Stacy Mintzer Herlihy is a Reform Jew. She is the co-author of "Your Baby's Best Shot: Why Vaccines are Safe and Save Lives," (Rowman & Littlefield 2012 paperback version 2015). Mrs. Herlihy is lives in New Jersey with her husband, two daughters and two very spoiled mush cats.
In her hit Netflix series Tidying Up, organizing guru Marie Kondo jokingly implied people should only keep 30 books in their home. The backlash from literary lovers was swift, and I totally relate:…I think there are more than 30 books in my car right now. As so many of us know, books aren't like the shoes you once wore that are too small after you gave birth. They're not an outdated lampshade or the broken chair in the corner. They're not the cat carrier that can't be… >> Read More
Measles is stalking the American and Israeli Orthodox Jewish communities. As of this writing, 17 children have been diagnosed with measles in the largely Orthodox enclaves of Williamsburg and Borough…Park, Brooklyn. In two other communities with similar demographics — Lakewood, New Jersey and Rockland County, New York, several dozen children have come down with the measles. In Israel, more than 1,200 kids have been infected, and a child has died. In the U.S., most of the affected children are from ultra Orthodox communities. Their parents… >> Read More
I was born in 1970, the same year as “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” Growing up, I knew one thing: My mom wouldn't let me watch it. I went to bed at 8 and she turned on the melody that would haunt…my dreams in the next room. Years later, in my 30s, I stumbled across the show again. A local network was running reruns. I was instantly hooked. I also started to understand why my mom had not let her young daughter watch it. This was not a show for a young child. In one episode,… >> Read More
My eldest child is 13. One day, seven years ago, she woke up and decided she was a vegetarian. No temper tantrums or arguments. Just a straightforward declaration that no meat would be on her plate.…From that time on, she's been firmly on the side of the dirt candy. She calmly looks fried chicken in the leg and pushes it away. She will not put burgers, sausages, steak, or anything that had a face to it in her mouth. There are lots of things many of us expect from our… >> Read More
In recent weeks, it has become fashionable to suggest that we should all wear a headscarf in solidarity with Muslim women who wear them. One school even held a "Walk in Mile in Her Hijab" Day.…Multiple people on Facebook suggested that my girls and I should join in and put one on. The Room for Debate section of the New York Times recently joined the fray when it asked readers if efforts like this one by non-Muslims hurt or help. I don't know what anyone else will, or will not,… >> Read More