8 Things I Learned from My Silent Meditation Retreat

8 Things I Learned from My Silent Meditation Retreat

I mentioned a few weeks ago that my oldest daughter participated in a 10-day silent meditation retreat in India. And after I heard about her experience, I was curious to try it out myself. So when I heard about a silent Jewish meditation retreat taking place this past Thursday and Friday, I asked my 19-year-old […]

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Why a Woman’s Prayer is More Powerful than a Man’s

Why a Woman’s Prayer is More Powerful than a Man’s

I heard this explanation from Rabbi Fischel Schachter, and I think it’s not only beautiful–it’s true! “There’s a question about whether women are required to pray with a minyan, or not. So some people say “Here we go again! Judaism disrespects women.” But in fact, the reason women can pray on their own is just […]

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One Mom’s Nasty Whatsapp

One Mom’s Nasty Whatsapp

The parents from my son’s class have a WhatsApp group. I’m not into WhatsApp. But another mother told me about a horrible interaction that took place in the group during the first week of school. And even though I didn’t read the back-and-forth myself, I cannot get it out of my head. On one of […]

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My 6-Year-Old’s Wise Riddle

My 6-Year-Old’s Wise Riddle

A few days ago, my 6-year-old Yaakov asked me the following riddle: “Eema, imagine you are stuck in a deep pit with a grizzly bear. What should you do?” I’m terrible at riddles, so I didn’t even try to figure this one out. “I don’t know, Yaakov, what should I do?” “Stop imagining!”Yaakov rolled with […]

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My 5 Ultimate Life Goals (2-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

My 5 Ultimate Life Goals (2-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Defining and defending my top priorities. One day last week I did one of my favorite Elul exercises (instructions below) which, in 15 minutes, enables us to get right to the core of our ultimate lifetime goals and dreams. And here, I discovered, are mine: To have a close, supportive family (immediate and extended) and […]

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The Terror Attack that Saved Shira’s Life (2-Minute Video)

The Terror Attack that Saved Shira’s Life (2-Minute Video)

It’s Friday morning, I had planned to spend this morning cooking and cleaning. Definitely not translating a video. But when I saw this unbelievable video about my oldest daughter’s former classmate, Shira Sabag, whom I asked you to pray for 8 months ago after she was critically injured at the terror attack in Givat HaAsaf, […]

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What One Mother Learned from a Surgeon

What One Mother Learned from a Surgeon

I have a friend who waited for many years to become a mother. And a few days ago I ran into her on the street, pushing her long-awaited daughter who looks like a perfect china doll with her blond curls and sapphire eyes.  My friend told me, “I have a relative who is a surgeon. […]

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My Pain in the Neck

My Pain in the Neck

Yesterday, I was working my way through my to-do list for several hours, and my neck was stiff and aching. And I couldn’t figure out why. And then I remembered something I learned from somebody, somewhere.  And I tried to visualize what my pain looked like. And I saw in my mind’s eye that it […]

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What My First Year as a Widow Has Taught Me by Gafna Vanova

What My First Year as a Widow Has Taught Me by Gafna Vanova

Last October, my husband and I were brought in by the Jewish community of Prague to give some classes as part of the international Shabbat Project. On our first day there, we met with Gafna, a long-time JewishMOM.com reader as well as director of Jewish studies at Prague’s Jewish school. Gafna is a sensitive, deep, […]

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As For Me and My Household

As For Me and My Household

I just saw this verse embroidered on a cloth banner at a tourist shop downtown. The verse was written like this: “As for me and my household, we shall serve the LORD.” With that translation, it sounded like a verse from the New Testament. But then I looked at the bottom of the banner and […]

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