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January 26, 2015 3:36 pm

Girl Behind ‘CrazyJewishMom’ Instagram Account Says Postings Are Form of Therapy

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Kate Siegel publicizes her Jewish mother's daily rants on the Instagram account @CrazyJewishmom. Photo: Screenshot.

A Jewish girl who created an Instagram account to share outrageous messages sent by her “neurotic Jewish mother” said the postings are part of her efforts to cope, BuzzFeed reported on Saturday.

Kate Siegel started @CrazyJewishMom because “Instagram is cheaper than therapy,” she said, according to the report.

The account’s postings are reportedly made up of actual texts, emails and other conversations between the mother and daughter. In the messages, Kate’s mom gives her advice on dating, dieting, beauty, and fashion. When angry, the matriarch even uses social media as a tool to get her daughter’s attention. In one message she threatens, “If you don’t call me I’m going to add your boyfriend on Facebook.”

Imposing her beauty advice, Kate’s mother says, “Go to salon asap and get highlights (makes hair look thicker) and extensions…Everyone wears them. Even Kim Kardashian and John Travolta. Body should be thin hair shd b thick.”

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Taking the initiative to jump-start her daughter’s love life, Kate’s mother once texted her, “I sat next to the nicest young man at Starbucks today. Yale. Lawyer. I showed him your Facebook picture and gave him your number.”

The mother also texts Kate’s boyfriend. In one such message, she urges: “Valentine’s Day is a Sat nite this year. Better make a reservation now. Don’t be a bad boyfriend. Shhhh. Don’t tell Kate I texted u.”

Kate admits her mother has been “crazy” for a long time.

“Oh, she’s been a lunatic since birth,” she told BuzzFeed. “Well, since my birth at least. An example: When I moved to New York… she moved too. Uprooted the whole family (dad, five dogs, and two cats), and shipped them from Los Angeles to the East Coast. You know, ‘in case of emergencies.'”

Kate said she fears she may adopt her mother’s habits one day and told BuzzFeed, “It keeps me up at night.” She added, “but I’ve pretty much resigned myself to the inevitability.” Her mother knows the text messages to her daughter are being publicized on social media, though Kate explained, “she’s terrible at the Internet, so I don’t think she fully understands how often and the scope.”

“That said, she LOVES it,” Kate added. “She thinks it’s all fantastic advice, stands by every word, and is happy that others are benefiting from her wisdom.”

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  • Gabby

    And I thought my mom was crazy. I feel for you. Thankfully my mother has somewhat calmed down in her progressing age. Jewish mothers..you have to love them.

    • OWConway

      Kate, your mother is gorgeous and wise. My parents are gone,but my cousin and l,lived the life that you are going through. Though not Jewish, black parents raised their kids the same way in the 60’s. The saving grace is my cousin graduated from Sophie B. Newcomb College (Tulane University). Don’t be a mensch, she has your best interests at heart.

      • LS

        OWConway, I don’t think you understand what a mensch is.

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