This morning, as I awoke to news that Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu secured a fifth term, I scrolled through my phone as my Israeli friends and former colleagues pontificated, opined,…and hazarded guesses as to what yesterday’s elections will mean for the Jewish state. Many of my American friends — some who understand the nuances of parliamentary democracy, and some who don’t — re-lived, on social media, their trauma over the November 2016 American election. As for me, I feel wiped out. I’m sick of… >> Read More
In today's dose of adorable, breaking political news (bet you haven't heard that one before!), Sen. Kamala Harris' Jewish stepchildren have given her a very Yiddish nickname.
As CNN reported in…their profile of potential 2020 "first husbands" — fingers crossed!! — the children of the Democratic presidential candidate's Jewish husband, lawyer Douglas Emhoff, call Harris "Momala." Now, it's unclear if siblings Cole and Ella made the explicit connection between the endearing nickname and the Yiddish word mamaleh (which literally means "little mama," but is commonly used… >> Read More
Got a job interview ahead of you? A really important test? A high-stakes testimony in front of Congress against your former boss — who also happens to be the president of the United States —…about his alleged lies and criminal behavior? What you need, according to superstitious Jewish moms everywhere, is a red string bracelet. Such a bracelet was seen on Michael Cohen, Trump's former lawyer, while he answered grueling questions from the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. While this red string bracelet — which is literally a red… >> Read More
When I was a kid, I eagerly looked forward to Valentine’s Day. After all, it would obviously be the day my true classmate love — whomever that was, who clearly had been pining for me in absentia…— would finally step out of the shadows. Spoiler alert: That never happened (although one year I did receive a very nice stuffed animal anonymously placed in my car, which in retrospect is actually somewhat creepy). But the hope and anticipation of passion — would someone send me a red carnation, that apex of affection?— gave… >> Read More
If I had to describe Chelsea Clinton's Twitter persona in one word, it would be "mensch." (I know, it's a gendered word, but it totally fits.)
The former First Daughter and bestselling author of…She Persisted has a knack for responding directly to her Twitter trolls and throwing them off their guard with kindness. She even thanks her trolls and wishes them a nice day — in an endearing way that somehow feels more genuine than snarky. Clinton is a mother of two children with her husband, Marc Mezvinsky.… >> Read More