Jewish Mothers

The Patriots to honor memory of their "Jewish mother," Myra Kraft, at the Super Bowl


Myra Kraft
New England Patriots logo

It's a tradition for players in the Super Bowl to wear a patch with the Roman numerals of the game's year on the left side of their chests (46, or XLVI, this year). On Sunday in I

The story of creation: Artist Miriam Karp on making her daughter's bat mitzvah tallit


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Isabella with tallit by Miriam Karp

Miriam Karp is an artist who has been creating hundreds of one-of-a-kind ketubot since 1976.

One Jewish mother's approach to vaccinating her sons for HPV


Two people I know have had run-ins with HPV, the Human Papilloma Virus. One was a man my age that got a mouth cancer which was viral in origin.

Our Bodies, Our Moms



Last Sunday on Postsecret, someone sent in a postcard (pictured right) about mothers, daughters, and body image. I think most can relate to the anonymous author of the Postsecret card.

Jewish mothers for marriage equality


The title on made me chuckle: "Jewish mothers lobby for right to nag all their kids about getting married." Yeah, that sounds about right!

Remembering Dr. Rosalyn S. Yalow, Nobel Prize winning scientist and mother


“A Jewish woman whose father-in-law is a rabbi, who keeps a kosher home, who invites her lab assistants to Passover seders, and worries about them catching colds is not the typical image of a Nobe

The battle hymn of the "bully mother"


Using "The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother," as a jumping off point, we can finally challenge some fond assumptions of educators and parents that have gotten us into trouble in the past 30 years.

The "Tiger mother" vs. the Jewish mother: The dangers of stereotypes


Tiger mother

Amy Chua’s article in The Wall Street Journal last week, “Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior,” has stirred up a firestorm of comment, with literally thousands of mothers and their friends weighing in on Chua’s harsh treatment of her daughters—an approach Chua defines as “Chinese” as opposed to a more permissive “Western” strategy. Inevitably, a comparison to the famed Jewish mother arises, and for good reason.

Are opinionated Jewish women hiding behind stereotypes?


Scratching, clawing, digging. Those words don't sound very friendly, do they? When it comes to getting beyond the surface of stereotypes, they're even worse than that. They're painful.

The profane (Jewish) mother of the Fulton Fish Market


Annie and Felton Davis

Who are you, really, Annie? How did you wind up here, at the fish market, receiving your boys, their taunts, the slaps of the East River winds? Where does all your money go?


Rising Voices


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