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Sweet Commercial Starring Family with 10 Kids (1-Minute Video)

Posted by on Jul 2, 2015 in Featured, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, Uncategorized | 2 comments

Sweet Commercial Starring Family with 10 Kids  (1-Minute Video)

As part of a new advertising campaign, Bank Discount has made a series of videos featuring a diverse array of Israeli families. Here’s a really sweet one featuring the 12 members of Reinitz family…Translation of subtitles below. Rivka, 41, is a nursery school teacher of 30 kids, and another 10 at home Yossi, 41, wants more kids David Mordechai, 4, is the Mashgiach Kashrut [supervisor] of the kitchen Shoshana, 18, is the braid-making champion of the family Shmuel, 16, Shneur, 17, learn Torah at every opportunity Yaffi, 14, is...

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The 1st Time I Blessed My Oldest Daughter

Posted by on Jul 1, 2015 in Featured | 6 comments

The 1st Time I Blessed My Oldest Daughter

17 years ago. My first Friday night as a mother. I gave birth on Monday, but I am still stuck in the hospital with an infection. Josh and I sit down to Friday-night dinner in the hospital dining area, with 6-day-old Hadas at our side. There is Shalom Alechem and Eshet Chayil and then Josh and I reach down to place our hands, ever-so-gently, on our new baby—as soft and delicate and lovely as a dandelion puff—and recite a blessing over her for the first time. “May Hashem bless you And keep you: May Hashem make His face shine on you And...

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New Sefer Torah Written in Honor of Razel Family Miracle

Posted by on Jun 30, 2015 in Featured, Uncategorized | 3 comments

New Sefer Torah Written in Honor of Razel Family Miracle

Six years ago, early on the morning of Israeli Independence Day, we received an urgent call from Moriah’s nursery school teacher. Moriah’s friend, 4-year-old Rivki–the daughter of singer Yonatan and Yael Razel–had suffered a traumatic brain injury and was in critical condition. For the first few days after the accident, it wasn’t clear at all if Rivki would even survive. And even after her condition stabilized it wasn’t clear at all if she would ever walk again or talk again. I remember the feeling of...

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What Rabbi Gavriel Sassoon Wants the World To Know (8-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Posted by on Jun 29, 2015 in Current Events, Inspiration, Inspirational Videos | 4 comments

What Rabbi Gavriel Sassoon Wants the World To Know (8-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Following the tragic deaths of 7 of his children, here’s the message Rabbi Sassoon wants to share….

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The Fraenkel Family’s Favorite Lullaby

Posted by on Jun 28, 2015 in Current Events, Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 3 comments

The Fraenkel Family’s Favorite Lullaby

Yeladim Magazine reported that the children of the Fraenkel family, the siblings of Naftali HY”D, have created their own special version of the lullaby “B’Shem Hashem” which shows their ongoing connection with their late brother who was tragically murdered a year ago this month… Every night before they go to bed, the Fraenkel kids sing (adding the words in CAPs): B’shem Hashem, B’shem Hashem, Elokai Yisrael Mi’Yamini Michael, umi’smolee Gavriel, Mi’lifanai Uriel, umi’achorai Raphael. NAFTALI MISTAKEL U’Me’al Roshee,...

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The Half-Finished Package of Tissues Underneath my Stroller

Posted by on Jun 24, 2015 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, My life | 4 comments

The Half-Finished Package of Tissues Underneath my Stroller

This morning, as usual, I was feeling troubled about something that had happened when I reached into the basket underneath my stroller for a water bottle and noticed a small box of tissues floating among the baby-wipe-children’s-hat-magazine mess. My heart jumped a little when I saw those tissues, like it had been shocked by a microscopic defibrillator. Less than one month ago an ICU nurse handed that very same box of tissues to my mom when my father was lying in the ICU on life support following a heart attack. Over the next few days,...

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Why I Let My Son Eat Pretzels with Milk This Morning

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | 5 comments

Why I Let My Son Eat Pretzels with Milk This Morning

7 AM to 8:30 AM. Every morning, during those 90 minutes, I get myself and my baby dressed, and then I get my 4-year-old Tsoofy and 2-year-old Yaakov ready for gan. It’s the longest 90 minutes of my day. 90 minutes of “Not that dress, this dress!” and “Not oatmeal, cornflakes!” and “Not now, after I’m done drawing my picture!” It’s 90 minutes full of minor battles which, with the slightest misstep in strategy, could explode at a moment’s notice into a full-blow war. And this morning, unfortunately, there were even more...

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The Most Traumatic End-of-Year Party of My Life

Posted by on Jun 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | 5 comments

The Most Traumatic End-of-Year Party of My Life

This June is the 10-year anniversary of the far-and-away most traumatic end-of-year party of my life. In 2005, Hallel was graduating from kindergarten at Gan Rafaela. It had been a tough year for Rafaela, Hallel’s teacher, whose dedication to the girls and great skill as an educator seemed, to me, to go largely unnoticed by the parents. The cultural and linguistic divide between Israeli Rafaela and the mostly American parents had turned out to be just too wide to bridge. I arrived at the party on time (in other words, half an hour early) and...

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My Neighbor’s Incredible Surprise for Her Husband (6-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Posted by on Jun 21, 2015 in Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, Israel, My life | 1 comment

My Neighbor’s Incredible Surprise for Her Husband (6-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

How my next-door neighbor surprised her new husband–big time!

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