Comedian and Jewish dad of two Michael Ian Black has a lot to say about the tragic Florida school shooting this week that left 17 dead.
In a time when parents, kids, and teachers fear they soon…could be the victims of the next school shooting, it's not a surprise that Black spoke out in a Twitter thread last night, as a parent himself. He also happens to live with his family just 10 miles away from Newtown, Connecticut, where a gunman killed 26 people including many children in 2012. A post… >> Read More
Often times, when expecting Jewish American parents are thinking of baby names, they tend to focus on popular names here in the U.S. But what about using Jewish names that are popular in Israel? It…could be a great way to find a name that's less common in the States, giving your baby something special and unique. When it comes to the most popular Jewish baby names in the U.S. versus Israel, there is some overlap of course, but not as much as you'd think (Noam, for instance, is one of… >> Read More
Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman is absolutely fierce — and that's all the more apparent in her recent nude photo shoot for Sports Illustrated. It's not the first time she's posed nude for a…magazine (she did so for ESPN in 2015), but this time, it came with a powerful statement. Raisman posed with the words "fierce" and "women do not have to be modest to be respected” painted on her body as part of the the “In Her Own Words” campaign. The 23-year-old recently testified against Larry Nassar as one… >> Read More
Love or hate it, Valentine's Day is here.
February 14 is supposed to be a day of romance — so why is it that it rarely feels that way, even if everything in copacetic in that department? (And…especially when it's not!) Sometimes V-day seems downright depressing, and that seems even more true when you see all the movies and cards and commercials about perfect dates — and you feel like you barely have time to shower. This is why we think Valentine's Day shouldn't just about love — it should be about… >> Read More
For anyone who has suffered from postpartum depression, or has watched someone go through it, you know just how terrible it is. And considering some 11 percent of women suffer from postpartum…depression, you likely know someone who has been affected. And yet, less than 15 percent of those with PPD received help. Up until now, there hasn't been a medication that specifically helps PPD. While it largely mimics clinical depression, considering the hormonal differences, it's not quite the same. Plus, depression medication and current treatments for PPD… >> Read More
Gilda Radner should be a national treasure. And yet, the beloved comedian — who is sometimes referred to as "Gene Wilder's wife" — is under-appreciated today. But, thankfully, that may soon…change: There's a new documentary about her life called Love, Gilda, and it's premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival in April. Radner was one of the seven original cast members on Saturday Night Live in 1975, and she won an Emmy is 1978 for her work on SNL. Radner died far too young from ovarian cancer at the age of 42,… >> Read More
Judy Blume is a treasure that we probably don't actually deserve — but we got her anyway, because sometimes we get lucky.
Blume's earnest and candid writing about puberty, menstruation, sex,…relationships, and friendships was not only groundbreaking when they were first published in the 1970s, but they've literally shaped the time we're in now. She has helped countless teens deal with the strangeness of growing up — her books tackle pretty much everything, including racism, menstruation, divorce, bullying, masturbation, and sexuality. Over the years, she's wracked… >> Read More
Ruth Bader Ginsburg seriously does not stop -- or miss a beat. She's 84, a Supreme Court Justice, a writer, and the subject of a documentary. This means, naturally, that she's giving a lot of talks…and interviews. It seems RBG is having her moment (and arguably has been having a moment for a long time now — and rightly so). As for her Notorious R.B.G. moniker, which is a reference to the rapper Notorious B.I.G., she has coyly said, “We were both born and bred in Brooklyn, New York." Starting with her… >> Read More
It seems Gerber has stirred up some controversy. This week, the pureed food purveyors appointed its first-ever "spokesbaby" with Down syndrome.
For some, this is a move toward greater inclusion;…for others, it seems like just a tokenizing PR move. Lucas Warren, an 18-month-old from Dalton, Georgia, won the company's Gerber baby contest yesterday — a contest his parents entered him into. Bill Partyka, CEO and president of Gerber, told Today that Lucas is "the perfect fit," adding that the company chooses "the baby who best exemplifies Gerber's longstanding… >> Read More
Moms in the U.S. often hear about the parental paradise that is Scandinavia. In Denmark, for example, parents get 52 weeks of leave after the birth of a child, and, once mom goes back to work,…public day care is partially subsidized by the government. In Sweden, parents are entitled to a whopping 480 days of paid parental leave. But while these benefits sound amazing, they don't mean that moms don't face difficult dilemmas when it comes to choices surrounding their careers and childcare, or that sexism in the workplace has been eradicated. Because that's totally… >> Read More
"Should we be near a window, or under the window?" One of my students asked as she popped her curly red head up from beneath her desk.
My heart stopped. I didn't know — and I knew it didn't…matter. It was my 4th-period English class with my freshmen and we were conducting a "lockdown drill," in order to prepare for a potential shooting on campus. I fidgeted with my lesson book I was holding in my hands. My voice faltered slightly as I said, "If you can be underneath or between the windows,… >> Read More
Valentine's Day is next week. That's good news if you're a romantic — or, say, a lover of Hallmark holidays — but maybe you hate the holiday. Perhaps you are having a rough patch in the romance…department, or maybe you abhor all thinks pink, red and heart-shaped. Or maybe you just love a good, ironic card for any and all occasions. If any of these describe you, then we have found the right card for you. It's a Larry David Valentine's Day card! Whether or not you actually give it to… >> Read More
The pantsuit has became increasingly politicized over the years, whether you like it or not. Hillary Clinton famously made the pantsuit a thing — wearing them throughout much of her career —…so much so that a "secret" pro-Clinton Facebook support group is known as Pantsuit Nation. (It now has some 3.8 million members.) So, it seemed more than just a coincidence when First Lady Melania Trump wore a white pantsuit to President Trump's first State of the Union speech earlier this week. Magazines everywhere — and not… >> Read More
In our social media-driven age, and especially amidst the #MetToo movement, raising daughters can be terrifying — particularly for dads. From issues regarding body positivity and self-confidence to…learning about boundaries and consent, there is a lot of ground to cover. Of course, this is a struggle for all parents, regardless of the gender of their offspring. But two famous Jewish dads recently opened up about their own struggles with raising daughters — and how they're ensuring they'll grow up independent and confident.… >> Read More
Everyone seems to have a podcast they love — but if you're feeling a little lost amid all the options, don't worry. It can be impossible to keep up with the myriad of podcasts these days — what…with all those good shows on Netflix, those Oscar-nominated movies you've just gotta see, and, you know, those kids who need to be, like, fed and and shuttled to soccer games and stuff. So, we asked our community of Kveller readers about their favorite podcasts, and they gave us so many gems. (No surprise there;… >> Read More
We just can't enough of Amazon's hit The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and we're not alone: The series recently picked up two Golden Globes, and it's already been renewed for a second season.
We're so…obsessed, it's almost as if we want it to be the 1950s again. Well — not exactly, what with the sexism and racism and anti-Semitism and all. To be sure, nobody at Kveller thinks a woman's (only) place is in the home. No, what we're really loving is the look of the 1950s. We've already broken down… >> Read More
You need to look professional for work. You also need to feel comfortable, right? This can strangely be difficult, what with constant worries about VPLs, uncomfortable fabrics and the scourge of…"plumbers' crack" if you favor pants over skirts. Treading the lines of fashionable and appropriate can be tricky — and that's especially true if you dress modestly for religious reasons. But really, the specter of your shirt coming untucked is annoying for all women, no matter their religious beliefs. That is why Jewish fashion designer and… >> Read More
“Your number was your name…that’s all he was to them.”
That's what 10-year-old Elliott said to his 90-year-old great-grandfather, Jack Feldman, pointing to the number tattooed on his arm,…A-17606. Jack is a Holocaust survivor who grew up in Poland before he was sent to Auschwitz. Elliott is the narrator of a new HBO documentary directed by Amy Schatz, The Number on Great-Grandpa's Arm, which debuts Saturday, January 27 on International Holocaust Remembrance Day. In the 19-minute film, the young boy explains what his great-grandfather's… >> Read More
What do you do when your 5-year-old comes home from school one day swearing like a sailor? Yes, it can be incredibly embarrassing if your kid drops the F-bomb in front of the wrong people (your…in-laws, say, or their teacher or their friends' parents). So, what do you do? Do you laugh? (Admit it: It is kinda funny. But if you let out a giggle are you encouraging them?) Do you scold them? Or do you act as if it's not a big deal? Like so many areas of parenting,… >> Read More
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, AKA "The Notorious RBG," spoke out about the #MeToo movement recently. Her take? It's been a longgggggggg time coming.
"I think it’s about time," the…84-year-old said Sunday while at the Sundance Film Festival for the debut of the RBG documentary. "For so long women were silent, thinking there was nothing you could about it, but now the law is on the side of women or men who encounter harassment, and that’s big thing.” Ginsburg also revealed (unsurprisingly, considering everything) how she's had her fair… >> Read More
Peanuts. The very word can strike terror in parents of kids who are allergic to this seemingly ubiquitous legume.
Birthday parties, school cafeterias, playgrounds... The list of places where…peanut exposures could occur goes on and on. At the same time, you can't keep your kid inside a bubble forever, so the anxiety loops in an infinite cycle. But now, technology comes to the rescue! Nima is a portable, hand-sized device that can test foods for peanut proteins. All you need to do is pop… >> Read More
It's been a monumental year for writer, comedian, and director Jordan Peele. Between the success of his film, Get Out, and the birth of his first child with wife and actor Chelsea Peretti, he has…lots to kvell about. Peele was nominated three times, for Best Director, Best Picture, and Best Original Screenplay. He is the fifth African-American director to be nominated for Best Director in Oscar history. But the couple had yet another reason to celebrate: Their 6-month-old, Beaumont, had slept through the night. The Jewish mom tweeted the joyful news:… >> Read More
When it comes to deciding what to wear, we often choose things that fit into our aesthetic and make us feel good about ourselves. When you have a disability, however, clothing options can be limiting…— you may be forced to choose function over style (because, for instance, you may not be able to wear clothes with zippers), so your favorite pair of jeans? They may be off the list. This is why fashion designer Mindy Scheier set out to make fashion more inclusive. Scheier paired up with Tommy Hilfiger and… >> Read More
What if you used a fertility app as a form of birth control — and you accidentally ended up pregnant? Well, that's what happened to 37 women who relied on Natural Cycles, a non-hormonal method of…birth control that bills itself as "digital contraception." Of course, women tracking their periods to minimize (or maximize!) fertility is nothing new — but Natural Cycles was the first time that an app was deemed a medically certified form of contraception in Europe. And yet, Södersjukhuset Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden discovered that 37 of the 668… >> Read More
We love Gal Gadot because she's a real-life Wonder Woman and fierce feminist. But she's also a serious style icon. (Perhaps that's no surprise — after all, she was Miss Israel in 2004.)
Though…Gadot could wear a burlap sack and make it look amazing, we wanted to round up some of her all-time greatest outfits. Below are some of our favorites. 1. Lots and lots of sparkle What a wonderful night! It was so great seeing the cast and crew one last time all together for the Justice… >> Read More