What to Pray for Each Night of Chanukah from Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdichev

What to Pray for Each Night of Chanukah from Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdichev

Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdichev taught that each night of Chanukah is an auspicious time to pray for something different: 1st Night: This is the best night to pray that you won’t be lonely or depressed 2nd Night: Pray that you or someone you know should find a spouse, or (if you are married) for […]

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The Chassidic Woman and the Blue Mohawk

The Chassidic Woman and the Blue Mohawk

A few years ago, Torah teacher and therapist Chani Juravel was shopping for shoes at Marshalls. On one side of the shoe department she noticed a beautiful, regal Chassidic woman. And on the other side she noticed a teenage girl with piercings and a blue mohawk in a torn leather vest. Mrs. Juravel found herself […]

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My Hardest Birth

My Hardest Birth

“Eema, I’m scared!” 7-year-old Tsofia whispered to me this morning as she sat in the dentist’s chair, 2 tears snaking down her cheeks–for 2 cavities waiting for fillings. Dr. Rina instructed me to stand by Tsofia’s head and hold the laughing-gas mask over her nose, and I saw Tsofia’s eyes become dreamy. And my mind […]

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When the Distinguished Rabbanit Saw the Spit Up

When the Distinguished Rabbanit Saw the Spit Up

Over the last few months, I’ve been feeling burnt out–with my kids, with the house. So I’ve been seeking out inspirational gung-ho mothers who can give me a JewishMOM boost. Yesterday, at a neighborhood class, I had the honor of meeting one such inspirational woman, Rabbanit Mazal Amar, the wife of Israel’s Sephardi Chief Rabbi. […]

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Tips for a Great Chanukah (11-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Tips for a Great Chanukah (11-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

How mothers can get inspired and stay sane this Chanukah.

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