The Ultimate Sleeping Pill, Jewish-Style

The Ultimate Sleeping Pill, Jewish-Style

I heard this story from Rabbi Fischel Schachter (video below) and laughed out loud. I’m sharing it with you, JewishMOM, to make you smile at the end of this looong summer vacation… There was once a king who had insomnia. He tried all the standard sleep medications–Ambien, etc. But nothing worked. It had been weeks […]

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Bubby’s Siddur and the Story it Tells (2-Minute Video)

Bubby’s Siddur and the Story it Tells (2-Minute Video)

The tear-stained and cracked pages of this grandmother’s prayer book tell the story of Jewish bravery and faith in the face of suffering and deprivation. Special thanks to Nshei Chabad Newsletter Editor Rishe Deitsch, who shared with me this moving video about her namesake and grandmother, Risha Levin.

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It’s Summer Vacation, Do I Know Where my Children Are?

It’s Summer Vacation, Do I Know Where my Children Are?

OK, this is going to be confusing, so I hope you are in a quiet place where you can fully focus. Here’s where all my children are at this moment: 1. 21-year-old Hadas is in India at a 10-day meditation retreat where she is not allowed to speak or use her phone. (How’s she enjoying […]

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The Father of Dvir Sorek HY”D: To Honor Dvir’s Memory, Enjoy Your Vacation

The Father of Dvir Sorek HY”D: To Honor Dvir’s Memory, Enjoy Your Vacation

Following the murder of his 18-year-old son by a terrorist, Dvir Sorek made the following remarkable statement to those who were touched by the tragedy and might have thought of cancelling their vacation plans on account of the murder… “It’s summer now and bain hazmanim and August. Even if Dvir HY”D touched your hearts, maybe […]

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1 Mom’s Hilarious Solution to the End-of-August Blues (2-Minute Video)

1 Mom’s Hilarious Solution to the End-of-August Blues (2-Minute Video)

Camp ending soon? Don’t know how you’ll cope? No worries! Just follow this creative mom’s approach. Then again, maybe don’t;)

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The Unfathomable Suffering and Strength of the Sassover Rebbetzin A”H

The Unfathomable Suffering and Strength of the Sassover Rebbetzin A”H

This Tisha b’Av I read one of the most incredible life stories I’ve ever encountered, the autobiography of the Sassover Rebbetzin “Forever in Faith” by Rebbetzin Bluma Teitelbaum a”H. For years, the Sassover Rebbetzin didn’t share the unthinkable horrors she endured and witnessed during the 6 years of the Shoah. But one Tisha b’Av towards […]

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Building Our Sanctuaries by Bracha Goetz

Building Our Sanctuaries by Bracha Goetz

Some major construction was going on, That a passerby was viewing. Then he got up the nerve to ask one guy About what he was doing. “I’m just drillin’ some holes In this wood here,” the worker darkly grumbled. Then the onlooker walked a few more feet. He paused, and then he mumbled: “What you […]

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The 1st Interview with the Mother of Ori Ansbacher HY”D (4-Minute Video)

The 1st Interview with the Mother of Ori Ansbacher HY”D (4-Minute Video)

6 months after the brutal murder of her daughter, Ori Ansbacher HY”D, bereaved mother Naea speaks publicly for the first time in this moving and inspiring first interview with Sivan Rahav Meir (with special thanks to Ari and David Schlacht). If you have 10 minutes, I highly recommend you scroll down to watch the entire, […]

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Revenge on Hitler: Mrs. Ovitz Celebrates 104th B-Day With 100s of Descendants at Kotel

Revenge on Hitler: Mrs. Ovitz Celebrates 104th B-Day With 100s of Descendants at Kotel

The Ovitz family gathered for a special occasion at the Western Wall this week. The family matriarch, Mrs Shoshana Ovitz – an Auschwitz survivor – is about to turn 104, and she had a special birthday request. She asked that her hundreds of descendants: children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren etc. join her at the Wall to pray, […]

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The Shul My Great-Grandfather Founded

The Shul My Great-Grandfather Founded

Yesterday I was listening to a class on Tisha b’Av, when my heart jumped. The rabbi, Rabbi Fischel Schachter, mentioned that he was speaking at Brooklyn’s Ocean Parkway Jewish Center, and starting reminiscing about its founding in 1907 and its long history. My great-grandfather, John L. Bernstein, was one of the founding members of the […]

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