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Grandma Wanda’s Necklace

Posted by on Aug 16, 2017 in Featured, Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 0 comments

Grandma Wanda’s Necklace

A few weeks ago we hosted the Mantell family, visiting Israel from the US for their son’s bar mitzvah, for Friday-night dinner. We had such a great time with them, what a lovely family. And at one point during the dinner I noticed the unusual necklace of the bar-mitzvah boy’s grandmother, Wanda. Wanda explained to me, “When each of my grandchildren is born I add a child, made out of gold and diamond, to my necklace, since, in my eyes, each of my grandchildren is an absolute diamond.” I could not agree more! Mazal tov...

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Elevate Your Elul, Transform your Life for $1

Posted by on Aug 13, 2017 in Featured, Inspiration | 0 comments

Elevate Your Elul, Transform your Life for $1

It will be 8 years this winter, and I’m still listening and learning and growing week by week thanks to Rabbi Nivin’s weekly chaburas, accessible by phone and webinar. I could not recommend this program more highly, it has changed me and my life so dramatically, for the better! Something new this Elul, Rabbi Nivin will be offering 3 beginners tracks–the general track (called “The Journey”), as well as two marriage tracks, including one for women in challenging marriages. Learn more at www.newchabura.com....

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JewishMOM.com on Summer Vacation until August 27th

Posted by on Aug 8, 2017 in Featured, My life | 0 comments

JewishMOM.com on Summer Vacation until August 27th

Shalom my dear JewishMOMs, tonight I will be travelling to visit family in North America, so I will be taking a break from my regular daily posts until August 27th. Though I might be popping in from time to time to post something and say hello:) Hoping you and your families have a wonderful end of summer…

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When You Walk Through a Storm (2-Minute Musical Excerpt)

Posted by on Aug 8, 2017 in Inspiration, Inspirational Videos | 2 comments

When You Walk Through a Storm (2-Minute Musical Excerpt)

Yesterday, for the first time ever, I did karaoke at my friend’s surprise 40th birthday party. It was so fun! Before she arrived, all the people there chose out the songs we would sing, and after looking through the names of a few hundred songs I didn’t know or didn’t know well enough to perform, I came across “When You Walk through a Storm” from the musical Carousel. Now that’s a song I know, we performed that musical when I was in highschool. Even 30 years later, just thinking of that song makes my eyes...

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Feeling Summer Vacation

Posted by on Aug 7, 2017 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 7 comments

Feeling Summer Vacation

Summer vacation? Ha! It is summer, I agree, but vacation? Maybe for my kids, but not for me… For me, vacation begins when vacation ends, and the kids go back to school and I have some space to breathe and think my own thoughts without lots of little people around all day. So I was struck by an article forwarded to me by my neighbor, Emuna, by a woman who has figured out how to put the vacation back into summer vacation. The article was written by a mother and an architect who continues to work regular hours while so many other...

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How to Stop Jealousy (14-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Posted by on Aug 6, 2017 in Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, My life | 6 comments

How to Stop Jealousy (14-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Why being jealous doesn’t make sense.

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Rabbanit Tzippy’s Parenting Secret

Posted by on Aug 3, 2017 in Featured, Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 1 comment

Rabbanit Tzippy’s Parenting Secret

As long as I don’t get up from lying position, I can get through Tisha b’Av without feeling overly awful. So I generally spend Tisha b’Av resting and sleeping but mostly reading. And the book that moved me the most deeply this Tisha b’Av, often to tears, was the memorial booklet compiled by the family of Rabbanit Tzippy Kaplan zt”l who passed away at the age of 56 last month. Rabbanit Tzippy, whom I wrote about shortly before her death, was a pillar of chesed in my community. In fact she was such a central...

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My Husband Doesn’t Help in the House and That’s OK by Tamar Nizri

Posted by on Aug 2, 2017 in Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 11 comments

My Husband Doesn’t Help in the House and That’s OK by Tamar Nizri

Over the last few weeks I’ve mentioned life coach and mother of 8 Tamar Nizri several times. This year, her community and home in Amona were destroyed, and since then (as she mentions in the article below) she and the other displaced families have been living together in dormitories while awaiting permanent housing. This article originally appeared in Hebrew in the magazine Pnima. Tamar Nizri writes: A father’s help in the house, what a sensitive topic. As a person whose husband is almost never home during the week, for years I...

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A Place to Call Home (6-Minute Rabbi Yoel Gold Video)

Posted by on Aug 2, 2017 in Inspiration, Inspirational Videos | 1 comment

A Place to Call Home (6-Minute Rabbi Yoel Gold Video)

Get your tissues ready, this is really something. A reminder of what a gift we are granting our children by giving them a place to call home.

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Mazal Tov, it’s Tisha b’Av

Posted by on Jul 31, 2017 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 2 comments

Mazal Tov, it’s Tisha b’Av

Yesterday I told my 7-year-old Tsofia that, no, for a few more days she and her siblings still can’t fill up the swimming pool in the backyard and take a dip. “Oh right,” she said, realizing her mistake, “now it’s the 9 months!” And I was reminded of something I read in Rabbanit Yemima’s book on the 3 weeks, “Kmayim Leebech.” Rabbanit Yemima wrote: “The tradition is to darken the synagogue on Tisha B’Av night, before the reading of the Book of Lamentations… “And...

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