Morning Sickness, Jewish Style

Morning Sickness, Jewish Style

As you know, my After-the-Chagim to-do list is approximately the length of the Great Wall of China. And I was planning to get through a significant chunk of it this week… And then, half way up the mountain of Chol HaMoed laundry, our washing machine came to a screeching halt. B”H it’s under warranty (but […]

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Want to Experience Miracles? Read These Words…

Want to Experience Miracles? Read These Words…

Rabbi Nivin suggested a few months ago that if we want to connect with G-d on a more constant basis, and see more miracles in our lives, then he would recommend reciting the Ain Od Milvado segula written by the Nefesh HaChaim (Rabbi Chaim of Volozhin). So I started doing just that, every day after […]

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The Smile that Made a Shidduch

The Smile that Made a Shidduch

When my neighbor, Naomi, was in her early thirties, almost all of her childhood friends were already married with several children. After 10 years of looking for a husband, Naomi resigned herself to the sad possibility that she would never get married. She comforted herself with the thought that the children in the nursery school […]

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How to Conquer Your After-the-Chagim To-Do List (2-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

How to Conquer Your After-the-Chagim To-Do List (2-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

2 simple tools that help me not get overwhelmed by my lengthy post-Chagim to-do list. The Chagim are over, and if you are like me, you have a to-do list as long as the galus made up of all the things you said you would do “After the Chagim.” Here’s 2 ideas that help me […]

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What the Rebbe Taught Me this Simchat Torah

What the Rebbe Taught Me this Simchat Torah

For the last 10 Simchat Torahs or so I’ve attended the hakafot of the Belzer Rebbe. Simchat Torah at Belz is, without fail, one of the most intense spiritual experiences of my year. The hints of doubt and irony that color my view of Judaism year-round are replaced by absolute, unwavering certainty. From the moment […]

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