Kate Hudson’s Instagram post — which showed the actress in a flowy white maternity dress, popping large balloons filled with pink confetti — has been viewed more than 16 million…times. Full disclosure: Ten of those views were by me. Hudson is adorable and she’s a celebrity (and she’s also Jewish!). But for those of you who are not as adorable or as famous, well, I’m sorry to say this but I don’t care about your gender reveal party. It’s like blowing out the candles and… >> Read More
Jill Soloway, the creator of Transparent, recently published a memoir, She Wants It: Desire, Power, and Toppling the Patriarchy.
The book details the process of creating the award-winning (and…very Jewish) TV show, Soloway's parent coming out as transgender, as well as their identity as a non-binary person (Soloway prefers to use the pronouns "they/them"). To promote the book, Soloway participated in a Times Talk with comedian Hannah Gadsby and the gender editor for The New York Times. As such "conversation" events go, after a… >> Read More
Literary giant Philip Roth died Tuesday night. While the first words frequently used to describe him are “Jewish-American writer,” he would vehemently oppose that characterization.
I know that…because I got to personally ask him about it. I interviewed him as a reporter for my college newspaper 25 years ago. (Yes, I find that as unbelievable to type as you must find it to read). In the course of our almost hour-long interview, he ranged from snarky to petulant, but he was vehement… >> Read More
It's weird to be pregnant again. People ask me the sex of the baby all of the time, and I say "girl," and they say, "Oh, and how about your other kids? Boys? Girls?" And when I'm not in the mood to…give a thoughtful response, I say, "a boy and a girl," and then they offer kind platitudes and that is it. But when I feel like being thoughtful, I reply, "One girl and one boy who is very girl-like." But that's not even the whole story. My child, who was born a boy, tells me… >> Read More
Sarah Jessica Parker has been a style and fashion icon for a long time now, which means it's no surprise that the actress and Jewish mom designed a limited-edition clothing line for GapKids. The…line, filled with a vintage feel and rabbit motifs, was inspired by the tradition of saying "rabbit rabbit" for good luck at the beginning of every month. Parker, who is a mom of three, wanted to infuse a little more magic into kids' lives, saying, "With children, you can do things that are slightly magical — and obviously… >> Read More