Time to Parent

Time to Parent

I just got back yesterday from my summer vacation in North America–so now I’m back JewishMOMing (online and in real life too). The transition from 2 weeks of dreamy relaxation interrupted only by schmoozing and eating to my regular mothering responsibilities has been somewhat sweet and somewhat jarring. A mother’s responsibilities, I’m reminded, are at […]

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JewishMOM.com on Summer Vacation Until July 16

JewishMOM.com on Summer Vacation Until July 16

Shalom JewishMOM, I’m traveling to visit family for 2 weeks, so will be taking a break from my daily JewishMOM.com posting until I get back. Enjoy!

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The Yahrzeit of Hallel Yaffa Ariel HY”D and Me

The Yahrzeit of Hallel Yaffa Ariel HY”D and Me

Today was the yahrzeit of 13-year-old Hallel Yaffa Ariel, who was brutally murdered while asleep in her bed 3 years ago by a Palestinian terrorist. I didn’t know that today was the yahrzeit until I looked at the news. But I should have… Something bizarre, otherworldly has been going on all week. And I didn’t […]

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The Mother Who Doesn’t Nurse Her Baby

The Mother Who Doesn’t Nurse Her Baby

Yesterday I attended a special end-of-year activity at my daughter’s school, where I sat next to another mother I’m friendly with. “Mazal tov!” I told her, “I heard you just had a baby!” “Thank you! Yes! She just turned a month old.” “Thank G-d, how wonderful! How did you manage to come without her? You […]

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The Chabadnik at the LGBTQ Pride Parade

The Chabadnik at the LGBTQ Pride Parade

Last night, Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, the Chief Rabbi of Tsfat, honored us neighborhood mothers with a special inspirational class. Here’s a taste of what he said: Once a man called me and said, “I am a Chabadnik, and I regularly set up a table in Tel Aviv for passersby to have the opportunity to perform […]

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That Summer I Became Frum

That Summer I Became Frum

Last night was the 8th-grade graduation of my fourth daughter, Moriah, which took place in the Neve Yerushalayim auditorium. I was feeling really emotional. Moriah is my 4th daughter to have attended that school, and my last. When we moved to our new neighborhood, I decided it would make more sense to send my 5th […]

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The Father I Saw Get Hit by a Car (4-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

The Father I Saw Get Hit by a Car (4-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Why did Hashem want me to see that car accident? This past Thursday, at 7:50 in the morning, I was walking Yoni to gan when suddenly I heard a crash and then yelling. Then I saw a young man lying in the middle of the street, in front of a car. I walked over to […]

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The Terror Orphans’ Matchmaker

The Terror Orphans’ Matchmaker

I wrote earlier this week about the moving wedding of two orphans of terror this past Sunday. And today I received an Email with an amazing footnote about how this match came to be. One Family founder Chantal Belzberg wrote to tell me that, in fact, the couple met over 15 years ago through One […]

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The Lost Boy at the Amusement Park

The Lost Boy at the Amusement Park

Yesterday, on the mothers-sons trip to the mini-amusement park, I was talking with three other mothers beside the bouncy castle while our 4-year-old sons jumped and played inside. When it was time for us to get going for the group’s pre-bus popsicle, one of the little boys ran up to me with a face full […]

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The 35-Year-Old Bride Became a Mother of 5

The 35-Year-Old Bride Became a Mother of 5

This morning I traveled with my four-year-old Yoni on an end-of-year mothers-sons trip to an amusement park near Jerusalem. While I’ve been kicking and screaming for weeks about how I didn’t want to give up a day to do this, in the end (after I discovered that none of my older daughters would be available […]

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