20,000 Attend Funeral to Salute Lone IDF Soldier from Texas

20,000 Attend Funeral to Salute Lone IDF Soldier from Texas

I spent last week at the isolated Canadian cottage of my husband’s family. No internet. No Email. Almost no phone access. Just days spent watching the cotton-ball clouds drifting by, the sparkling of the sun on the lake’s surface, the serene loon as it floated along the shore. And yesterday I came home to Israel– [...]

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A Woman of Valour I Have Found

A Woman of Valour I Have Found

Back home in Israel, I’m used to waving goodbye to my school-age kids at my front door in the morning and and not seeing them again until they arrive at my front door that afternoon. But here in Baltimore, where I’m visiting my parents for 2 weeks, that usually isn’t possible. The Jewish schools, in [...]

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When Sirens Go Off at Your Wedding

When Sirens Go Off at Your Wedding

Mazal tov to Tamir and Hadas Adar who got married last night on their kibbutz, Nir Oz, less than a kilometer from the Gaza border. The bride had to lie down on the ground during the photos when a siren went off, But despite the natural tension in the air, there was also feeling of [...]

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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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