Being the Older Mother of a Young Child

Being the Older Mother of a Young Child

This morning, while walking Yoni to kindergarten, I saw an old lady, approximately 83 years old and 4 foot 10, approaching us quickly on the sidewalk. Her tight gray headscarf flying behind her. Her lips puckered with determination, a nursery schooler’s choo-choo-train backpack swinging from her hand. So I put one and one together: grandmother […]

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Tevet’s 2 Eyes

Tevet’s 2 Eyes Read More

When Life Gives You Carrots

When Life Gives You Carrots Read More

“Jews Weren’t Put on Earth to be Anti-Anti Semites” (6-Minute “No-Hate, No Fear” Video)

“Jews Weren’t Put on Earth to be Anti-Anti Semites” (6-Minute “No-Hate, No Fear” Video)

New York Times columnist Bari Weiss gave the following powerful speech at the No Hate, No Fear solidarity march last week in New York. There were an estimated 25,000 people in attendance protesting the recent outbreak of anti-Semitic attacks: My name is Bari Weiss. I am a proud American. I am a proud New Yorker. […]

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What Yeshiva-High-School Students Wear on their Feet in Winter

What Yeshiva-High-School Students Wear on their Feet in Winter

It’s 46 degrees in Jerusalem today and it’s raining down like somebody poked a hole in the heavens. My Ukrainian cleaning lady chuckled when I complained about the “freezing cold,” and pulled out her phone to show me pines weighed down with snow and ice this week in her native Dnieprpetrovsk. But still, for Jerusalemites, […]

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Another (!) Mazal Tov for the 53-Year-Old Bride

Another (!) Mazal Tov for the 53-Year-Old Bride

A year and a half ago I shared the amazing story of my neighbor, Talia, who got married for the first time at the age of 53. A few weeks ago it occurred to me that I hadn’t seen Talia in a very long time. I wondered if she and her new husband had maybe […]

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My Almost 10th-of-Tevet Birth

My Almost 10th-of-Tevet Birth

My Hebrew birthday is tonight. I was born on the 11th of Tevet, a few hours after the fast of the 10th of Tevet (which we mark today) had ended. And a few days ago, my mind was wandering hither and thither, as usual, and it occurred to me how I was almost born on […]

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20 Seconds of Insane Courage

20 Seconds of Insane Courage

Shoshana Judelman mentioned during her weekly Parsha class that she’d heard this quote while watching a movie with her kids, and that it had changed her life. So I tried it out, and it’s true. It’s against my nature to be assertive, to take risks or to place myself in uncomfortable situations. But it’s not […]

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The Jewish Food Our Chinese Shabbat Guests Loved Best

The Jewish Food Our Chinese Shabbat Guests Loved Best

Last week, we Weisbergs were very, very busy hosting lots of large groups. Sunday, the last night of Chanukah: we hosted 2 ChefRabbiJosh.com groups: a National Geographic group for candle-lighting, and an American Catholic family for dinner. Monday: German Catholic theological students from the Dormition Abbey Tuesday: Josh’s Israeli students for a Siyum Thursday: A […]

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Sad Chanukah’s Over?

Sad Chanukah’s Over?

Don’t be too sad, Purim’s right around the corner! I know because my neighborhood bakery’s already selling hamentaschen. I LOVE living in Israel!

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