Ex-adult film star Jenna Jameson has never been shy about, um, exposing herself on the Internet — whether it's her nude body, her struggle with sobriety, her thoughts on breastfeeding (very pro!)…and her love of kosher food. On Monday, Jameson — who is married to an Israeli businessman — shared a before and after photo on Instagram that addressed her struggle to lose weight after giving birth in April 2017 to her daughter, Batel Lu. (And, yes! That's a Hebrew name, meaning "daughter of God.") “Let’s talk… >> Read More
Anthony Bourdain, the famous celebrity chef and writer, died last week after a long struggle with mental illness. There was an outpouring of support by friends, peers, and those whose lives Bourdain…impacted. One particularly touching tribute was from Barney Greengrass, the iconic Jewish deli on the Upper West Side New York. Bourdain was a breakfast regular at the old-school eatery, so in his honor, an empty table — the same one Bourdain sat in a 2002 episode of his Food Network show, "A Cook's Tour" — was… >> Read More
Kate Spade, the fashion designer, was found dead at age 55 in her apartment Tuesday in an apparent suicide.
I am so sorry for her, for her family and all those who love her. She left behind a note…for her 13 year old daughter, Page Six reported, telling her that her mother’s death was not her fault. If that doesn’t make your heart go into painful knots, I don’t know what would. In the aftermath of a tragedy like this, so many idle tongues will wag. They’ll spread garbage like, “Kate Spade was… >> Read More
May is chugging along, which means school is winding down, spring is actually here, and Shavuot is just around the corner. But this cheerful, blossoming time of year also holds a more serious…significance: It’s Mental Health Awareness Month. As a literary fiction writer who focuses on mental health, this month is incredibly important to me: It’s a time in which we strive to broaden our understanding of mental illness and amplify the voices of those who struggle. One excellent way to do this is through writing and… >> Read More
While on the surface, it may seem like Gwyneth Paltrow has it all, but she's struggled too — specifically with postpartum depression. Which shouldn't be a surprise. Postpartum depression is…something many moms struggle with silently (about 11 percent of U.S. moms suffer from symptoms of postpartum depression). Paltrow recently opened up about her experience with PPD after the birth of her second child. The Jewish Oscar-winning actress talked to her own mother, fellow actress Blythe Danner, about the "dark place" she was in after the birth… >> Read More