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What Blessing Do We Recite over the 1st Day Back at School?

Posted by on Sep 1, 2015 in Featured, Uncategorized | 1 comment

What Blessing Do We Recite over the 1st Day Back at School?

Yesterday in the shuk the dried-fruit salesman gave me a blessing as sweet as the dried pineapples I bought from him. He blessed me with a “sweet year with no balagan!” Balagan in English? Mess. Noise. Chaos. What did he mean? In Israel, there are various types of balagan. International tension/threats balagan. Palestinian terrorism balagan. Israeli political balagan. And, of course, for every JewishMOM, there is the in-my-house, kids/mess/noise/chaos balagan. But I think that for me the dried-fruit salesman’s Rosh...

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The Most Important Thing to Do (10-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Posted by on Aug 31, 2015 in Featured, Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 2 comments

The Most Important Thing to Do (10-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

How to know what Hashem wants from you at any given moment.

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Israel Ranked 4th Best Country Worldwide to Raise a Family

Posted by on Aug 30, 2015 in Featured, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 0 comments

Israel Ranked 4th Best Country Worldwide to Raise a Family

The following was reported by United with Israel: Great news for Israeli families! Israel was ranked as fourth best place to raise a family in the 2015 InterNations Family Life Index. The Family Life Index ranks countries according to their results in these subcategories: availability of childcare and education, costs of childcare and education, quality of education, family well-being, as well as childcare and education options. This year, a question regarding available leisure activities for kids was included in the Family Well-Being...

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When I Nurse my Baby

Posted by on Aug 27, 2015 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life, Uncategorized | 4 comments

When I Nurse my Baby

This morning I was nursing my baby and thinking what a lesson for life nursing is. Sometimes, if I’m hungry and in a rush, I can stuff bigger spoonfuls into my mouth, or pack a bag of almonds and raisins as I run out the door to nosh on on the bus. But with nursing, no matter how much I’d like to or need to sometimes, I can’t rush through it. I also can’t get anyone else to nurse the baby for me. Wishing I could rush nursing or do it faster doesn’t help. In fact, wishing I wasn’t there nursing that baby,...

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The Woman Who Lives on the Train

Posted by on Aug 25, 2015 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, Uncategorized | 2 comments

The Woman Who Lives on the Train

Last spring, 23-year-old German student Leonie Muller had a disagreement with her landlord and decided to move out…to the train. Leonie told the Washington Post that she realized she could save $70 a month if she lived on the train instead of in an apartment. So she bought a ticket which enables her unlimited train travel around Germany. She washes her hair in the bathroom. She prepares her papers and studies for tests racing up and down Germany. Leonie told the Washington Post, “I decided I didn’t want to live in my...

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Matisyahu Defiantly Sings “Jerusalem” Despite BDS Protest

Posted by on Aug 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Matisyahu Defiantly Sings “Jerusalem” Despite BDS Protest

Reuters reported: “An American Jewish musician who was controversially barred from a reggae festival in Spain before being invited back to play performed to catcalls from some pro-Palestinian protesters on Sunday, though the concert passed off peacefully after a tense build-up.  “Matisyahu, who fuses reggae, hip-hop and rock with Jewish influences in his songs, was uninvited from the Rototom Sunsplash festival last week when he failed to reply to a demand to clarify his position on Palestinian statehood.  “Organizers were...

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No Mommy Peptalk This Week

Posted by on Aug 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | 3 comments

Sorry, I really try to make peptalks every week. But this week, the final full week of summer vacation, is turning out to be particularly hectic. And I see I’m not managing to find quiet computer time to sit uninterrupted and film myself. IY”H next week:)

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The Managing Director of the Goldberg Family, Inc.

Posted by on Aug 24, 2015 in Featured, Uncategorized | 1 comment

The Managing Director of the Goldberg Family, Inc.

Last week I received an Email from a JewishMOM.com reader which was signed: Rachael Goldberg Managing Director The Goldberg Family, Inc. The first time I read that signature, I was impressed, “Hmmm, looks like her family has a foundation” sorta like the Rockefellers or the Rothchilds! She must be, like, a multi-millionaire AND she runs her family’s entire foundation. But then I read the signature again, and realized that I had misunderstood. The mother of 5 from Passaic with whom I was corresponding was, in fact, the managing...

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