What does a Jewish holiday for trees and Martin Luther King, Jr. have in common? A lot, actually.
This year, both Tu Bishvat and MLK Day of Service fall on Monday, January 21. (Hey, it’s no…Thanksgivukkah, but we’ll take it!) The former celebrates the life of trees, and the latter celebrates the life of an influential American civil rights leader. Both holidays are commemorated by giving back to the earth and our communities — so it's a pretty cool opportunity for a cultural mashup and a prime "teaching moment" you… >> Read More
Stop us if you've heard this one: Having an orgasm can help you get pregnant.
Unfortunately, the veracity of this rumor has long been suspect. Lacking concrete evidence, doctors have typically…considered it a dubious claim, many cheerfully suggesting, "It definitely can't hurt!" But, well, let's just say that science is awesome. And luckily for us gals, a new study suggests that the orgasm/conception connection might be more than just an old wives' tale. While writing his upcoming book Tulips at Midnight: Exploring the latest Research into… >> Read More
Tu Bishvat is around the corner, and the chorus to that song I learned in Jewish day school has been stuck in my head for the past week... And if you went to Hebrew school as a kid — or your kids…are enrolled in one now — then surely you know the one: Tu Bishvat higiyah, chag Ha'Ilanot! ("Tu Bishvat is here, the holiday for trees!"). Although it's technically regarded as a minor holiday, let's all agree that Tu Bishvat is seriously important (not to mention awesome). Celebrating trees and planting new ones as our ancestors did… >> Read More
On Monday, Dr. Bernice Resnick Sandler, known as the “Godmother of Title IX" passed away. Affectionally called "Bunny" — a Yiddish nickname for Bernice — the 90-year-old died of cancer…complications. After hearing she was "too strong for a woman" when she applied for a teaching position in the 1960s at the University of Maryland, her alma mater, Sandler became incensed. Luckily for women everywhere, she channeled her feelings into action, paving the way for Title IX, a law that protects people from discrimination based… >> Read More
What quantifies a "good" person? Compassion? Honesty? Kindness?
According to former Sabrina the Teenage Witch star Melissa Joan Hart, 42, a good person is someone that believes in Jesus.
And if…you happen to, you know, not believe in Jesus? You better look out! On the latest episode of the "Journeys of Faith with Paula Faris" podcast, Hart shared a story about her son and a Jewish neighbor which sparked backlash from people for being anti-Semitic. Nervous about his first day at a new school, Hart… >> Read More
Nearly 72 years ago, Holocaust survivor Otto Frank released his daughter's posthumous diary for the world to read. Since then, The Diary of a Young Girl has been published in more than 60 languages…and young Anne Frank has become a global icon. Though she died at age 15 in Bergen Belsen, both Anne and her diary remains as relevant as ever, continuing to educate youth about the horrors of the Holocaust, in particular, and hate and discrimination, in general. But in 2018 — a turbulent year during which… >> Read More
If someone read and reviewed your diary, how many stars would it get? Well, it depends on how juicy and engaging the content is — according to some harsh critics on Goodreads, at least.
While…perusing 1-star reviews of iconic books on Goodreads, writer Anna Fitzpatrick discovered something astonishing: scathing comments on Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl. Yes, the Anne Frank who chronicled life as a Jewish teen during the Holocaust in her now-famous wartime diary she fondly called "Kitty." "Do you ever log on and read 1-star… >> Read More
If you haven't noticed, we're on somewhat of a Hanukkah song beat. And in a world inundated with Christmas songs, we can't say we're mad about it.
So, on the 6th night of Hanukkah, we gift you the…most heartwarming Hanukkah song on YouTube: a wholesome rendition of the timeless song about the Maccabee's fight for freedom. You might recognize Yoni and Nina Tokayer from their cover of Matisyahu's "One Day" that went viral a couple years ago. The Israeli couple, known together as Yonina (a hybrid of Nina and Yoni), are famous… >> Read More
The moment we'd all been waiting for caught us by surprise: Season 2 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is finally streaming on Amazon! (It actually dropped a day earlier than expected, but, hey, we're not…complaining.) The titular Midge Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan) is an elegant, hilarious trailblazing Jewish comedienne (who may or may not be a pretty lousy mom). With its incredible 1950s costumes and witty Jewish banter, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel stole our hearts completely when if first premiered in 2017. So, in honor of the best show us Jews… >> Read More
The saying "opposites attract" has never been truer for Jess Salomon and Eman El-Husseini. One's a Jew from Canada, the other's a daughter of a Palestinian family. Salomon is a Taurus, and…El-Husseini is a Leo. One's a ginger, the other a brunette. So, nu? What's the glue that keep this Odd Couple together? Love, of course. After a few years of platonic friendship in Montreal, El-Husseini and Salomon fell in love and moved to New York, just before the 2016 presidential election (the timing of their… >> Read More
Brace yourselves, our favorite Jewish (sex) doctor is in.
After teasing an upcoming announcement that had us at the edges of our seats, the spunky Dr. Ruth Westheimer, 90, finally revealed that a…documentary about her life will air on Hulu in 2019. On Thursday, the renowned German-born sex doctor shared her big news in an adorable video on Twitter. The documentary will come to the streaming service, and "you're all going to watch it," Westheimer asserts. And if you can't wait for Hulu to release Ask Dr.… >> Read More
Looks like Senator Chuck Schumer has another title to add to his impressive resume: grandfather.
On Wednesday, the New York Democrat tweeted an adorable set of photos showing off his newborn…grandson, Noah Melvin Schumer-Shapiro (oh, he's definitely Jewish). His daughter, Jessica, and son-in-law Michael Shapiro named their "very happy Brooklyn baby" after his great-grandfather Melvin, a New York City cab driver. So proud of my daughter Jessica and her husband Michael for welcoming a baby boy. Schumers & Shapiros are all 1st time grandparents! Noah… >> Read More
With the Festival of Lights just days away, we here at Kveller were beginning to worry that we wouldn't get a fresh holiday bop. Thankfully, everyone's favorite Jewish a capella group, Six13,…answered all of our prayers. Last night the six-man, New York-based group dropped their latest Hanukkah-themed parody: an adaptation of Queen's iconic song, "Bohemian Rhapsody." At first glance, the video for "Bohemian Chanukah" is a little spooky. But once you get past the boys' floating heads —reminiscent of Queen's video — the lyrics are quite… >> Read More
If you were Queen of the internet for a day, what would be your first decree? While you brainstorm your answer, I'll tell you what our favorite Israeli actress would do.
At the London premiere of…Disney's Ralph Breaks the Internet on Sunday, Gal Gadot, one of the animated film's stars, answered that very pressing question. "I would shut [the internet] down," she told ODE Entertainment, laughing. "Like, we all need a break." (Shabbat, anyone?) The Jewish actress voices the character Shank, who is sort of like the mentor to protagonist Vanellope… >> Read More
If you fertilized your egg in the early spring, then 'tis the season to start thinking of baby names! Not sure where to begin? As always, we here at Kveller have got your back.
To honor our most…favorite least important Jewish holiday, give your baby a Hanukkah-themed name! No, not like "applesauce" or "latke" (although, on second thought, those are pretty adorable names). From paying tribute to the Maccabee soldiers to honoring the fire that burns your menorah candles, here's an extensive list of Hanukkah inspired baby names. (But that's not all!… >> Read More
What's short, green, and covered in candy? The first Jewish Disney princess, of course!
Back in 2012 while you dozed off watching Wreck-It Ralph in theaters with your kids, you might've missed…an important moment in Disney history. At the end of the movie, the title character's best friend Vanellope von Schweetz, voiced by Jewish comedian Sarah Silverman, reveals she's a royal in exile — thus making her Royal Highness the very first Jewish Disney princess. Granted, Disney never officially confirmed Princess Vanellope's religion or heritage, but… >> Read More
As we've said before, 2018 is the year of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. So what better gift is there to wrap in shiny blue paper than adorable merch inspired by RBG?
We've rounded up the very best…Ginsburg gifts the Internet has to offer. Consider this our Hanukkahpresent to you, dear readers. We ask for nothing in return but a photograph of your baby in an RBG onesie. 1. Action figure Like the woman in flesh, this RBG action figure is small but mighty. And with over 15,000 backers, this little trailblazer… >> Read More
Are you tired of scouring the Internet for the perfect Hanukkah gifts? Of course you are — that's what led you here, right? Well, are you in luck, 'cause you've just landed on the best gift…listicle (gifticle, if I may) in town. To commemorate 2018 as the "Year of the Woman," this Hanukkah we're giving all our friends and family feminist inspired gifts: your new baby cousin gets a feminist gift, zayde gets a feminist gift, the intern at your office gets a feminist gift — everyone's getting a feminist gift!… >> Read More
On a Friday night at Wendy's in Southern California, a group of senior citizens gather to celebrate Shabbat with milkshakes, fries, and chili, as is their tradition. Only this time, everything feels…quite different. Tearing up, an elderly man says, "I don't handle this sort of thing well." "It's just hard to believe that anybody can have so much hate," a woman shares. In this brief followup to Wendy's Shabbat, a heartwarming short film about a group of elderly Jews who celebrate the weekly Sabbath at a local… >> Read More
The 2018 Midterm Election was a historical victory for all women. (Yeah, representation!)
At least 118 women will be headed to Congress in January — a record number that includes some incredibly…notable firsts: Sharis Davids and Deb Haaland, both Democrats, are the first Native American women elected to Congress; South Dakota elected Republican Kristi Noem as their first female governor, and among many other notable wins, Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib and Minnesota Democrat Ilham Omar will be the first Muslim women to enter Congress. We're proud of… >> Read More
Between the Ruth Bader Ginsburg movies, action figures, books, and costumes, we're officially dubbing 2018 as The Year of RBG. And with less than two months left in this (insane) year, tributes to…the iconic Supreme Court Justice are rolling out full force. The latest addition to the shrine? A Hamilton-inspired rap music video. Jewish comedian Mia Weinberger's new song "The Notorious RGB" sets the story of Ginsburg's road to success to music — and it's just as educational as it is entertaining. "How does the master of law,… >> Read More
Among the 50,000-plus runners who participated in the annual New York City marathon on Sunday, there was one runner who especially moved us: Rochelle Goldschmiedt, who honored her Holocaust survivor…mother by wearing her Auschwitz number on her arm. Just a couple days before Sunday's race, Goldschmiedt received a henna tattoo of the number that her mother, Devora Hilsenrath, got when she arrived at Auschwitz from Hungary at age 14. The inspiration to do this Goldschmiedt told NorthJersey.com, was twofold: To honor her mother as… >> Read More
In the aftermath of the deadliest attack on Jews in American history, parents are grappling to talk about the Pittsburgh Synagogue shooting with their kids. How does one explain to a child that 11…Jews were killed in a synagogue because of their faith? And if it is discussed, are they too young to process the horrific tragedy? A touching note written by an elementary schooler may help answer some of these pressing questions. A few days after the attack at the Tree of Life synagogue, a Jewish fourth… >> Read More
It's been nearly 25 years since Adam Sandler blessed us all with his iconic song about Hanukkah. And now, the comedian is back with another Jewish banger (and no, it's not a follow-up to the fourth…rendition of the "The Chanukah Song"). On Wednesday, Netflix dropped Sandler's latest standup special, 100% Fresh. (The title refers to his low Rotten Tomato ratings.) The special is a mashup of several live performances, stitched together. Straight jokes are sprinkled throughout the show, but Sandler's shticky songs like "My Uber driver smells bad" and "My… >> Read More
What did YOU do last weekend? If you weren't at one of two super-lavish bar mitzvahs in Manhattan, well, then I guess you missed out. (We did, too).
Downtown at at high-end club/restaurant Tao, a…newly-minted man named Jake celebrated his bar mitzvah with rapper Cardi B and the the Knicks City Dancers — and even the "Kodak Black" singer was impressed: "Bro, I just left my first bar mitzvah. I just did a bar mitzvah for this cute little boy called Jake. Epic," Cardi B said on her Instagram… >> Read More