The book seemed the perfect way to cope with our post-election despair.
Facebook Inc’s No. 2 executive, Sheryl Sandberg, paid a Mother’s Day tribute to single moms, acknowledging she never fully understood the difficulty of raising children without a spouse or partner until her husband died last year.
Mother’s Day offers every excuse to abandon moderation for a morning and transform an already-decadent pastry into French toast.
The matriarch of the Gomez family made and sold chocolates in Colonial-era Manhattan. Her family’s favorite chocolate cake is just the thing for Mother’s Day.
Over rooftops and forests, rivers, domes
and the belfries of Vilna, the magic carpet
in my mind flies to a small maze
of buildings where the ghettos used to be.
Near the river flats, and that green bridge
Milosz writes about in a poem — the bridge
where my mother was almost arrested
for being Jewish. Near those cobblestones
where she stepped from street to sidewalk,
carefully slipping off her star jacket
to walk free into the forests of her girlhood
filled with mushrooms and blueberries,
and the magic of hiding to emerge transformed:
peasant princess with a golden cross at her throat,
an amulet of Catholic prayers, a spell and curse:
first to live, then live on with memories
of black forests and the frozen Neris River that runs
in incomplete silence through our Vilna. Every time
someone asks if I’m a Jew, I hold my breath.
Happy Mother’s Day! Obviously, you wrote your card weeks ago, but just in case you’re running late, get inspired by these Jewish celebrities kvelling over their moms.
“What does he do for a living?” “Did you eat?” “When are you going to give my grandchildren?” “Are you sure you want to eat that?”
Mayim Bialik’s mom thinks you’re jealous of her. The anecdote is in ‘The Jewish Daughter Diaries,’ a collection of essays released just in time for Mother’s Day.
On Mother’s Day, Laura Harari will create a flower arrangement with kale — a tribute to her mother, a passionate health advocate.
Frimet Goldberger’s mother is one of the strongest women she knows. The stoic Hasidic woman accepted her daughter even after she left the community.