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My 1st War by Ann

Posted by on Jul 29, 2014 in Current Events, Featured, Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 0 comments

My 1st War by Ann

In a few days, it will be a year since I made Aliya with my husband and five kids. Our baby was only three weeks old when we said good-bye to almost 40 years of life in France, to a home that we loved and most of all to our dear family there. It was a real trial to separate from my parents and know that they would no longer be just a 20-minute drive away anymore. It was hard, but we knew it was the right thing to do. My husband and I believe that a committed Jew, a Jew who really believes in the God of Israel and in the Torah of Israel,...

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Eyal’s Grandmother Remembers

Posted by on Jul 29, 2014 in Current Events, Featured, Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 0 comments

Eyal’s Grandmother Remembers

An excerpt from the interview conducted for Pnima Magazine by Hili Moyal, Adi Aharon, and Rut Azaria For Ilana Yifrach, the grandmother of Eyal HY”D and a special woman, it is difficult to speak. And we can understand her. Eyal was her oldest grandchild, and he was a frequent visitor at their home in Kiryat Arba… If we have merited to see recently how behind every great soul stands a great and believing mother, then this is equally true regarding the grandmother. Ilana explains what keeps her strong during these troubled times, “All the...

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A Wedding Under Fire and a Stranger’s Kindness

Posted by on Jul 28, 2014 in Current Events, Featured, Inspiration, Uncategorized | 0 comments

A Wedding Under Fire and a Stranger’s Kindness

Reprinted with permission from Mishpacha Magazine Avraham Levi, on the cusp of adulthood, was excitedly anticipating the evening’s bar mitzvah celebration. His parents had invested time, energy, and resources in planning the festive feast and the young yeshiva student was prepared with the tradition speech. The morning of the scheduled bash, Avraham’s father, Doron, heard about a young woman who was scheduled to get married that evening in Ashdod–but the tense security situation meant that the majority of guests...

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The Infuriating Palestinian Sitting Next to Me

Posted by on Jul 27, 2014 in Current Events, Inspiration | 5 comments

The Infuriating Palestinian Sitting Next to Me

On the way to the prayer gathering at the Western Wall last week, I decided to take the light rail. Problem was tons of other people had the same brilliant idea as me, so the light rail was so packed I almost couldn’t make it on. But then some teenage girls made room for me, and I squeezed into the crowd standing since there were absolutely no seats left on the entire train. And then I noticed something strange. I noticed a Palestinian in his 20s sitting with his legs at an angle so none of the Jews surrounding him could sit in the empty...

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My 2 AM Emergency (13-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Posted by on Jul 27, 2014 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

My 2 AM Emergency (13-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

The night my husband was away, and I had to deal with a household disaster all on my own.

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Every Single Person Needs to Hear This Woman Speak (9-Minute Video)

Posted by on Jul 24, 2014 in Current Events | 2 comments

Every Single Person Needs to Hear This Woman Speak (9-Minute Video)

What it’s like living on the Gaza border.

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20,000 Attend Funeral to Salute Lone IDF Soldier from Texas

Posted by on Jul 22, 2014 in Current Events, Inspiration, Israel | 2 comments

20,000 Attend Funeral to Salute Lone IDF Soldier from Texas

I spent last week at the isolated Canadian cottage of my husband’s family. No internet. No Email. Almost no phone access. Just days spent watching the cotton-ball clouds drifting by, the sparkling of the sun on the lake’s surface, the serene loon as it floated along the shore. And yesterday I came home to Israel– to falling missiles, military funerals, a heavy feeling in the air of “What will be?” For those of you who live outside of Israel and have been following the war in the media, probably none of what I...

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A Woman of Valour I Have Found

Posted by on Jul 14, 2014 in Uncategorized | 5 comments

A Woman of Valour I Have Found

Back home in Israel, I’m used to waving goodbye to my school-age kids at my front door in the morning and and not seeing them again until they arrive at my front door that afternoon. But here in Baltimore, where I’m visiting my parents for 2 weeks, that usually isn’t possible. The Jewish schools, in most cases, are located very far from where people live. A JewishMOM around here without a minivan is like a JewishMOM without a kitchen or a phone or, even, a right hand. Hundreds of kids wandering around a parking lot packed...

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