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May 27 2014

Mayim Bialik: Download Kveller’s Awesome New Baby Name App

By at 10:51 am


One of my favorite things to do when I was pregnant was to look up baby names. I’m not typically “feminine” in a lot of ways and I never, for example, planned my fantasy wedding on my first date with a guy. I never spent any time fantasizing about what bedding to use for my baby’s crib (I never used a crib, as a matter of fact). However, one thing I really did enjoy when I was pregnant was looking at baby names and seeing what they mean and what kinds of names different cultures have.

In my family, we name babies with the Hebrew name of the most closely related relative of the same gender. So, my sons are named for both of my grandfathers, Meir and Ephraim Hirsch. It is also customary in my family to choose an English name beginning with the first initial of the Hebrew name. For example, my son Miles is named for my grandpa Meir and my Frederick is Ephraim. (Pronounce the “PH” in Ephraim and you’ll hear what the guards at Ellis Island heard when they gave my immigrant, non-English speaking grandpa the American name “Frank”…).


Well, let me tell you something: I wish I had Kveller in my life during my pregnancies! Kveller, in all of its progressive hipness, worked with G-dcast to create a new app for the iPhone and iPad which is an awesome baby naming app! You can look up names in Hebrew, English, and even Yiddish. You can learn what the names mean, variations of those names, and even ways to change the gender of those names, if that floats your boat.

Download the free app here!

Shucks, it almost makes me wish I was pregnant again… almost. In the way that “almost” can sometimes mean “not really.”

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Jul 27 2012

My Phone, the Miracle Worker

By at 12:52 pm

HTC phoneMy phone performed a tremendous act of tzedakah and gemilut chasadim (acts of love and kindness) last week. Here’s what happened.

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Upon landing in Atlanta with my two boys, I gathered our two suitcases, shlepped our carry-ons, and waited curbside for our ride to come. The three of us were in Atlanta (my husband was to have five days to himself) to stay with my best friend, her 3-year-old, and her 2-month-old. In addition, I was slated to appear there at the Bellies to Babies event to benefit Midwifery International alongside the natural birth/homebirth guru and mother of modern midwifery, Ina May Gaskin.

Anyway. We were waiting curbside and an old African-American man in a wheelchair is wheeled out by one of the airport escort types who wheel people outside to curbs. This man had been on our flight from Los Angeles, and I remembered seeing him at LAX and noticing how frail and sweet he looked. And I felt sad that he was all alone, because I am just the type of person who feels sad when they see frail old people in wheelchairs alone. 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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