In today's dose of adorable, breaking political news (bet you haven't heard that one before!), Sen. Kamala Harris' Jewish stepchildren have given her a very Yiddish nickname.
As CNN reported in…their profile of potential 2020 "first husbands" — fingers crossed!! — the children of the Democratic presidential candidate's Jewish husband, lawyer Douglas Emhoff, call Harris "Momala." Now, it's unclear if siblings Cole and Ella made the explicit connection between the endearing nickname and the Yiddish word mamaleh (which literally means "little mama," but is commonly used… >> Read More
When my son, Jacob, was 9 or 10 years old, he surprised me by announcing that he wanted a bar mitzvah. Don’t get me wrong — I was delighted. I just didn’t know how I was going to pull it off.…We didn’t belong to a temple or synagogue, neither in the family I came from nor the family I made. Nobody in my family had a bar or bat mitzvah when I was growing up. So, I suggested that we could do what his grandpa — his namesake, my father — did. As the story… >> Read More
We're freaking out!!! Greta Gerwig, the 35-year-old magical, long-limbed fairy of an actress and the brilliant filmmaker behind Lady Bird, just had a baby with her boyfriend, 49-year-old…filmmaker Noah Baumbach. We came to know about this surprise when paparazzi caught a picture of the couple walking through New York with a stroller covered by a muslin blanket. This caused some observers to deduce that there was a baby in said stroller, and the baby was probably the progeny of the talented couple, and not, say,… >> Read More
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