In the Dead of Winter: Spring!

In the Dead of Winter: Spring!

It’s freezing cold and pouring rain today. Tu B’Shvat is still 3 weeks away and spring’s warm caress feels as far away as the moon. But look at the photos my husband just sent me, almond blossoms in the Jerusalem hills! These photos reminded me of something I just learned, that the organ associated with […]

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Pittsburgh Mom, Sari Cohen: The Tree-of-Life Massacre Changed Me

Pittsburgh Mom, Sari Cohen: The Tree-of-Life Massacre Changed Me

Last night I went out for dinner with my dear, old friend, Sari Cohen, who is visiting with her family from Pittsburgh. Almost 30 years ago Sari and I, then college students at Dartmouth and Bowdoin, spent a few months at Neve Yerushalayim getting our first taste of Orthodox Judaism. We spent a significant percentage […]

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When a Baby Started Screaming in the Middle of the Class

When a Baby Started Screaming in the Middle of the Class

On Shabbat, at the weekly neighborhood class for mothers and daughters, Rabbanit Tal Rachmani spoke about midwives Miriam and Yocheved who refused to obey Pharaoh’s inhuman decree that they murder all the newborn males, thereby saving a generation of Jewish boys. According to Rashi, Rabbanit Tal continued, Miriam is called Puah in this parsha, because: […]

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My Shovavim Project

My Shovavim Project

Last week was the beginning of the Shovavim period. For these 6 weeks (almost until Rosh Chodesh Adar) we are supposed to make our lives holier, purer. One year, for example, during the Shovavim period I upgraded my internet filter. One year, I was more careful about the modesty-level of videos I watch online. And […]

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Rabbi Belsky’s Mother’s Secret

Rabbi Belsky’s Mother’s Secret Read More