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JewishMOM.com on Vacation until Sunday, Nov. 17

Posted by on Nov 13, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Hope to return with inspiring stories from London to share with you:)

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My Daughter Under Fire

Posted by on Nov 12, 2019 in Current Events, Featured, Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 6 comments

My Daughter Under Fire

My 14-year-old daughter, Moriah, is a 9th grader at a wonderful ulpana, a boarding school for religious girls, in the south of Israel. Yesterday afternoon, on the way to attend a special event there for the mothers, I felt my shoulder muscles, which have been so clenched up over the last few weeks with the weight of life, happily release. Green fields, the smell of the sea, all my many must-do’s left far, far behind in Jerusalem. At the ulpana, Moriah proudly showed me around her beloved new school, introduced me to so many new friends,...

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What Yoni Wants Me To Bring Him Back from London

Posted by on Nov 11, 2019 in Featured, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 5 comments

What Yoni Wants Me To Bring Him Back from London

My husband’s going to London this week to interview potential students for next year. And I (woo-hoo!) am going with. So I asked my kids what presents they want me to bring them home from the UK. 9-year-old Tsofia wants a stuffed animal to join the zoo at the bottom of her bed. 7-year-old Yaakov wants “ninja legos” (is there such a thing?) And 4 year Yoni? When I asked him what he wants me bring him back from London, he cocked his head to the side in deep thought, and said, “Ice cream.”

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What the Bat Mitzvah Girl’s Mother Told Her

Posted by on Nov 10, 2019 in Featured, Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 0 comments

What the Bat Mitzvah Girl’s Mother Told Her

I once attended a bat mitzvah, and the mother said something I will never forget to her daughter. She said, “Never forget that the spiritual DNA of all the matriarchs flows through your veins. Sara’s vision. Rivka’s strength. Rachel’s self-sacrifice. Leah’s power of prayer. Miriam’s song. Devora’s wisdom. You hold all of that, and more, within you.” Yesterday, at our neighborhood mother-daughter Shabbat learning, Rabbanit Dana Slae (who participates in the weekly learning with her own daughter)...

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When I Left My Husband All Alone with Our 5 Kids by Sivan Rahav Meir

Posted by on Nov 7, 2019 in Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 3 comments

When I Left My Husband All Alone with Our 5 Kids by Sivan Rahav Meir

Last week I went to Montreal all by myself. Yedidya, my husband, stayed with the kids in New York. I was posting and doing live broadcasts and a lot of reports, and everyone was texting me “Wow, great job! Good for you! You are amazing!” So I was getting all this flattering feedback: “Wow! How to do you it?” At the same time, my husband Yedidya was at home with 5 kids, waking them up, getting them ready for school, making sure they got dressed or dressing them, making ponytails (awful ponytails…). Preparing...

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The Real Story Behind Rabbi Yuval and Noa Yaron Dayan’s Divorce (1-Minute Video)

Posted by on Nov 6, 2019 in Current Events, Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 18 comments

The Real Story Behind Rabbi Yuval and Noa Yaron Dayan’s Divorce (1-Minute Video)

This past May, when my daughter and I visited Uman, we were surprised to discover that Noa Yaron Dayan was there as well, leading a group. Noa was a secular TV celebrity until she and her husband, Rabbi Yuval Dayan, became religious, and ended up inspiring and uplifting the lives of thousands of Israelis over the past two decades. So, of course, I wanted to approach Noa and tell her how much I loved her books about the lives of baalei teshuva, and how awesome I think she is for always being so real, telling it like it is. But by the time I...

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My Tsaddik Peptalk

Posted by on Nov 5, 2019 in Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 3 comments

My Tsaddik Peptalk

My issue isn’t that I’m too hard on myself. I don’t tend to beat myself up (at least too much) over my various failures or shortcomings. My issue is, more, that I tend to think: “What’s the big deal?” For me, for example, it’s wonderful and very challenging to be the mother of 8 kids. But many religious moms have big families. So what’s the big deal? For me, it’s wonderful and very challenging to observe Shabbat every week. But all religious people do that. What’s the big deal? For...

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Miracle at the Baseball Game (4-Minute Inspirational Video)

Posted by on Nov 4, 2019 in Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 5 comments

Miracle at the Baseball Game (4-Minute Inspirational Video)

Thank you Tamar Stone for sending this moving video about the transformative power of the bond between a boy with special needs and his best friend. What a stunning confirmation that when a person does an act of kindness, the giver can benefit as much as the recipient. What an important message for JewishMOMs, who give so much, to so many!

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Rebbetzin Jekyll and Mrs. Hyde

Posted by on Nov 3, 2019 in Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 3 comments

Rebbetzin Jekyll and Mrs. Hyde

I once spoke with a mother who lamented the fact that when she was single she had been such a wonderful person. Always kind, patient, tolerant–perfect! And once she got married and especially after she became a mother, on a regular basis she would find herself turning from Rebbetzin Jekyll into Mrs. Hyde. From kind, patient, perfect to grouchy, angry– so frustrated! Last week’s Parsha taught that “Noah was a righteous man (tsaddik) and perfect (tamim) in his generation.” And Rabbi Fischel Schachter asks what the...

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The Exciting Course I’m Starting Next Week: Rebbetzin Tukachinsky’s Sod Ha’adam

Posted by on Oct 31, 2019 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 5 comments

The Exciting Course I’m Starting Next Week: Rebbetzin Tukachinsky’s Sod Ha’adam

Last winter, one of my kids was going through a serious crisis. A friend told me about a simple tool she had learned from Rebbetzin Tukachinsky’s course, Sod Ha’adam. And thank God, after a few weeks, that daughter was doing great. And then I moved on to another child who was having a hard time, and so on and so forth, week by week, child by child, crisis by crisis. Until today. And every time, it’s worked wonders. Then I listened to Rebbetzin Tukachinsky’s free Elul class. And I loved it! I loved the gripping stories...

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