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I Took the Suitcase full of Bricks

Posted by on Mar 30, 2017 in Featured, Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 0 comments

I Took the Suitcase full of Bricks

Two men carrying 2 suitcases walked into a hotel. One suitcase was full of diamonds, the other was full of bricks. The men left their suitcases at the front desk and went to their rooms. When the bellhop arrived at the room of the diamond merchant carrying a suitcase, he was drenched with sweat and huffing and puffing from exertion. “I don’t know what you got in here, sir. But it weighs a ton! You better give me a very nice tip!” “If the suitcase was so heavy,” the man informed him, “you must have brought...

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Dafna Meir’s Controversial New Biography

Posted by on Mar 29, 2017 in Featured, Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 12 comments

Dafna Meir’s Controversial New Biography

Following the horrific murder of Dafna Meir last year, people around the world heard bits and pieces about her and her life. We heard how, at the age of 10, a family court removed Dafna from her home and placed her in an orphanage. We read how, before they even married, she and her husband, Natan, resolved to become a foster family to take in home-less children like young Dafna. We read about her passion for women’s reproductive health, her dedication to the patients she treated as a nurse (she learned Arabic to better serve her many...

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A Year Ago today I Was Racing to the Hospital

Posted by on Mar 28, 2017 in Featured, Inspiration, My life, Uncategorized | 5 comments

A Year Ago today I Was Racing to the Hospital

First thing this morning, Rosh Chodesh Nissan, I made sure my kids were wearing white shirts, took my three youngest to school and gan, bought some fruits and vegetables on the way home, and then recited the blessing over the trees together with my husband over our neighbor’s blossoming fruit trees. “I think saying the blessing over the trees together should be our new annual Rosh Chodesh Nissan tradition, OK? I like this one better than spending Rosh Chodesh Nissan racing to the emergency room.” My husband just smiled and...

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What We Leave Behind

Posted by on Mar 27, 2017 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 3 comments

What We Leave Behind

All people leave an imprint on the world. When we die, at 120 IY”H, we will leave behind the impact of our good deeds and our mitzvot on other people and the world. And for mothers, Henny Machlis explained…

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Try this Next Time you are Feeling Bad (8-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Posted by on Mar 26, 2017 in Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, My life | 0 comments

Try this Next Time you are Feeling Bad (8-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Use this simple technique to see through and overcome low thinking.

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Why I Think Pesach Cleaning is Spiritual

Posted by on Mar 23, 2017 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 8 comments

Why I Think Pesach Cleaning is Spiritual

You might have noticed that I’ve been posting a lot about Passover cleaning recently. And one dear, long-time reader left a comment to protest. She wrote: “My main gripe about the month before Pesach is that all we women talk about is cleaning. Could you post one or two thoughts about women’s spiritual preparation for Pesach?” And I, in response, wrote something that might sound irreparably strange to some of you. I wrote: “For me, cleaning for Pesach IS my spiritual preparation for Pesach.” Let me explain why...

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72 Days of Lovingkindness Start Today!

Posted by on Mar 23, 2017 in Inspiration, Inspirational Videos | 1 comment

72 Days of Lovingkindness Start Today!

Today is the 25th of Adar, the kickoff of an incredible annual opportunity to change your life in 5 minutes a day or less…Learn more here

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The Blessing of a Sticky Refrigerator by Rebbetzin Esther Baila Schwartz

Posted by on Mar 22, 2017 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 9 comments

The Blessing of a Sticky Refrigerator by Rebbetzin Esther Baila Schwartz

I just heard an amazing class on Passover by Rebbetzin Esther Baila Schwartz*…here’s an excerpt based on what she said: The vast majority of things we complain about before Passover are the exact same things we prayed for. On Rosh Hashana we prayed to Hashem “Fill our hands with Your blessings”…And Hashem answered our prayers, and those same blessings are the reason Jewish homes turn into madhouses during the weeks before Pesach. Sticky refrigerators, for example, are one of those blessings. You know...

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The Pesach Cleaning Competition

Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 24 comments

The Pesach Cleaning Competition

This is how I clean for Passover. Starting the day after Purim, I clean for an hour every day, except on Fridays and Saturdays. And I feel fine with that. I’m not a natural balabusta, so an hour a day feels like a good balance– enough time to make steady progress but not such a fast pace that I hit the wall miles before seder night. That is, I felt fine with it until yesterday when I sat down at the playground next to a French mother who IS a natural balabusta. She literally bakes brioche for her kids’ school lunches and...

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When I Feel Lacking

Posted by on Mar 20, 2017 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 2 comments

When I Feel Lacking

“When I feel lacking, I don’t need new things–I need new eyes with which to see the things I already have.” –Glennon Doyle Melton

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