Bethany Mandel
Bethany Mandel

Bethany Mandel is a stay-at-home mother of three children under four and a writer on politics and culture. She is a columnist for the Jewish Daily Forward, and a contributor at Acculturated. Previously she was a fifth grade teacher in rural Cambodia, an online fundraiser for the Heritage Foundation, and the social media manager (and sometimes blogger) at Commentary Magazine. She lives with her husband, Seth, in New Jersey. You can follow her on Twitter @BethanyShondark.

If Gilead Is Anywhere In The World, It’s Saudi Arabia, Not America

Gilead is a fictional place. But if it exists, it’s found in a country like Saudi Arabia, where women are trapped under sharia law and punished for wearing miniskirts.

Even Facebook Babywearing Groups Are Purging Members Who Object To Politics In Everything

Being a parent is exhausting enough. I don’t need the thought and speech police on top of it. Yet here they are, in my babywearing groups on Facebook.

CNN Threatens To Dox Redditor Who Created The Wrestlemania GIF Trump Tweeted

Play into President Trump’s war against CNN, even as a private citizen, and you may have an international news organization devote itself to destroying your life.

Did LuLaRoe Transform Its Explosive Growth Into A Collapse?

When the popularity of the well-made and comfortable mommy-gear exploded in early 2016, the company took on thousands of additional consultants and cheapened product quality.

Sen. Ben Sasse’s Struggle To Confront Bill Maher’s Racism Was Understandable But Disappointing

My grandmother used racist language constantly when I was a teenager. Watching Sen. Ben Sasse’s response to Bill Maher reminded me of my struggle to respond.

Leah Remini’s Bonus Episode Proves She’s On A Mission To Destroy Scientology

Leah Remini and Mike Rinder want this second (and previously unplanned) season of their A&E show to do something more than just give Scientology a black eye.

How To Get Started With The Instant Pot And Transform Your Cooking

After impulse-buying the machine to cook rice, I joined a Facebook group for Instant Pot users and soon learned I could do crazy stuff like make cheesecake and cook frozen chicken.

I Was Afraid I Would Give Birth In The Car. Then It Happened

Our last baby arrived in 90 minutes. This time, I went from sleeping in bed to giving birth in a car on the side of the road, all in about an hour.

Who Needs Alt-Right Conspiracy Theories About Jews When You Have Politico?

Politico has written an indictment of an entire sect of Judaism, getting basic facts wrong and making wild implications about a Jewish conspiracy in Russia tied to the Trump family.

How I Stopped Hating Saint Patrick’s Day

The most famous holiday on my mother’s side features green beer, public intoxication, forced affection from strangers, and a customary meal that smells unpleasant.

Why Does Cedric Richmond Get A Pass For Lewd Comments About Kellyanne Conway?

Democrat Cedric Richmond made an ugly joke onstage about a widely shared photo of Kellyanne Conway sitting on a couch in the Oval Office. Apparently nobody cares.

The Boy Scouts Should Have Watched The Circus Before Admitting Transgender Girls

This week the Boy Scouts finally bent completely to left-wing activists, announcing girls who identify as ‘transgender boys’ will be accepted among their troops.

Facebook Dead At 12, A Victim Of 2016

Since the end of the 2016 election, and especially since it resulted in the victory of Donald J. Trump as president, Facebook has become utterly intolerable.

Report Finds Government Recommendations Made Peanut Allergies Even Worse

The next time you’re making a sunflower seed butter sandwich for your kid, thank Uncle Sam for making our lives less healthy and more expensive.

Meryl Streep’s Selective Outrage Plays Into Donald Trump’s Hands

Once again, Hollywood illustrates why people ignored its collective demand to vote against Donald Trump.

Leah Remini Showcases Scientology’s Relationship Control Methods

Leah Remini illustrated how ‘disconnection’ keeps doubters involved in Scientology long after they would have preferred to depart, and just how devastating it can be for those affected.

Remini Series: Scientology’s Horrors Include Imprisonment And Forced Abortion

Leah Remini’s newest A&E episode on Scientology reveals some of the most horrific and shocking stories of ex-‘church’ members yet.

Leah Remini’s Series Could Be Scientology’s Church Abuse Scandal

What makes Scientology a cult instead of just an extreme religion? The two latest episodes explained the difference better than any of the previous episodes.

Leah Remini’s Latest Explains How Scientology Lures Members Despite Exorbitant Fees

While many on the outside of Scientology view it as a sci-fi cult, on Leah Remini’s latest episode Mary Kahn artfully explained how and why it is able to draw in adherents.

A Simple Pregnancy App Demonstrates The Humanity Of Abortable Human Babies

Sorry, abortion advocates. An unborn baby that can grasp, suck its thumb, hiccup, smile, and frown is more than a lump of tissue.