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Apr 7 2014

What’s Your Exodus: Breaking Free from Hiding My Same-Sex Marriage & More Reader Responses

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As Passover approaches, we asked our readers and writers: What do you need an exodus from? Today we hear from four Kveller readers as part of our “What’s Your Exodus?” series. 

From Rita Collins:

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I think twice about telling co-workers or customers that I’m married to a person of the same sex when I meet them. When they talk freely about their spouses of the opposite sex sometimes I feel like I’m shackled by fear of their reaction, especially if they are very religious (Christian, Jewish, Muslim, or otherwise). I need an exodus from my own self-conscious embarrassment that is only brought on by me. Some will support and some will treat me with disdain, but that isn’t the fear I need to be free from…it is the fear that the ones who treat me with disdain are right. I need to love openly with a full heart and know that they are wrong and then it won’t matter to me what they or anyone thinks. I’m a woman, and I love my wife and I love our children. Read the rest of this entry →

Free Stuff Alert: Ten Plagues Nail Decals

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Ten Plagues Nail Decals giveaway on Kveller

Seder meal planned? Perfect haggadah chosen? House perfectly clean?

Great. Now all you have to do is your nails.

We’re huge fans of Midrash Manicures, by far the most creative take on Jewish education out there, and their Ten Plagues Nail Decals are sure to make a statement at your Passover seder, and are loved by both kids and adults alike.

We’ve got one set to give away to one lucky winner. To enter, fill out the form below and we’ll choose a winner tomorrow morning. So act fast, and good luck!

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Apr 4 2014

What’s Your Exodus: Breaking Free from Tabloids, Guilty Me-Time & Irritability

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As Passover approaches, we asked our readers and writers: What do you need an exodus from? Today we hear from three more Kveller writers as part of our “What’s Your Exodus?” series. 

From Jenn Meer:

Jenn Meer "What's Your Exodus"

This year, dear Lord please deliver me from my addiction to gossip-y, celebrity “news” magazines. They have zero mental nutritional value and now that my son is in kindergarten, he is beginning to learn how to read. And there is only so much information about Juan Pablo that I’m comfortable with him knowing at age 6. Plus, I catch my daughter staring more and more at the women in the pages and I wonder if even at her young age, she is already beginning to compare herself to those scantily-clad Kardashians. This troubles me.

So goodbye you candy-colored tabloid! I am breaking free from your addictive weeklies. Besides, you were never good for me. And also, I can usually read most of your heart-shaped columns in the grocery express line anyway. Read the rest of this entry →

Apr 3 2014

What’s Your Exodus: Breaking Free from Winter, Anxiety & Explaining Yourself

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As Passover approaches, we asked our readers and writers: What do you need an exodus from? Today we hear from three more Kveller writers as part of our “What’s Your Exodus?” series. 

From Monica Gebell:

Monica Gebell "What's Your Exodus?"

My exodus comes with Spring. It’s no secret that the Northeast has seen one of the more cruel winters this side of The Ice Storm of 1990, and I’ve had it. It’s been a loooong winter, especially for my three babes, who, when we come home from school every day, pine to stay outside. There’s little I want more at 4 p.m. than to let them frolick and squeal their way around the yard, chase and tackle each other, scream, hide, seek, take them on a walk. But it’s arctic. Way too cold for my little ones, who won’t keep hats and mittens on for more than a minute and who might need a 12-step program for their Sprout channel addictions.

With Passover will come buds and leaves and colors and petals and sprouts, the real ones, and head-clearing walks, hopscotch, countless games of tag, fresh air.  Next year in Jerusalem, maybe, but this Spring, I’m barefoot in the grass, baby. Read the rest of this entry →

Apr 2 2014

What’s Your Exodus: Breaking Free from “What Ifs,” Too Much Texting & Peppa Pig

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As Passover approaches, we asked our readers and writers: What do you need an exodus from? Today we hear from three more Kveller writers as part of our “What’s Your Exodus?” series. 

Stephanie Kanowitz "What's Your Exodus?"

From Stephanie Kanowitz:

I’m supposed to pick only one thing I’d like to break free from this Passover, but I’m struggling to edit down the list. Not that I have it bad by any stretch of the imagination, but in my dream world there would be:

* No whining by my 4-year-old.

* No temper tantrums involving the rag doll pose or the flinging back of the head onto hard surfaces by my 1-year-old.

* No questioning myself about whether I’m irreparably damaging my child by taking him to the mall while I shop instead of to a concert one time out of 1,000.

* No “Peppa Pig.” Absolutely no “Peppa Pig.”

From Sarah Chen:

I want to break free from begging my toddler to stop gargling his beverages. Milk, water, Shabbat kiddush grape juice . . . I wish he or I could just move on. Read the rest of this entry →

Apr 1 2014

What’s Your Exodus: Breaking Free from Pessimism, Social Media & Worry

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As Passover approaches, we asked our readers and writers: What do you need an exodus from? Today we hear from three more Kveller writers as part of our “What’s Your Exodus?” series. Want to add your own? Send it to info@kveller.com or tweet @kveller with #WhatsYourExodus.

From Jen Simon:

Jen Simon "What's Your Exodus?"

This year, I want to break free from my pessimism. I’ve never been an optimist or even close; I’ve never been someone who finds the good in the situation. But my second child is helping me change my outlook on life. He’s so happy that I actually belief he is a gift (a word I would have never used to describe anything prior to his birth). His joy has infected our whole family and made all of us, myself included, much happier and more appreciative of our family and everything in our world. I used to think I wanted a girl (and even wrote an article about it!) but I got the baby I needed. Read the rest of this entry →

Each Passover, I Celebrate The Miracle of My Growing Family

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Every spring I remember; every Passover I celebrate.

I have mostly forgotten the Passover that fell right before my wedding. I don’t remember who led those seders. I don’t recall what was served for dinner. I was too busy thinking of the last minute wedding details (Did we need programs? When would the yarmulkes be ready? How did I go about changing my name?) And then I realized that I’d miss the whole holiday. I ceased thinking about my impending departure from the single world. I sipped my wine and tried to relax, and focused on what was important.

Two years later, I sat at my husband’s aunt’s table. We had been trying for a baby for a few months, without results. I wanted to take my mind off my disappointment, and enjoy the evening with my family. I poured a glass of wine in anticipation of the start of the seder. My husband’s little cousins were wrestling under the table. The older one hit his head, and the whole table shook like a California earthquake. My wine glass wobbled, tipped, and splashed all over me. The stain would stubbornly cling to my blouse after several washings. By the time I threw it out a week later, I didn’t mind. It wouldn’t have fit for long, anyway. I was pregnant. Read the rest of this entry →

Mar 31 2014

Free Stuff Alert: The Bronfman Haggadah App & iPad Mini

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Win The Bronfman Haggadah App & an iPad Mini

This is not your Bubbe’s haggadah.

This Passover (April 14), technology is your friend. The Bronfman Haggadah is now available as a truly unique app, allowing users to interact with this book through sound, animation, and video, all on a mobile device.  Watch behind the scenes videos, hear the words of the haggadah read aloud, and see the artwork come to life.

Some features of the The Bronfman Haggadah app:

1. Users have the option of hearing the text of the haggadah read aloud with page-synced narration, or to turn off the sound for a do-it-yourself Passover seder. Read the rest of this entry →

What’s Your Exodus: Breaking Free from Beating Yourself Up (And Toy Story 3)

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What's Your Exodus? Passover 2014 on Kveller

The Passover countdown is officially on! Just two weeks to go until our homes (and stomachs) are filled with matzah. To get everyone in the Passover spirit, we’re kicking off our “What’s Your Exodus” series with three Kveller writers who all need an exodus from something in their day-to-day lives.

Read on below, and remember, we’d love to hear from our readers, so send the one thing you want to break free from this year to info@kveller.com with the subject line “What’s Your Exodus?” or tell us on the Twittersphere by using the #WhatsYourExodus hash tag.

From Rachel Stein:

Rachel Stein "What's Your Exodus?"

I want to break free from feeling guilty that my son watches a small amount of TV. Well actually it’s only “Toy Story 3.” It’s the only thing he watches and the only thing he wants to watch. I like the idea of a low technology/limited media childhood but I also like the idea of my sanity from time to time. Read the rest of this entry →

Mar 26 2014

Free Stuff Alert: Win This Gorgeous Henna Paisley Matzah Cover!

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Want to kick your seder style up a notch? We have more Passover freebees for you.

This week we are giving away three of these gorgeous Henna Paisley Matzah Covers from Barbara Shaw Gifts–a $45 value each.

Inspired by Henna decorations popular among Persian Jews, this made-in-Israel cover will drape your matzahs in a soft cotton blend with three built in dividers. The handprinted silver and blue lettering will instantly transform your matzahs into a centerpiece for the table.

We will select a winner on Friday, March 28. To enter fill out the form below:

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