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How this Summer is Different from That Summer

Posted by on Jul 27, 2016 in Featured, Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life, Uncategorized | 2 comments

How this Summer is Different from That Summer

Last time I was here at my mother-in-law’s Ontario cottage was two summers ago. That summer, Blue Lake was a refuge for me and my family. From everything happening in Israel…. From the war with Gaza. From the missiles and sirens and the feeling that the entire world was against us. From Nachlaot, our old neighborhood, which (oldtime JewishMOMs will remember) we desperately needed to leave. And from our search for a new home, which had turned out to be a long, drawn-out series of let-downs and disappointments. But there were also...

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Lost in the Woods

Posted by on Jul 24, 2016 in Featured, Uncategorized | 1 comment

Lost in the Woods

Israelis call it “The end of the world, turn left.” That’s how remote my mother-in-law’s cottage is. No phone line. No internet (I drove 20 minutes to a wifi-for-rent spot to the write this). One neighbor a mile over, who is almost never there. So it’s just us and the loons and the lake–SO gorgeous, SO peaceful. Well, usually. This past Thursday morning, I walked down towards the lake, but not the regular way. At the bottom of the stairs I turned right, not left, and walked over towards the Frogsville...

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How it Feels to be Alone with my Baby

Posted by on Jul 20, 2016 in Featured, Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 6 comments

How it Feels to be Alone with my Baby

For the last two days, my 7 older children have been spread out among their grandmothers, grandfathers, aunts, and uncles across North America, and I have been on my own with our baby, 19-month-old Yonatan. You would think that going from mothering 8 children to mothering 1 child would mean I am working only 1/8th as hard, a measly 12.5% of my regular effort. You would think that, with just Yonatan to care for, this vacation I am really on vacaaatioooon! But I will tell you the truth. Taking care of Yonatan, just Yonatan, is very sweet and...

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Why I am Furious Today

Posted by on Jul 15, 2016 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 26 comments

Why I am Furious Today

I am sitting at my childhood pool in Baltimore, and I am furious. Yaakov and Yonatan are playing in the baby pool along with 2 or 3 other babies and young children. In the middle of the pool, two bikini-clad sisters, one around 10 and another around 15, are playing catch as they keep an eye on their 2-year-old sister. And to my left sits a man in his forties who is watching the girls play. He has come to the pool alone, there is no reason for him to be sitting by the baby pool. But why would he leave? He is enjoying the show. I feel furious...

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4 Jewish Mothers I Met in Baltimore

Posted by on Jul 14, 2016 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 7 comments

4 Jewish Mothers I Met in Baltimore

As you probably know, I am visiting my parents in Baltimore this week. On Monday, my mom and I went to a UPS drop-off place, when a woman in her thirties wearing a shoulder-length wig gave me a big smile. “Oh, good to see you in Baltimore!” “Thanks! Remind me how I know you…?” She laughed, “You don’t know me, but I know all about you, Chana Jenny! I love JewishMOM!” And then this morning, picking out sale nectarines at the Seven Mile Market, it happened again. “You look just like that...

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My Heart-to-Heart with The Thinker

Posted by on Jul 12, 2016 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 5 comments

My Heart-to-Heart with The Thinker

On Sunday, my mom took me to the Baltimore Art Museum. And it felt quite wonderful, even magical, to be back at one of my favorite high-school haunts for the first time in over 20 years. As a teenager, when I was feeling very down about this or that, I would cry copious tears and pour out my heart to a certain gigantic painting of a French king. Maybe Louis XV? In a kind of warped, clueless way, I guess it was my pintelle yid’s first attempt to daven. And maybe that’s why, when this Sunday I saw another one of my favorite works...

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America through my 3-Year-Old’s Eyes

Posted by on Jul 11, 2016 in Featured, Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 0 comments

America through my 3-Year-Old’s Eyes

We just arrived in Baltimore for my parents’ 50th anniversary celebration next weekend. On Friday, on the way to the kosher grocery store in the Orthodox area, I thought it would be fun to play “Who sees a Jew?” with 3-year-old Yaakov. So I called out “Jew!” several times and pointed to men in kippahs and be-sheitled women driving minivans. But Yaakov wasn’t interested in my game. He’s seen Jews before. Then yesterday, on Shabbat morning, my father and I walked over with the kids to a new playground,...

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JewishMOM.com on Summer Vacation From July 5th-August 4th

Posted by on Jul 4, 2016 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

JewishMOM.com on Summer Vacation From July 5th-August 4th

Shalom all, We are travelling to the US and Canada to visit family for a few weeks. So while I might pop in from time to time to post stuff, my regular daily posts will resume only on August 4th. With blessings for a wonderful, healthy, and safe summer for all JewishMOMs everywhere:) love, Chana Jenny

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The Strange Women in the Pool

Posted by on Jul 4, 2016 in Inspiration | 4 comments

The Strange Women in the Pool

This morning, I attended a community-center event for neighborhood women to “fill up their fuel tanks” for the long summer vacation ahead. The event started out with a few hours at a nearby hotel spa, and the first thing I and a lot of the women did was take a dip in the pool. Funny thing was these strange women kept on smiling at me in the pool as though they knew me. Until I realized that these were not strange women– they were Sharona! Sarit! Racheli! Hadassah! But without their haircoverings–a scarf, a wig, a...

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Just Say “No” (11-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Posted by on Jul 3, 2016 in Inspiration, Inspirational Videos | 1 comment

Just Say “No” (11-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Figuring out when to push ourselves past our “stretch” zone, and when to just say “No.”

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