I'm at the pediatrician's office. It's a warm April day, and the space almost feels like a brightly colored sauna, filled with large paintings and wooden toys and surrounded by an entirely glass…exterior. Outside, a woman in a long skirt and a sheitel pushes a baby in a Bugaboo Bee stroller, the same model I use for my son. I'm waiting for my 9-month-old's first MMR vaccine, more than two months ahead of schedule. I'm feeling a bit lightheaded, as if I were about to get the… >> Read More
Back in 2000, physicians and parents sighed with relief, as measles was considered eradicated in the U.S.
But that relief, unfortunately, was premature — the U.S. is currently experiencing what…is likely the second-biggest outbreak of the virus since that time. So far this year, between January 1 and March 29, 387 cases of measles have been confirmed in the U.S. That's more than the total number of cases diagnosed in all of 2018. Many of these cases originated in Orthodox Jewish communities, likely introduced… >> Read More
Once my doctor uttered the phrase “breast cancer,” I did not hear any more words — just buzzing, which was probably emanating from my super-fast heartbeat. She delivered the news over the…phone, and while I prepared myself with a pen and paper, all I could write down was a single word: “cancer.” Yes, I was upset. And then I became nauseous when I realized I would have to tell my 12-year-old. I worried, how do I tell my tween without causing emotional damage? While my husband… >> Read More
I grew up with unrelenting criticism. About what I said, how I acted, how I thought — but most of all, about sex. “Only prostitutes enjoy sex,” was but one of my parents’ admonitions to me.…After so many years of hearing an endless stream of these kinds of threats, the messages stuck. I tried all my life to be a “nice Jewish girl” and make my parents proud. Even when I became a wife, the goal remained. If anything, I became even more committed to the ideas my parents foisted… >> Read More
There were plenty of notable firsts at the 91st Oscars last night. For starters, it was the first time in 30 years that the telecast didn’t have a host (though Maya Rudolph, Amy Poehler, and Tina…Fey basically were the hosts), Marvel Studios won its first Oscar for Black Panther, as did a 25-year-old for her documentary about periods. Plenty others marked history last night, but the Oscars event that took my breath away happened on the red carpet: Selma Blair’s first public appearance since being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS).… >> Read More