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Chani Weinrott’s Widower, Dovi: “How I’m Not Falling Apart”

Posted by on Jan 18, 2018 in Current Events, Featured, Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 4 comments

Chani Weinrott’s Widower, Dovi: “How I’m Not Falling Apart”

Last night, in honor of the publication of her new book “How She Grows,” Rabbanit Yemima Mizrachi hosted an evening featuring various people who have faced life-altering challenges and grown from them. Among the speakers was Dovi Weinrott, the widower of one of the most dearly loved people in Israel, Chani Weinrott z”l, who passed away from cancer 2 months ago at the age of 34. As I wrote in a previous post, Chani was a remarkably charismatic, vibrant woman who was a natural-born star. During her final years, she became...

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My Womb Dance

Posted by on Jan 17, 2018 in Featured, Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 0 comments

My Womb Dance

This is going to sound weird, but bear with me for a few sentences, OK? At Devora’s Dance Journey workshop this morning, we closed ourselves up in these cool black sleeping bag things that Devora had sewn up, and pretended we were back in the womb. It was truly wow. Closed up in my womb sleeping-bag, for the first time in my life, I imagined the clock turned back 46 years, to December 29, 1971, Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York. In Gladys Freedman’s womb, as she struggled for 22 hours to bring me out into the world....

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The French Grandmother’s Funeral

Posted by on Jan 16, 2018 in Featured, Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 0 comments

The French Grandmother’s Funeral

This morning, I attended the funeral of my neighbor’s elderly mother, whose body was flown in from France. All the eulogies were in French, which meant that for an hour or so I stood there, understanding only the smattering of French words I still remember from junior-high-school and the few Hebrew words thrown in from time to time. Here’s what I understood… Despite the difficulty involved, the deceased woman’s father would travel 200 kilometers across Algeria to bring home kosher meat to his family. Oh, how she loved...

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Our Dead Palm Tree

Posted by on Jan 15, 2018 in Inspiration, My life | 2 comments

Our Dead Palm Tree

When I came to see our new house for the first time 3 years ago, the first thing I noticed about it was the huge palm tree in the front yard. After we moved in, I loved how our beautiful tree filled the bedroom window with green. On sunny days we enjoyed its shade. And on Succot, we didn’t need to buy schach to cover our Succah, my husband just sawed down a bunch of its green branches. Our palm tree even sprouted its own lulav every year. How cool was that! But this year, before Succot, my husband noticed something strange. There was no...

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The 38-Year-Old Bride (13-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Posted by on Jan 14, 2018 in Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 3 comments

The 38-Year-Old Bride (13-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Finding the blessings in an extended life challenge.

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Here’s Why I Said “No”

Posted by on Jan 11, 2018 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 7 comments

Here’s Why I Said “No”

Yesterday, my 5th grader, Yoel, came home with a form in hand from school. His teacher, it turned out, was in search of families able to host groups of 5 boys for a special activity that would take place in different families’ homes on a few mornings next month. There were two options on the form to choose between. 1. I can host a group 2. I cannot host a group So I picked up a pen and put it over the checkbox by “I can host a group.” Most mothers in the class work outside the home; I’m home in the mornings. I live...

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Meet the Razel Sister (3-Minute Music Video)

Posted by on Jan 10, 2018 in Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 2 comments

Meet the Razel Sister (3-Minute Music Video)

I’ve known Ricka Razel-Van Leeuwen for around 20 years now–we both raised our 8 children together in the alleyways of Nachlaot. Long-time JewishMOM.com readers might remember that 10 years ago Ricka even starred in 2 of my Real Jewish Mom videos (scroll down to watch). Over the last couple of years, Ricka has joined her brothers, Aaron and Yonatan Razel, as a popular Israeli singer. I love this new song “Absolutely Perfect” from her upcoming album. After watching this video yesterday, for the rest of the day, when I...

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Mrs. Lemon Face

Posted by on Jan 9, 2018 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 12 comments

Mrs. Lemon Face

Yesterday morning, I had an appointment at 8 AM, which meant that instead of sitting down for a solid breakfast, I threw 2 cookies in a bag for each boy before rushing out the door. While heading out, 3-year-old Yoni ran back to the living room to grab a book to share with the boys at gan, and then we were off. As quickly as possibly. Each boy carrying his backpack, with his bag of cookies in hand. When we arrived at the gan, as we were walking up the stairs, one father with glasses I never saw before pointed at my boys with their cookies and...

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My Broken Dishwasher

Posted by on Jan 8, 2018 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 4 comments

My Broken Dishwasher

I woke up a few days ago, and my dishwasher was dead. So this morning the dishwasher repairman finally came. He pulled the dishwasher out, tilted it up, and thwacked the bottom hard with the palm of his hand 5 times. Then he pushed the button, and, voila, the dishwasher broken beyond repair was working just fine. “It was clogged, so I unclogged it” the repairman explained, “that will be 250 Shekels.” 15$ per thwack. Afterwards, I realized I am like that broken dishwasher. Sometimes I feel grouchy, miserable, irrevocably exasperated...

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