How would you feel if your child died at the hands of a mass murderer, only to have a radio talk show host deny that the attack ever happened?
Well, that's what happened to the parents of Noah…Pozner, a 6-year-old boy who was among the 26 people killed in the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. Conspiracy theorist and talk show host Alex Jones has been outspoken about the attack being a hoax — which is, of course, not only absurd but grossly insensitive. This is why, unsurprisingly, his parents… >> Read More
Rebecca Affachiner is often called “the Betsy Ross of Israel."
She's earned the moniker because she was the first person to fly the Israeli flag — and a homemade one, at that — over the…newly created state of Israel in 1948. What's her story? Well, she was born in 1884 on New York's East Side. She became a public school teacher and received an education at the Jewish Theological Center in 1907, where she was its first female graduate. When World War I erupted, Affachiner volunteered to join the first… >> Read More
Like many Jewish moms, Jody Barrens Moran fretted about her son's bar mitzvah.
But Barrens Moran didn't just worry whether her son would have a good time, or whether the caterer would be any…good. She worried about whether he could have a bar mitzvah at all. Max, 13, is nonverbal and can’t walk without assistance. While he has significant developmental delays, doctors haven’t been able to diagnose why. However, Barrens Moran was determined to do something meaningful for his big day. And she did: According to Jewish Journal, in… >> Read More
Stephanie Wittels Wachs was changing her baby's diaper in the bathroom of the Center for Hearing and Speech in Houston in February 2015 when she got a call from an unknown number in Los…Angeles. This is how Wachs learns her brother, comedian Harris Wittels, died of a heroin overdose at age 30. She relays the story, in painful detail, in the opening pages of her memoir, Everything Is Horrible and Wonderful: A Tragicomic Memoir of Genius, Heroin, Love and Loss. Harris, writes Wachs, "was the success story every Jewish mother… >> Read More
Apparently, Pink is the most beautiful person alive. At least, according to People. The 38-year-old Jewish pop star and mom of two graces the cover of the magazine's "Beautiful Issue."
On the The…Ellen DeGeneres Show yesterday, she talked about how it's important to be beautiful in different ways, inside and out: I love the way things are changing and I love that our perception of beauty has completely been knocked on its head. There's nothing wrong with beautiful, and there's nothing wrong with beautiful on the inside, beautiful on… >> Read More