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Jul 12 2013

What the Screw in My Tire Has to do with Tisha B’av

By at 11:02 am

nail in tireIn light of my post earlier this week about my HTC dying, our power going out, and the slug dying in my bathroom, here are a few other things that also happen to famous people.

1. Skunks die in the front bushes. And we don’t figure it out for three days and we keep looking for the source of the skunk smell but can’t find it. So our almost 8-year-old sons find it in two minutes of looking.

2. We find screws in our tires. As I was making a quick run to the grocery store with my kids, this happened. The quick run quickly became Mama filling the tires with air at a gas station (after getting quarters from the man behind the counter because of course AIR IS NOT FREE) because my beloved Audi A4 had a “low air” sensor. The filling the tires with air became, “Oh my gosh, that’s a screw in my tire,” which became, “Can I find a tire center open on Sunday before this tire blows?” which became hoping that the tire guy doesn’t rip me off and being happy that they patched the tire for $25 rather than making me buy two or–perish the thought!–four new tires.  Read the rest of this entry →

Aug 1 2012

Fasting (and Schmoozing) on Tisha B’Av

By at 11:49 am
mayim bialik tcas big bang theory

Not bad for someone who hasn't eaten all day, right?

Last Sunday was Tisha B’Av, the saddest day in the Jewish calendar and in the history of the Jewish People. It commemorates the destruction of both the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem, first by the Babylonians and then by the Romans. Tisha B’Av concludes a three week period of grave sadness and tragedy historically, as a tremendous number of horrific events began in the three weeks preceding this date (for a complete list, click here).

I happen to love Tisha B’Av for its intensity, its 25 hour dry fast (the only other such fast being on Yom Kippur), and for the earthy quality of our mourning: Jews sit in grief until it is a part of us, not resisting it, not being distracted from it, not running from it. For better or worse, that is our ancient tradition which still holds power in modern times. 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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