Cuomo’s Claims about Hasidic Wedding Deserve Scrutiny

People want answers. They crave certainty amid chaos. But for a year filled with tremendous upheaval and so much newness, there have been notably few questions — and that’s a problem. In pre-pandemic days, New Yorkers knew that Governor Andrew Cuomo was an abrasive bully, intolerant of those who didn’t share his political beliefs. Yet Cuomo’s eagerness to … Continue reading

Gov. Andrew Cuomo plays a dangerous double game with New York Jews

Sometimes, you’re sure there’s a back story; you just don’t know what it is. For example, four Democratic legislators representing Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods in Brooklyn took the striking step of accusing Gov. Andrew Cuomo of a “duplicitous bait-and-switch.” A Jewish leader described feeling stabbed in the back by the governor. But now that the Orthodox Jewish daily Hamodia has shared a recording of … Continue reading

“Sex and the City” is Old School

Sex and the City: Not Aging Well Princesses: Long Island has little to recommend it as elevating entertainment goes. The dialogue isn’t particularly witty, the storylines aren’t ground-breaking, and the characters are Jewish caricatures (thanks, Bravo). However, amidst the muck, this new show has the potential to tell a surprisingly family-friendly story. While society at large … Continue reading

Home Alone on Mad Men

“It’s 10pm. Do you know where your children are?” When I was growing up in New York, Fox 5 used to pose that question every night at ten. If we were all watching TV together, my mother liked to respond, “Yes, they’re right here.” Similarly, I always like to know where my toddler is and … Continue reading

Flying Solo + Baby

Flying Solo With Baby: One Mom’s Travel Adventure I’ve always considered it a pain to travel. And yet, flying by myself exemplifies simplicity, when I consider how much more complicated it is to fly as a lone adult . . . with a baby in tow. Last winter, 8-month-old Lila and I decided to visit … Continue reading

A Cake-centric Celebration

In Search of the Perfect Kosher Birthday Cake Do you remember your first birthday? I don’t. My parents do have photographic evidence that I attended, and they’ve repeatedly reminisced about the great cake I had. It was chocolate and featured a marzipan mouse, in honor of my baby nickname, Melissa Mouse. In the intervening years, … Continue reading

Theory of Relativity (or Red Fish, Pink Fish)

Albert Einstein may have authored the Theory of Relativity, but this German Jew has lived it. I have concluded that everything is relative. While I have changed and grown over the years, much about me has remained constant. I tend to be fairly steadfast in my beliefs. When my views change, the process is gradual. … Continue reading