Zooey Deschanel officially announced that she's expecting her second child with her husband Jacob Pechenik. This means her daughter Elsie Otter will become an older sister soon. The couple secretly…got married in June 2015, which is the same year Deschanel gave birth to Elsie. So, what does this mean for her show "New Girl"? Last time when Deschanel was pregnant, her character, Jess, got called away for jury duty. We wonder what the show's writers will cook up this time. In the past, Deschanel has… >> Read More
In case you didn't know, Jenna Jameson is pregnant with her third child, with her Israeli husband Lior Bitton, which was announced back in August. And now, after a curious fan asked about the…baby's name, she confirmed on her Twitter that the baby's name is going to be Hebrew. Yes it is a Hebrew name 😉 https://t.co/wRXVI1PPXm — Jenna Jameson (@jennajameson) November 4, 2016 The 42-year-old self-described “Queen of Porn” is already mom to 7-year-old twin sons Journey and Jesse Ortiz, with her ex-partner Tito Ortiz. She recently posted a photo… >> Read More
I love reading your articles on Kveller, and particularly enjoyed your lovely recent article in reply to a mom looking for Italian & Jewish baby names. I was wondering whether you…would ever consider branching out from naming babies—and help a convert find the perfect name? I'm a 33-year-old medic who is 2/3 of the way through conversion at my wonderful synagogue in London, but I'm absolutely stumped on a Jewish name (or two) that would work. I'm Polish by birth and upbringing. My grandmother hid… >> Read More
When I first starting learning about Judaism, one of the biggest attractions for me was that so much of it was about doing and so little about believing. Sure, there was that piece about believing in…one God, but beyond that, there wasn’t a Nicene Creed-style list of beliefs you had to subscribe to. It was such a relief for me, after years of feeling like a bad Christian because I couldn’t wrap my head around virgin birth and resurrection, to have this direct line to God, a relationship I could… >> Read More
This year I’m working toward a particular type of forgiveness for the High Holidays. I am too hard on myself for not being born a Jew.
As a convert, it’s inevitable that now and then you will…get caught red-handed. Something comes up and it’s uncomfortably clear to all parties involved. There are certain facts, for me usually regarding anti-Semitism, that those born Jewish seem to know by osmosis—Hugo Boss manufactured Nazi uniforms, Deutsche Bank lent Hitler the money to construct Auschwitz, etc. And then there’s some kind of codified list of… >> Read More