My husband has a special name for me in the run up to Pesach. “The rebbetzin has arrived,” he says, as I draw up a plan of action involving intensive hoovering, scouring and scrubbing and tut furiously when he crunches toast all over the kitchen. For, in our household, our relaxed approach to Judaism (lots of tradition and warmth, not so much scrutinising of labels) changes completely as Pesach approaches.
What’s it going to be this year? A pirate, astronaut or perhaps a member of the IDF? Queen Esther or a Disney princess? Are you going to Primark for an animal-themed onesie, or getting out the sewing machine and whipping up a three-dimensional hamantaschen with embroidered rainbow sprinkles? Yes, Purim is nearly upon us, and this year it coincides with World Book Day, when schools require parents to create fancy dress costumes for their kids.
Parental praise was not always positive for Terri Apter as she was growing up, the child of Jewish professionals in Chicago. “Both of my parents felt the duty of the child was to provide naches for them, a pride in things they could share.”These expectations were hard to live with, and Apter left for Edinburgh University as soon as she could, later moving to Cambridge for postgraduate study and a career as a writer and psychologist.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".