When I Was the Worst French Horn Player

When I Was the Worst French Horn Player

3-year-old Yaakov is the Weisberg family DJ. His musical taste, over recent days, has been heavy on “Chag Purim, chag Purim!.” And before that, we had a few weeks of “Tu B’Shvat Heegea.” Accompanied by certain older siblings with their hands cups over their ears yelling “Yaaaaakoooov! turn that off already!” But yesterday morning, while […]

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Rachel Imenu’s Hope (4-Minute Music Video)

Rachel Imenu’s Hope (4-Minute Music Video)

A few months ago I was at a bat mitzvah of an old friend, and what she told her daughter moved me to tears. She told her, “My dear daughter, today you are now a Jewish woman. And that means that all of our great matriarchs are within you. You are their daughter, and their […]

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Margalit Zinati is Not Leaving!

Margalit Zinati is Not Leaving!

This morning, on my way to run an errand downtown, I was reading about 84-year-old Margalit Zinati, one of the very last Jews left in Pekiin, a village in the Galilee which is now inhabited almost entirely by Druze and Arabs. Both of Margalit’s parents were born in Pekiin, and according to her family tradition, […]

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Yaakov’s Pink Blessing

Yaakov’s Pink Blessing

Yesterday morning, 3 young soldiers, hesder yeshiva students, were injured in a terror attack. And that was why, yesterday afternoon, I was walking along my street thinking about how I just CAN’T stand it anymore! I can’t stand the terror attacks and the heart-rending funerals and the fear. And then I thought back on the […]

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Stop Waiting, Start Living (7-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Stop Waiting, Start Living (7-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Is your current reality frustrating to you? Choose to be happy today anyway.

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A Frosted-Over Thank You

A Frosted-Over Thank You

Last night, temperatures dipped below freezing, and this morning when we saw a waterfall over the front of our house, we knew that like thousands of other families, the frosty night has burst our dud shemesh, or solar water heater To shut off the waterfall, we had to shut off water for our whole house […]

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The Hero I Saw on the Way to Gan Today

The Hero I Saw on the Way to Gan Today

If I had my druthers, I would never be the one who takes my kids to gan. I feel like it’s hard enough just getting out of bed when I am sooo tired. And I don’t just have to get out of bed, I have to find the other shoe, the clean kippah, the not-squished […]

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The Lost $8000 Engagement Ring

The Lost $8000 Engagement Ring

Last Thursday, the $8000 engagement ring of a Jerusalem woman who will be getting married next month accidentally fell unnoticed into the trash. When the bride-to-be realized her mistake, the family ran in a panic to the trash dumpster, only to discover that the trash had already been taken away by a garbage truck. The […]

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The Most Humiliating Moment of Stephen Gostkowski’s Life

The Most Humiliating Moment of Stephen Gostkowski’s Life

When I married Josh 20 years ago next month (almost happy major anniversary!) I became a Patriots fan by marriage. But I’d never actually watched a football game until last night, when I went with Josh to watch the Broncos-Patriots AFC title game. The title game (as I now know) is the final game of […]

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2 Articles that Picked Me Up One Tough Morning (11-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

2 Articles that Picked Me Up One Tough Morning (11-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Binah articles by Sara Debbie Gutfreund and Mindy Blumenfeld which really helped me get out of a grouchy state this past Shabbat morning.

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