What to Pray for Each Night of Chanukah from Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdichev

What to Pray for Each Night of Chanukah from Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdichev

Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdichev taught that each night of Chanukah is an auspicious time to pray for something different: 1st Night: This is the best night to pray that you won’t be lonely or depressed 2nd Night: Pray that you or someone you know should find a spouse, or (if you are married) for […]

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Tips for a Great Chanukah (11-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Tips for a Great Chanukah (11-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

How mothers can get inspired and stay sane this Chanukah.

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How I Lost 8 Pounds this Month–Without Feeling Hungry

How I Lost 8 Pounds this Month–Without Feeling Hungry

One of my 2 main goals for this year is to lose weight– to have more energy, to be healthier, to be able to buy a pretty tailored dresses for the holidays, instead of an XL top and a skirt with an elasticized waist:) So a month ago yesterday, I joined a 10-week weight-loss group […]

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Chanukah z”l

Chanukah z”l

Chanukah died yesterday. Not the holiday, of course, but the person. Mr. Chanukah from down the block, beloved father, brother, and grandfather, was laid to rest this morning. May his memory be a blessing. But coming across his death notice this morning, exactly a week before we light the first Chanukah candle, got me thinking… […]

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Sarit’s IVF Miracle

Sarit’s IVF Miracle

Sarit’s 5-year-old son and mine are friends in kindergarten, so over the last few months we’ve become friends as well. Sarit’s a lovely person, an Israeli mother of 3. It didn’t occur to me that there is anything unusual about her and her family. Until today, when Sarit shared with me the amazing story of […]

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Sneaky Mikveh Excuses

Sneaky Mikveh Excuses

At my neighborhood mikveh, there is a small decorated notebook in the waiting room called “The Book of Excuses.” Curious, I peeked inside, and discovered that it is a collection of excuses mikveh-going mothers have used to explain to their children why they must leave the house on mikve night. One mother shared: “I tell […]

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My 2 Cents for Younger Mothers (8-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

My 2 Cents for Younger Mothers (8-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Something I would love to tell mothers of young children.

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Remembering Chani Weinrott

Remembering Chani Weinrott

Thousands of us here in Israel shed a tear yesterday when we heard that Chani Weinrott had passed away. Over the course of the last 8 years she had become one of the most famous and beloved religious mothers in Israel, unfortunately her fame came from being, as she ironically described herself, a “celeb sartan”–a […]

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Magical Heavens Black

Magical Heavens Black

We are planning to do some painting in our house, so on Monday morning I went over to the hardware store to check out paint colors. It was fun as well as mesmerizing to take half an hour to focus deeply on the 1000s of paint colors available. I saw colors like: Lazy Day Green […]

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My Advice for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

My Advice for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Like many millions of people, I watched the video of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle discussing his marriage proposal (below). What an incredibly sweet couple! So romantic and moving to see a couple so in love! If I could give Prince Harry and Meghan some advice based on my 21 years of marriage, this is […]

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