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May 2 2014

Kveller Hits of the Week: April 28-May 2

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This week’s most popular posts, in case you missed them.Kveller-hits-may-2

-How My Son Finally Opened Up About His Little Brother With Special Needs. Many readers were moved by this piece about a family learning to talk about and process their little brother’s Fragile X diagnosis.

-Watch the Entire “Frozen” Soundtrack in Hebrew. Naturally, this went viral. Because everything sounds better in Ivrit.

-Mayim Bialik: Watching “Prince of Egypt” With My Boys Made Me Cry–With Gratitude. Mayim’s take on the classic DreamWorks interpretation of Exodus. Many Kvellers agreed that the film was a great way to convey the Passover tale to children.

-What I Won’t Teach My Kids About The Holocaust. Tamar’s brave and honest look at how we pass on the legacy of the Holocaust to the next generation sparked an important conversation in the comments section.

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Apr 30 2014

Mayim Bialik: Watching “Prince of Egypt” With My Boys Made Me Cry–With Gratitude

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My sons are 5.5 and 8. As I have discussed on Kveller before, I don’t watch TV and my sons had not seen TV until their dad showed them some Sesame Street-type stuff a few years ago on his iPad. I had–and still have–no interest in watching TV with my kids. I don’t have time to deal with the fights children have with parents about wanting to watch more, or a particular show, or buying the toys that the advertising industry jams down our kids’ throats–basically, I want nothing to do with it.

Now that I am divorced, I have to accept in new ways that my son’s father may do things in his house which I don’t do in my house and that’s got to be okay. He shows them TV. They don’t watch a lot, and we discuss what they watch, but I simply don’t show them any TV. I don’t have cable, so my TV is for watching movies and that’s all.

My boys have seen a few movies on their dad’s TV, and they have been very simple classic movies. I’ve watched a few at their dad’s house with them. We recently all went on a divorced family field trip to take our boys to their first in-theater experience, “The LEGO Movie,” which was awesome. (Here’s my post about it!) Read more →



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Apr 25 2014

Kveller Hits of the Week: April 21-25

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This week’s most popular posts, in case you missed them.Kveller-Hits-April-25

-Remembering The Beloved Pediatrician My Children and I Shared. Jordana wrote a moving tribute to the beloved pediatrician who served her community for two generations. Many of Dr. Boodish’s former patients commented on Kveller and shared their memories of the doctor.

-My Complicated Relationship with My Jewishness–And What it Means for My Son. In this touching account, a Hungarian mom wrestles with how to pass on her complicated relationship with her religion and family history to her American-born son.

-Mayim Bialik: How I Spent the Last Days of Passover. Mayim finishes out her Passover with her boys at Universal Studios and filming the season finale of “The Big Bang Theory.”

-Why I Changed My Mind About the Tdap Vaccine Booster. Cranky and pregnant with her second child, Tamara initially declined to Tdap vaccine booster. After doing some research, she changed her mind.

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Apr 23 2014

Mayim Bialik: How I Spent the Last Days of Passover

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The eight days of Passover are over as of last night. Here are the highlights of my days of Chol Ha’Moed (the intermediate days) and the final religious days of the holiday.

1. Heartburn. Never had it in my life. Apparently, it happens to a lot of people from matzah. So I’m a vegan. And I don’t eat kitniyot during Passover (beans, corn, rice, etc). And I basically was unable to eat matzah for the final four days. Try and think of what I could eat. Not a lot. It was lots of fruit, spinach with Russian dressing, nuts, and dates. And some BBQ potato chips. And the last of the corn syrup-free Passover Coke. Mama was hungry. And pretty grumpy.

2. Universal Studios. Read more →



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Apr 17 2014

Mayim Bialik: Nothing is Sweeter Than Little Voices Singing At the Seder

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I feel like I can’t even put two sentences together. Passover has me worked. I’m tired of cooking, I’m tired of not being able to eat out (I know, I am spoiled, I know!) My stomach already hurts from matzah. That set in literally 24 hours into the holiday. Okay: I’m done kvetching. I just had to put that out there.

And, oh, here’s my lunch from the set of “The Big Bang Theory” the other day.

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Mmmmmm. Matzah. Read more →



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Apr 14 2014

Mayim Bialik: Let’s Make Light Out of Darkness This Passover

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Well, folks. Passover is upon us. The cooking is done. All that’s left for me to do after work today is assemble the eggplant-tomato casserole at my ex’s and to help him set the table. And to hang on tight as I head into eight days of not eating out, not eating grains, not eating beans or corn or anything with those ingredients, and eight days of feeling a part of a tradition stretching back thousands of years.

Tonight at sundown we begin the celebration of the freedom that should be a human right: to be allowed to eat where and how and when you want, to not be a slave to someone else’s desires or needs, to not forget what it means to be imprisoned simply because you are not enslaved today.

For many Jews, Passover is a beloved holiday. The proscriptions for observance are centered in the home. The Seders involve singing and discussion and this communal meal that echoes ancient order. And as much as many of us complain about matzah making our tummies hurt, there is a familiarity to this holiday of complaining and kvetching about the Bread of Affliction that I cannot distance myself from.  Read more →



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Apr 11 2014

Inside Mayim Bialik’s Amazingly Organized Passover Plans

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Mayim Bialik: My Obscenely Organized Plan for Passover

Passover begins Monday night with the first of two seders. Because of my work schedule, I can’t host the seders this year. My ex-husband has generously offered to host in his house for the first time.

How? What? Why? Seriously?!

My ex and I decided even before our divorce was publicly announced that we would put our kids’ needs first as much as humanly possible, which we decided meant including each other in holidays and family events as much as possible. As I discussed here last year, last Passover was the first Passover since my divorce, and my ex and his mom and my parents and my uncle and our kids all celebrated together.

In this past year, we have spent holidays such as Thanksgiving together (and with each other’s parents!), we have attended weddings together from respective sides of our families, and we have even done things like go to Disneyland with our kids (and my ex’s mom) and take them to their first movie together. It’s not always 100% comfortable, but as far as our kids are concerned, it is. They know we’re divorced, I promise. The whole two houses, two sets of sneakers, two toothbrushes, and shlepping toys and dolls and Hebrew homework back and forth makes it really clear that we are divorced. Read more →



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Apr 9 2014

Mayim Bialik: This Passover, I Need an Exodus from Putting Other People’s Needs First

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In the spirit of Passover, Kveller asked our readers and writers: What do you need to break free from this year? Here’s Mayim’s response as part of our “What’s Your Exodus?” series. Want to join in? Tweet @kveller with the #WhatsYourExodus hashtag. 

My Exodus this year is thinking about my needs first, rather than dampening them to make other people more comfortable. What a novel idea, right!?

I grew up thinking that being accommodating and maybe a little teeny tiny bit of a martyr was positive, and now I see that I have gotten lost in the forest of other people’s needs. I want to actively and bravely take back my voice this year and I want to pass through the narrows of Mitzrayim with more clarity and self-respect than I ever thought possible. I hope to achieve this by putting my needs first rather than making my needs smaller to make other people happy.

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Apr 8 2014

Mayim Bialik on Why & How She Became a Lactation Counselor

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So you all know I’m a hippie, right? I made my kids’ shampoo for the first five years of their life, I don’t use paper towels or commercial cleaning products, I use naturopathic and holistic medicine rather than Western medicine, I don’t own any toys that require batteries, I believe in natural birth as an empowering and profound experience for women, and I don’t shave my legs. You get it: I’m a total hippie.

Well, as you can imagine, conventional parenting magazines never sat right with me because they simply didn’t address the things I needed to know as a parent interested in cloth diapering, sustainable parenting, and how to stop well meaning family from buying your kids every battery-operated toy in existence for every birthday and holiday. There used to be a print magazine called Mothering that was THE parenting magazine for moms (and dads) like me. It is now available only online for environmental reasons at Mothering.com and it is a tremendous resource for those interested in what’s referred to as Natural Family Living. Read more →



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Apr 4 2014

Kvellers IRL: Mayim Bialik & Carla Naumburg

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We love when Kveller writers become friends with each other over the internet, and it’s even sweeter when they get to hang out in real life! Here’s Mayim, who was in Boston with Texas Instruments promoting “Stem Behind Hollywood” with Kveller contributing editor Carla Naumburg (whose forthcoming book on mindful parenting is now available for pre-order on Amazon!).

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About Mayim

Mayim Bialik is the grandchild of immigrants from Eastern Europe and the mother of two young boys. She is best known for her lead role in the 1990s NBC sitcom Blossom, as well as her current role as Amy Farrah Fowler on CBS' The Big Bang Theory.

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