The Half-Finished Package of Tissues Underneath my Stroller

The Half-Finished Package of Tissues Underneath my Stroller

This morning, as usual, I was feeling troubled about something that had happened when I reached into the basket underneath my stroller for a water bottle and noticed a small box of tissues floating among the baby-wipe-children’s-hat-magazine mess. My heart jumped a little when I saw those tissues, like it had been shocked by a […]

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Why I Let My Son Eat Pretzels with Milk This Morning

Why I Let My Son Eat Pretzels with Milk This Morning

7 AM to 8:30 AM. Every morning, during those 90 minutes, I get myself and my baby dressed, and then I get my 4-year-old Tsoofy and 2-year-old Yaakov ready for gan. It’s the longest 90 minutes of my day. 90 minutes of “Not that dress, this dress!” and “Not oatmeal, cornflakes!” and “Not now, after […]

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The Most Traumatic End-of-Year Party of My Life

The Most Traumatic End-of-Year Party of My Life

This June is the 10-year anniversary of the far-and-away most traumatic end-of-year party of my life. In 2005, Hallel was graduating from kindergarten at Gan Rafaela. It had been a tough year for Rafaela, Hallel’s teacher, whose dedication to the girls and great skill as an educator seemed, to me, to go largely unnoticed by […]

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My Neighbor’s Incredible Surprise for Her Husband (6-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

My Neighbor’s Incredible Surprise for Her Husband (6-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

How my next-door neighbor surprised her new husband–big time!

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My Father’s 2 Miracles

My Father’s 2 Miracles

B”H, I wanted to tell you that while my father is still not out of the woods yet, his surgery yesterday at Washington Hospital Center went very well. And I wanted to publicly thank Hashem (and YOU, JewishMOM, who davened to Hashem for my dad) for two miracles my father has experienced over the last […]

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One Daughter’s Dream to Return Gift of Life She Received from Ill Mother

One Daughter’s Dream to Return Gift of Life She Received from Ill Mother

Tsofia’s teacher, Ganenet Chaya, has a mother who is very ill with kidney disease. Over the last week, Ganenet Chaya missed several days of teaching while caring for her mother in the hospital. So I was a bit surprised to see her at gan today at pick-up time— distributing popsicles with her regular bursting-with-positive-energy smile. […]

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How I Humiliated Myself at My Daughter’s End-of-Year Performance

How I Humiliated Myself at My Daughter’s End-of-Year Performance

“Eema, almost all the tickets are gone already… Do you know how many tickets I should buy for my final dance performance?” My 17-year-old Hadas called me with this question from her Thursday-night dance class right after Passover. There was an Stock-Market-like ruckus in the background, as all the girls urgently called their mothers urging […]

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Rabbanit Yemima Mizrachi Remembers her Son: Yosef Chai z”l

Rabbanit Yemima Mizrachi Remembers her Son: Yosef Chai z”l

It’s been more than ten years since my friend and teacher, Rabbanit Yemima, lost her baby son Yosef Chai z”l after he was born with a serious heart defect (here’s an article I wrote back then about Yosef Chai and his death). Here are some thoughts which Rabbanit Yemima shared with Ami Magazine (edited by […]

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When My Mom Met my Dad (3-Minute Sweet Video)

When My Mom Met my Dad (3-Minute Sweet Video)

JewishMOMs, thank you so much for your prayers for my Dad– Matityahu Tuvia ben Esther Tsiporah. My Dad is being transferred today to Washington Hospital Center and there’s a good chance he will be undergoing major heart surgery there sometime later this week. In the meantime, I wanted to share this video I made of […]

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The Dangers of People-Pleasing (9-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

The Dangers of People-Pleasing (9-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Reflections on codependency in others and excessive approval-seeking in myself.

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