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The Cool Succah Decoration I Made

Posted by on Sep 28, 2016 in Featured, Inspiration, My life | 1 comment

The Cool Succah Decoration I Made

I am feeling really proud of myself and this awesome succah decoration I, two-left-hands Chana Jenny, made at the community center event for moms this week (good thing I was sitting next to Ganenet Shulamit, who is on sabbatical this year from teaching 4-year-olds, and was able to guide me through the project at just the right speed for a craft-dyslexic like me). At the event, a woman taught us a paper-shaping technique called quilling (if you don’t know what that is, like I didn’t, I’ve included a basic how-to video...

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A Husband and Wife on Rosh Hashana

Posted by on Sep 27, 2016 in Featured, Inspiration | 1 comment

A Husband and Wife on Rosh Hashana

The following is based on something I heard in a class by Mrs. Miriam Swerdlov: This Rosh Hashana, your husband can go to an incredible shul where he experiences amazing and uplifting davening and has perfect focus. But, none of that matters if he comes home and there’s no white tablecloth on the table, and the holiday candles haven’t been lit, and there’s no festive meal to eat. Without the Jewish woman, no matter how spiritual the husband’s davening is, for that husband there is no Rosh Hashana. That is just how...

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Won’t be Getting to Shul Much or at All this Rosh Hashana? Read this…

Posted by on Sep 26, 2016 in Featured, Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 2 comments

Won’t be Getting to Shul Much or at All this Rosh Hashana? Read this…

Rabbanit Oranit Pijo gave a great class this morning to women in the community, and this is a taste of what she said: This Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur remember… When a mother is caring for her young children, there will be years, and sometimes many years, when her house and family are her central mitzvah. This is why the Chafetz Chaim told his wife when their children were small that she was exempt from prayer. When her children are small, a mother’s main connection with Hashem will not be through prayer and Torah learning. She...

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3 More Tips for a Better Marriage (15-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Posted by on Sep 25, 2016 in Inspiration, Inspirational Videos | 0 comments

3 More Tips for a Better Marriage (15-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

More tips from the newest book by Surrendered Wife author Laura Doyle. Can’t watch you tube? Click here to download video (please tell me if this works…)

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Little Giant Man (3-Minute Inspirational Video)

Posted by on Sep 22, 2016 in Inspiration, Inspirational Videos | 2 comments

Little Giant Man (3-Minute Inspirational Video)

Another gem from Rabbi Yoel Gold. About one rabbi’s small act of kindness which had a huge, lasting impact on a “little giant man.”

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Why Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka Knew All About the Chicago Cubs

Posted by on Sep 21, 2016 in Inspiration | 4 comments

Why Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka Knew All About the Chicago Cubs

Did I ever tell you how I decide what to post on JewishMOM.com? I try, whenever possible, to post things that move me to tears. And this morning, reading the newly-released biography Rebbe by Joseph Telushkin, I read a story which you wouldn’t think would make me cry, but it did. So here you go… In the chapter on Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka, we hear about the Rebbetzin’s exceptional attention to detail in caring for those around her. Rabbi Telushkin shares how much the Rebbetzin enjoyed hosting guests, and how she made a point...

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A Calendar Like You Never Saw Before

Posted by on Sep 20, 2016 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 13 comments

A Calendar Like You Never Saw Before

Our friend Jorian just brought us a copy of his hot-off-the-presses Hebrew Circle Calendar, and I was really blown away by the rare quality of the printing and art (created by 13 artists) as well as by the circle calendar concept–reminding us that the Jewish year is a spiral. That means that every year through repeating the holiday cycle we are, simultaneously, ascending spiritually, month by month and year by year. Not only are the calendar’s illustrations for each month shaped like a circle (I’ve included my favorites...

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The Razel Family Mourns Savta Fanny

Posted by on Sep 19, 2016 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 6 comments

The Razel Family Mourns Savta Fanny

This morning I heard that Savta Fanny passed away this last Shabbat at the age of 96. Savta Fanny Roselaar was the grandmother of singers Yonatan, Aaron Razel, and Ricka Razel and over the last two decades or so I would meet her at Razel family events–brises, bar mitzvahs, baby-namings etc. I was really fond of Savta Fanny, until the end she was a very strong, vivacious, regal woman. And she had an amazing smile. Savta Fanny was born in 1920 in Germany. When, in 1933, Hitler forbade Jews from attending German schools, 13-year-old...

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3 Tips for a Better Marriage (20-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Posted by on Sep 18, 2016 in Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, My life | 11 comments

3 Tips for a Better Marriage (20-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Powerful tips from the new book of the author of “The Surrendered Wife.”

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My Mind over Munchies Victory

Posted by on Sep 15, 2016 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life, Uncategorized | 3 comments

My Mind over Munchies Victory

For the last few months I’ve been taking Rena Reiser’s telephone course on intuitive eating. And it’s been a big eye opener for me. First of all, Rena asked us to pay attention to all the diets and hidden diets and food rules that we construct for ourselves in order to control our weight. In other words, what we allow ourselves to eat, at what times, and our methods of doing penance or self-flagellating if we broke our food rules that day (i.e. I broke my diet so I must go run 2 miles or go to bed without dinner). Instead,...

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