Where I’ve Disappeared To: Update

Where I’ve Disappeared To: Update

This Sunday I’m traveling to Canada to spend time with my husband and his family for a week and a half. For part of that time, I’ll be at at cottage which might not have internet access. Anyway, if you don’t hear from me much (or at all) for the next ten days or so, [...]

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My July 4th Surprise

My July 4th Surprise

As we set off for the neighborhood July 4th Parade, my kids were fighting non-stop. After a block of bickering, I started getting worried. “Look, chamudim, we are going to a place where we will be the only religious Jews, and this will the first time that many of these people have ever even seen [...]

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Aliya Under Fire

Aliya Under Fire

Yesterday, 64 new immigrants ranging between the ages of 8 months and 91-years-old arrived at Ben Gurion airport with Nefesh b’Nefesh. Among them was 26-year-old Becky Kopchin of Chicago who is moving to Beersheva, a frequent target of Hamas’ missile attacks. Becky explained, “Even though the security situation in Israel is dangerous right now, and [...]

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Racheli Frankel told Yonatan Razel “Katonti”

Racheli Frankel told Yonatan Razel “Katonti”

On the way to a concert this past Thursday, singer Yonatan Razel paid a shiva call to the parents of Naftali Frankel HY”D. At the concert, he shared the following: “The mother of Naftali HY”D saw me in the corner, and she approached me and said to me, “Yonatan, I don’t know if you know, [...]

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My Israeli Boy in the US of A

My Israeli Boy in the US of A

I am visiting my parents in Baltimore for two weeks. My favorite parts of coming back to the Old Country? Hanging out with my beloved parents and siblings and their families. The Charedi men who smile and wish me a friendly “Good Shabbos!” when they pass me and my kids on the sidewalk. The smell [...]

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“Dear Mother”: A Letter for You from the Mother of Eyal Yifrach HY”D

“Dear Mother”: A Letter for You from the Mother of Eyal Yifrach HY”D

The following moving letter from Iris Yifrach written on the day her son’s body was found appeared in the Elad paper “Korim Elad.” Thanks so much to Yehudit Levy for sending it to me… My husband just visited the shiva for Naftali Frankel HY”D this morning, and Racheli told him how much the album of [...]

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Where I’ve Disappeared To…

Where I’ve Disappeared To…

You JewishMOMs might have noticed that I haven’t been blogging so much this week. I am visiting family in the US and Canada until July 21st, so I’m not sure how much you’re going to be hearing from me over the next while…

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85,000 Gather at Sunday Rally for the Boys

85,000 Gather at Sunday Rally for the Boys

85,000 people gathered last night in Tel Aviv to express their solidarity with the boys’ families. Here’s some highlights from the mothers’ moving speeches: Bat Galim Sha’er: mother of Gilad: “We have an entire nation here with us that is waiting for you, that is yearning for your safe return home. In Israel and around [...]

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Signs of Hope for Eyal, Gilad, and Naftali

Signs of Hope for Eyal, Gilad, and Naftali

Ami Magazine interviewed Rabbi Binyamin Elyashiv (the son of HaRav Elyashiv zts”l) who conducted the famous Goral HaGra* to determine the fate of the 3 boys. He turned to the verse in the book of Judges (15:14) that reads, “Samson came to Lechi, and the Philistines shouted at him. A spirit of Hashem came over [...]

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What the 3 Mothers Taught Me (15-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

What the 3 Mothers Taught Me (15-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

The most important lesson I have learned from the mothers of the kidnapped boys.

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