When You’re Feeling Down (8-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

When You’re Feeling Down (8-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Serving Hashem from a place of constricted consciousness.

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To My Sister in Waiting from Anonymous

To My Sister in Waiting from Anonymous

Dear Sister-in-waiting, I can relate to SO many things you said. I, too, have one child, and am waiting to be blessed with more. My diagnosis is somewhat different. The doctors have deemed my situation as hopeless, that I will never have another child. Yet they couldn’t explain how I had my first child with […]

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My Blind Son’s Miracle: 5 Years Later by Daniella Levy

My Blind Son’s Miracle: 5 Years Later by Daniella Levy

Five years ago, I shared a story with JewishMOM.com about my son, Hallel, who was born with congenital cataracts. This is an update on our situation. At the time I wrote that post, Hallel was two years old, attending a special preschool for children with visual impairments and blindness in Jerusalem, called Gan Eliya. He’s […]

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Waiting by Anonymous

Waiting by Anonymous

My alarm wakes me up at 5:45 AM. I get dressed and make my way down the stairs carefully to avoid the ones that creak. The last thing I want is to wake up my son at this hour. In the cold darkness I get into my car and hope I will make it to […]

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A Special Bar Mitzvah Boy

A Special Bar Mitzvah Boy

A few Shabbats ago, I noticed a friend standing at a kiddush outside a nearby shul. As I was schmoozing with her, I realized I recognized the person making the kiddush. He is a well-known educator who, I realized, was making a bar mitzvah for his son. If I had to describe this educator in […]

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Her Home was Destroyed, and She’s Still Happy (13-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Her Home was Destroyed, and She’s Still Happy (13-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

More inspirational stories from the Binyan Shalem Conference. If you can’t see video, view at this link

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The Difficult Child

The Difficult Child

The stubborn child. The critical child. The clingy child. The hyperactive child. It’s easy for negative labels to stick and overtake our image of our children. But educator Estie Arend suggested at this year’s Binyan Shalem Conference that every negative quality has inherent positive qualities within it. The stubborn child = A consistent, determined child. […]

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The Things I Want to Do Today

The Things I Want to Do Today

Here’s a list of all the things I have to do today… I have to pick up my kids from camp, even though it’s so hot. I have to prepare lunch for my kids, even though I’d rather read a book on the sofa instead. I have to clean up after my kids are in […]

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2 Ways to Enjoy Motherhood

2 Ways to Enjoy Motherhood

Last week, I and around 10,000 other women attended the annual Binyan Shalem conference, 3-days of inspiring classes on motherhood, marriage, and life (a lot like JewishMOM.com, actually, if all you mothers reading this actually got to meet!) Here’s a gem from this year’s conference based on something I heard from educator Estie Arend: As […]

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When I Woke Up My Son this Morning

When I Woke Up My Son this Morning

My son has a hard time waking up in the morning. And this morning, as usual, after all my other kids were already downstairs eating breakfast, he was still asleep in his bed. So I climbed back upstairs and I told him yet again, “It’s time to wake up!” And without opening his eyes, he […]

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