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
One 7-year-old Jewish girl from London is making her modeling dreams come true. The twist: Eliza Brichto isn't into dresses and wrote to the fashion brand Zara to ask if she could model their boy…clothes. Eliza sent a handwritten note to the company telling them she loved their clothes. "I’m your number one fan," Eliza wrote in her letter. "You might think that it’s quite weird that a girl wears boy clothes but anyway let me tell you the story. When I was four I looked at Zara girls… >> Read More
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