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The Fruit of the Belly

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017 in Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 0 comments

The Fruit of the Belly

I haven’t read this book on pregnancy and birth, but I think author Kineret Dror (whom I met selling her book at the Pnima Conference) came up with the best title EVER for a book about pregnancy. The title “Boreh Pree HaBeten” (The Creator of the Fruit of the Belly) is a play on words based on the blessing over wine “Boreh Pree HaGafen” (The Creator of the Fruit of the Vine). Shana tova,...

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Healing from My C-Section by Anonymous

Posted by on Sep 18, 2017 in Featured, Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, Uncategorized | 1 comment

Healing from My C-Section by Anonymous

I broke two dishes in one day; if I break 2 dishes in a year, that’s a lot. I knew something was not right, so as I looked at the pieces of broken pottery on my counter, I thought about what just happened. Rewinding 30 seconds, right before the dish broke, I had been thinking about pictures from a recent vacation, and how I thought I looked fat. The thought then came to my head, “Stop breaking your vessel!” What was going on here? As I prayed for clarity, I realized this hadn’t been just this one errant thought, but rather one of...

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What the Female Surgeon Told Me (6-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Posted by on Sep 17, 2017 in Featured, Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 4 comments

What the Female Surgeon Told Me (6-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

I was impressed by the female surgeon I met this morning, but she was impressed by me. Here’s why… If you cannot see video, watch at this link.

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Stop Being the Japanese Soldier

Posted by on Sep 14, 2017 in Featured, Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 4 comments

Stop Being the Japanese Soldier

Long after World War II had ended, there were Japanese soldiers hiding in island jungles across the Pacific who never heard that the war had ended. In fact, the last Japanese soldier to surrender did so in 1974. Hiroo Onoda (in the photograph above) had been hiding out in a jungle for 29 years when his commanding officer flew to the Philippines especially in order to relieve him from duty. In this year’s Rosh Hashana Drasha, Rabbi Nivin warned us that many people emulate these Japanese soldiers in their lives. Like the young girl whose...

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When My Mind is Racing

Posted by on Sep 13, 2017 in Featured, Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 10 comments

When My Mind is Racing

I went to sleep last night with my mind racing, and when I woke up this morning, it was still racing around–worrying about this and that, unable to focus or think straight about my logical next step. 7 years ago Rabbi Nivin referred to this confused, overwhelmed mental state as: “Having too many windows open” cause back then, if too many windows and programs were open on your computer, the computer would start working really slow, overwhelmed-mind style. The solution, Rabbi Nivin suggested, is simple: wait until you calm down...

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Gilad She’ar’s Final Diary

Posted by on Sep 12, 2017 in Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 3 comments

Gilad She’ar’s Final Diary

3 years have passed since Jews around the world were united in prayer and tears following the kidnapping and brutal murder of Gilad She’ar, Naftali Frankel, and Eyal Yifrach. 10 months after their brutal murder, Israeli police officers presented Gilad She’ar’s mother with an unexpected gift–Gilad’s diary, which had been miraculously discovered within the burnt wreckage of the kidnappers’ car. “Hours after the police detectives left, I couldn’t stop shaking,” Gilad’s mother,...

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The Surprise Waiting for Me at Home as told by Sivan Rahav Meir

Posted by on Sep 11, 2017 in Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 7 comments

The Surprise Waiting for Me at Home as told by Sivan Rahav Meir

Sivan Rachav Meir is an unusual Israeli celebrity– in addition to being a highly-respected and immensely popular TV news reporter she is also a religious mother of 5 young children and a Torah teacher with tens of thousands of students (her first book in English, “#Parasha” was just published last week). Last week Sivan came to speak in my neighborhood about parenting, and I asked her special permission to share this wonderful personal story she shared with us, which went something like this. Sivan told us: I had just...

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A Child’s Soul (5-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Posted by on Sep 10, 2017 in Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 2 comments

A Child’s Soul (5-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

A mother who is angry at her children finds a way to forgive them. Here’s how…

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My Anti-Overwhelm Control Center

Posted by on Sep 7, 2017 in Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 4 comments

My Anti-Overwhelm Control Center

The start of the school year for 8 kids in 8 different gans/schools/national service positions and a bunch of afterschool activities to boot. This one needs a new gymnastics uniform, that one needs to be registered online for a special course, and the other one needs me to send 20 NIS for a plastic recorder. Not to mention that I cannot forget to pay shul membership if we would like a place to daven this Rosh Hashana. Yesterday afternoon, with at least 30 tasks on my to-do list, I was feeling as swamped as a resident of the bayou. And then I...

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My School Pick-Up Challenge

Posted by on Sep 6, 2017 in Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 6 comments

My School Pick-Up Challenge

Tsofia’s school is 7 minutes from my house. To clarify, that’s 7 minutes if I’m walking on my own. But that’s rarely the case. Usually, when I go to pick up 7-year-old Tsofia, I am walking with Tsofia’s younger brothers–4-year-old Yaakov and 2-year-old Yonatan. It is either broiling hot or cats-and-dogs raining. And in accordance with the Universal Law of Pick-Ups, if Yaakov and Yonatan are not kvetching about one thing or another, then, upon pick-up, Tsofia will be. That is how 7 minutes can expand into a...

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