Zumba Chesed

Zumba Chesed

Last week, in the middle of a miserable afternoon, I had a flash of exactly what I needed to infuse my mothering life with more joy and vitality. Starting about a decade ago, for 5 years I went to the gym every day. And any day I didn’t go to the gym, I felt it. […]

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Loving Jews who are Different than You (12-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Loving Jews who are Different than You (12-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

A simple but powerful way to feel more connection with and love for our fellow Jews of all kinds.

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The Principal’s Son

The Principal’s Son

My 4-year-old, Yaakov, attends gan with the sons of 2 of my older children’s principals. It has been pretty fascinating for me to see these women who generally inspire respect bordering on awe in hundreds of girls and their parents, interacting as mothers like you and me with their 4-year-old sons. This morning when I […]

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A Why-I-Love-Israel Moment at the Interior Ministry

A Why-I-Love-Israel Moment at the Interior Ministry

Yesterday my friend, Chaya, went to get a passport for her newborn baby at Israel’s Ministry of the Interior. And that was how she witnessed this “Why-I-Love-Israel” moment. The person ahead of Chaya in line was an elderly woman. When the clerk asked for the photos accompanying her application, the elderly woman realized she didn’t […]

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Warren Buffett’s Definition of True Success

Warren Buffett’s Definition of True Success

87-year-old Warren Buffett is the 2nd wealthiest person in the world. Listen well to his definition of success. Words to live by: “Basically, when you get to my age, you’ll measure your success in life by how many of the people you want to have love you actually do love you.” Click here to read […]

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The Big Guns, the Jewish Women

The Big Guns, the Jewish Women

Rabbi Moshe Shapiro, who passed away last month,used to share the following powerful story (reprinted from the Family First article by Rabbi Menachem Nissel): “World War I was raging in Eastern Europe, extracting a terrible toll on the Jewish population. The Chofetz Chaim felt that special measures were needed. “On a designated day, the Chofetz […]

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The Woman I Screamed At Last Week

The Woman I Screamed At Last Week

I’ve been a member of the same health fund for 22 years, and I’ve been very happy with it in almost every way. But this past Thursday something happened that made me so furious that Josh and I seriously considered moving our business elsewhere. Here’s what happened. For the last two months, I noticed that […]

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Nourishing Generations

Nourishing Generations

Yaakov brought this home from gan for Tu B’Shvat, and I loved it. Why? Because after a long day devoted to caring for and educating her children, a mother might collapse into bed and wonder whether her love, care, and educational efforts are leaving any real impression on her children. She might even start to […]

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Don’t Fear Change, Embrace It (14-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Don’t Fear Change, Embrace It (14-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

How life is teaching me to meet change with acceptance and hope rather than resistance and fear.

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When I Cross the Street in Jerusalem

When I Cross the Street in Jerusalem

In Jerusalem, when you press the button to cross the street, a man’s voice states “Bakashatcha Hitkabla”– your request has been received. The first time I heard this several years ago, I thought right away how amazingly wonderful it would be if prayer worked like that. I could pray at the Kotel for this, that, […]

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