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May 24 2014

Kveller Hits of the Week: May 19-23

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-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 16 2014

Kveller Hits of the Week: May 12-16

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-Why Do So Many Moms Regret Having Kids? Tova was shocked to discover that many moms expressed regret over having children via an app that allows users to confess secrets anonymously. While many Kveller readers agreed that it is normal to have some ambivalence about motherhood, the consensus was that those doubts are usually fleeting.

-Your Old Mom Is No Longer Available–Try This One. Sick and tired of waiting on her children, one day this mama decided to stop. And guess what? It was fine. Many moms related with that sentiment.

Mayim Bialik: After My Nine-Day Raw & Juice Diet, I Feel Stronger Than Ever. The rest Mayim’s raw/juice diet went amazingly well–and her fans were with her every step of the way.

-Why I’m a Die-Hard Feminist Who Loves to be Domestic. For Emily, reading Judith Butler and baking her own zucchini bread is a triumph over her difficult childhood.

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May 9 2014

Kveller Hits of the Week: May 5-9

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-Why I Tell My Daughter She’s Pretty, But Won’t Tell Her She’s Smart. Alina’s piece about why she tells her daughter she is pretty, but wants her to work hard to feel smart, had mixed reactions from readers.

-Mayim Bialik Meets the President. Mayim had to get this piece approved by the White House, and we’re glad she did. Many Kveller readers were moved by her intense experience meeting Barack and Michelle Obama.

-Why I Worry About Other Kids’ Food Allergies. Many parents expressed gratitude to Rachel for her thoughtful piece about why she purged her whole house of nuts before a play date with a child who had food allergies.

-As a Mom Who Suffered From Infertility, Mother’s Day is Bittersweet. For women trying to conceive, all the Mother’s Day hype can be painful. In this sweet post, Talia reminds us to be sensitive to those struggling with infertility as we celebrate motherhood.

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May 2 2014

Kveller Hits of the Week: April 28-May 2

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-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 25 2014

Kveller Hits of the Week: April 21-25

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-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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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 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 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 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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Feb 21 2014

Kveller Hits of the Week: Feb 18-21

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-Top 7 Highlights from Mayim Bialik’s Appearance on “Real Time with Bill Maher.” Mayim reflects in on her recent appearance on Bill Maher, during which they discussed–in addition to her new cookbook–controversial topics such as attachment parenting, Gwyneth Paltrow, and whether the Torah is wicked.

-My Daughter Wants To Know Who Her Father Is. Many readers connected with Shaindy’s moving account about what it is like to raise her daughter alone, without the help of her daughter’s dad. On filling the roles of both mother and father.

-My Local Kosher Market is Closing & I’m Part of the Reason Why. Cara’s piece about the shuttering of West Hartford’s beloved kosher supermarket struck a chord with Jewish residents of West Hartford and elsewhere who have watched their local Kosher food providers fold to corporate giants like Target and Wal-mart.

-Managing Motherhood & Depression Means Asking For Help. Risa wrote a wonderful essay about managing clinical depression while raising her daughter–and knowing when to ask for help.

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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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