The Mama Sali

The Mama Sali

This morning, I saw my neighbor Sali walking her 2 sons to gan and school. And seeing her, I remembered that in a book I’m reading, an amazing mother was referred to (tongue in cheek) as “The Mama Sali.” A play on the name of the great Sephardi rabbi and kabbalist Rabbi Israel Abuhatzeira, the […]

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A Letter to My Son, the Lone IDF Soldier by Jamie Rubin

A Letter to My Son, the Lone IDF Soldier by Jamie Rubin

A year and a half ago, 19-year-old Natanel Rubin of London volunteered for the IDF as a lone soldier with the Kfir infantry brigade. Here is a letter his mother, Jamie, sent Natanel when he returned to the army after a month-long vacation. [Since this letter was written, Natanel completed his IDF service, and is […]

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The Soundtrack of My India Trip: “Sun” Performed by Bnaya Barabi (3-Minute Music Video)

The Soundtrack of My India Trip: “Sun” Performed by Bnaya Barabi (3-Minute Music Video)

During my trip to India, daughter Hallel played this song for me. And after that we listened to it again, and again, and again. Day after day. It’s about letting God light up your life, so you can become a sun to the world. So you are hereby forewarned, this song is addictive. But it’s […]

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The Yenta Living Inside My Head

The Yenta Living Inside My Head

Who am I? I mean, for real? Am I my thoughts? The National Science Foundation reports that the average person has about 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts per day, about 80% of which are negative. So does that mean that I, my deepest self, am 80% negative? Is my truest self that voice inside me that […]

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Yosef’s Wife Died, and Then He Did Too

Yosef’s Wife Died, and Then He Did Too

On the other side of my wall, there is a shiva taking place for my 84-year-old neighbor, Yosef, who passed away last week. When we moved into our home 4 years ago, Yosef’s wife of almost 60 years was already very ill, and within a few months she had passed away. She died from a […]

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In South India, One of the Most Exclusive Mikvehs in the World

In South India, One of the Most Exclusive Mikvehs in the World

During our Shabbat in India, Rabbanit Elisheva Goldschmidt of Cochin’s 500-year-old Paradesi synagogue mentioned to me that there is a functioning mikveh in Cochin. I was surprised to hear that, considering that other necessities of Jewish life are hard to come by there- i.e., kosher food, a minyan even for Torah readings. So I asked Elisheva, […]

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7 More Things I Loved about India

7 More Things I Loved about India

1. At the end of our trip, we visited the vacation town of Munnar. It was so gorgeous it was otherworldly. Looking at the green hills, I imagined that I was in the World to Come and could see souls meandering between the tea plants. I felt so grateful to Hashem for creating such supreme […]

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7 Not-so-Pleasant Surprises During My Trip to India

7 Not-so-Pleasant Surprises During My Trip to India

I just got back yesterday from a week-long trip spent in southern India with Hallel, my 19-year-old daughter, who has been in India since Rosh Hashana. It was one of the most incredible experiences of my life! In large part because of some not so pleasant surprises which turned into extremely wonderful ones! 1. On […]

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Do Whatever You Want, Except…(2-Minute Viral Poetry Slam on Tsnius)

Do Whatever You Want, Except…(2-Minute Viral Poetry Slam on Tsnius)

LOVE this poetry slam on the challenges of dressing modestly in the modern world by Reut Gizbar. Go, go, go Reut!

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Babies and Big Kids Too

Babies and Big Kids Too

This morning I was sitting in a friend’s living room while her baby slept in her bedroom. At one point she suddenly stopped talking and looked towards the door. “Oh, that’s the baby crying!” and she went out to get him. The weird thing was that I tried to hear, I really did. But didn’t […]

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