America is a Jewish melting pot these days — and the Pew survey ain’t the half of it. One bat mitzvah girl puts chilis in her matzo balls and wears a sari to the party.
Three cheers for Miss America as it showcases our nation’s diversity. But why does the pageant have a Christian emphasis — and why is it held during the Jewish High Holidays?
When it comes to extreme parenting, it takes a lot to surprise me. I’ve spent a decade studying child beauty pageants and just published a book, Playing to Win: Raising Children in a Competitive Culture, about 95 families with elementary school-age children who compete in chess, dance, and soccer. But while researching Playing to Win I was struck by something I had never heard of before: private Hebrew tutoring.