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The Overwhelmed Mom’s Guide to Purim by Rabbi Da’vid Sperling

Posted by on Mar 19, 2019 in Featured, Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 0 comments

The Overwhelmed Mom’s Guide to Purim by Rabbi Da’vid Sperling

Purim can be a lot of fun – and also a lot of work. Especially for moms. Kids’ costumes, a meal to prepare, distributing mishloach manot, and still trying to get to shul to hear the Megillah. It can feel overwhelming. So here’s a quick checklist of Purim’s minimum halachic requirements, to make sure even the busiest moms get the basics covered. 1. Hear the Megillah You need to hear the megillah both at night and again in the daytime. Work out with your husband when you plan to go to shul and when he’s in charge of...

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In Eulogy by Son of Rabbi Ettinger HY”D: Abba, Thank You For Choosing to Marry Eema

Posted by on Mar 19, 2019 in Current Events, Featured, Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 0 comments

In Eulogy by Son of Rabbi Ettinger HY”D: Abba, Thank You For Choosing to Marry Eema

Yesterday, over 2500 people attended the funeral of Rabbi Achiad Ettinger HY”D, a rosh yeshiva and father of 12 who devoted his life to the Torah and the Jewish people. In his eulogy, through tears, Rabbi Ettinger’s oldest son, Elyashiv, said these following final words to his father: “Abba, I promise you that I will continue your legacy. “They took you away from us, but not your spirit. “They will not break us. “Abba, I want to thank you. For who you were… “And I also want to thank you for...

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Yesterday’s Terror Victims: A Father of 12, A Musician, and a New Immigrant

Posted by on Mar 18, 2019 in Current Events, Featured, Inspiration, Israel | 0 comments

Yesterday’s Terror Victims: A Father of 12, A Musician, and a New Immigrant

“Hello, I am a teacher, and when I tell my students about the people we are mourning and praying for, I try to add a personal detail, so the students can connect. So yesterday, I read the life stories of the victims of yesterday’s terror attack in Ariel, and I was profoundly moved. “Rabbi Achiad Ettinger HY”D, the father of 12 children between the ages of 20 and a year old, was critically injured in the attack and passed away this morning. Over the last few years, Rabbi Ettinger connected deeply with the crisis of the...

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My 3 First Aid Tips for Kids (3-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Posted by on Mar 17, 2019 in Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 1 comment

My 3 First Aid Tips for Kids (3-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

3 unusual ways I make my kids’ challenges disappear. Over my last 2 decades of being a mom I’ve learned some unusual techniques to help out my kids when they are facing challenges. These are the secret contents of my JewishMOM first-aid kit, which I use before I start taking my kids for professional help. And, surprisingly often, my first-aid kit actually ends up nipping the problem in the bud. So here you go: First Aid Tip #1: When one of my kids complains about a teacher or a classmate who doesn’t like them or...

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The Engagement Ring Miracle

Posted by on Mar 14, 2019 in Inspiration, Israel, My life | 4 comments

The Engagement Ring Miracle

This past fall, I told you about my Miraculous Shabbat Guest–the Shabbat guest who turned out to have graduated from the same Quaker high school in Baltimore that I attended. As far as I know, we are the only Baltimore Friends graduates living in Israel as well as the only Baltimore Friends graduates who are, today, religious Jews. And the similarities don’t end there. after graduating Friends, both of us attended college, and then ended up at Neve Yerushalayim followed by the Pardes Institute. And after that, our life paths...

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What Your Kids See When They See Mom (3-Minute Video)

Posted by on Mar 14, 2019 in Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, Motherhood | 4 comments

What Your Kids See When They See Mom (3-Minute Video)

This is the video I mentioned in the interview with Rabbanit Yemima, it was one of my most popular posts EVER. Get your tissues ready…

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What if My Teenager Got Dreadlocks? My Interview with Rabbanit Yemima

Posted by on Mar 12, 2019 in Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 9 comments

What if My Teenager Got Dreadlocks? My Interview with Rabbanit Yemima

This past Thursday, Rabbanit Yemima Mizrachi interviewed me on her weekly radio show on Reshet Bet. The Hebrew audio in this video of the interview is hard to hear. There’s a written English translation below. Or click here to hear the original Hebrew interview with excellent quality (starting at 13:00). RABBANIT YEMIMA MIZRACHI: These are words that appear on the very popular website JewishMOM.com of Chana Jenny Weisberg: “In English there is a famous saying “If Mom ain’t happy, nobody’s happy!” In...

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How to Be a Happier Mom this Adar by Rabbanit Yemima

Posted by on Mar 11, 2019 in Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 2 comments

How to Be a Happier Mom this Adar by Rabbanit Yemima

When Adar begins, our happiness increases. But how exactly? Here are some thoughts from Rabbanit Yemima Mizrachi’s new book: “Invitation to Rejoice”: Women nowadays expect of themselves to do everything – to work, to educate, to succeed at home and outside of it, to host, to finish everything quickly. And I say: Cut yourself a lot slack along the way but do not, I repeat, DO NOT give up your own happiness. A messy bed can be made. A report for work can be prepared. But an unhappy woman is worse than any of those...

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My Stutter Miracle (3-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Posted by on Mar 10, 2019 in Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 6 comments

My Stutter Miracle (3-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Two weeks ago, I received a very, very exciting Email. Rabbanit Yemima wrote to ask if she could interview me for her show on national radio. I responded right away, “Of course, what an honor! Thank you so much for asking me!” But a nanosecond after I pressed the send button, I realized that there was one small problem. One huge problem, in fact. For the last few weeks, I’ve been stuttering. When I st-st-st-start a word especially. In daily interactions, this stutter is awkward. But on national radio? While struggling my...

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Waiting 15 Years for Shimon Menachem by Chana Zahav

Posted by on Mar 7, 2019 in Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 9 comments

Waiting 15 Years for Shimon Menachem by Chana Zahav

This month Chana Zahav gave birth to her first child, a healthy baby boy after 15 years of marriage. Chana and I are both participants in Rabbi Nivin’s chabura, so for months, throughout her high-risk pregnancy, Rabbi Nivin was telling us to pray for her–and we definitely were! After Chana gave birth, I was moved to tears and goosebumps by Chana’s account of her miraculous pregnancy which she recorded in her 28th week of pregnancy (in the recording below.) I’ve included a written excerpt as...

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