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Hundreds of Strangers Attend Funeral of Childless Holocaust Survivor

Posted by on Apr 16, 2015 in Featured, Uncategorized | 6 comments

Hundreds of Strangers Attend Funeral of Childless Holocaust Survivor

As the result of medical experiments performed on her at Auschwitz, 92-year-old Holocaust survivor Chaya Gretman was never able to bear any children of her own. So when she passed away this week, through Facebook and other social media sites her devoted neighbors asked for people to join her funeral procession and recite Kaddish on her behalf. Her neighbors were shocked when over 400 people traveled from throughout Israel to accompany Chaya Gretman to her final resting place in Holon. Even the loneliest Jew is never truly...

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1st Art Exhibition of World’s Oldest Fanconi Anemia Survivor

Posted by on Apr 15, 2015 in Featured | 3 comments

1st Art Exhibition of World’s Oldest Fanconi Anemia Survivor

This is a photograph of my amazing neighbor and old friend, Ruthy Saunders. At 34, Ruthy is the oldest person in the world with her type of Fanconi Anemia. Last night I attended Ruthy’s first art exhibition—sponsored by Beit HaGalgalim, a center for handicapped young adults which Ruthy attends. For the past few months, the women of Beit Hagalgalim have been discussing what womanhood and femininity mean to them– and the culmination of this project is this deeply moving exhibit hosted by Matan. Below is Ruthy’s painting (based on...

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The 1st Thing My Yaakov Ate After Pesach

Posted by on Apr 14, 2015 in Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 4 comments

The 1st Thing My Yaakov Ate After Pesach

Sunday morning I came downstairs and discovered my 2-year-old eating this sandwich–two slices of bread with three slices of bread between them:)

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The Woman From Another Planet

Posted by on Apr 14, 2015 in Featured, Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 9 comments

The Woman From Another Planet

This morning I snuck into Bank Leumi to sit down and nurse, and while there I saw a woman from a different planet. The elderly woman sitting in front of me looked like she had just landed from 1950s Morocco and was hopelessly bewildered by the high-tech world of 2015 banking. “Geveret!” she appealed to a young bank employee passing by, “Why aren’t they calling my number? I’ve been waiting all morning!” “Savta, you took the wrong number. This is a number from the mortgage section. You need to take a new one for general...

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My Pesach Miracle (12-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in Current Events, Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 4 comments

My Pesach Miracle (12-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

This Pesach, Hashem redeemed my family from a neighborhood criminal and bully.

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The Chocolate Pudding Commandments

Posted by on Apr 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | 6 comments

The Chocolate Pudding Commandments

Yesterday I asked my 7-year-old Yoel and his sister to go to the corner store to pick up some chocolate puddings for our daily Pesach breakfast. When he got home, Yoel informed me with a proud smile, “Eema, when I bought these puddings, I observed one of the ten commandments!” “Oh yeah? Which one?” “You shall honor your father and mother!” Yoel called out in a booming voice. “Right,” I nodded, “that’s true.” Yoel placed a pudding by each of his siblings’ plates, and then he looked up at me with an even bigger smile and...

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Pesach Energy-Sapper of the Day “I Can’t Stand this! My Family is Driving me Nuts!”

Posted by on Apr 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Pesach Energy-Sapper of the Day “I Can’t Stand this! My Family is Driving me Nuts!”

Today’s Pesach Energy Sapper comes from Rebbetzin Esther Bayla Schwartz whose series of daily Pesach Prep Inspiration segments on the free Chazak Hotline is providing me much chizuk for the final stretch until Seder night. In one of the classes, Rebbetzin Schwartz, who is one of my favorite speakers, told the shared the following: The Vilna Gaon explains that the purpose of life is “Shevirat Hamidot” or overcoming our negative character traits. To overcome impatience, anger, frustration, etc, etc. And, of course, getting...

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The Best Maccabeats Video Yet: Dayenu (4-Minutes)

Posted by on Mar 31, 2015 in Inspiration | 1 comment

The Best Maccabeats Video Yet: Dayenu (4-Minutes)

My kids and I enjoyed this one…

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Pesach Energy-Sapper of the Day: “If Only We Had Money to Go Away to a Hotel!”

Posted by on Mar 31, 2015 in Inspiration, Uncategorized | 2 comments

Pesach Energy-Sapper of the Day: “If Only We Had Money to Go Away to a Hotel!”

Pesach Energy-Sapper #6: “I WANT TRANQUILITY. MAYBE ONE DAY WE CAN MAKE ENOUGH MONEY SO THAT WE CAN GO AWAY TO A HOTEL FOR ALL OF PESACH. THEN I WOULDN’T HAVE TO CLEAN AT ALL!” Rabbi Aryeh Nivin’s Response: Preparing for Pesach is an avoda, and the word “Avoda” means two things: it means serving Hashem and it also means work! And preparing for Pesach is definitely both of these things: it is our way of serving Hashem and fulfilling His will, which we accomplish by working hard. And this is the way...

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Important Passover Personal Safety Rules for Children from Magenu.org

Posted by on Mar 31, 2015 in Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 0 comments

Important Passover Personal Safety Rules for Children from Magenu.org

Funny, and obviously exaggerated. Yet, is it really that far off from the truth? Pesach is hard. Our “To Do” list is a mile long and most of what needs to get done falls on us mothers. Whether at home cooking and cleaning or packing up the entire family for a Pesach away; and how about us lucky ones that get to cook and pack as we split the Yom Tov between staying home and going away?!? Fun! At the end of the day we all want the same thing…a nice Yom Tov. We try our very best. We tell ourselves, this year we will be more...

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