I was a dating diva before I got married and had my child (and started this blog), but in those days, I definitely qualified as a Hot Mamalah, according to the description offered by Lisa Alcalay Klug, a whirling dervish of a dark-haired diva herself who offers an irreverent, but very respectful take on the pleasures and pitfalls of being a Jewish gal, who loves to eat, shop (but never retail), and of course, love.
In her book, Hot Mamalah: The Ultimate Guide for Every Woman of the Tribe (hotmamalah.com)” (Andrews McMeel: $18.99) Lisa Alcalay KlugKlug who also wrote the bestseller Cool Jew (Not Just for Jews) provides more funny descriptions of Jewish identity and practices. Among them:
Minyan of Ways You Know You’re a Hot Mamalah
You know you’re a Hot Mamalah when:
1) Your neuroses have neuroses
2) You love to stay out late. And by “late” we mean tomorrow
3) You call everyone ‘Poodle”.(Hey, I just realized I must still be a Hot Mamalah because true story, I call my daughter poodle. Whew. Huge sigh of relief).
And there’s lots more…
As Lisa says: you know you’re a Hot Mamalah because you may not know what you want, but you really know what you don’t want (and I can so relate to that statement).
Lisa; is the kind of friend you want to have; you know the kind I’m talking about, the girlfriend you meet who takes you under her wing and sweeps you into a whole new social or cultural world. Powered by her enthusiasm all you can do is surrender…eat…and enjoy. Reading this book is entrée into Lisa’s world.
As Lisa says (and I agree with her wholeheartedly), “You know you’re a Hot Mamalah because you’re just getting started.”
Whether or not you are Jewish, what do you think makes you a Hot Mamalah? Discuss.