The 5 Love Languages

The 5 Love Languages

This month I read The 5 Love Languages by marriage counselor Gary Chapman, and it opened my eyes to a whole new way of expressing love in the relationships in my life. The book claims that there are 5 ways in which men and women feel loved: 1.Through receiving words of affirmation (i.e. Wife tells […]

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A New You for the New Year (11-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

A New You for the New Year (11-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

This month every Jew became a new creation, here’s how to access the new light of 5778.

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One Reason I’m Relieved I Lost by Hillary Clinton

One Reason I’m Relieved I Lost by Hillary Clinton

[Shortly after losing November’s election, I attended my 2-year-old granddaughter] Charlotte’s dance recital. It’s enchanting to watch a bunch of squirming, giggling 2-year-olds trying to dance in unison. Some are intensely focused (that would be my granddaughter), some are trying to talk to their parents in the audience, and one girl just sat down and […]

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Rebbetzin Kanyevsky’s Shabbat Candles

Rebbetzin Kanyevsky’s Shabbat Candles

I just read this beautiful story in the newly-released, super-inspirational Eishes Chayil Candle Lighting Treasury by Rabbi Dov Weller (Artscroll) (he also wrote the Eishes Chayil Hagaddah which I LOVED, and plan to use again at this year’s seder): “At one point the Kanievsky home was being repainted and the area where the Rebbetzin’s Shabbos […]

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My Yearly Direction (12-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

My Yearly Direction (12-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

My central goal for 5778.

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What My Almost-5-Year-Old Knows About Hashem:)

What My Almost-5-Year-Old Knows About Hashem:)

In preparation for Yom Kippur, my almost-5-year-old Yaakov has been hearing a lot in kindergarten about Hashem, and what it means that Hashem is all-powerful. I guess that’s why today at the playground, Yaakov informed me: “Eema, did you know that Hashem can do WHATEVER HE WANTS? “He could turn a fence into a person! […]

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Make the Call (5-Minute Rabbi Yoel Gold, Yom Kippur Video)

Make the Call (5-Minute Rabbi Yoel Gold, Yom Kippur Video)

As always, this video by Rabbi Yoel Gold is super inspiring. Don’t miss the surprise ending…Gemar Chatima Tova!

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My Kreplach Crime

My Kreplach Crime

This morning, Jerusalem’s largest supermarket was swarming with at least 500 costumers. I don’t have a car and they don’t do deliveries, so I only brave the crowds there twice a year to pick up frozen kreplach* before Yom Kippur and Purim. In Israeli supermarkets, customers need to insert a 5 NIS coin when they […]

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The Ben Ish Chai: 5778 Will Be an Amazing Year

The Ben Ish Chai: 5778 Will Be an Amazing Year

Unprecedented flooding in Houston. A catastrophic tropical storm in Florida. Threats back and forth with a nuclear North Korea. With the news looking like it does this month, I assume I’m not the only person concerned about what this new Jewish year–5778–has in store for the world. So I was relieved to hear promising news […]

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My Yom Kippur X-Ray

My Yom Kippur X-Ray

This morning I was thinking of walking to the Kotel to engage in some pre-Yom Kippur deep thinking and praying. But then it occurred to me that on the way to the Kotel, I should stop off to do that that chest X-ray my doctor recommended to figure out why I’ve been coughing for so […]

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