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Interview with Julie Geller: Mom, Singer, and Songwriter

Editor’s Note: Altcatholicah is committed to interfaith dialogue and fostering fruitful conversation about faith and gender. Here, Melissa Langsam Braunstein interviews a Jewish singer and songwriter about the challenges of balancing career and motherhood as well as about the role her faith plays in influencing her music. Julie Geller is living her musical dream. The … Continue reading

Julie Geller’s Thoughtful, Melodic Life: An Interview

Denver’s Julie Geller lives a thoughtful and melodic life. The singer-songwriter not only writes and sings her own music in English and Hebrew, but also teaches, in addition to raising three kids with her husband. She recently agreed to speak with Acculturated about her music and being an artist: What inspired you to sing professionally? In … Continue reading

Festival of Freedom

Why is this Passover different from all other Passovers? For me, the story of the Jews’ journey out of Egypt — out of bondage — feels personally resonant, after a year in which my extended family has encountered countless emotional and physical hardships. Most scarring for me was the miscarriage I suffered on September 11, … Continue reading

Who Should Feminists Really Hate: Kirsten Dunst or Lady Gaga?

Feminists are furious with actress Kirsten Dunst. She is being trashed online as “an insufferable person”, “kind of dumb”, and other harsh, expletive-laden phrases unfit for print. Her sin? During a recent interview with Harper’s Bazaar UK, Dunst dared to speak well of femininity, including the traditional role of a nurturing mother: “’I feel like … Continue reading

Who Needs That Seat More, You or the Preggo?

A woman waddles toward you in the Metro station. Her navy blue dress embraces a ballooning belly. It strikes you, as you stare, that she’s pregnant. She keeps approaching, but you stay seated; it’s been a long day, you think, as you wait for the day’s last train. It’s not until she’s standing right before … Continue reading

Our Kid-Hostile World

The post-Christian West is a scary place. And I say this as a practicing Jew. The abandonment of Judeo-Christian values in many quarters has left a vacuum. That has the potential to damage all of us morally, but it primarily endangers the most vulnerable among us, namely children. Endless articles proclaim that childhood is now … Continue reading

On TV, Is Nasty More Compelling Than Nice?

Is nastiness more dramatically compelling than niceness? I wondered about that recently as I considered my TV watching habits. A number of my regular TV dramas have been on an extended winter break, and their absence has not made my heart grow fonder. In fact, I’ve realized that I can live quite comfortably without them. … Continue reading

Stephanie Seymour’s Incest Chic

Mary and Jesus were the “it” mother and son for Medieval and Renaissance artists. Mary Cassatt later democratized such portraits, painting less famous mothers interacting lovingly with their children. None of those artists would recognize the latest iteration of mother-son portraiture, though: supermodel Stephanie Seymour and two of her sons posing for the new issue … Continue reading

Tweens and Sex: Parenting is Not a Spectator Sport

Is there anything more horrifying than hearing 11-year old girls discuss oral sex? If you’re the parent of a young girl, as I am, that would be a definite no. In Newsweek’s cover story, “Sex and the Single Tween,” Abigail Jones (full disclosure: my old editor at The Jewish Daily Forward) catalogs countless examples of … Continue reading

Why Does P&G’s Olympic Ad Thank Only Moms?

Stay-at-home dad Andy Hinds takes issue with the new Procter and Gamble (P&G)  Olympic ad campaign, “Pick Them Back Up,” over at The New York Times’ Motherlode blog. Hinds notes a number of shortcomings, but he is most troubled by P&G’s thanking only mothers for picking up and dusting off their tumbling little ones, encouraging … Continue reading


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