Published on April 25th, 2016 | by Jessica Carew Kraft


MOTHERWHELMED Takes on the Passover Paradox

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Emotional labor from mothers is taken for granted, especially around family occasions when mothers are typically expected to do the majority of cleaning, cooking, preparing for guests and watching children while other family members socialize and enjoy time off. It’s time to reject this expectation, just like women have strategically rejected demands throughout history. Passover reminds us to seek our own liberation, whatever that may be.

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About the Author


Jessica Carew Kraft is a writer, artist, and editorial director at a digital communications firm. Her reporting on health, culture, and education has been published in The New York TimesThe AtlanticForbes, KQED, Christian Science MonitorYOGA MagazineARTNews and other publications. She designs Jewish wedding documents, paints murals, and sews quite shabbily. Her upcoming graphic novel about the art, science, and mysteries of motherhood is also called Motherwhelmed. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and two daughters. See more at

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