The Jewish mother's greatest act of sacrifice, perhaps, is to be the gift that keeps on giving: first to generations of male writers like Roth, Mel Brooks, and Woody Allen, and then to female ones like Wendy Wasserstein and Sarah Silverman. Click here for a slideshow based on You Never Call! You Never Write! A History of the Jewish Mother, a new book by historian Joyce Antler.
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