What I Asked the Bible Contest Winner

What I Asked the Bible Contest Winner

Sometimes Israel feels like a really small country, like this past Independence Day when I realized that the winner of this year’s International Bible Contest, 18-year-old Yonatan Weisman, is the older brother of a boy from the nursery school of my son (whose name, coincidentally, is Yonatan Weisberg). And since then, I’ve been wondering how […]

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HeroMoms

HeroMoms

Right after I read about today’s omer sefira, Gevura sh’b’Netsach, I got really excited. And I called my friend, the one with a mentally ill husband who makes her life very, very difficult, and I told her, “Today is your day! Today is Gevura sh’b’Netsach, the day of eternal heroism.” This is how Rabbi Meir […]

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The Tichel Outrage

The Tichel Outrage

Linor Abargil is an Israeli lawyer who won the Miss World beauty pageant in 1998. Over the last 2 decades, she has become a global advocate in the fight against sexual violence, as well as an observant Jew. After Abargil was chosen as the MC of this year’s official Independence Day Ceremony, a former judge […]

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Who’s That Kibbutznik in a Headscarf?! (3-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Who’s That Kibbutznik in a Headscarf?! (3-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

My daughter, Hallel, is doing her national service this year volunteering with the elderly. And one of the places she volunteers is on a secular kibbutz. At the kibbutz’s ceremony for Israel’s Memorial Day, Hallel noticed something highly unusual. Right there, among all the secular kibbutz members, was one woman wearing a headscarf. So after […]

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92-Year-Old Foster Mom to 52 Steals the Show this Yom Haatsmaut

92-Year-Old Foster Mom to 52 Steals the Show this Yom Haatsmaut

Every year, 12 Israelis are chosen to light the torches that mark the transition from Memorial Day’s mourning to Independence Day’s celebrations. In this video, watch Marie Nachmias, a 92-year-old Holocaust survivor and mother of 8 (plus foster mother to 52 children, many of whom were severely disabled) bring the house down! Even Prime Minister […]

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Shira and Amichai Ish Ran, 6 Months Later (5-Minute Yom HaZikaron Interview)

Shira and Amichai Ish Ran, 6 Months Later (5-Minute Yom HaZikaron Interview)

In honor of Israel’s Memorial Day, for the first time Shira and Amichai Ish Ran reenact the night that would change their lives forever. They talk about the baby they lost, as well as the gift their baby gave them, and to millions of others, during his 3 days alive. On the eve of Yom […]

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Remembering Marta: From Auschwitz to Lebanon–Until Yom HaZikaron by Sivan Rahav Meir

Remembering Marta: From Auschwitz to Lebanon–Until Yom HaZikaron by Sivan Rahav Meir

Over the last few months, I had been filming a special news report for Memorial Day in which I wanted to tell the following story: Marta and Yosef Motzen were Holocaust survivors. Their son, Avremi, who was a student at the Kol Torah and Shaalavim yeshivas, fell in the Lebanon War when his tank set […]

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Saluting the Women of Valour, Under Fire (1-Minute Video)

Saluting the Women of Valour, Under Fire (1-Minute Video)

Before today’s ceasefire, over the course of 48 hours, there were 690 rockets fired from Gaza at Israel’s citizens, injuring dozens and killing 4. Over 200,000 children were targetted by those rockets, and spent those 2 days home from school, living in fear of the next siren. This is a salute to the mothers of […]

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Today’s Sharon’s 70s Birthday, and Her Daughter’s in the ICU!

Today’s Sharon’s 70s Birthday, and Her Daughter’s in the ICU!

Please write a comment to send some love to my dear friends JewishMOM Sharon Saunders and her daughter Ruthie (featured in this video I made 11 years ago “My Heroes Live Next Door”). Ruthie has inoperable liver cancer and at this moment she is in the ICU fighting for her life. And today, which Sharon […]

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My Son’s Bar Mitzvah, Under Fire by Dalia Harel

My Son’s Bar Mitzvah, Under Fire by Dalia Harel

This Shabbat we celebrated the bar mitzvah of our son, Noam, at our synagogue in Sderot. We spent months preparing for the bar mitzvah, inviting guests from all over the country, and setting up a serious kiddush for the entire community. Noam read all of Parshat Kedoshim beautifully: ‘You shall be holy,’ ‘Love your neighbor […]

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