Samantha Taylor, Kveller writer and mom, spoke on CNN about Charlottesville, largely about how we need to stand up for what we believe in. "If we stay quiet, we're just as guilty," Taylor…said. When she was asked about what she would say to Trump, Taylor went on to say, "Shame on you. He's silently signaling these people. The more he doesn't come out completely against this... the scarier it gets." Taylor was brave and bold—and an inspiration for how we all need to speak out against hatred… >> Read More
I examine the grainy photograph from Charlottesville closely, trying to peer beneath the beard, hoping against hope that the faint resemblance is incidental. Hoping that it’s not the face I know.…The person I once loved. The person I have come to fear. It isn’t. Not this time. It’s scanty comfort, though. These obscure faces at a Virginia rally aren’t so separate from any number of the people I grew up with: proud of their “Southern heritage,” flying flags that they claimed meant freedom, but that… >> Read More
Like anyone with a heart, a mind, and a soul, I’m still reeling from the disgusting display of hate that took over the streets of Charlottesville, Va., this weekend which caused one young woman…protesting, as well as two state troopers, to lose their lives. I still can’t wrap my head around the heinous racist chants groups shouted during their “Unite the Right” march. I struggle to comprehend how anyone can feel as they do, let alone be so open with their blatant bigotry. And I can’t unsee the… >> Read More
My husband and I are sitting across from another American couple on our way from ship to shore during our North Sea cruise. In order to get to this stop on the cruise, all the ship’s passengers…must travel by 100-person tenders to shore, so it is snug. We find ourselves knee to knee with another couple and our ears perk up at hearing English being spoken. On this multi-lingual cruise, it’s felt like we haven’t heard English for days. We say hello and share where we’re from. They say they’re from… >> Read More
What's the difference between a Jewish Mother and a Rottweiler?
Eventually the Rottweiler lets go!
Let’s face it, Jewish moms have quite a few stereotypes to live up to, or live…down. Apparently, we’re overprotective, we’re emotional, and we’re affectionate to the point of smothering. These stereotypes have been all over TV and in movies: think “The Big Bang Theory,” “Saturday Night Live,” and “The Goldbergs,” to name a few. But these examples are funny, because they’re all done in a tongue-in-cheek, loving way—and they’re relatable.… >> Read More