In case you didn’t know, Siggy is short for Sigalit which is the Hebrew word for “violet” and the Sig was born in Israel during the Six-Day War. Siggy also introduced her Jewish parents this episode of RHONJ; however despite her roots Siggy admits she hasn’t been the most devout Jew.
Taking to her Bravo Blog Siggy reveals why some of that tradition was lost and why she hopes to bring it back:
In this week’s episode I mentioned that after my divorce, I let a lot of my family’s traditions slide and put them on the backburner after meeting Michael. Although Michael is half-Jewish, we’ve really concentrated on his Italian heritage. Sadly, Michael lost both of his parents –- his mom to cancer when he was 16, and his hero, his father, to Lou Gehrig’s Disease nine years ago this month. I’ve worked with Michael to keep his family’s traditions going, especially the ones he holds dearest to his heart: Christmas, cooking and Sunday pasta dinner. Michael makes the BEST lasagna and takes pleasure in making 65 meatballs for seven people!
I’ve realized lately that I’ve been so busy making sure that Michael’s traditions were kept alive, I’ve let some of my family’s traditions slide. As everyone gets older, the time we all spend together is decreasing, and I figured there’s no better way to make the family closer again than by bringing back some of our family traditions. Kiddush is a great place to start! Putting the phones down for a couple hours was tough at first for all but so worth it.
Family traditions are always great to bring back, but some things are better left in the past and shouldn’t be brought up ever again. Do you know what I’m referring to? That’s right, the ever-present feud between Jacqueline and Teresa. I love them both dearly and want nothing more than for the two of them to get back to the friendship they once had. However, just like with all relationships, if you harp on the past, you’ll never be able to move forward.
Let it go!
I understand that when you are in a new relationship it’s easy to try and please the other person (especially when someone had gone through such tragic loss such as her husband.) I’ glad to see that she is working to bring her tradition back as it’s important to embrace who you are and have your children know their roots. Although some have said that Siggy’s family storyline needs some spice, I’ve enjoyed seeing a mom deal with family issues in a loving manner and with some humor.
What do you think of Siggy working to incorporate her Jewish heritage into her children’s lives? Thoughts on her admitting she lost part of herself when she got married?
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