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You’ll Never Guess Where I Am… (3-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Posted by on May 19, 2019 in Featured, Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 3 comments

You’ll Never Guess Where I Am… (3-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

A wonderful message from a tsaddik–for all of us. Shalom JewishMOM! I am in the village of Breslov in the Ukraine. My daughter and I are visiting the gravesites of holy tsadikim here. To tell the truth, I’ve never understood why so many Jews come here to visit Uman and other holy places. You want holy? Isn’t Israel holy enough?! But I can say that now, I get it. At Rebbe Nachman’s grave I felt something I’ve never felt before, anywhere. I felt an intense feeling, which was very hard to pin down into words, but...

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Months After 2 Children Died in Fire, Family Blessed with Triplets

Posted by on May 15, 2019 in Current Events, Featured, Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 2 comments

Months After 2 Children Died in Fire, Family Blessed with Triplets

The Ginzburg family of Beitar tragically lost their young son and daughter in a fire seven months ago. And this week, b”H, the Ginzburgs welcomed triplets, 2 girls and a boy, into their family. With great emotion, father Rabbi Reuven Ginzburg said, “We received triplets from the Creator of the Universe, and we see that there is no such thing as coincidence. Seven months ago there was a fire in our home, where we lost our precious children. Our world, quite simply, was destroyed.” said Ginsburg. “Now the Holy One,...

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The Childless Couple and the Monster’s Blessing

Posted by on May 15, 2019 in Featured, Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 6 comments

The Childless Couple and the Monster’s Blessing

As told by Rabbi Fischel Schachter, as heard from the previous Belzer Rebbe: Many years ago there was a rabbi and a rebbetzin who still didn’t have any children. At one point the rabbi came to the Kozhnitzer Maggid, and he wept and told him, “Please give me a blessing for children…Otherwise, I won’t survive.” And the Maggid closed his eyes, and after a few moments, he said, “I don’t have a blessing to give you for children. But there is somebody who can give you the blessing: Shwartzwolf....

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What I Asked the Bible Contest Winner

Posted by on May 14, 2019 in Current Events, Inspiration, Israel, My life | 8 comments

What I Asked the Bible Contest Winner

Sometimes Israel feels like a really small country, like this past Independence Day when I realized that the winner of this year’s International Bible Contest, 18-year-old Yonatan Weisman, is the older brother of a boy from the nursery school of my son (whose name, coincidentally, is Yonatan Weisberg). And since then, I’ve been wondering how exactly Yonatan Weisman managed to memorize the Bible so amazingly that he was able to answer questions such as “From which cities did King David take large amounts of copper?” and...

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HeroMoms

Posted by on May 13, 2019 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 4 comments

HeroMoms

Right after I read about today’s omer sefira, Gevura sh’b’Netsach, I got really excited. And I called my friend, the one with a mentally ill husband who makes her life very, very difficult, and I told her, “Today is your day! Today is Gevura sh’b’Netsach, the day of eternal heroism.” This is how Rabbi Meir Gueta describes this day in his newly-released book (which I am loving with a passion) Tenufat HaOmer: Character Development through the Sefirot (Hebrew). “We all know what fleeting heroism...

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The Tichel Outrage

Posted by on May 12, 2019 in Current Events, Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 10 comments

The Tichel Outrage

Linor Abargil is an Israeli lawyer who won the Miss World beauty pageant in 1998. Over the last 2 decades, she has become a global advocate in the fight against sexual violence, as well as an observant Jew. After Abargil was chosen as the MC of this year’s official Independence Day Ceremony, a former judge wrote a scathing post raging against Abargil’s head covering. And in response, many people–including many secular Jews– have come to the defense of Linor and hair-covering in general. Some celebrities who don’t...

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Who’s That Kibbutznik in a Headscarf?! (3-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Posted by on May 12, 2019 in Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 1 comment

Who’s That Kibbutznik in a Headscarf?! (3-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

My daughter, Hallel, is doing her national service this year volunteering with the elderly. And one of the places she volunteers is on a secular kibbutz. At the kibbutz’s ceremony for Israel’s Memorial Day, Hallel noticed something highly unusual. Right there, among all the secular kibbutz members, was one woman wearing a headscarf. So after the ceremony, Hallel went up to that headscarf wearing kibbutznik to introduce herself and discovered that this woman, whose name is Tali, is the only religious member of the entire kibbutz....

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92-Year-Old Foster Mom to 52 Steals the Show this Yom Haatsmaut

Posted by on May 9, 2019 in Current Events, Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 2 comments

92-Year-Old Foster Mom to 52 Steals the Show this Yom Haatsmaut

Every year, 12 Israelis are chosen to light the torches that mark the transition from Memorial Day’s mourning to Independence Day’s celebrations. In this video, watch Marie Nachmias, a 92-year-old Holocaust survivor and mother of 8 (plus foster mother to 52 children, many of whom were severely disabled) bring the house down! Even Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara jump up to join the standing ovation. Go, Marie, go!

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Shira and Amichai Ish Ran, 6 Months Later (5-Minute Yom HaZikaron Interview)

Posted by on May 8, 2019 in Current Events, Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, Israel, Motherhood | 1 comment

Shira and Amichai Ish Ran, 6 Months Later (5-Minute Yom HaZikaron Interview)

In honor of Israel’s Memorial Day, for the first time Shira and Amichai Ish Ran reenact the night that would change their lives forever. They talk about the baby they lost, as well as the gift their baby gave them, and to millions of others, during his 3 days alive. On the eve of Yom HaZikaron, Memorial Day for Israel’s Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism, we are returning to the couple Amichai and Shira Ish Ran. They were standing at the Ofra Junction six months ago when terrorists shot in their direction. Amichai was...

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Remembering Marta: From Auschwitz to Lebanon–Until Yom HaZikaron by Sivan Rahav Meir

Posted by on May 8, 2019 in Current Events, Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 1 comment

Remembering Marta: From Auschwitz to Lebanon–Until Yom HaZikaron by Sivan Rahav Meir

Over the last few months, I had been filming a special news report for Memorial Day in which I wanted to tell the following story: Marta and Yosef Motzen were Holocaust survivors. Their son, Avremi, who was a student at the Kol Torah and Shaalavim yeshivas, fell in the Lebanon War when his tank set on fire. Immediately after the shiva, his friends decided to start a Torah class in his memory, in his parents’ home. There are lots of classes set up in people’s memory, but how many of those classes last for 37 years in a row? The...

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