If you and your tweens are not watching the Disney Channel show Andi Mack yet, you need to start ASAP. It deals with so many different kinds of identities, including Jewish identity, in a way not…usually seen on TV aimed at the pre-teen set. Andi Mack is the first Disney Channel show to focus on an Asian American family — and it’s broken new ground for the Disney Channel time and time again. The premise is that Andi (Peyton Elizabeth Lee) discovers that Bex (Lilian Bowden), the woman she thought… >> Read More
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is a lot of things. It's a super Jewish show; it's a show that unabashedly loves its heroine; it's critically acclaimed and consistently sweeps awards shows.
But one…thing Midge, the main character of Mrs. Maisel, isn't: A present mom. We've talked about Midge's parenting before — Kveller contributor (and Call Your Mother co-host!) Jordana Horn wrote about how Mrs. Maisel may be marvelous, but she's a terrible mom. This critique weaves throughout other reactions to the show; a Lilith essay headlined "Is Midge Maisel a Bad Mom?… >> Read More
I’ve finished watching both seasons of Amazon Prime’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and I’m feeling sad. I am going to miss the show’s main character, Midge. She captivated me from the opening…scene: standing in the middle of a reception hall, surrounded by the guests who had come to celebrate her wedding, she asked in her sassy, audacious style, “Who gives a toast at her own wedding? I mean who does that?!” Of course, we know the answer before she offers it. It’s Midge! She gives a… >> Read More
I was surprised at how enthralled I am with Shtisel, the Israeli series that hit Netflix in 2019 but is hardly new (the first season aired in Israel in 2013). The show explores the lives of the…ultra-Orthodox Shtisel family, who live in the Geula neighborhood in Jerusalem — generally, a place where I, as a secular Israeli human, would not really want to hang out. So why does the kugel, the watery soup, and the other Ashkenazi fare often eaten in the show suddenly look so mouthwateringly delicious? Why do the… >> Read More
My maternity clothing hadn’t been touched since I last took them off of my body nearly six years ago. They’ve been stuffed inside a large black garbage bag, with holes and stretches from being…thrown around from one closet to another, from one house to the next. Until two months ago, that is, when I finally said goodbye. With delicate care, I removed each item, refolded it, and placed it in a new bag. I knotted the red ties in a bow, and scheduled a donation pickup. It took… >> Read More