Live Footage from Lag Baomer Festivities in Meron

Live Footage from Lag Baomer Festivities in Meron

I LOVE Lag baomer…Love the music, the dancing, the excited children singing around their bonfires. The unity. Lag Sameach!Click here to watch live footage from Meron

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The Mommy Competition

The Mommy Competition

Before Pesach, in response to the Mishpacha article Liberation: One Formerly Frantic Mom’s Pesach Cleaning Journey by C. Saphir, an older woman sent in a letter to Mishpacha’s editor which really got on my nerves. The letter’s author, Rivka M. of Brooklyn, wrote: “Was I the only reader who found the ‘Liberation’ story frustrating, and […]

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My 1st Lecture in Front of a Male Audience

My 1st Lecture in Front of a Male Audience

Up until now, my public speaking experience has been limited to female audiences, but this morning that’s all about to change. In honor of Israeli Independence Day, Yaakov’s teacher, Ganenet Ruchama, invited me to address her class of 3-year-old boys about my personal experiences growing up in the United States and then making aliya to […]

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What the Chinese Tourists Were Buying at the Supermarket

What the Chinese Tourists Were Buying at the Supermarket

Yesterday I was in the checkout line at a supermarket near several hotels, waiting behind a group of around 8 Asian tourists. “You are from China?” I asked the woman wearing a colorful blouse in front of me. “Yes, from Shanghai!” she answered in a booming voice. And then I looked down and noticed she […]

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Ivanka Trump on Judaism and Family

Ivanka Trump on Judaism and Family

Don’t know what I think of her father, but I sure like this quote from Ivanka: “I really find that Judaism creates an amazing blueprint for family connectivity.” Shabbat. The holidays. So much work, but also such amazing opportunities to really connect with our families. B”H!

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Rethinking Challenges (15-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Rethinking Challenges (15-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

The profound pleasure of passing life’s tests– even if we feel like we failed.

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With These Hands: Nefesh b’Nefesh’s Remarkable 2016 Yom Haatzmaut Video

With These Hands: Nefesh b’Nefesh’s Remarkable 2016 Yom Haatzmaut Video

Watching these intensely moving and uplifting annual videos from Nefesh b’Nefesh is one of the highlights of my Yom Haatzmaut. This year’s video is something very special. NBN writes: “From war hero to farmer, teacher to midwife, the video tells the stories of the everyday heroes that epitomize what makes Israeli society unique – the […]

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My Daughter’s Midwife (1-Minute Israeli Independence Day Video)

My Daughter’s Midwife (1-Minute Israeli Independence Day Video)

We just celebrated Moriah’s 11th birthday this week, and I was remembering her scary birth, and the expert midwife who, with some quick thinking, quite possibly saved my daughter’s life. That’s why I was so thrilled to see midwife Chana Deevon, a true heroine of Israel and the Jewish people, honored by Nefesh b’Nefesh this […]

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The Song I Will be Singing this Israeli Memorial Day

The Song I Will be Singing this Israeli Memorial Day

Memorial Day is still several hours away, but I already feel the heaviness in the air, the grief that falls over the country like a cloud as we remember the 23,447 soldiers who gave their lives so I and my family and every Israeli can live securely in our homeland. This heartbreaking yet inspirational song, […]

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The Serene Mother’s Secret

The Serene Mother’s Secret

The following anecdote is based on a story shared by Mrs. Miryam Swerdlov on the Eishes Chayil hotline: A woman was once in the supermarket, and overheard the mother of a young daughter who was having a series of tantrums. “But mommy, I don’t want cornflakes! I want Cap’n Crunch! Noooow!” The mother quietly responded […]

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