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What the Mother of 12 Told Me at the Party

Posted by on Jun 23, 2016 in Featured, Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 1 comment

What the Mother of 12 Told Me at the Party

This morning, at Tsofia’s end of year kindergarten party, I asked the older mother sitting next to me, “How many times have you attended end-of-kindergarten parties for one of your children?” “This is my 12th end-of-kindergarten party. And my last…” she answered with a gentle smile. A few minutes later, during a break between songs, I couldn’t resist asking a follow-up question,”So how does that feel? To have your youngest child graduate kindergarten?” “Disappointing…that...

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Who is that Old Man at the Playground?

Posted by on Jun 22, 2016 in Featured, Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 4 comments

Who is that Old Man at the Playground?

In my new neighborhood, I have noticed a widespread tradition– grandparent day. Every Thursday, on the way to pick up Tsoofy at kindergarten, I pass by Savta Chula who picks up her granddaughter, Sara, and then heads off with her and her siblings to an afternoon of fun. And every Sunday, if I go to the “Green Playground,” I see the midwife who takes care of her grandchildren until her daughter, a teacher, finishes work. But I have noticed one grandfather for whom, it seems, every day is grandparent day. No matter what day I go to the...

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Rivky Berman OB”M, 29, Reflects on Her Lifelong Struggle with Illness (3-Minute Powerful Video)

Posted by on Jun 21, 2016 in Featured, Inspiration, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Rivky Berman OB”M, 29, Reflects on Her Lifelong Struggle with Illness (3-Minute Powerful Video)

Chabad Shlucha to North Carolina, Rivky Berman, passed away recently from a lifelong illness. Someone once asked her how she would feel if she gave birth to a baby with the same illness…This is her powerful response, which makes me take a new look at the challenges I have faced in my life. Visit Jewish.TV for more Jewish...

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Why B Minus is my Favorite Grade

Posted by on Jun 20, 2016 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life, Uncategorized | 7 comments

Why B Minus is my Favorite Grade

I once saw a gorgeous American datebook made especially for mothers. On one side of each page was the mother’s hourly schedule illustrated with delicate flowers, and beside that was an hourly daily schedule for her child so the mother wouldn’t forget that on Tuesday Max has little league, and on Saturday at 11 AM he has a birthday party at the roller rink (wait, are there still roller rinks? Or is that soooo 1988, Chana Jenny!) When I saw that date book I thought how with one child, it’s maybe still possible to have things completely...

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A Psychiatrist’s Advice for being a Happier JewishMOM (14-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Posted by on Jun 19, 2016 in Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 1 comment

A Psychiatrist’s Advice for being a Happier JewishMOM (14-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Advice from JewishMOM and reproductive psychiatrist, Dr. Naomi Greenblatt.

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The Cake I’m Making for my Daughter’s High-School Graduation

Posted by on Jun 16, 2016 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life, Uncategorized | 11 comments

The Cake I’m Making for my Daughter’s High-School Graduation

This month, my oldest daughter, Hadas, is graduating from high school. And in honor of her graduation, her high school invited all the parents, girls, and faculty up to Beit El to attend a Shabbaton together next week. This has been a dream of a high school for Hadas, who has made so many dear friends and learned so much and grown up into such a lovely young woman over the last 4 years. But among the parents of students, Josh and I really don’t fit in. There are very few other parents there who were born outside of Israel, and close to...

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When a Mother is Spilt Milk

Posted by on Jun 15, 2016 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 12 comments

When a Mother is Spilt Milk

There was a mom who gave birth to a lot of children close together. On the one hand, she felt she needed a break. On the other hand, Hashem had blessed her with all this abundance, all these amazing children. How could she say “Not now” or possibly “Never” to another one? She and her husband sat down with his rosh yeshiva, and presented their dilemma. The Rosh Yeshiva told the mother, “I hear your conflict, and you are right that every child is a blessing from Hashem. But if you pour a cup of milk, and...

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Something Cool I Learned on Shavuot

Posted by on Jun 14, 2016 in Featured, Inspiration, Motherhood, My life | 5 comments

Something Cool I Learned on Shavuot

Didya ever notice that being a mom and a Jew is incredibly time consuming? How many hours a day do I spend caring for my kids and keeping this home functioning? How many hours a week do I spend doing Jewish stuff–and in particular, getting ready for Shabbat, and/or, depending on the time of year, getting ready for the next Jewish holiday? Sometimes I think about all the time being a mom and a Jew requires, and I feel all inspired and gushy JewishMOM about it. And sometimes (especially in Tishrei, Kislev, Adar, Nissan, Sivan, and summer...

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Shavuot on Mommy Duty

Posted by on Jun 9, 2016 in Uncategorized | 3 comments

Shavuot on Mommy Duty

The perfect Shavuot bombards me from all directions. A 5-layer cheesecake in this magazine. Homemade white chocolate Torah scrolls lollipops for the kiddush in that one. And an elaborate table decorated with tropical flower arrangements in crystal goblets in yet another. And on a spiritual level? Fascinating classes for women around the corner from 11 PM until 3:30 AM. And my teenage daughter debates which friend to invite to walk with her to the Western Wall at sunrise. And then I think of what awaits me. Another year of Shavuot on mommy...

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My Non-College Graduation

Posted by on Jun 8, 2016 in Inspiration, Israel, My life | 8 comments

My Non-College Graduation

23 years ago this month I sat in the audience among the proud family members of my graduating classmates, as the dean of Bowdoin College pronounced “Jenny Ann Freedman, graduating in absentia.” I was very new to Orthodox Judaism, but even after a 10-week stint at Neve Yerushalayim the summer before, I knew that walking across that stage with a diploma in my hand was a no-no. I am thinking of that long-ago Saturday morning today on account of a beautiful Aish.com article written by my dear friend and learning partner (for 9 years...

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