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Segula Alert! Recite the Shla”H’s Prayer for Children this Thursday

Posted by on May 31, 2011 in Current Events, Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, Uncategorized | 4 comments

Segula Alert! Recite the Shla”H’s Prayer for Children this Thursday

Tonight (Wednesday, May 24) and tomorrow (Thursday, May 25) is the day before Rosh Chodesh Sivan, declared by the Shla”h HaKadosh as one of the most auspicious days of the year to pray for our children’s physical and spiritual well-being and lifelong success. Jewish mom, don’t miss this tremendous annual opportunity! Make sure to recite the Shla”h’s beautiful and powerful prayer on this day. (scroll down to find the prayer in Hebrew and English). תפילת השל”ה הקדוש “אַתָּה הוּא...

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How to Feel Hashem Loves You

Posted by on May 29, 2017 in Featured, Inspiration, My life | 2 comments

How to Feel Hashem Loves You

In preparation for Shavuot I’ve done some reading and listened to some classes about the holiday, and a recurring theme everywhere I turn is how much Hashem loves me. You should feel how much Hashem loves you every moment! You know how much you love your child? Hashem loves you even more! If you knew how much Hashem loves you, you would feel happy always! And of course, I would love to feel that Hashem loves me. And I think my head gets that. My head knows that Hashem created me and is proud of me and loves me. But the truth is that in...

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What I Will be Doing this Shavuot

Posted by on May 25, 2017 in Featured, Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life, Uncategorized | 10 comments

What I Will be Doing this Shavuot

“What will you be doing for Shavuot?” my friend just asked me. You might remember from posts I’ve written in the past, that as the (immensely proud!) wife of an educator and mother of older as well as younger children, my Shavuot is more or less about enabling others to do what they need or want to do. Enabling my husband to stay up all night teaching Torah and and then teach some more in the afternoon. Enabling my older children to stay up late or even all night learning Torah. Enabling my 3 youngest children to have a...

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When Life Ends

Posted by on May 24, 2017 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life, Uncategorized | 9 comments

When Life Ends

Moriah wanted a small gymnastics mat for her bat mitzvah. So I looked in stores, and I looked online, and after a lot of searching, I found something that looked good and remarkably inexpensive (free international shipping even!) on Ebay. I ordered it, crossed “gymnastics mat” off my to-do list, and told Moriah it should be here in a few weeks. But then yesterday I got an Email from Ebay’s fraud department. The seller and the mat, they suspected, were fakes. Contact your credit card company. Back to the drawing board. This...

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My Morning of Motherly Mitzvot

Posted by on May 23, 2017 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 5 comments

My Morning of Motherly Mitzvot

This morning, I woke up 15 minutes earlier than usual in order to pack up the lunches I was too worn out to make the night before. And as the rest of my house slept and I spread white cheese onto slices of bread and washed off apricots to slide into backpacks, I whispered in my heart, “Behold I am prepared and willing to fulfill the mitzvah of v’halachta b’drachav,” to walk in Hashem’s ways. And I felt my heart start to smile as I remembered that just like Hashem provides food for the world, I am providing food...

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Selflessness vs. Selfness

Posted by on May 22, 2017 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life, Uncategorized | 1 comment

Selflessness vs. Selfness

Recently I posted several poems by poetess Sorah Rosenblatt who passed away earlier this year, and was so happy to see many of you loved these poems too. This past Shabbat we were staying at a Jewish hostel with a large library, and I was so excited to discover Sorah Rosenblatt’s out-of-print collection of poems Memo to Self: Songs of Jewish Living (Feldheim) (written under the pen name Ruth Lewis) which I read over Shabbat. Reading these poems I felt a real connection with her, I could so relate to her experiences as a mother, as a...

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Yaakov’s Missing Tsitsit

Posted by on May 18, 2017 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 9 comments

Yaakov’s Missing Tsitsit

I woke up this morning, for various reasons, even more tired than usual. Which meant that when I noticed Yaakov’s Fireman Sam t-shirt had a tomato seed dried onto its left shoulder, instead of walking up 18 steps to get a new shirt, I just scratched off the seed. A little red blotch on a shirt never hurt anyone. But Yaakov had other objections to the t-shirt. “Eema, I can’t wear this shirt to gan. This is a pajama shirt!” I took another look at the t-shirt, red blotch and all. And realized I did vaguely remember that...

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My Big Head

Posted by on May 17, 2017 in Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 9 comments

My Big Head

For a year or so I’d been dreaming about it. About my entire family coming over from America and Canada for Moriah’s bat mitzvah. My parents, my brother and his family, and (for the first time ever) my sister and her family, as well as my mother-in-law and cousin. And the family visit exceeded my already high expectations. Moriah was so happy to have so many relatives at her bat mitzvah. All 11 cousins got along fabulously. And we siblings and our spouses met up for an unprecedented and wonderful brunch together. Not to mention...

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Moriah’s Bat Mitzvah

Posted by on May 16, 2017 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 6 comments

Moriah’s Bat Mitzvah

Hold up your right hand with the palm facing you, and squish your fingers close together. Now imagine trying to hold a basketball in that clenched hand. Hard to imagine, right? Now put up your hand again, and stretch out the fingers as wide as you can. You could even hold a basketball in that hand, right? I learned all about hands dropping/holding basketballs from my first parenting teacher, Rabbanit Talia Helfer, who guided me, week by week, through those overwhelming years when my big kids were little. She explained to us that the hand with...

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