Purim is here, which means it's time to party! The holiday celebrates Queen Esther and her uncle Mordechai, who saved the Jewish people of ancient Persia by foiling Haman, the king's grand vizier,…who was plotting to annihilate them. And so, we celebrate by dressing up, eating hamantaschen, reading the Book of Esther, booing Haman's name, and drinking abundantly (well, that's just for adults, and certainly not while we're caring for the little ones). Another holiday tradition is producing a Purim shpiel, humorous plays based on the Purim… >> Read More
The first thing you need to know about Purim is that it's a mitzvah to get so drunk that you can't tell the difference between Haman, the story's villain, and Mordechai, one of the story's heroes.…Really! This year, Purim beings on the evening of March 20, which happens to be a Wednesday, also known as "Hump Day" — convenient, huh? Keeping all these very important facts in mind, we think it's fair to assume that more than a handful of Jewish babies will be conceived on the day we celebrate… >> Read More
"Terrifying," is the adjective writer Mira Jacob uses to describe raising a half Indian, half Jewish son in Trump's America in 2019.
Her new memoir, Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations, is about…her experiences growing up the daughter of Indian immigrants in Albuquerque, about raising her son, and what happened when she discovered her Jewish in-laws were ardent supporters of Trump. The memoir — told in graphic form — is structured as conversations between Mira and her son, along with conversations between Mira and her family, husband,… >> Read More
Dahlia Lithwick is a senior editor at Slate, a lawyer, and host of Slate's podcast, Amicus: Law, Justice, and the Courts. She's also one seriously badass Jewish mom who favors the "benign neglect"…method of parenting. This week on Call Your Mother, Jordana Horn and Shannon Sarna get the chance to speak with the Supreme Court expert about everything from not forcing religious beliefs on your kids, her time in living in Charlottesville (yes, that Charlottesville, and how she grapples with the violent, white supremacist events that took… >> Read More
This is going to be one cool baby! Audrey Gelman, co-founder of the women's co-working and networking space, The Wing, is expecting her first child with husband Ilan Zechory, the founder of the…lyrics annotation app, Genius. The announcement, via Instagram, was characteristically on-brand: with a selfie at The Wing, showing off a beautiful growing bump, surrounded by a beautiful wallpaper drawn by illustrator Joana Avillez. (The Wing is known for its impeccable decor.) She adorably captioned the photo with "Excited to meetus the fetus." https://www.instagram.com/p/BvCYg1FAmil/ This is perfect… >> Read More