don’t tell me that parents who circumcise their children are violating their baby’s freedom of religion. Let’s be clear here, people. Babies don’t have freedom of religion. (Babies do, however, have human rights, and I understand if you think that circumcision is a violation of those human rights. Again, I happen to disagree.) Back to the freedom of religion claim—I’m no lawyer, but just from a practical standpoint, I just don’t see how it applies to babies. They don’t get freedom of association or press, and they sure as hell don’t have freedom of speech (at least not in my house!). My husband and I are raising our children Jewish. Thus, we deprive them of Christmas trees and Easter eggs and cheeseburgers and many other aspects of main stream American culture. We are choosing to raise our children in a minority group, a people who have an extensive history of persecution, a history that unfortunately, is not dead. I have more concerns about the implications of this choice than about the status of a foreskin.

I know, I know, many of you are probably gearing up to angrily reprimand me for comparing Christmas trees to circumcision. But let’s not kid ourselves. The air our children breathe, the sleep they get, the food they eat, and the way they spend their days—it all affects their bodies, and as much as we’d like to tell ourselves differently, it all has a permanent impact on who they are, and who they will become. (Believe me. I’m a clinical social worker. This is the reason I have a job. And yes, I have already started a therapy fund for my own kids.)

Once they grow up and develop functional frontal lobes, the ability to wipe their own tushies, and all the other benefits of adulthood, my kids may choose something else for themselves.  They may decide to believe in Jesus or eat lobster for dinner.  And at the risk of sounding glib, that’s life. That’s the human condition.

If you don’t agree with circumcision, that’s OK. I’m not here to convince you, and to be honest, if this ritual isn’t meaningful for you, then I can’t explain it. If you can’t relate to the power of a centuries-old tradition that has helped bind a people together through endless expulsions and persecutions, well, I understand that. My only hope would be that you try to respect the choices of those of us who do.

Jun 20 2011

Will Natalie Portman Circumcise Her Son? Should We Care?

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What will Natalie do on day eight?

I have gone back and forth on my place in this circumcision “debate” more times than I can count.

Should I write about the proposed ban on circumcision in San Francisco and (almost) Santa Monica? Should I put myself out there to be (again) attacked with vicious hate language for my adherence to Jewish law? Should I voice my feelings of conflict and simultaneous joy to fulfill this most difficult of commandments?

Should I strike back at the anti-circumcision folks with the tools they have given me; namely, the anti-circumcision comic book with images like this of “Foreskin Man” and  “Monster Mohel”? Should I use sarcasm and anger and a smidge of Holocaust-driven paranoia or deal with the issues at hand minus sarcasm, anger, and paranoia? Should I speak up?

No. I decided I am not gonna do it. I am hyper-sensitive by nature and it’s been too hard of a week. I wish I had more in me to handle this, but I don’t right now.

So I will instead ask you this: what will Natalie Portman do? (In case you live in  cave or don’t read Kid-dish, Natalie had a baby boy last week.) Not that it’s my business, but will she or won’t she? Circumcise, that is. Will she even make public her decision about what to do on day 8 of her son’s life? (Mazel tov, by the way, Nat.)

Do celebrity Jews have some sort of obligation to the Jewish community at large to let us know about their observance especially when it puts a “good” face on observance? When Sacha Baron-Cohen discusses kosher food options or working on Shabbat, it really touches me. When Matisyahu puts himself out there as a successful and devout observant Jew, it amazes me. When Natalie Portman conducts an interview in Hebrew (check it out for yourself on youtube!), it thrills me.

So at this time of public discussion about circumcision (at least in some circles), I will be paying a little more attention to any baby news from Natalie’s corner.

Whatever she decides, God bless her right to exercise both her freedom of religion that our country guarantees, and her free will, which our religion guarantees.

Whatever she decides, I respect her right to exercise both her freedom of religion that our country guarantees, and her free will, which our religion guarantees.

Want more Mayim? And to see all of our Natalie coverage, go here.

Jun 15 2011

The Kid-Dish: Natalie Portman Gives Birth!

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

It’s the Jewish celebrity parenting news of the century! Natalie Portman and fiancé Benjamin Millepied have welcomed a baby boy. Word’s still out on whether this day will become an official holiday in the Kveller office. Word’s also still out on what they named him, or what he looks like, or if there will be a bris sometime next week, but we can be patient, can’t we?

We took a stab at naming him back in February, coming up with the ever graceful Pierre Shlomo. Does anyone else have some last minute guesses?

So, a big mazel tov to Natalie and Benjamin, and to their future child, who is surely one brilliant, talented, good-looking babe.

May 13 2011

Natalie Portman, Growing by the Numbers

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Natalie Portman was spotted this week in NYC, and my, has that baby bump grown! As the actress nears the due date of her first child, CNN has taken on the all-too-serious question: Too Much Natalie Portman?

They’ve crunched the numbers to compare how many movie roles, awards won, google searches, and the chances you will see her in a movie since 1995, and it’s hard to deny that those numbers are on the same path as her growing belly.

As self-proclaimed enthusiasts of Miss Portman (we even offered to help name her baby, whether she wanted our advice or not), we wish her all the best with her family and career, and that those numbers keep on growing. After all, can you really have too much of a Harvard-educated, Oscar-winning, beautiful, Israeli-born Jewish woman?

Didn’t think so.

Mar 9 2011

The Kid-Dish: Huckabee Takes on Portman, Blair takes on AIDS

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

- Future Jewish mom Selma Blair has taken to social action through fashion, sporting a t-shirt over her baby bump that supports H&M’s Fashion Against AIDS cause. The shirt says “Brains First, Body 2nd” which I’m actually having a hard time connecting back to AIDS, but, um, yay for charity! (Celebrity Baby Scoop)

- Former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee took a shot at our leading lady Natalie Portman, mentioning in a radio interview that young actresses like Portman are setting a bad example to impressionable youngsters by having children before getting married. Family values, angry Republicans, blah blah blah. (Babyrazzi)

The identity of Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen’s secret baby has been revealed: Elula. The name comes from the Hebrew word, elul, which is the 6th month in the Jewish calendar, which we can also now assume is when the baby girl was born. Score one for Jewish names in the spotlight. (Celebrity Baby Scoop)

Over at Babble, a slew of celebrities have shared the worst parenting advice they’ve ever gotten, and Jerry Seinfeld shares some interesting insight: “[...] We, for some reason, can’t stand it if our kids have a situation that they need to ‘fix’. Let them struggle–it’s a gift.”  Jews and struggling–we go together like lox and bagels. (Babble)

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