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Mar 29 2014

Kveller Hits of the Week: March 23-28

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-Kveller Story About Boy’s Leg Amputation Gets the Media Spotlight. Two Kveller posts made viral status this week. The first was the incredible story of Amit Vigoda, who, due to a chronic orthopedic condition, begged his mom to have his leg amputated. The story got picked up by ABC NewsFOX NewsCNNDaily Mail, and New York Daily News. 

-The second story, which went viral this week on social media, was Alina Adam‘s smart commentary on why New York City’s top high school only accepted seven black students this year and why the school’s controversial admissions test should stay.

-If You Don’t Vaccinate, Keep Your Kids Away From My Baby. This topic ignited a heated debate in the comments section. Vaccinations are on everyone’s mind now because of the recent measles outbreak in New York City.

-Mayim Bialik: Here’s to Those Who Empower People with Special Needs. Mayim explained how her father, a public school teacher, inspired her to support organizations that empower people with special needs. Many readers connected deeply with this piece and appreciated Mayim’s shoutout for the cause.

-After Much Thought, We Finally Made a Decision About Jewish Day School. Kveller contributing editor Carla Naumberg and her husband spent a long time deliberating about whether or not to send their daughter to day school. Many Kvellers related to Carla’s struggle and applauded her decision.

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Mar 27 2014

Mayim Bialik: The Four Ways I Have Started My Passover Purge

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Anyone else starting Passover prep?

Here’s what I did last weekend in order to start the thorough, divinely ordained, obsessive-compulsive, halachically elucidated purging of the five grains the Torah forbids us from consuming, eating, or gaining benefit from during the eight days of Passover, which begin this year on April 14, at sundown.

1. Croutons. Read more →



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Mar 25 2014

Mayim Bialik: Here’s to Those Who Empower People with Special Needs

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My dad was a junior high school drama teacher for most of my childhood. In all of the schools he taught in, he would approach the special education teachers and ask them if any of their students wanted to be in his drama class. Most teachers didn’t have students interested, but every year, a few students would say yes. So I grew up seeing my father put on plays with students with special needs, and work them seamlessly into his plays, such as deaf students signing their lines right alongside not hard-of-hearing students.

He once had a student with cerebral palsy who had significant difficulty with speech and walking as an active participant in one of his plays, reciting his lines from a wheelchair with great difficulty, but with tremendous heart. Everyone cried at that performance.

It was the gestures of my father’s tremendous heart that made me understand from a very young age that there is no such thing as too small of an act of empowering people with special needs. My father’s efforts impressed entire classrooms of students who got to have the opportunity to work with other students with special needs and learn about patience and flexibility and talent and trust as an artist. And everyone who saw my father’s plays saw what that meant in action. And the parents of the students he taught with special needs got to see their child have an experience rarely open to them. Those moments of my childhood have stuck with me. Read more →



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Mar 21 2014

Kveller Hits of the Week: March 17-21

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-Though I Dropped Orthodoxy, This Passover I Will Celebrate with My Orthodox Wife & Kids. Many were moved by this story about an Orthodox dad who lost his faith, but is determined to keep his family together. Find out how he and his wife explain their new family arrangement to their young daughters.

-Mayim Bialik: My Boys Finally Had Their First Movie Theater Experience. Mayim has come around on the whole “no movies” thing. She saw “The Lego Movie” with The Ex and her boys and it was so great it made her cry!

-What Not To Say to Your Friend Who is Adopting. This post touched a nerve in many readers, especially those struggling with fertility issues and considering adoption. Carrie tackles misconceptions and offers some suggestions about what people CAN say to a friend who is adopting.

-Forget the Vacuum Cleaner: 10 Things Moms Actually Need in Minivans. Apparently Jordana is not the only mom who is unsatisfied with the features available in modern minivans. Many readers approved of Jordana’s proposed “slapping arm” and “Purell-dispensing door handles.”

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Mar 20 2014

Mayim Bialik: My Boys Finally Had Their First Movie Theater Experience

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The ex and I took our sons to their very first movie theater movie. That’s right, our 8 and 5.5-year-old sons have never been to a movie theater. And their dad shows them some cartoons and they have seen a few short animated films as well as “The Muppet Movie,” but not in a theater. I know: we are horrible parents. We have deprived them for years. They have missed out on so many irretrievably incredible experiences in movie theaters. Whatever. We finally took them to the movies. Yay. (And just think of all the money we saved not taking them to the movies all of these years! Yay!)

Firstborn loved it. Little Man was trepidatious but did great which is astounding considering that the Harlem Globetrotters game near broke his and my spirit with its loudness and overstimulation on so many levels.

Here’s why “The Lego Movie” was awesome for me as well as my boys. Read more →



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Mar 18 2014

Mayim Bialik: That Time I Taught Girls About Science and Did Press Interviews While Fasting

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As I wrote about last week, Purim was this past weekend. Yeah, I was feeling pretty grumpy about being a divorced mom who also happens to be a working mom, and I was pretty bummed out that I missed my sons’ homeschool Purim carnival and baking hamantaschen because of my hand and other such Purim festivities.

Now that the weekend has passed, you know what? I’m still pretty grumpy. But I am also feeling a bit better about the whole thing, I promise. Seeing my sons for Purim was great. The wedding we went to went great, despite First Born getting ketchup all over his shirt and tie before the wedding. Here’s me cleaning it off. Why am I laughing about it when I could have been annoyed and upset? A) Because it’s no big deal. B) The Mai Thai I’d had helped. (Sorry! It’s just true!)

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The work I did in New York with De Vry University went really well. I was working with them for the second year in a row on National HerWorld Month activities and initiatives to encourage high school girls to learn about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers. The programs specifically focus on giving girls hands-on experience and allowing them to meet women with successful STEM careers in order to foster mentorship relationships, such as the one I had when I was 15, which ultimately led to my pursuing my PhD in Neuroscience. It was a wonderful couple of days with De Vry University and if you are curious about what I did or for more information, feel free to visit the website. Read more →



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Mar 14 2014

Kveller Hits of the Week: Feb 10-14

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-When Your Friend is Pregnant, Sometimes it Hurts. Inspired by last week’s postby Rachel Minkowsky about struggling to find the words to comfort a friend who is struggling with infertility, Rabbi Carrie Vogel wrote this thoughtful response, which spoke to the experience of many readers.

-Can a Christian Mother Raise a Jewish Child? Yes, but It’s Complicated. There was a great response to this lovely piece by Eleanor Harrison about her daughter’s experience in Jewish Day School and straddling the line between Judaism and Christianity.

-Mayim Bialik: After An Abnormal Week, A Normal Weekend With My Boys. Everyone adored the photos of Mayim’s VERY normal weekend, especially when a jar of tomato sauce refused to cooperate. We’ve all been there.

-Choosing to Have My Son’s Leg Amputated Was The Most Difficult Decision I’ve Ever Made. This incredible story about a boy and his mom and dad collectively deciding to have his leg amputated, moved many readers. Some parents who have had to make similar choices for  their children chimed in with words of support.

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Mar 13 2014

Mayim Bialik: Missing My Sons’ Purim Carnival & Other Downsides to Being a Working, Single Mom

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Last year, I was recently divorced when Purim fell. Purim, for those of you not in the know, is a spring holiday commemorating the near destruction and redemption of the Jewish community in Iran some 2000 years ago. For the record, it’s the Book of Esther, God’s name is curiously never mentioned in the entire Megillah that recounts it, and the hero of the story is actually a heroine named Esther. She’s awesome. Anyway.

Last year, amidst the still-clearing rubble of the mess and chaos that is divorce (even one that is managed extremely maturely and lovingly as my ex and I strive to do), my kids assumed that we would do a family costume like we always did. At that time they were 4 and 7. So we did a family costume in the middle of a divorce. We went as the cast of Tintin, with both of my boys as Tintin, my ex as the drunk Captain and me as Snowy the Dog, of course. Here’s me as Snowy in case you missed it last year. Read more →



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Mar 10 2014

Mayim Bialik: After An Abnormal Week, A Normal Weekend With My Boys

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Oh, Adar.

Adar is the month of the Jewish calendar we are in, and it is the month when Purim falls. Purim is the holiday of merry-making, things being turned upside-down, things not being what they seem, desires revealed, identities shifting, and the reminder that a month from now, kitchens will be turned upside down as we prepare for Passover, with all of its delightful obsessive-compulsive cleaning and fastidiousness.

This month for me has definitely been Adar-ish. Lots of shifting of identities, and feeling upside down and trying to right myself. Caring for my sons amidst a book tour that has taken me away from them more than I like has been hard for us all, and we are trying to recalibrate.

Since I have always claimed I am a normal mom, I wanted to share some pictures of a normal mom weekend with my boys. Here’s how it shook down. Read more →



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Mar 7 2014

Kveller Hits of the Week: March 2-7

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-Mayim Bialik: Despite Findings of the Latest Study, Breast is Still Best. Predictably, there was a huge response to Mayim’s rebuttal to Jordana’s post about the latest breastfeeding sibling study, which suggests that breastfeeding benefits were overstated.

-Every Time My Son Eats a Cheeseburger at Daycare, It Makes My Mother Cringe. This piece about the reifications of keeping kosher in the home touched a nerve in readers. What do you do when your child’s daycare serves cheeseburgers for lunch?

-Minimalist Parenting: Another Trend I Don’t Have the Time For. Many readers chimed about this frugal parenting fad. According to Elissa Strauss, even scouring free stuff comes with a price.

-How Can I Comfort My Friend Struggling with Infertility? This thoughtful piece by Rachel Minkowsky about trying to relate to her close friend who is struggling to conceive generated a lot of discussion on Facebook and the Raising Kvell blog.

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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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