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 →
My bestie sent me this video of a young woman reciting a poem about her family, but it’s more about how women get messages about eating, speaking up, and just creating space in homes, families, and our culture.
It’s a really worthwhile few minutes to watch this and send it on to a woman you love who is maybe struggling with knowing her place or finding her place; or any woman you respect and think might appreciate how well these issues are articulated here.
Kveller here, hijacking Mayim’s blog to let you all know that Mayim is home from the hospital–all fingers intact–recovering from her car accident in LA yesterday. Thank god she’s okay! She’s even set to go back to work today, which has the Jewish mother in us saying, “No, no, get some rest!” but there’s no stopping that girl, right?
In the meantime, if you didn’t get a chance to catch her on The Soup last night, you’ll definitely want to check out this clip by clicking the photo below. It’s called “Mayim Bialik Oozes Sex Appeal” and, well, enjoy:
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.