Isaac Newton’s Mother (1-Minute Inspirational Video)

Isaac Newton’s Mother (1-Minute Inspirational Video)

This video brings tears to my eyes every time I watch it. What a powerful reminder of the impact of a mother’s words and belief in her child.

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Healing from Disappointment (6-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Healing from Disappointment (6-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Author Elizabeth Gilbert shares how we can cope with failure by “coming home.”

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My Sleepyhead Daughter Miracle

My Sleepyhead Daughter Miracle

In honor of Rosh Hodesh Kislev (or, as Yaakov calls it, “Rosh Chodesh Sufgania”) I wanted to share a big parenting miracle which happened to me this very week. First of all, some background. Last year, my old friend Sarah Greenberg highly recommended that I learn about a certain approach to parenting (known in Israel […]

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Yearning for Jerusalem in Jerusalem

Yearning for Jerusalem in Jerusalem

Rachel Zamir grew up in a Lubavitch family in Stalinist Leningrad. Far from an easy combination. Jews caught observing their religion could be exiled to labor camps in Siberia, or far, far worse. But young Rachel’s parents were determined to raise their three children as Jews, despite the risks. The highlight of Rachel’s childhood was […]

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An Ex-Prisoner’s Guide to Passing Life’s Tests

An Ex-Prisoner’s Guide to Passing Life’s Tests

Yesterday I heard such a moving talk on Chazak Hotline (phone numbers below) by a man named Yerachmiel, a religious father who spent 3 years in a federal prison after he was convicted of insider trading. There was so much wisdom in this talk, based on the many things Yerachmiel learned during his painful imprisonment, […]

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The Fire that Nearly Consumed my Daughter’s High School

The Fire that Nearly Consumed my Daughter’s High School

This past week Israel has been battling one of the most fierce and wide-spread waves of fires in its history. One of the worst-hit communities in the country has been Neve Tsuf (AKA Halamish), where the fire (which, like many of the fires nationwide, was set by Palestinian arsonists) burnt the homes of 20 families […]

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Commitment Brings Happiness (10-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Commitment Brings Happiness (10-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

The findings of Happiness researcher Dan Gilbert on the Commitment-Happiness connection.

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When a Jewish Mother Gives Birth

When a Jewish Mother Gives Birth

I mentioned that my dear friends just had babies last week. And our conversations ever since have reminded me that birth and recovering from birth can range from challenging to downright brutal. This morning, my friend told me, “You know how we read at the bris, ‘B’Damayich Chayee’– through your blood you will live?’ Well, […]

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Socks vs. No Socks

Socks vs. No Socks

I was really relieved to find a ride back to Jerusalem from my daughter’s high school, saving me an hour and a half shlep to and on the bus home. And then the mother driving started talking about a topic which is of great importance to her: Socks. At that school, she said, the girls […]

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My Daughter’s Family Photos

My Daughter’s Family Photos

On Sunday, I traveled to Maayan’s high school for a mother-daughter event. In her 9th-grade classroom, all the mothers sat beside their daughters and introduced themselves. As far as I could tell, Maayan is the only girl in her class with a mother born outside of Israel. And if my BT-radar was accurate (as it […]

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