Mother's Day

Embarrassed and Embarrassing Mothers

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In a video clip posted on the new website for MAKERS: Women Who Make America, writer Judy Blume remembers embarrassing her mother when she discussed female masturbation on Dr. Ruth’s talk show. “My mother was horrified,” Blume recalls many years later.

My mother, the storyteller

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Emily Kadar with her mother, Miriam Kadar, and sister Dorothy

Judaism is rooted in our people’s ability to tell a good story.

My two moms: Jewesses with a different kind of attitude

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Melissa Scholten-Gutierrez dancing with her emma
Melissa Scholten-Gutierrez hugging her mommie

I am a lucky girl. I have two women who I call mom. Well, one I call mommie and the other emma (Hebrew for mother), but that’s just semantics.

Toward an inclusive celebration of Jewish motherhood

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What does it mean to be a Jewish mother?

Sara Bock: A Jewish mother with attitude

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Batsheva (Shevi) Salberg with Sara Bock
Sara Bock with mother and sister

My mom is not famous, like her sister, Lea Nikel, who is included in JWA's online encyclopedia of Jewish women.

Rereading Eishet Chayil for Mother's Day with Sinai Live's "More Precious Than Pearls"

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More Precious Than Pearls: A Prayer for the Women of Valor in Our Lives

Mother's Day always makes me wonder: How do we convey the love, respect and gratitude we feel for the women in our lives – and for the fortitude and accomplishments of women everywhere?

Jewish feminism, then and now

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Yesterday I celebrated Mother's Day in an unusual way.

Mother's Day reflection, with thanks to Henrietta Szold

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Frankly, I'm too burnt out by a day spent with my children to offer much in the way of my own reflections on Mother's Day. So instead I will share the words of Henrietta Szold to fellow Zionist activist Jessie Sampter on August 23, 1917...

Celebrate Your Jewish Mother!

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Often, what people celebrate on Mother's Day is the unpaid and under-valued labor of women as nurturers. Here at the Jewish Women's Archive, we celebrate this labor every day of the year along with the myriad ways mothers, and women at large, have touched our lives and transformed our world.

The New Jewish Mother?

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Last Sunday, I called my mother to wish her a happy Mother’s Day, hoping that she would be doing something more enjoyable than grading papers or power-washing the patio. With my mother still on my mind, I picked up a copy of You Never Call! You Never Write! A History of the Jewish Mother, by Joyce Antler. In this new book, which has gotten rave reviews, Antler explores the colorful history of the Jewish mother in American life.

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