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Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach’s Advice to a Young Widow

Posted by on Jan 17, 2019 in Featured, Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 0 comments

Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach’s Advice to a Young Widow

A brokenhearted widow with several young children once came to the great Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach.   This young widow told Rabbi Shlomo Zalman that she feared that she was to blame for her husband’s death, because of something she might have done wrong. And she had decided that she wanted to take upon herself something requiring great mesirut nefesh (self-sacrifice and effort) in her husband’s memory.   The young widow, it seemed, had in mind something like fasting every Monday and Thursday or scrubbing the yeshiva...

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2 Young Wives, 2 Tragedies

Posted by on Jan 16, 2019 in Current Events, Featured, Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 2 comments

2 Young Wives, 2 Tragedies

This past Sunday, Israel was struck by the sudden tragic deaths of two amazing young women. 25-year-old Rivka Kapshuk, who got married just 3 weeks ago on December 24th, was killed in a car accident (her husband Tom (Tom ben Orli) remains in critical condition). Rivka was a popular teacher at the Tsvia Maaleh Adumim High School, the daughter of Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Yeshayahu Doron. 30-year-old Hadas Tapuchi, a mother of four, was killed in an accident that is being investigated as a possible terrorist attack. Hadas was a violinist and a violin...

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Today is the 10 Year Anniversary of a Miracle

Posted by on Jan 15, 2019 in Current Events, Featured, Inspiration, Inspirational Videos | 3 comments

Today is the 10 Year Anniversary of a Miracle

On Jan. 15, 2009, a US Airways Airbus safely landed in the Hudson River after striking a flock of geese while taking off from New York City. For survivor Ric Elias the experience of almost dying left a lasting impression on him as a human being, husband, and, in his eyes most importantly, as a father. From Ric Elias’s TED talk: Imagine a big explosion as you climb through 3,000 ft. Imagine a plane full of smoke. Imagine an engine going clack, clack, clack. It sounds scary… Terror. Life was over. “15, 14, 13.” You can...

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A Rare Interview with Michal Gross: 5 Years After the “Exterminator Tragedy”

Posted by on Jan 14, 2019 in Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 4 comments

A Rare Interview with Michal Gross: 5 Years After the “Exterminator Tragedy”

5 years ago this month, the Jewish world was shaken by the horrible tragedy that struck the 2 young daughters of Michal and Shimon Gross, who died after an exterminator sprayed poison in their home. The Grosses’ 2 sons, who were also poisoned, were rushed to the hospital in critical condition. B”H, both boys miraculously experienced full recoveries and since the tragedy, the Grosses have been blessed with 2 more children, a son born a year after the tragedy and a daughter, who is almost 2 years old. In a rare interview conducted...

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The Home Field Advantage (1-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Posted by on Jan 13, 2019 in Current Events, Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 3 comments

The Home Field Advantage (1-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

What we JewishMOMs can learn from the NFL. My husband’s a big Patriots fan, so yesterday he was telling me about the upcoming playoffs leading up to the Superbowl. Josh explained to me how crucial it is that the Patriots beat a certain team in order to get the home-field advantage during the playoffs and (possibly) the Superbowl. Why is that so important? I asked him. Just imagine, he explained to me, having 70,000 fans cheering you on: “Get up! Let’s go Pats! Go, go, go!” as opposed to 70,000 angry fans screaming:...

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Only in Israel: A Bus Driver’s Daily Act of Kindness

Posted by on Jan 10, 2019 in Inspiration, Israel, My life | 0 comments

Only in Israel: A Bus Driver’s Daily Act of Kindness

This week winter came to Israel. Snow, harsh winds, heavy rains, freezing cold. Israelis who have a choice tend to stay home next to their radiators in weather like this. But our IDF soldiers don’t have that option. Neither rain, nor snow, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these dedicated young men and women from their appointed rounds. Yesterday, in the middle of the freezing, torrential rain pour, I set off on a 2-hour bus trip to attend an overnight vacation for women which I booked several months before I knew what the forecast...

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Speedy Beatie Update: JewishMOM of 5 Headed for Olympics?

Posted by on Jan 10, 2019 in Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 0 comments

Speedy Beatie Update: JewishMOM of 5 Headed for Olympics?

This week, Beatie Deutsch, the marathon champ and religious mother of 5, was interviewed about her Olympic plans. GO BEATIE, GO!!!

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Struggling Kids: One Principal’s Words of Encouragement

Posted by on Jan 9, 2019 in Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 1 comment

Struggling Kids: One Principal’s Words of Encouragement

  The following was written by Yosef Knapelmacher, principal of the Netivot Moshe School in Kadima: Imagine a boy with a terrible stutter. who is completely unable to speak and express himself, certainly not in public. Imagine the fears that pass through the hearts of that child’s parents. “What will his future look like?!” “How will he grow up, develop, and start a family?!” “What will become of him?!” But in contrast to this, what does the Torah show us? Moses was “slow of speech and...

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Mazal Tov! Terror Orphans to be Married

Posted by on Jan 7, 2019 in Current Events, Inspiration, Israel | 2 comments

Mazal Tov! Terror Orphans to be Married

16 years ago, during the darkest hours of the 2nd Intifada, Avigdor Gavish’s parents, grandfather and brother were brutally murdered by an Arab terrorist who entered their home at the beginning of Passover. 4 months later, the parents and 9-year-old brother of Ayelet Dikstein were shot to death by terrorists while they were on their way to visit relatives. At the time, despite their similar fate, Avigdor and Ayelet didn’t know each other. But over the years, 36-year-old Avigdor and 34-year-old Ayelet got to know each other...

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My Eema Cheer (1-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Posted by on Jan 6, 2019 in Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 4 comments

My Eema Cheer (1-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

How I turned my child’s kvetch into a cheer- for me. This past Friday afternoon, I was standing on the top of a step ladder in my kitchen, getting down a pot for chicken soup. And at that very moment, my 6-year-old Yaakov needed something urgently. Insider’s info: whenever Yaakov wants anything, he needs it urgently! And as I was standing on that ladder, Yaakov was chanting, “Eema! Eema! Eema!’ And I found myself, from the top of my ladder, chanting along with him: “Eema! Eema! Eema!” And then, without...

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