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What Happened to My Big Plans?

Posted by on Jul 18, 2019 in Featured, Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 0 comments

What Happened to My Big Plans?

I had big plans for today. But on the way home from Yaakov’s appointment at the speech therapist this morning, I was feeling weak, queasy, feverish. So instead of all my important and lofty plans, I crawled into bed instead. And as I fell asleep I thought of something I once heard: The most important mitzvah in the world is the one I need to do right now. Zzzzzzz….

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One Mother’s Embarrassing Secret

Posted by on Jul 17, 2019 in Featured, Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 8 comments

One Mother’s Embarrassing Secret

I’m struggling with a certain personal issue which I’m embarrassed to share. So when I saw that there would be a class this week on my exact issue at the annual Binyan Shalem conference on family and marriage, I went. To get some perspective and chizuk. On the way to the class, yikes! I ran into somebody I know. B”H, she didn’t ask me what class I was rushing to. And she was (I noticed) vague about what class she was on her way to as well… When I entered my lecture on my problem a few minutes late, I discovered...

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Time to Parent

Posted by on Jul 16, 2019 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 8 comments

Time to Parent

I just got back yesterday from my summer vacation in North America–so now I’m back JewishMOMing (online and in real life too). The transition from 2 weeks of dreamy relaxation interrupted only by schmoozing and eating to my regular mothering responsibilities has been somewhat sweet and somewhat jarring. A mother’s responsibilities, I’m reminded, are at once amorphous and overwhelming. Kinda like the size of the galaxy. During my vacation, I read a fascinating book I’ve been waiting to tell you about: Time to...

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The Calm Man Stuck with Me at the Burlington Airport

Posted by on Jul 12, 2019 in Featured, Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 6 comments

The Calm Man Stuck with Me at the Burlington Airport

This morning I was taking off with two of my children on a flight from Baltimore to Montreal when the stewardess announced in French-tinged English, “On behalf of Air Canada, I hope you will enjoy this flight to Barbados!” A planeful of confused eyes looked up at her. “Just kidding,” she chuckled. “And for the rest of the flight, we’re going to be keeping the lights dimmed. It’s more romantic that way,” more chuckling. But then, about an hour later, our jolly stewardess, looked suddenly and...

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JewishMOM.com on Summer Vacation Until July 16

Posted by on Jul 1, 2019 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

JewishMOM.com on Summer Vacation Until July 16

Shalom JewishMOM, I’m traveling to visit family for 2 weeks, so will be taking a break from my daily JewishMOM.com posting until I get back. Enjoy!

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The Yahrzeit of Hallel Yaffa Ariel HY”D and Me

Posted by on Jun 27, 2019 in Current Events, Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 6 comments

The Yahrzeit of Hallel Yaffa Ariel HY”D and Me

Today was the yahrzeit of 13-year-old Hallel Yaffa Ariel, who was brutally murdered while asleep in her bed 3 years ago by a Palestinian terrorist. I didn’t know that today was the yahrzeit until I looked at the news. But I should have… Something bizarre, otherworldly has been going on all week. And I didn’t understand why, until I saw that today was the yahrzeit. Let me explain… I’ve known Tziporah Piltz, Hallel Yaffa’s aunt, for around 20 years. She was my husband’s colleague at Nishmat for many...

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The Mother Who Doesn’t Nurse Her Baby

Posted by on Jun 26, 2019 in Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 46 comments

The Mother Who Doesn’t Nurse Her Baby

Yesterday I attended a special end-of-year activity at my daughter’s school, where I sat next to another mother I’m friendly with. “Mazal tov!” I told her, “I heard you just had a baby!” “Thank you! Yes! She just turned a month old.” “Thank G-d, how wonderful! How did you manage to come without her? You fed her right before you left home?” “No, I don’t nurse. I couldn’t do this,” and she gestured to her 9-year-old daughter, implying, I understood, that she...

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The Chabadnik at the LGBTQ Pride Parade

Posted by on Jun 25, 2019 in Current Events, Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 2 comments

The Chabadnik at the LGBTQ Pride Parade

Last night, Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, the Chief Rabbi of Tsfat, honored us neighborhood mothers with a special inspirational class. Here’s a taste of what he said: Once a man called me and said, “I am a Chabadnik, and I regularly set up a table in Tel Aviv for passersby to have the opportunity to perform the important mitzvah of putting on tefillin. But this Friday will be Tel Aviv’s annual LGBTQ Pride Parade. Should I still set up my tefillin table there? “Yes, of course!” I told him. “Afterward the Chabadnik...

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That Summer I Became Frum

Posted by on Jun 24, 2019 in Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 4 comments

That Summer I Became Frum

Last night was the 8th-grade graduation of my fourth daughter, Moriah, which took place in the Neve Yerushalayim auditorium. I was feeling really emotional. Moriah is my 4th daughter to have attended that school, and my last. When we moved to our new neighborhood, I decided it would make more sense to send my 5th daughter, Tsofia, to a school near our new home instead. So last night was the end of my family’s 15-year connection with that school. If felt kind of like leaving behind family and setting out across the sea. Since I returned...

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The Father I Saw Get Hit by a Car (4-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Posted by on Jun 23, 2019 in Current Events, Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 11 comments

The Father I Saw Get Hit by a Car (4-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Why did Hashem want me to see that car accident? This past Thursday, at 7:50 in the morning, I was walking Yoni to gan when suddenly I heard a crash and then yelling. Then I saw a young man lying in the middle of the street, in front of a car. I walked over to him and asked him if I should call an ambulance. B”H he was conscious but in a lot of pain. Yes, he did want me to call him an ambulance. Back on the sidewalk, somebody pointed to a baby in a carriage next to me and said, “Geveret, this is the baby of the man who was hit by...

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