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Another Mazal Tov for the Impossible Shidduch: 5 Girls and Now a Boy!

Posted by on Feb 17, 2020 in Featured, Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 2 comments

Another Mazal Tov for the Impossible Shidduch: 5 Girls and Now a Boy!

This morning I attended a very special bris, for an 8-day-old boy named Shalem Yedidya Chedvat. Every bris is special, but what added the “very” to the special of this morning’s event? First, Shalem Yedidya is the new baby brother of my daughter’s best friend, Tamar (which means we Weisbergs have been eagerly anticipating and discussing this birth, and then baby-boy names, for several weeks now). Second, this is the first baby boy born after the 5 amazing Chedvat daughters. Wow! Third, the happy parents, Noa and Chai,...

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The Mama Sali

Posted by on Feb 16, 2020 in Featured, Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 0 comments

The Mama Sali

This morning, I saw my neighbor Sali walking her 2 sons to gan and school. And seeing her, I remembered that in a book I’m reading, an amazing mother was referred to (tongue in cheek) as “The Mama Sali.” A play on the name of the great Sephardi rabbi and kabbalist Rabbi Israel Abuhatzeira, the Baba Sali. So I said, “Good morning to the Mama Sali!” Sali smiled, and as we walked together she shared with me a fascinating as well as incredible story. About why she used to think she was named Sali, and why she...

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A Letter to My Son, the Lone IDF Soldier by Jamie Rubin

Posted by on Feb 13, 2020 in Current Events, Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 1 comment

A Letter to My Son, the Lone IDF Soldier by Jamie Rubin

A year and a half ago, 19-year-old Natanel Rubin of London volunteered for the IDF as a lone soldier with the Kfir infantry brigade. Here is a letter his mother, Jamie, sent Natanel when he returned to the army after a month-long vacation. [Since this letter was written, Natanel completed his IDF service, and is back home, safe and sound b”H, with his family who are spending this year in Israel.] Dear Natanel, My Precious Young Son, My Brave Warrior, 30 days of bliss, and you’re off again! Vacation is ending, and you are returning...

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The Soundtrack of My India Trip: “Sun” Performed by Bnaya Barabi (3-Minute Music Video)

Posted by on Feb 12, 2020 in Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 14 comments

The Soundtrack of My India Trip: “Sun” Performed by Bnaya Barabi (3-Minute Music Video)

During my trip to India, daughter Hallel played this song for me. And after that we listened to it again, and again, and again. Day after day. It’s about letting God light up your life, so you can become a sun to the world. So you are hereby forewarned, this song is addictive. But it’s a healthy addiction, I think:) The Sun by Hanan ben Ari כבר שנים שאני לא דומעת כבר שנים שבלי סיבה אני מוצאת עצמי מתגעגעת מחפשת לי תשובה It’s been years since I cried For years,...

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The Yenta Living Inside My Head

Posted by on Feb 11, 2020 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 7 comments

The Yenta Living Inside My Head

Who am I? I mean, for real? Am I my thoughts? The National Science Foundation reports that the average person has about 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts per day, about 80% of which are negative. So does that mean that I, my deepest self, am 80% negative? Is my truest self that voice inside me that (at certain stressed-out moments) rants stuff like: “Everything’s a mess!” “Everything’s out of control!” “Nobody out there struggles as a mom and homemaker like I do!” “I can’t get ANYTHING...

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Yosef’s Wife Died, and Then He Did Too

Posted by on Feb 10, 2020 in Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 5 comments

Yosef’s Wife Died, and Then He Did Too

On the other side of my wall, there is a shiva taking place for my 84-year-old neighbor, Yosef, who passed away last week. When we moved into our home 4 years ago, Yosef’s wife of almost 60 years was already very ill, and within a few months she had passed away. She died from a foot infection, a common and often fatal complication of diabetes. Yosef grieved terribly after his wife died. But he was still sharp as a tack. Whenever I’d run into him I would ask which of his four awe-inspiringly dedicated children he would be spending...

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In South India, One of the Most Exclusive Mikvehs in the World

Posted by on Feb 9, 2020 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 0 comments

In South India, One of the Most Exclusive Mikvehs in the World

During our Shabbat in India, Rabbanit Elisheva Goldschmidt of Cochin’s 500-year-old Paradesi synagogue mentioned to me that there is a functioning mikveh in Cochin. I was surprised to hear that, considering that other necessities of Jewish life are hard to come by there- i.e., kosher food, a minyan even for Torah readings. So I asked Elisheva, who doubles as the local mikveh lady if she could take me to see the mikveh. And she generously agreed. I was surprised, again, when I discovered that the Cochin mikveh is one of the more...

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7 More Things I Loved about India

Posted by on Feb 6, 2020 in Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life, Uncategorized | 10 comments

7 More Things I Loved about India

1. At the end of our trip, we visited the vacation town of Munnar. It was so gorgeous it was otherworldly. Looking at the green hills, I imagined that I was in the World to Come and could see souls meandering between the tea plants. I felt so grateful to Hashem for creating such supreme beauty in the world. 2. I loved taking a canoe ride through the Kerala backwaters. The most beautiful sight I saw in that thoroughly beautiful place was when we saw a woman in a bright green sari walking alongside a matching green rice field....

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7 Not-so-Pleasant Surprises During My Trip to India

Posted by on Feb 5, 2020 in Current Events, Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 16 comments

7 Not-so-Pleasant Surprises During My Trip to India

I just got back yesterday from a week-long trip spent in southern India with Hallel, my 19-year-old daughter, who has been in India since Rosh Hashana. It was one of the most incredible experiences of my life! In large part because of some not so pleasant surprises which turned into extremely wonderful ones! 1. On the flight from Delhi to Cochin I was not so pleasantly surprised when this was served as the kosher meal! There wasn’t any certified-kosher food where we were traveling, but I discovered something wonderful–that it is...

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