The Millionaire Sitting Behind Me

The Millionaire Sitting Behind Me

A neighbor recently invited me to join her at a charity Chinese auction. I really wanted to go with her, but there was one complication. This neighbor was planning to buy a $25 dollar ticket so, as a “Sponsor,” she would be entitled to sit in the front row and receive free 10 raffle tickets. […]

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Stress-Free Purim (9-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Stress-Free Purim (9-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Stay calm this Purim by remembering what you required to do, and what is actually voluntary.

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The Kibbutznik’s Son

The Kibbutznik’s Son

When my husband was 17, newly graduated from a public school in Canada, he traveled to Israel to volunteer at a Shomer HaTsair kibbutz in the Jezreel Valley. Each volunteer had a kibbutz family that adopted him, and Josh was adopted by the wonderful Herman family with whom Josh became close, especially with their 15-year-old […]

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My Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka Dance

My Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka Dance

This morning, in Devora’s dance journey workshop, we went on a short walk outside to contemplate nature. Each of us chose something outside, and for 10 minutes we meditated upon it and what it was teaching us. And I was drawn to this flower… As I looked at it, I was amazed by its perfection, […]

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Talking Back to My Anxiety

Talking Back to My Anxiety

I used to struggle a lot with anxiety. But over the last bunch of years, I haven’t. I changed a lot of things about the way I live (learn more here) and now B”H I’m actually quite a calm person. But occasionally the anxiety comes back. Like it did this morning. I woke up with […]

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The 5-Year-Old Cowherd

The 5-Year-Old Cowherd

We hosted Nishmat’s Ethiopian program for Friday-night dinner this week. After the meat and rice, we did a round of names, and one of the young women, who seemed unusually mature and poised for a 20-year-old, introduced herself as Tadla. Like all the students, she told us what her name means and a bit about […]

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A Simple Way to Get Kids to Cooperate (9-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

A Simple Way to Get Kids to Cooperate (9-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Get kids to cooperate through clarifying your expectations.

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At the Side of the 70-Year-Old Bride

At the Side of the 70-Year-Old Bride

This week I had unusual experience. A dear friend of ours, a widow in her 70s, got married again. And I had the privilege of accompanying her to the Mikveh. We were all so excited–the bride, the mikveh lady, and me. Taking any bride-to-be to the mikveh is exciting, but an older widow who has […]

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My Name Dance

My Name Dance

This Friday night, as we do every year, we will be hosting the Ethiopian students from Nishmat, where my husband is a teacher. Hosting the Ethiopian girls is one of the highlights of my year, not only because they are always so remarkably lovely… but because I LOVE hearing the girls’ names. Each girl’s name […]

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The Strange Phone Call

The Strange Phone Call

One evening last week I called the home of Yaakov’s wonderful kindergarten teacher, Racheli, to get her advice about Yaakov. When I called, her husband answered. “Shalom, may I please speak with Racheli?” The husband sounded surprised, “Shalom, how are you? Racheli? She’s not home now. You didn’t try her cellphone? Is something the matter?” […]

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