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Oct 3 2012

When Faith Unravels

By at 3:42 pm
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Mayim wrote the forward to this book on death and faith.

As I told you I would, I visited my grandparents’ graves for Kever Avot, “honoring our ancestors,” the morning of the Emmys. This service is held at my grandparents’ cemetery on the Sunday between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, which this year landed on Emmy Sunday.

My fancy assistant Brandon drove me (since I can’t yet drive because of my accident) and in addition to being Brandon’s first Kever Avot experience, it was also his first trip to an Orthodox Jewish cemetery. The “refreshments” they served before the service did not disappoint, and Brandon really enjoyed what I think to be the finest kosher bakery cookie in existence: the lacy one dipped in chocolate with the whole hazelnuts in it. Delicious.

The service was led by a New York-accented Modern Orthodox-looking Rabbi in his late 50s or early 60s and he gave a really nice sermon about forgiveness between God and humans (easy) and human and humans (very very hard). I went to my grandparents’ graveside and had some really meaningful time there. It was a wonderful way to start the year, not to mention the crazy Emmy day.

The Jewish New Year is joyous and exciting. But as we head out of the Yizkor (Remembrance of the Dead service) of Yom Kippur and into the fall holidays of Sukkot and Shemini Atzeret I can’t help but think of the significance of the Yizkor experience and how Judaism connects new beginnings to endings. Judaism rarely has us simply kicking up our heels just because; we always seem to incorporate into all holidays and celebrations the notion and acknowledgment that life is uncertain, the Temple is still in need of rebuilding and our world is still in need of repair.

I wrote the forward to a book just published called Faith Unravels and it feels like the time is now to discuss it. It was written by a friend of mine who I met at UCLA Hillel when he was a Rabbinic intern there. The book is a very personal and beautiful memoir that deals squarely with death and feelings about death from the perspective of a Rabbi who lost two people close to him and felt his faith, well…unravel. I’m including the website here and I strongly recommend this book for anyone curious about Jewish perspectives on death, rituals of grief and mourning, or how a devoted and thoughtful Rabbi handles doubt, grief, and life in the face of death. It is not depressing per se, but it is deep, emotional, and very moving (Spoiler alert: he gets his faith back).

I love celebrating the start of the Jewish New Year, but I also like to make this time of the year one of reflection and depth, and not just on Yom Kippur. This book helped me do that in a very powerful way. I hope you will check it out and I hope you will be as moved by it as I was.

Sep 27 2012

Mayim at the Emmys: The Dress, the Jewelry, The Hand & More

By at 2:54 pm
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With TBBT executive producer, Bill Prady.

It’s not new news that I’m moderately fashion-challenged. The search for this year’s Emmy dress, which went incredibly smoothly by all accounts, was still a real challenge for someone who generally wears mostly black, right down to my Converse.

Being nominated for an Emmy, however, required me to allow my stylist and hair and makeup artist and publicist and manager to share and have a vote in decisions from what my dress would look like, what shoes I would wear, what color my nails should be, what jewelry I should wear, and even what purse I should hold on the red carpet. Oh, yeah: we also had to decide what we would do about my injured right hand since I still wear a compression glove and splint everyday.

Here’s how Emmy night shook down. Read the rest of this entry →

Sep 25 2012

Emmys 2012 Recap: Mayim & Family Get Sick

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With castmate Melissa Rauch. Note my red nose. I'm sick.

Thank you everyone for your support and good wishes as I headed into the Emmys. They meant a lot to me.

As you’ve come to expect from me, here’s what Emmy Sunday really looked like from the mama-perspective.

My Kid is Sick

He’s got a cold. He got it two days after he was in the kid’s room during Rosh Hashanah services. I’m just saying.

He got sick Thursday and normally I’m the martyr mama who says, “Let me take your sickness away, I’ll take it on, breathe on me!” Well, this time, with the Emmys two days away, my instinct was to instead say–from 15 feet away–”Sleep with your father and brother; mama can’t get sick!” Read the rest of this entry →

Sep 24 2012

Mayim at the Emmys: Pictures and Quotes from the Red Carpet

By at 2:26 pm

mayim bialik emmys 2012 pamela rolland gownMayim had us kvelling this Sunday as she walked the red carpet at the 64th Primetime Emmys.

Over the last couple of weeks Mayim kept us up to date on her dress-search progress and when she finally decided on a gown by Pamella Roland, we knew what color to expect (a deep burgundy) but not how the complete look would come together.

Long story short: it came together beautifully.

The gown was complimented by Mayim’s mezuzah necklace, which was designed for her by North American Jewelers. The layered necklace was finished just days ago with a sapphire and a blood-free diamond. Read the rest of this entry →

Sep 21 2012

Getting Ready for the Emmys!

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mayim bialik emmy-nominated a ctressShanah tovah! I hope everyone had a sweet New Year so far. We rocked ours with apples and agave and my husband’s Southern great-grandma’s cornbread stuffing. Yum.

The days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are the Days of Teshuva, or returning, as we customarily take this time to ask for forgiveness from those we may have harmed this past year. Besides those phone calls of teshuva, here’s what else is on my mind these 10 days.

The Emmys Read the rest of this entry →

Beyond the Sling Giveaway: Day 3

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beyond the sling audio book giveawayWelcome to Day 3 of our Mayim book giveaway!

In honor of the Emmys which are this Sunday, the 23rd, and the fact that Mayim is nominated for Best Supporting Actress (woohoo!), we’ll be giving away a copy of Beyond the Sling.

Congrats to yesterday’s winner: Jennifer Oltman

To enter, sign up for Kveller’s  e-letter by clicking this link and then wish Mayim good luck in the comments below (NOTE: if you’re already signed up for the newsletter, just skip to the “good luck” part). We’ll choose a winner at the end of the day TODAY, so enter now!

Sep 19 2012

The Emmys Necklace: One Tiny Conflict-Free Diamond

By at 4:20 pm

diamondRemember my previous post? About the mezuzah I’m having designed for the Emmys? Remember my comment about “no blood diamonds please”?

Well, my mezuzah, I have been informed, will have a small diamond. But it will be perfectly… kosher! Here’s why. Turns out it’s not just left-wing social activist hippies like me who care about this stuff.

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Sep 14 2012

The Emmys Dress: I’ll Be Wearing Pamella Roland

By at 11:37 am
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This is not my dress, but it is by my designer, Pamella Roland.

The last post I wrote about the search for this year’s Emmy dress was written just before a little thing happened that we can heretofore call my horrible, horrible car accident. The days after my accident were spent negotiating pain, recovering from surgery, returning to work, and also wondering what was I going to do about my Emmy dress with my right hand in the sorry state it’s in. At that time, Ali and I were 99% sure of the dress.

Almost a month after the accident, my hand is still extremely unpleasing to the eye in its ungloved, unprotected form and my hand therapist has agreed to try and give me a black compression glove, sleeve, splint, or combination of those.

We have decided to forge ahead and convert our 99% certainty to 100% certainty. I think it’s safe to announce that the designer of my Emmy gown is Pamella Roland. We have made a few modifications to the dress, given the state of my hand and forearm and general Mayim-ness.

1. Sleeves: We modified the sleeves from the original design of the dress so that, if need be, the fact that the sleeve may not close around my wrist will not be easily noticed.

2. Color: We changed our color choice from slate blue to a deep, dark burgundy. Although they do not make hand splints and compression gloves in deep, dark burgundy, I will feel less self conscious having a black hand contraption blend in with deep, dark burgundy, than with any of the other colors we considered.

3. NeckwearThe mezuzah, which North American Jewelers is designing for me to wear on the red carpet, originally featured a sapphire to go with the slate blue. Tempted as I was to change the sapphire to a garnet or ruby, Ali and my husband both rolled their eyes and said that that was “too mitchy-matchy.” As it stands, the mezuzah will feature a sapphire and an “unblood” small diamond (more on that next week).

4. Neckline: The dress plunged more into the cleavage arena than I am comfortable with, so we lifted it to a more tzinus (modest) level. I guess you could say that the dress is now closer to God. Ha ha ha.

Without giving away too many details besides the fact that it’s deep, dark burgundy, it is very long, it has a loop that goes around your index finger to hold up the train when you walk (I feel like I should have one of those medieval princess cone hats on when I loop it through my finger), and it shows off my curves in a hopefully appropriate way.

RECAP

Dress: 100% no turning back. Thank you, Pamella Roland. Thank you, deep, dark burgundy. Thank you, Jorge the tailor.

Necklace: 100% almost done. No mitchy-matchy red stone. Just a sapphire and a happy diamond.

Mood: Furrowed brow attributed solely to the pain of my injury and recovery. Otherwise, pretty darn content.

Read more on my deliberations over the search for the perfect Emmy dress. And read up my quest for last year’s Hot and Holy dress.

Sep 10 2012

The Emmys Dress: Making This as Easy as Possible

By at 2:30 pm

mayim bialik emmys 2011 black dressThe search for this year’s Emmy dress is already going much smoother than last year’s search.

One reason is that I have a stylist named Ali who I really like, who understands me and my fashion needs, and who isn’t afraid to be honest with me. She’s also not freaked out by all of my weird Jewish modesty clothing issues. As I described in my last post about the search for my Emmy dress, I sent my stylist some images of classic Hollywood dresses, classic paintings depicting dresses I like, and pictures of Hollywood actresses in dresses I like. Then, I waited.

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Sep 6 2012

The Emmys Necklace: Designing Something Jewish

By at 8:17 pm

mayim bialik at reception for emmy-nominated peersThe search for a mezuzah to wear to the Emmys is on. Let’s call it Operation Motzi Mezuzah, shall we? Last we spoke, stylist Alison Kahn was beginning a search for a jewelry designer to craft a mezuzah that is red carpet appropriate and, as Ali might put it, “fabulous,” “awesome,” and “aMAzing,” because stylists use those kinds of words a lot.

Ali works with a set of jewelry designers and manufacturers collectively known as North American Jewelers, Inc. She also works with the The Palladium Alliance since she likes that metal because it’s a luxurious precious metal that is hypoallergenic, so it is sensitive to your skin…and best yet, it is lightweight. We had a conference call, all four of us: Ali, me, Heather Tucholski from The Palladium Alliance, and the CFO of North American Jewelers, Martin “Marty” Weinberger. That’s right, folks. Marty’s Jewish. Marty knows what a mezuzah is. Marty’s got the skills to make Operation Motzi Mezuzah happen. Go, Marty, go! Read the rest of this entry →

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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