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Oct 11 2013

Hits of the Week from Kveller: October 7-October 11

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Tell a Friend: You Are a Good Mama. Don’t we need to hear it more often? Tamara Reese’s piece sparked a viral movement this week, reminding us that a #YouAreAGoodMama pat on the back is always appreciated.

Exclusive Sneak Peek of My New Cookbook: Mayim’s Vegan Table. Mayim’s new cookbook due out in February is a compilation of 100 of her favorite vegan recipes, including plenty of traditional Jewish foods.

Dissecting That Poll About Secular American Jews. Contributing editors Jordana Horn and Adina Kay-Gross respond to the Pew Research Center’s highly talked about survey on the changing landscape of American Jewry.

The Jewish Prayer That’s Never Let Me Down. Rebecca has been reciting the “Shehechiyanu” prayer for all of her children’s special “first time” milestones, but it was when she heard one them reciting it that she knew she was doing something right.

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Oct 4 2013

Hits of the Week from Kveller: September 30 – October 4

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The Case of the Purple Booty Shorts-Wearing Babysitter. Ronnie’s babysitter appeared totally legit until she came in one day sporting purple booty shorts and low cut tops–then she had to decide what to do about it.

Hobby Lobby Doesn’t Cater to Jews. This week was definitely not one of Hobby Lobby’s best. It started with no Hanukkah aisle, and ended in some anti-Semitic comments. Hopefully next year we will see some stocked Hanukkah shelves.

Your Kids Shouldn’t Have To Compete With Your Phone. As a culture we’re completely obsessed with our smartphones, and when that obsession begins to negatively effect the amount of attention we give our kids, we must reassess.

What If We Chose Generosity Over Judgment? Ever been that mom on public transportation with a screaming baby, or conversely, the passenger next to them? Rabbi Ayelet S. Cohen suggests we should all approach these aggravating but unavoidable situations with generosity, instead of judgment.

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Sep 13 2013

Hits of the Week from Kveller: September 9-13

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Little Known Jewish Prayers, Written By and For Women. As a Jewish woman, Renee was disappointed to find that were no special prayers or rituals to mark her transformation from woman to mother. Then she discovered tkhines, prayers written by and for women covering a variety of motherly issues.

A Collective Confession for Parents on Yom Kippur. Jordana Horn wrote her own version of the Vidui, a collective confession of sins we recite on Yom Kippur. This version focuses on the sins we often commit as parents.

My Son Had a Rosh Hashanah Meltdown but That’s Not What I Remember.  Rebecca’s son, Ben, is on the autism spectrum and has a number of sensory sensitivities–but that’s not what she’ll remember. Instead, she’ll think back on kvelling over seeing him look like such a man in his tallit gadol.

Mayim Bialk Emmys Update: The Dress, The Shoes, The Sanity. Mayim is getting decked for the Emmys, and she updates us on her Emmy prep– from the nails and toes to the jewels.

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Aug 30 2013

Hits of the Week from Kveller: August 26 – 30

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My Summer Brain Tumor. Rebecca’s summer of teaching science at a Jewish summer camp was interrupted when, after a series of severe dizzy spells, it was discovered she had a brain tumor.

What My 10-Year-Old Son Knows About Rape So Far. Danielle lives in a college town, and the more her son picks up on some college students’ overt sexuality, she decided to start having conversations with him about rape.

Will My Son Be the Only Black Jew in High School? Being black and Jewish means he’ll usually be in a minority, but Alina wonders whether the private high school she’s sending him to will be diverse enough for him to feel comfortable.

On Modesty, Bikinis & Raising Little Girls. In response to a recent post about a 10-year-old girl getting caught wearing a bikini, Mayim shares her thoughts on modesty and where to draw the line for little girls.

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Aug 23 2013

Hits of the Week from Kveller: August 19 – 23

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The Hebrew School Dropouts Want Back In. Allison first enrolled her daughter in Hebrew School three years ago, but due to her severe dyslexia and learning issues, she had to drop out. This year, they’re trying again with some modifications.

You Are Your Own Birth Advocate. Pregnant with her fifth child, Jordana has learned the importance of being your own advocate in the delivery room by making sure to speak up when it comes to decisions affecting your body and your baby.

A Letter to All the Pregnant Women in My Life. Sharon and her husband have been struggling with infertility for three years, so when her friends start trying and get pregnant, it’s a complicated.

Meet Mayim Bialik, The Babysitter. Mayim watched her friend’s two daughters for an overnight stay, and Ke$ha, hair brushing, and Passover Bingo ensued.

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Aug 16 2013

Hits of the Week from Kveller: August 12 – 16

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My Easting Disorder Brain vs. My Pregnant Body. After battling anorexia in college, Jaclyn still had a distorted body image, and was worried that getting pregnant would only exacerbate it. In reality, it was quite the opposite.

What the Opt Out Generation Really Wants. Jordana Horn’s response to the buzz-worthy article in the NY Times Magazine points out a few missing pieces–namely, that workplaces are still not accommodating to the personal lives of their employees.

My Baby Idan’s Fight to Live. One-year-old Idan has a rare, life-threatening disease, and his mother Amanda shares the harrowing tale of what it’s like to fight–and try to pay for–your baby’s life.

Heading Back to Work on Season 7 of the Big Bang Theory. This week, Mayim’s back on the set of The Big Bang Theory, and even shares some photos from her new dressing room.

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Aug 2 2013

Hits of the Week from Kveller: July 29 – August 2

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We Need Better, Affordable Jewish Day Care Options. Everyone knows the best way to get kids excited about Judaism is early engagement, so why are we so lacking in affordable Jewish day care options?

After Years of Failed Fertility Treatments, A New Plan. Throughout the last five years of trying to have a baby, Leora and her husband have gone through 11 IVF cycles and 6 pregnancies, but still remain empty handed. Now, they’ll be using extra embryos from another couple’s IVF.

My Daughter’s Beautiful Day. In the middle of a sticky, sweaty hot summer day in Israel, Sarah’s daughter asked, “Mama, do you know why today is so beautiful?” Sarah asked why, and her daughter’s answer will blow you away.

Mayim Bialik Busts a Move in Missouri. Mayim goes to Missouri for a wedding and regales us with tales of shooting pool, girl talk about dating, and *busting a move.*

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Jul 26 2013

Hits of the Week from Kveller: July 22 – 26

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Overnight Camp is About More Than Just Having Fun. As parents send their kids off to sleepaway camp, many emphasize how much fun they’ll have. But camp is about more than having fun–it’s about learning who you are and becoming a better you.

How I Missed My Own Son’s Birth. Kerry’s pregnancy was running smoothly until a month into her third trimester, when a rare complication spurred on an emergency C-section.

I’d Rather Make My Husband Happy Than My Kids. Alina believes that as a wife, it is her key responsibility to make her husband happy. But as a mother, it is her responsibility to teach her kids how to make themselves happy, and sometimes that means letting them down.

Becoming Frum: A New Jewish Book from a Local Mom Friend. A fellow mom that Mayim knows from shul wrote a new book exploring how people who become more religious later in life take on the language and cultural cues of Orthodoxy.

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Jul 12 2013

Hits of the Week from Kveller: July 8 – 12

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Notes from a 9 Months Pregnant CEO. Since she’s become visibly pregnant with her second child, Rabbi Jill Jacobs noticed that most people perceive her not as a CEO and religious leader but a walking, talking uterus.

You Don’t Have to Be Selfless to Be a Good Mom. When she heard so many women saying their mothers were their heroes for being so selfless, Whitney wondered whether you really need to give up so much of yourself to be a good mom.

I Caught My Husband Sneaking Formula to the Twins.  Cara and her husband agreed on breastfeeding their twins, but had some formula on hand for emergencies. So she wasn’t too happy when she caught her husband red-handed, sneaking them some formula.

Three Crazy Things That Happened Last Week. A week in the life of a celebrity: your phone dies, your power goes out, and you find a dead slug in your home. Oh, to be Mayim Bialik!

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Jun 28 2013

Hits of the Week from Kveller: June 24 – 28

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I Cheated My Sons Out of a Jewish Education. Alina sent her two sons to a prestigious and academically rigorous private school, and she was thrilled with their education. That is, until she sent her daughter to Jewish Day School and so how much her boys had missed out on.

Free Stuff Alert: HydroChic Modest Bathing Suit. Summer’s in full swing and we’re offering one lucky reader their choice of a swim bottom from HydroChic, a modest swimwear line that let’s you be as covered as you want to be. It’s not too late to enter!

Ten Great Books to Read This Summer. It’s Jordana Horn’s second annual summer reading lists, with some great suggestions from funny girl tell-alls to runaway mothers and more.

How Many Shabbat Candles Does a Divorced Woman Light? Traditionally, married Jewish women light two candles on Shabbat, while single women light one. So, now that she’s divorced, Mayim wonders what she’s supposed to do.

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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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