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Teen Latinas Considering Suicide

I can remember “wanting to die” when I was five years old. It was the only way I could think of escaping my situation. I was living with a mentally ill mother who was chronically abusive. Sure, we were also living in poverty, in a neighborhood too dangerous for me to play outside where I… Continue reading Teen Latinas Considering Suicide

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All about Foreskin

(Photo: Hannah Whitaker/New York Magazine) Just when I was thinking of canceling my New York magazine subscription, they decide to come out with an issue on circumcision: “For and Against Foreskin”. Look, I don’t have a baby boy. I don’t have baby boy parts either. So, this issue isn’t personal for me. It’s strictly religious.… Continue reading All about Foreskin

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Another Jewtina is born!

Actors Sarah Michelle (Gellar) Prinze (of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fame) and Freddie Prinze Jr. (She’s All That) just announced their little girl was born! Because Papi Prinze, who is fluent in Spanish, is half Latino (Puerto Rican) and half (Hungarian) Jewish and Ima Sarah Michelle is a Jewess, their daughter is a little Jewtina–Jewish… Continue reading Another Jewtina is born!

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Mayim Bialik talks Torah

Actress Mayim Bialik is everywhere in the Jewish world! How cool! Check out this recent interview in the Jewish press: “Blossoming into Torah” and “Mayim Bialik Has Some Advice for Forward Readers” Hat tip: Jew in the City

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It’s a boy!

Actors Idina Menzel and Taye Diggs are the new parents of a baby boy. And thus, another Jew of color is born. When’s the bris?

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Okay, apparently, I’ve been spending so much time in Los Angeles, I’ve forgotten how to navigate my way around Riverdale. I got lost trying to walk up from my place to Wave Hill, which was only open this particular Monday because it was Labor Day. This wouldn’t have been so embarrassing if I hadn’t been… Continue reading LABOR DAY PAINS: MAKE IT STOP. PLEASE MAKE IT STOP.

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The World According to Your Uterus

Here’s an update on “My Uterus is None of Your Business”. (See above photo: I knew I forgot to do something this summer!) While I was away the world in Riverdale shifted. And now, all the people I know now fall into these categories: Trying to get pregnant. Pregnant. Just popped. And honestly, that would… Continue reading The World According to Your Uterus

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Stand-up Comedy Routine #6

And that’s all folks. It was six stand-up comedy classes for under a $100 at Santa Monica College. The teacher, Kevin Garbee, was awesome. And he coped well with my weird brand of Jewish Dominican humor. Here’s the last routine. Coming out to my family was difficult. Especially since I wasn’t telling them I was… Continue reading Stand-up Comedy Routine #6

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Reflections on the Jewish Multiracial Network retreat

Mini Jews of color at play. Last year, I begged my husband to take me to the Jewish Multiracial Network retreat. I think he rolled his eyes, asked me how much it cost and then rolled his eyes again. In the end, we didn’t end up going and a friend told us it was for… Continue reading Reflections on the Jewish Multiracial Network retreat

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Further Reflections on Yesterday’s Post

My intention in posting “Thou Shalt Not Oppress the Ger” was to highlight a very ugly reality that one convert lives in because it is a reality that unfortunately, many converts live in. I have been lucky, so far, that it is not my reality. I have been spared this lot. Mostly, I get snide… Continue reading Further Reflections on Yesterday’s Post