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The “Tiger mother” vs. the Jewish mother: The dangers of stereotypes

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

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.

At the outset, the …

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Frusturated Howl of the Jewish Mother

Frusturated Howl of the Jewish Mother

… rawr-ing in the last few weeks about Amy Chua’s shocking mothering memoir, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother!

The explosion began with Chua’s piece in the Washington Post called “Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior,” where she proudly announced her strict parenting regimen of three-hour violin and piano practice sessions, shame-inducing insults and a no-sleepovers-or-anything-fun-EVER policy for her two daughters. Chua insists that the kind of cruel discipline present in first and …

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Eating Jewish: Chinese Food and Christmas

… suggesting what to make for holiday (read, Christmas) meals. On the other hand, a read through Jewish newspapers, magazines and blogs leads one to find articles discussing the relationship between Jews and Chinese food that has long defined Christmas for many in the community.

The Jew and the Carrot have a short video about the history of this relationship, while an article in Tablet entitled “Jewish Christmas” discusses the modernization of this tradition happening at the Mile …

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You Never Call! You Never Write!: A History of the Jewish Mother

You Never Call! You Never Write!: A History of the Jewish Mother

… illuminating and often amusing history of one of the best-known figures in popular culture–the Jewish Mother. Whether drawn as self-sacrificing or manipulative, in countless films, novels, radio and television programs, stand-up comedy, and psychological and historical studies, she appears as a colossal figure, intensely involved in the lives of her children. Antler traces the odyssey of this compelling personality through decades of American culture. She reminds us of a time when Jewish

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The Portable Jewish Mother: Guilt, Food, And … When Are You Giving Me Grandchildren

The Portable Jewish Mother: Guilt, Food, And ... When Are You Giving Me Grandchildren

… complaints about your being single? Well then, here you go! All the kvetch-ing and moaning only a Jewish mother could provide.

Laurie Rozakis brings you the good, the bad, and the guilt with The Portable Jewish Mother. Serving up a healthy, heaping portion of Mom’s love and wisdom, all without the gefilte fish aftertaste. Complete with quizzes and recipes, myths and misconceptions, this book answers any and all questions you could ever have about Jewish mothers.

Even if your mom is a …

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Mother Lode Jewish Community in Angels Camp, California

Name:

Mother Lode Jewish Community

Address1:

P.O. Box 1142

Address2:

City:

Angels Camp

Location:

California

Zipcode:

94222

Type:

Reform

Tel:

209-533-1650

Fax:

209-881-0336

Services:

Fri Evening Services

Website:

http://www.MotherlodeJC.org/

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When in China, don’t forget to enroll for Jewish class

… University. At the time, China was in the process of formalizing relations with Israel, and the Chinese Education Ministry and Israel’s Foreign Ministry selected his university as the site of China’s first Hebrew course taught by visiting Israeli teachers. When the class fell short of its eight-student enrollment target, Chen was persuaded to sign up to boost its numbers.

Little did Chen know at the time that he was embarking on a career in what would soon be a burgeoning field …

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“License to Kvell,” New Blog from Author Joel Samberg, Stirs Up a Little Wit, Sarcasm & Introspection

“License to Kvell,” New Blog from Author Joel Samberg, Stirs Up a Little Wit, Sarcasm & Introspection

… One,” is the writer behind “License to Kvell,” a one-month-old humor/commentary blog with a Jewish twist. The blog, which appears most Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at http://LicenseToKvell.blogspot.com, has been called ‘a kosher breath of fresh air’ in the pantheon of Jewish-oriented journalism. It has also been called an occasional ‘non-kosher breath of satire’ because of its occasional irreverence.

In “License to Kvell,” Samberg covers a wide variety of topics three …

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A Jewish Miss America—What Are the Chances?

A Jewish Miss America—What Are the Chances?

Growing up with a feminist mother who also happened to own a modeling agency, I am no stranger to the paradox of the Miss America pageant. Yes, for 90 years it’s been about pretty girls with stupendous orthodontia parading around in nude pantyhose and bathing suits and high heels. But it’s also about talent, presence and community service and scholarship—the winner gets her post-graduate college education fully …

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Is Robert Gibbs Jewish?

Is Robert Gibbs Jewish?

… with their six-year-old son. Gibbs’ parents now live in Apex, North Carolina, where his mother Nancy is acquisitions director for the libraries at Duke University.

Read More: @ tzvee.blogspot.com

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New Website to Help Jewish Mourners Sit Shiva

New Website to Help Jewish Mourners Sit Shiva

ShivaConnect.com is a complimentary service for Jewish mourners and those wishing to express their condolences at a time of loss.

After a year of intricate web design and programming, a mourner or caring friend can now create a Shiva Registry. It includes memorial service/funeral and shiva details (with interactive directions), mourners’ contact information, food notes, synagogue affiliations, and family charitable requests.  A …

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Thrilling Hebrew Tales! On Jewish Vampires, Golems, Tzaddiks, and HebrewPunk

Thrilling Hebrew Tales! On Jewish Vampires, Golems, Tzaddiks, and HebrewPunk

… new novel An Occupation of Angels is available this week. He will be blogging all week for the Jewish Book Council and My Jewish Learning’s Author Blog.

I’ve got a feeling that, in years from now, with many novels, novellas, and collections all out (I’ll have 3 novels out just next year, if it’s an indication), when oil becomes scarce and there’ll be a Chinese colony on the moon, I’ll still be that Hebrew Punk guy.

Read More: @ myjewishlearning.com

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Jewish Marriages

… be called Woman, for out of Man this one was taken.’ Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his wife, and they become one flesh.(Genesis 2:18-24)

They say that “I am” is reportedly the shortest sentence in the English language, could it be that “I do” is the longest sentence? Some say that the day you get married is the day you commit suicide, But whatever the truth and the answer to that questions is, man and woman are destined to be together since the …

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A Lifetime Companion to the Laws of Jewish Family Life

A Lifetime Companion to the Laws of Jewish Family Life

… Urim Publications

Foreword by Rabbi Yehuda Henkin

A Lifetime Companion to the Laws of Jewish Family Life was written to help married — or about to be married — couples of all ages learn the halachot of taharat hamishpachah, the laws of Jewish marital life. In addition, particular emphasis was placed on achieving an understanding of the interplay between Jewish law and women’s health issues throughout the life cycle.

Deena R. Zimmerman MD MPH IBCLC is a physician with …

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The Modern Jewish Girl’s Guide to Guilt

Ruth Andrew Ellenson

Publisher: Plume

Twenty-eight of today’s top Jewish women writers tell the truth about all the things their rabbis warned them never to discuss in public in this hilarious and provocative collection.

Includes original essays on:

• Finding (and Divorcing) the Perfect Jewish Man

• Not Calling Your Mother

• Marrying a German

• Failing to Supply Enough Grandchildren

• Learning to RSVP No

• And many other guilty pleasures.. …

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Moadim Lesimcha: Explorations into the Jewish Holidays

Moadim Lesimcha: Explorations into the Jewish Holidays

… by vandals – the husband and children are trembling in fear in some corner and eating while the mother glares at them like a drill sergeant. Is this preparation for Pesach?! Is this educating children?! No, it is a reign of terror with the mother as Pharaoh presiding.

In Moadim LeSimcha, Rabbi Shlomo Aviner fuses spiritual, scholarly and practical perspectives, and sheds light on issues central to our religious consciousness and being. As Rabbi Aviner delves into the reasons for, and the …

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The Essential Scoop on Raising Modern Jewish

The Essential Scoop on Raising Modern Jewish

… And how do you deal with Santa envy–let alone the entire month of December?

As any modern Jewish parent knows, balancing family traditions and the realities of contemporary culture can be incredibly challenging.

Answering questions both old and new, Jewish and secular, internationally syndicated parenting columnist and award-winning Jewish educator and mother of four, Sharon Duke Estroff illuminates the ways that Jewish tradition can be used to form a lasting, emotional safety net …

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One Baby Step at a Time: Seven Secrets of Jewish Motherhood

One Baby Step at a Time: Seven Secrets of Jewish Motherhood

… that will uplift, validate, and provide practical suggestions to improve the life of every Jewish mother. In this sequel to her critically-acclaimed book Expecting Miracles, author Chana (Jenny) Weisberg describes the seven ancient Jewish secrets that have enabled Jewish women throughout the millennia to infuse their mothering lives with more happiness, fulfillment, and spirituality.

About the Author:

Chana (Jenny) Weisberg is the author of Expecting Miracles: Finding Meaning and …

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Cooking Jewish: 532 Great Recipes from the Rabinowitz Family

Cooking Jewish: 532 Great Recipes from the Rabinowitz Family

… traditional matzoh balls and Judy’s contemporary version with shiitake mushrooms. Cooking Jewish gathers recipes from five generations of a food-obsessed family into a celebratory saga of cousins and kasha, Passover feasts � the holiday has its own chapter � and crossover dishes. And for all cooks who love to get together for coffee and a little something, dozens and dozens of desserts: pies, cakes, cookies, bars, and a multitude of cheesecakes; Rugelach and Hamantaschen, …

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1,000 Jewish Recipes

Faye Levy

Publisher: IDG Books Worldwide

A celebration of Jewish kosher cooking and tradition, this expert cookbook offers all the recipes and information any cook needs to celebrate Passover, Rosh Hashanah, and many other Jewish holidays.

Excerpted from 1,000 Jewish Recipes by Faye Levy. Copyright � 2000. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved

Recipes, p.88 Smoked Whitefish Spread Makes about 6 servings

In many homes smoked fish is a …

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The Jewish Woman Next Door: Repairing the World One Step at a Time

The Jewish Woman Next Door: Repairing the World One Step at a Time

Debby Flancbaum

Publisher: Urim Publications

The Jewish Woman Next Door: Repairing the World One Step at a Time is a collection of absorbing essays about contemporary Jewish women – some known throughout the world, others known only in their own communities – who engage in extraordinary acts of kindness.

Although the women featured in this book come from all walks of Jewish life – religious, secular and everything in …

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A Spiritual Life : A Jewish Feminist Journey

A Spiritual Life : A Jewish Feminist Journey

Merle Feld

Publisher: SUNY

Explores the complex facets of a Jewish woman’s spiritual coming-of-age, capturing the emotional and spiritual reality of contemporary Jews as well as religious seekers of all types.

A unique memoir that interweaves poetry, narrative, meditation, and social history, A Spiritual Life explores the complex facets of a Jewish woman’s spiritual coming-of-age, capturing the emotional and spiritual reality of contemporary Jews as …

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Black, White, and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self

Black, White, and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self

Rebecca Walker

Publisher: Riverhead Books

Black, White, and Jewish is the story of a child’s unique struggle for identity and home when nothing in her world told her who she was or where she belonged. Poetic reflections on memory, time, and identity punctuate this gritty exploration of race and sexuality. Rebecca Walker has taken up the lineage of her mother, Alice, whose last name she chose to carry, and has written a lucid and inventive memoir that …

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Rachel Calof’s Story: Jewish Homesteader on the Northern Plains

… at the turn of the last century. Born in the Ukraine, Rachel was orphaned at age four, when her mother died. She and her siblings were raised by a stepmother who starved and beat them. Later, she worked as a servant for wealthy relatives. At the age of eighteen, Rachel made a daring and desperate choice to escape a life of poverty and helplessness–she agreed to marry a stranger, Abraham Calof, a Russian Jew living in America.

Unlike most Russian Jewish immigrants who settled in large …

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Great Jewish Men

Elinor Slater

The Jewish contribution to civilization has been remarkable. In Great Jewish Men Elinor Slater and Robert Slater pay tribute to Jews who have achieved prominence worldwide by virtue of the excellence of the works they have produced, the discoveries they have made, and the countless ways in which they have contributed toward improving the lot of humanity.

As in the Slaters’ acclaimed Great Jewish

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Wedding Song: Memoirs of an Iranian Jewish Woman

Wedding Song: Memoirs of an Iranian Jewish Woman

… up in the shadow of religious fundamentalism.

Farideh Goldin was born to her fifteen-year-old mother in 1953 and into a Jewish community living in an increasingly hostile Islamic state—prerevolutionary Iran. This memoir is Goldin’s passionate and painful account of her childhood in a poor Jewish household and her emigration to the United States in 1975.

As she recalls trips to the market and the mikvah, and as she evokes ritual celebrations like weddings, Goldin chronicles …

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Being Jewish: The Spiritual and Cultural Practice of Judaism Today

… what is Judaism today? And what does it mean — culturally, spiritually, and ritually — to be Jewish in the twenty-first century?

In Being Jewish, Ari L. Goldman offers eloquent, thoughtful answers to these questions through an absorbing exploration of modern Judaism. A bestselling author and widely respected chronicler of Jewish life, Goldman vividly contrasts the historical meaning of Judaism’s heritage with the astonishing and multiform character of the religion today. The result …

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Is Paul Volcker Jewish?

Is Paul Volcker Jewish?

Forbes reports that Paul Volcker is retiring from public life, “Gone Fishing: Paul Volcker Retires From Public Life, Heads For the River,” saying, “Later this week Paul Volcker, the man who helped guide the U.S. through two of its most serious recent economic crises, will step down as the chairman of the President’s Economic Advisory Board.”

We do not think that former Federal …

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Comedy worlds collide as Facebook founder meets Jewish alter egos

Comedy worlds collide as Facebook founder meets Jewish alter egos

Life, film, comedy – and Jews – came hilariously, if not awkwardly, together on Saturday night as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg came face to face with both the Hollywood actor who recently portrayed him on the big screen as well as a comedian who regularly lampoons him on the silver one.

Making what could count as his comedy debut, the Facebook chief joined the opening …

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Huckabee: Israelis should be able to live anywhere in Jewish state

… Huckabee said Monday during a visit to the Mount of Olives for a cornerstone-laying ceremony in a Jewish east Jerusalem neighborhood.

“It is inconceivable in many ways that we would have to even argue and debate whether or not Israelis could live in Israel, not just in parts of Israel but anywhere in Israel they wished to live,” said Huckabee, who is expected to run against US President Barack Obama in the 2012 elections on behalf of the Republican Party.

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