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Mazal tov! It’s a Boy!

Posted by on Dec 15, 2014 in Featured | 26 comments

Mazal tov! It’s a Boy!

B”H, I gave birth to a healthy baby boy last Wednesday morning! That means JewishMOM.com will be on maternity leave for the next few weeks, until January 11th… Happy Chanukah, JewishMOMs! May we always share good news:)

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“We Chose to Continue Living”: Year after Son Killed, 46-Year-Old Mother Gives Birth

Posted by on Dec 8, 2014 in Current Events, Featured, Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 3 comments

“We Chose to Continue Living”: Year after Son Killed, 46-Year-Old Mother Gives Birth

by Eitan Glickman (Yediot) A year and a half ago, Michal Tsuk experienced a horrific tragedy: her 11-year-old son Ido was killed while riding his bike to a tennis lesson. Two days ago, at the age of 46, she and her husband Arnon had a baby girl. “She won’t replace Ido,” Michal said through tears, “but we didn’t want to crash, we want to continue living.” Michal and Arnon Tsuk, residents of Kfar Hess in the Sharon area, had 3 children. Gal, then age 15, Ido, 11, and Ofir, 3…”Ido was a very...

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Preemie Born 1.1 Pounds–Joins IDF

Posted by on Dec 7, 2014 in Featured, Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 1 comment

Preemie Born 1.1 Pounds–Joins IDF

18 years ago, Elon Cohen of Ashdod was born at 24 weeks and weighed only 1.1 pounds (500 grams). Last week, on the day before his enlistment in the IDF, Elon paid a visit to Professor Leah Sirota of Schneider Children’s Hospital where he spent the first three months of his life in an incubator under her care. While in high school, Cohen was an active volunteer with Magen David Adom and with Holocaust survivors. He came with his parents to Schneider to express his thanks to Professor Sirota for fighting so hard for his survival: “I...

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Avner Netanyahu Joins IDF as Combat Soldier

Posted by on Dec 3, 2014 in Current Events | 0 comments

Avner Netanyahu Joins IDF as Combat Soldier

Proud father Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu blessed his second son, Avner: “Watch over the country, and watch out for yourself” as he and his wife, Sara, bid him farewell yesterday as he began his military service as a combat soldier. The most religious member of his immediate family, Avner won 3rd place in the International Bible Quiz two years ago, and made headlines last year when he requested to put on tefillin at a synagogue during an official visit to China (photographed below). (photos from yesterday by Kobi Gidon)...

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From Sderot to Har Nof

Posted by on Dec 2, 2014 in Current Events, Inspiration | 2 comments

From Sderot to Har Nof

Last week, my 9-year-old Moriah came home with a special note on her weekly review sheet from school. After the regular run down of what the girls had learned that week in math and science and Torah classes, the teacher added an additional note about how the school was helping the girls process and cope following the Har Nof massacre, which had taken place just a few blocks up the hill. And then Moriah’s teacher concluded with the following: “PS- The girls received letters of support and encouragement this week from a class of 4th grade...

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Jacob’s Ladder

Posted by on Dec 1, 2014 in Uncategorized | 4 comments

Jacob’s Ladder

My 2-year-old Yaakov came home on Friday with a folder packed with pictures from nursery school. I understood from the pictures that the kids are learning about personal hygiene– since the pictures included a mouth with an actual toothbrush attached, as well as a hand with paper scissors attached to keep the nails clean and trimmed. In addition, there were pictures from the Torah portion. A picture of the red lentil soup which bought a birthright from Esau… But when Yaakov saw the picture of Jacob’s ladder, his face lit up....

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Raising Proud Jews (6-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Posted by on Nov 30, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Raising Proud Jews (6-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Getting nachas from the difference between my children’s Jewish education and my own education at a Christian prep school.

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Modeh Ani by Omer Adam (3-Minute Music Video)

Posted by on Nov 27, 2014 in Inspiration, Israel | 4 comments

Modeh Ani by Omer Adam (3-Minute Music Video)

This song makes me cry every time I hear it…We have so much to be grateful for– the enjoyable, pleasurable, happy things in our lives, and the experiences that don’t necessarily feel so good as well. (English below) Modeh Ani by Omer Adam I thank You every morning That You returned my soul to me I thank you for the clothing That You placed on my body So that I won’t be cold. You watch over me. I thank you every morning For the light, and for my very existence I thank You for the bread That You placed on my table So that...

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A Mother’s Badge of Honor

Posted by on Nov 26, 2014 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, Uncategorized | 7 comments

A Mother’s Badge of Honor

This morning at the supermarket, as I headed over to take a shopping cart, I noticed another woman heading ahead of me into the supermarket. She was taller than me, but at least ten years younger in a long flowing skirt and headscarf. My wild guess? She lives on a yishuv outside of Jerusalem and is a nursery-school teacher. Wednesday is her day off, and she came into Jerusalem to stock up at a discount supermarket and get a head start on Shabbat cooking. And then I noticed it… A smiley sticker stuck on the back of her skirt, close to the...

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