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Prime Ribs: All About Hair; More $#*! Your Moms Say

By Gabrielle Birkner

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The first Torah scroll written entirely by female scribes, six of them, has been completed — seven years after it was begun.


Danielle Berrin, over at The Jewish Journal’s “Hollywood Jew” blog, thinks Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and “The Social Network” writer Aaron Sorkin are hanging out with the wrong Jewish women.


Many women of childbearing age who are on medications that can cause birth defects, such as those used to treat cancer, high cholesterol and acne, don’t reliably take oral contraceptives.


Susan G. Komen for the Cure will hold is first-ever Race for the Cure in Israel on October 28 (See The Sisterhood’s recent posts on Breast Cancer Awareness Month here, here, and here.)


“The Emancipation of the Sassy Jewish Woman,” Sivan Hadari’s one-woman show about the Israeli-American actress’ Tunisian roots and wanderlust, will premiere in New York, off-Broadway on November 11.


Dominque Browning makes a case for long hair in middle age; KJ Dell’Antonia prefers “the shorn, gray undone look”; and Debra Dickerson celebrates “freedom from the tyranny of processing” ethnic hair.


Recently, The Sisterhood asked its readers to send us their mother’s (or stepmother’s, grandmother’s, or mother-in-law’s) favorite sayings. We published some of the early responses here, but responses have continued to pour in. Here are a few more:

• Bonnie Eizikovitz, of Teaneck, N.J., wrote: “My mother had a wonderful way of describing someone who was book smart but had no common sense. She’d say ‘Smart, smart, smart, not-so-smart.’”

• Sonia Pressman Fuentes, of Sarasota, Fla., submitted a section from her memoir, featuring her mother’s favorite saying: “Mother, with typical Jewish angst, would say to me, ‘Eat first–you don’t know what they’ll give you.’ She wanted me to have a complete dinner at home before going out. She knew that each course of the meal she prepared would be fresh, kosher, and geshmak — tasty. Who knew what one might get on the outside?”

• Kay Kaufman wrote, “When I told my mother I was bored she told me, ‘Go into your room, lie down on your bed, look up at the ceiling and think!’ Until today, that works perfectly in an often confused as well as a serene world in my life.”

• Ruth Stone Lasday 
of Pittsburgh, Pa. wrote: “When I was a little girl sex was not a touchable subject in my home. BUT, when I started dating, my most beautiful European mother who could neither read or write English and communicated only in Yiddish, sat me down and entrusted me with the ways of MEN!. But with that said, my mother had more common sense and smarts than many an American born, educated person and she got her point across like a bullet hitting its target.
 ‘Rivkili, you should remember: A man is like a glass. No matter how dirty he gets, he washes the glass and he is clean again. But a woman, once a woman is stained, she is stained for life.’ Yep, with that information I stood under the chupa (1951) a virgin.”

Send your mom’s favorite sayings to sisterhood@forward.com.


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