Oct 20 2014
Chag Sameach to all of you who have celebrated the fall harvest festival of Sukkot and Simchat Torah—now we are all done with holidays for the fall!
I wanted to give you my “Top 3 Things Happening Now” regarding Sukkot, autumn, and what’s new in “The Big Bang Theory” world I live in.
DISCLAIMER: I WILL NOT SPOIL ANYTHING ABOUT “THE BIG BANG THEORY” HERE. DON’T START POSTING ALL OVER THE WEB THAT MAYIM IS A SPOILER. BECAUSE I’M NOT. Read the rest of this entry →
Oct 15 2014
So everyone asks me about what it’s like to work on “The Big Bang Theory.” What’s Sheldon like? What’s Penny like? Do you all get along?
Sheldon, played by Jim Parsons, is awesome. I have written here about how much I adore that man.
Penny, played by Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, is a super skilled, seasoned performer who always dresses cool and just is the epitome of cool. Her jewelry is always cool. Even in workout clothes she looks amazing and cool. Read the rest of this entry →
Oct 6 2014
Now that the New Year is over, let’s talk about the “gap year” because it’s been on my mind. The gap year? Yes. The gap year.
Not what you were expecting after Yom Kippur, I know. But take a listen.
What’s a gap year, you say? Well, a gap year is the time between when a teenager finishes high school and starts college. Gap year consciousness and gap year programs are becoming increasingly popular in the US. In fact, Harvard actually recommends a gap year to all incoming students, Princeton has an entire gap year department, and Tufts now offers a stipend to students who do a social justice gap year.
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Oct 2 2014
I have written here on Kveller many times about the importance of stopping once a week to recharge one’s batteries. I have written generally about spending more face-to-face time with your kids when you’re not working, and specifically about the lessons of the Jewish Sabbath in setting aside a day of the week free of the trappings of technology.
The “traditional” (Orthodox) Sabbath involves refraining from any of the 39 melachot or creative labors which were used to build the great Temple in Jerusalem thousands of years ago. These 39 categories are re-envisioned for modern times in the types of restrictions we place on ourselves on Shabbat: no turning lights on and off, no cooking, no driving, no TV, no cell phones; it’s a real vacation meant to be spent with family and friends just hanging out, taking walks, playing games, talking, and going to synagogue if that’s your thing.
I have been blessed to celebrate the Sabbath this way with many wonderful religious friends and family in my life, both in Israel and here. It’s powerful to shut everything down and just BE. We are, after all, human BEings and not human DOings, right? Read the rest of this entry →
Sep 29 2014
“The Big Bang Theory” films about three episodes per month, and we get off a week in between episodes. These hiatus weeks tend to be busy, as I use that week to catch up on everything I can’t do during the weeks I am filming. Thus, I generally spend hiatus weeks wearing pajamas and cooking and cleaning (I clean my own toilets and everything), going to doctor’s appointments, and hanging out with my kids, trying to not feel like an out-of-touch mama because I am a working mama.
This past hiatus I went to the Colonial city of Antigua in Guatemala and I stayed at the Porta Antigua Hotel. It was beautiful. Tons of history and ruins and churches long ago turned into museums. The ancient Mayan capital city of Tikal was rivaled in my experience only by Cairo in terms of its magnitude, magnificence, and greatness.
Guatemala is a country rich in culture and full of stunning architecture, natural resources, and tons of adventure. The food was consistently delicious and if you have a heart for trying new things and exploring new places, I highly recommend traveling to Guatemala. Hasta la proxima vez, Guatemala! Read the rest of this entry →
Sep 22 2014
Rosh Hashanah starts this week on Wednesday night. Happy New Year!
Here’s how my preparations are coming along.
I baked round-ish challahs. My hand hurts, but everything came out lovely. Read the rest of this entry →
Sep 19 2014
Oh wow. Between my Ariana Grande post saying that it’s hard to explain naked women on billboards to children (which apparently means I am a horrible person who hates attractive women, according to every 11-year-old girl on Twitter who now hates me) and the “Frozen” nonsense I brought upon myself by (GASP!) writing a post about not liking the movie (which apparently is not allowed), it’s been a big week for little me!
Since I have now had my Scroogedness confirmed by every popular media outlet in the United States, I wanted to mention a few pop culture things that people might be surprised that I like. These things will make me seem like more of a normal person, I hope.
1. Superhero/Comic Book Movies. Read the rest of this entry →
Sep 16 2014
Trigger warning: This piece is anti-Frozen. If you’d prefer a more positive spin on the movie, click here.
Oh my gosh. I know, I’m about to lose more fans than when I declared myself a proud liberal Zionist during Operation Protective Edge.
Well, I have to speak the truth: My sons and I did not like “Frozen.” Read the rest of this entry →
Sep 12 2014
So, here’s my deal: I’m socially conservative even though I’m a liberal. Confused yet?
I am a bleeding heart liberal without exception. But I am old-fashioned. My kids have clothes they only wear to synagogue. I don’t favor my kids cursing. I dress modestly. I don’t want my kids learning about sex from billboards. Stuff like that.
Which is why a few billboards I have seen lately really bug me. There is one for Ariana Grande, and I will go ahead and admit I have no idea who she is or what she does. Based on the billboard, she sells lingerie. Or stiletto heels. Or plastic surgery because every woman over 22 wishes she has that body, I’m sure. Why is she in her underwear on this billboard though? And if she has a talent (is she a singer?), then why does she have to sell herself in lingerie? I mean, I know that society is patriarchal and women are expected to be sexy and sexually available no matter what we do in society, but I guess now I need to explain that to my sons? Read the rest of this entry →
Sep 8 2014
When Robin Williams passed away a few weeks ago, it was a sad day for Hollywood, as he was arguably one of the most gifted and unique performers our industry has seen this century. Not only was he an exceptional comedian who took risks that comedians like me only dream of taking, but he was able to cross over as a dramatic actor and garner critical acclaim for his diverse body of serious work as well.
The loss of Robin Williams was personally upsetting as well, not only because I was a huge fan of his work from the 1970s on, and not only because the cast of “The Big Bang Theory” was able to spend time with him as a member of the CBS family when his show first started on our network a few years ago, but it was personally upsetting because there are people in my life who suffer from the kind of mental illness that Robin Williams suffered from. It is truly tragic to hear that someone has lost his battle with mental illness.
I try to use my platform as a writer here at Kveller.com to take part in tikkun olam, or repairing the world, by sharing things I feel can help others. I never wrote about what it was like to get a divorce, for example, but I chose to write a four-part series exclusively for this website about the challenges of being a Jewish divorcee in hopes that I could give support, education, and resources to women who might be similarly struggling. I don’t believe actors should vomit their lives and feelings onto blogs simply because we can. It’s not my style and never will be. Read the rest of this entry →