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What’s a Good B’Nai Mitzvah Gift? And What If the Kid Doesn’t Care?

What’s a Good B’Nai Mitzvah Gift?  And What If the Kid Doesn’t Care?
By February 7, 2008

Welcome to Mommyblogging Dearest, your guide to Jewish parenting online — hipster and otherwise. What thirteen-year-olds want: Eternal popularity, to be left alone, and the Nintendo Wii. What you should get them for their B’Nai Mitzvot, however, is anybody’s guess. … Read More

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I’m Hot, My Wife’s Not

I’m Hot, My Wife’s Not
By April 26, 2007

It might come as no surprise that I spent the better part of my twenties trying, with limited success, to get laid. Sure, there were flashes of passion, excitement, the humming thrill in my private places; a drunken kiss in … Read More

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A Jewish Girl’s Guide to Genetic Testing (Part Four)

A Jewish Girl’s Guide to Genetic Testing (Part Four)
By February 26, 2007

[This is the fourth in a four-part series published on Fridays.] In the six weeks I spent waiting to hear whether I tested positive for the cancer gene, I refused to think about the results. Perhaps I was just as … Read More

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A Jewish Girl’s Guide to Genetic Testing (Part Three)

A Jewish Girl’s Guide to Genetic Testing (Part Three)
By February 22, 2007

[This is the third in a four-part series published on Fridays.] My mother and I made a deal. I would get tested for the breast cancer gene, and in exchange, she would go to therapy for at least six months. … Read More

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A Jewish Girl’s Guide to Genetic Testing (Part Two)

A Jewish Girl’s Guide to Genetic Testing (Part Two)
By February 15, 2007

[This is the second in a four-part series published on Fridays.] I visited my mom in the hospital only once after she had her hysterectomy. I was 12, and the only thing I remember is being jealous that she could … Read More

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A Jewish Girl’s Guide to Genetic Testing (Part One)

A Jewish Girl’s Guide to Genetic Testing (Part One)
By February 8, 2007

[This is the first in a four-part series published on Fridays.] Later this month, my mother is going to have her breasts removed—not because she has cancer, but because she’s quite sure she’ll get it. It’s not the first time … Read More

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Rock Out With Your Latke Out

Rock Out With Your Latke Out
By December 15, 2006

When I was growing up, Chanukah seemed like a wan, meaningless holiday, albeit a personally lucrative one. My celebratory memories mostly involve the receipt of Atari 2600 cartridges. Some vestiges of old-neighborhood tradition lingered: Homemade latkes, a bag of gelt, … Read More

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Reefer Dadness

Reefer Dadness
By December 8, 2006

When my son was 18 months old, my best friend from high school came through town on his way to California. He’s a respected physician and my most trusted medical counselor. We went back to my office and looked over … Read More

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