Jun 18 2014
I cried when Gilad Shalit was released after five years in captivity by Hamas. I posted pictures of him all over my dressing room door at “The Big Bang Theory.” The unimaginable impossibility of someone’s son being a prisoner for five years tore me up inside as a mother in a way few stories have since I became a mother. He ate schnitzel the first night home. The country sold out of schnitzel after they heard through the press that that was what Gilad ate for dinner. That’s Israel.
The kidnapping of three teenagers–not soldiers; teenagers–last week in Israel has been on my mind constantly. My posts about other things (“Blossom” reunions, or how cute my hairless cat is) should not detract from this ongoing crisis or its significance. It has been on my mind all of the time.
I have been weighing how to comment on it since it happened. There are so many haters of Israel on the internet and so many racists, to be quite honest, who send me disgusting hateful horrible things about what a horrible person I am because I am Jewish and believe in the right of the State of Israel to exist (also known as Zionism). I shouldn’t read those (or any!) comments, and it shouldn’t bother me, but it does. And I don’t want to start a fight on Facebook or allow a fight on my Facebook page about if Israel has the right to exist (it does and has to and always will) or if kidnapping innocent teenagers and holding them hostage is a political statement (um…it’s not; it’s terrorism). Read more →
Jun 16 2014
My ex and I did something significant this past week. Last Friday, to be exact. Really big. Like super duper big. It may have changed our sons’ lives even more than our divorce did. I mean, I could be wrong, but I could be right. Want to know what we did?
We showed them the first “Star Wars” movie.
I know. I know! I KNOW! It’s HUGE. Read more →
Jun 11 2014
You asked for it, you got it. Not that I had anything to do with it….but… “Blossom” is coming to HUB TV!
The show has never formally been in syndication even though it ran for five years and people liked it and all of that jazz. Shout Factory released the first and second seasons on DVD, but never released seasons 3, 4, or 5, so our little show sort of fell into a black hole it seemed.
Well, now you can watch all of my humiliating coming-of-age stories and fashion styles from 1990-1994 from the comfort of your very own home! You can watch me go from gangly 14-year-old to gangly 19-year-old. You can see my first kiss (with Stephen Dorff) and you can see me kiss Johnny Galecki, too. It’s all such good times when it’s not you watching yourself be awkward and gangly, right? Enjoy! Read more →
Jun 9 2014
Photo via The Survivor Mitzvah Project
This is so random and so cool, I just had to share it…
When I was on “Blossom” for our first two years, we had this female director named Zane Buzby. I know, cool name, right? And she was super funky and quirky and creative and she was the driving force behind our early seasons, 100 percent.
Anyway. Fast forward all of these years, and I find out that she started an incredible charity organization called The Survivor Mitzvah Project that supports and gives resources to the thousands of Holocaust survivors who never got out of Eastern Europe and still live there, many of whom are destitute. Read more →
Jun 2 2014
1. In what ways have your kids taken part in religious holidays/events with their non-Jewish family members?
My son’s grandfather and his wife celebrate Christmas. We have participated in non-religious Christmas dinners for all of the years of their lives. They have a Christmas tree every year, they decorate their house for Christmas, and they get lots of Christmas gifts to my sons. My ex’s extended family is largely Mormon and they live in very religious communities in Utah. We have spent some really nice time with this family for secular events, Mormon social events, and even funerals. In the religious Mormon community, even secular events involve prayer and references to Jesus. In this way, my sons have been exposed to a lot of different kinds of non-Jews and it has opened up a lot of interesting conversations.
2. Have your kids ever been confused about why certain relatives have a different religion and celebrate different holidays? Read more →
May 30 2014
I took my sons to the opening of the California Legoland Resort last week. No ex, no mother-in-law, just me and my boys.
Carlsbad is about two hours south of Los Angeles, and Legoland is, in my opinion, a wonderful place to take small children who enjoy Legos and who have never seen a Disney movie, except for “The Prince of Egypt” (which I wrote up here) and thus aren’t particularly enthralled with Disneyland per se.
Chima, in case you’ve been living under a rock which is not made of Lego, is a fantasy world created by Lego which is featured in a popular cartoon in which you can buy numerous (expensive) Lego sets of. In the world of Chima, crocodiles, lions, ravens, rhinoceroses, and bears all live in a world governed by an energy force called Chi which they need to harvest and protect in a variety of fascinating situations. Yes, that was a tiny bit of sarcasm. But all sarcasm aside, I kind of like that Chima does not involve an already existing movie or set of characters that simply now exist in Lego form. Rather, this is an entire world created out of the imagination of Lego which I kind of dig. Read more →
May 28 2014
We are extremely happy to report that our very own Mayim Bialik has been nominated for a Critics’ Choice Television Award!
Mayim, along with co-star Kaley Cuoco, was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. “The Big Bang Theory” was also nominated for Best Comedy Series, and Jim Parsons for Best Actor in a Comedy Series. (Also, James Earl Jones was nominated for his guest appearance on Big Bang, because, come on, he’s James Earl Jones.)
The awards will be held on June 19th, so stay tuned and keep your fingers crossed until then. Mazel tov, Mayim!
May 27 2014
One of my favorite things to do when I was pregnant was to look up baby names. I’m not typically “feminine” in a lot of ways and I never, for example, planned my fantasy wedding on my first date with a guy. I never spent any time fantasizing about what bedding to use for my baby’s crib (I never used a crib, as a matter of fact). However, one thing I really did enjoy when I was pregnant was looking at baby names and seeing what they mean and what kinds of names different cultures have.
In my family, we name babies with the Hebrew name of the most closely related relative of the same gender. So, my sons are named for both of my grandfathers, Meir and Ephraim Hirsch. It is also customary in my family to choose an English name beginning with the first initial of the Hebrew name. For example, my son Miles is named for my grandpa Meir and my Frederick is Ephraim. (Pronounce the “PH” in Ephraim and you’ll hear what the guards at Ellis Island heard when they gave my immigrant, non-English speaking grandpa the American name ”Frank”…).
Well, let me tell you something: I wish I had Kveller in my life during my pregnancies! Kveller, in all of its progressive hipness, worked with G-dcast to create a new app for the iPhone and iPad which is an awesome baby naming app! You can look up names in Hebrew, English, and even Yiddish. You can learn what the names mean, variations of those names, and even ways to change the gender of those names, if that floats your boat.
Download the free app here!
Shucks, it almost makes me wish I was pregnant again… almost. In the way that “almost” can sometimes mean “not really.”
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May 24 2014
This week’s most popular posts, in case you missed them.
-Are Jews Too Concerned With Seeking Out Other Jews? In Nina’s thought-provoking piece, she questioned why she frequently felt compelled to find other Jews since moving to a suburb with a small Jewish population. Many readers weighed in on the phenomenon of “seeking out other Jews.”
-Is Anyone Else Sick and Tired of Parenting? Parenting can be rocky, especially when the kids are young. This piece by an exhausted mom drew words of comfort and solidarity from parents in a similar predicament.
-Mayim Bialik: Yes, I Have Regrets As A Mother. Mayim’s response Tova Ross’ piece last week launched an interesting debate about how much ambivalence towards motherhood is normal and healthy.
-I’m Looking Forward to Finally Leaning Out. Despite being worried about how the declaration might impact her future employment, one mama found lots of support on Kveller for her decision to take time to focus on her kids.
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May 23 2014
This post is part of our Torah commentary series. This Shabbat we read Parashat B’Midbar. To read a summary of the portion and learn more, click here.
The Torah portion this week is B’midbar, which literally means “in the desert.”
For my Torah MOMentary, I would like to draw on Rashi‘s commentary on this portion for inspiration. Rashi is an acronym for Rabbi Shlomo Itzchaki, one of the most famous rabbis of Judaism who lived during the 11th and 12th centuries. Read more →