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Why I am Not Writing More about the Sassoon Family Tragedy

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 in Current Events, Featured | 3 comments

Why I am Not Writing More about the Sassoon Family Tragedy

A few people have asked me why I’m not writing more about the Sassoon family tragedy. And I wanted to explain why. I recently met a psychologist who is a world-renowned trauma expert. During our conversation, I asked him whether he might be able to treat more victims from the Nachlaot abuse case, and he told me that at the moment, he could not. He explained, “There is a lack of professionals specializing in this field, which means I am flooded with requests for help. But I also know that if I take on more than I can handle, and I start...

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Pesach Energy-Sapper of the Day: “Enough Cleaning! I’m Waiting for the Holy Part!”

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 in Featured, Uncategorized | 1 comment

Pesach Energy-Sapper of the Day: “Enough Cleaning! I’m Waiting for the Holy Part!”

In this year’s pre-Pesach class, my teacher Rabbi Aryeh Nivin (www.newchabura.com) responded to complaints he has heard from women over the years regarding Passover. I could relate to quite a few of the complaints, and I found Rabbi Nivin’s responses to them really helpful. So, I decided to post a Pesach energy-sapper for your reading pleasure every single day until Passover, followed by an answer based on Rabbi Nivin’s response. ENJOY! Pesach Energy Sapper #3: “I HATE CLEANING! I CAN’T WAIT TO FINISH IT SO I CAN GET TO THE...

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The Technion’s Passover Seder Machine (2-Minute Cool Video)

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 in Featured | 3 comments

The Technion’s Passover Seder Machine (2-Minute Cool Video)

Wow, I really loved this, and sent it out to all my relatives…

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Pesach Energy-Sapper of the Day: “I Snapped at My Kids. I am a Terrible Mother!”

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms | 6 comments

Pesach Energy-Sapper of the Day: “I Snapped at My Kids. I am a Terrible Mother!”

In this year’s pre-Pesach class, my teacher Rabbi Aryeh Nivin (www.newchabura.com) responded to complaints he has heard from women over the years regarding Passover. I could relate to quite a few of the complaints, and I found Rabbi Nivin’s responses to them really helpful. So, I decided to post a Pesach Energy-Sapper for your reading pleasure every single day until Passover, followed by an answer based on Rabbi Nivin’s response. ENJOY! Passover Energy-Sapper #2: I CAN NEVER BE ANGRY, SNAPPY, MEAN OR TOUGH WITH MY CHILDREN OR...

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Pesach Energy-Sapper of the Day: “Cleaning is Too Hard, I Want to Run Away”

Posted by on Mar 24, 2015 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 0 comments

Pesach Energy-Sapper of the Day: “Cleaning is Too Hard, I Want to Run Away”

In this year’s pre-Pesach class, my teacher Rabbi Aryeh Nivin (www.newchabura.com) responded to complaints he has heard from women over the years regarding Passover. I could relate to quite a few of the complaints, and I found Rabbi Nivin’s responses to them really helpful. So, I decided to post a Pesach energy-sapper for your reading pleasure every single day until Passover, followed by an answer based on Rabbi Nivin’s response. ENJOY! Pesach Energy Sapper #1: “CLEANING FOR PASSOVER IS TOO HARD. I WANT TO RUN AWAY. I...

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Only 11 Days to Go

Posted by on Mar 23, 2015 in Featured | 10 comments

Only 11 Days to Go

I woke up this morning feeling sad. So much terrible news. The Sasson family tragedy (please pray for a complete and immediate recovery for the daughter and mother who remain in critical condition: Tziporah bat Gila and Gila bat Francis). History repeats itself as a child abuse ring targets large numbers of children in Jerusalem’s Sanhedria neighborhood (Read Sandhedria Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Yitzchak Berkowitz SHLITA’s comments on this horrific case here. CAUTION, EXTREMELY GRAPHIC) And, on a personal level, a close relative is struggling...

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I’m in the Special Olympics (10-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Posted by on Mar 22, 2015 in Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 0 comments

I’m in the Special Olympics (10-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Do you feel like you aren’t making progress regarding your challenges?

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When My 2-Year-Old Almost Ruined the Heirloom Rug

Posted by on Mar 19, 2015 in Inspiration, Uncategorized | 4 comments

When My 2-Year-Old Almost Ruined the Heirloom Rug

Yesterday afternoon I walked into the kitchen and discovered 4-year-old Tsofia and 2-year-old Yaakov huddled around the sink, filling a plastic box to the rim with water and plastic toy vegetables. “Only in the sink, OK Tsoofy?” Tsofia nodded her head with a look of solemn comprehension and I returned to the living room to change the baby’s diaper. A few minutes later, I looked up from the baby’s new diaper to see Yaakov carrying the box full of water,standing over our antique Persian carpet, an heirloom which we inherited from my...

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Bring us Home by Atara Pear (3-Minute Inspirational Song)

Posted by on Mar 19, 2015 in Current Events, Inspiration, Inspirational Videos | 6 comments

Bring us Home by Atara Pear (3-Minute Inspirational Song)

I started becoming religious when I was a Junior at Bowdoin College in Maine, and spending a semester abroad in Israel. 99% of people I met during that semester greeted the name “Bowdoin” with 0 recognition. But one Shabbos I met somebody who had once studied with a guy who had also graduated from Bowdoin and become religious. That person was Dov Pear, whom I later met with his lovely wife, Karen, in our mutual hometown Baltimore. Over the years, the Pears have graciously hosted me and my kids for many Shabbat meals during our...

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Waiting Almost 2 Hours at the Dentist

Posted by on Mar 18, 2015 in Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 3 comments

Waiting Almost 2 Hours at the Dentist

This morning, I had a dentist appointment at 10:30. My dentist is very skilled and very nice and works for a public health fund, which means getting an appointment to see her takes three months, and once your appointment arrives you need to wait as well. But this morning, things went overboard. Time after time people who had requested emergency “first aid” appointments were let in ahead of me. And then, around 11:30, when I finally could have gone in, I was nursing Yonatan, so had to let somebody else go ahead of me. The last time I...

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