A little over two years ago on October 10, 2015, I gave birth to my first child, a girl. Named after my two grandmothers, Helen and Rose, she was the first proof for me that the past lives on into…the future. With all my faith in Judaism, mysticism, and everything holy, I didn’t know that I truly believed in miracles until Helen came into the world. So two years later on December 10th, 2017, my second daughter was born, proving once again that the universe is full of surprises. It’s true what people say:… >> 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
This time of year is more complicated for me than I’d like. I’m Jewish and my husband isn’t. That’s a pretty common story in the US. It’s more common that not, actually; according to the…2013 Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project, the intermarriage rate among American Jews is 58 percent Here’s the tricky bit: This is my second marriage, I have two kids from my first marriage, and so does my husband. We were married in June of 2016, which is also the year that all six… >> Read More
My children are celebrating Christmas at school. Since we decided not to send them to a Jewish school, you might argue that we should have expected this. And I might agree, except that my children…are French and attend French public school. French public schools are required to be “laïque,” a word that translates as “secular” but carries more weight than that. France takes the separation of religion and the state incredibly seriously. I don’t always agree with the extent to which my adopted country goes in order to separate… >> Read More
When my children were small, it wasn’t easy to stop by my mother’s house for Hanukkah.
Instead of menorahs and dreidels, my Holocaust survivor mother filled her house with Christmas tchotchkes.…A small tree. Some type of light up garland painstakingly strung around the family room, certainly a fire hazard. A dusty stuffed Santa Claus pulled out every year, in a sleigh intended to hold Christmas cards and, indeed, filled with Christmas cards from her old real estate clients, all of whom thought she was Christian.… >> Read More