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Live Footage from Lag Baomer Festivities in Meron

Posted by on May 25, 2016 in Current Events, Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, Israel | 0 comments

Live Footage from Lag Baomer Festivities in Meron

I LOVE Lag baomer…Love the music, the dancing, the excited children singing around their bonfires. The unity. Lag Sameach!Click here to watch live footage from Meron

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The Unusual Clerk at the Interior Ministry

Posted by on May 24, 2016 in Featured, Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 4 comments

The Unusual Clerk at the Interior Ministry

I had to take some kids to renew their Israeli passports this morning. That meant I had to get everyone ready and out of the house by 8 AM, and that meant I was TIRED. Also, dealing with government offices and preparing the required documents and forms always stresses me out somewhat. And that meant I was in the kind of don’t-talk-to-me, don’t-touch-me, don’t-ask-me-for-anything mood that comes knocking when I come home with a new baby, or, on a daily basis, when the clock hits 8 PM. Which is why I spent the first part of...

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Rivka Malka’s Near Death Experience (7-Minute Must-Watch Video)

Posted by on May 23, 2016 in Featured, Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 8 comments

Rivka Malka’s Near Death Experience (7-Minute Must-Watch Video)

My neighbor Devorah sent me this video about Rivka Malka Perlman’s life-altering near-death experience, and it was so powerful it brought tears to my eyes (and I know that if something moves me that much, then I MUST share ASAP with my JewishMOMs). What moved me so much? How she felt Hashem’s love so strongly during the experience, and to this day, as a result of what happened. How I wish I could feel that love even a fraction as much as Rivka Malka does:)

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Drop by Drop (13-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Posted by on May 22, 2016 in Featured, Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 4 comments

Drop by Drop (13-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Lessons for personal growth from Rabbi Akiva’s life.

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The Mommy Competition

Posted by on May 19, 2016 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 22 comments

The Mommy Competition

Before Pesach, in response to the Mishpacha article Liberation: One Formerly Frantic Mom’s Pesach Cleaning Journey by C. Saphir, an older woman sent in a letter to Mishpacha’s editor which really got on my nerves. The letter’s author, Rivka M. of Brooklyn, wrote: “Was I the only reader who found the ‘Liberation’ story frustrating, and part of a bigger pattern? “…I speak to young women who place their 2-year-olds in playgroup not because they’re working, but because another baby is on the...

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My 1st Lecture in Front of a Male Audience

Posted by on May 18, 2016 in Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 6 comments

My 1st Lecture in Front of a Male Audience

Up until now, my public speaking experience has been limited to female audiences, but this morning that’s all about to change. In honor of Israeli Independence Day, Yaakov’s teacher, Ganenet Ruchama, invited me to address her class of 3-year-old boys about my personal experiences growing up in the United States and then making aliya to Israel. And here’s what I’m going to tell them: “Yeladim, in Gan Ruchama, all the children have some things in common. You are all boys. You are all Jewish. You all wear kippot...

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What the Chinese Tourists Were Buying at the Supermarket

Posted by on May 17, 2016 in Israel | 8 comments

What the Chinese Tourists Were Buying at the Supermarket

Yesterday I was in the checkout line at a supermarket near several hotels, waiting behind a group of around 8 Asian tourists. “You are from China?” I asked the woman wearing a colorful blouse in front of me. “Yes, from Shanghai!” she answered in a booming voice. And then I looked down and noticed she was holding a large box of Israeli tea. And then I looked at her compatriots and saw that the woman in the colorful blouse was not alone. Most of them were also holding packages of Wissotsky black tea, the huge green box...

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Ivanka Trump on Judaism and Family

Posted by on May 16, 2016 in Current Events, Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 5 comments

Ivanka Trump on Judaism and Family

Don’t know what I think of her father, but I sure like this quote from Ivanka: “I really find that Judaism creates an amazing blueprint for family connectivity.” Shabbat. The holidays. So much work, but also such amazing opportunities to really connect with our families. B”H!

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Rethinking Challenges (15-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Posted by on May 15, 2016 in Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 4 comments

Rethinking Challenges (15-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

The profound pleasure of passing life’s tests– even if we feel like we failed.

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With These Hands: Nefesh b’Nefesh’s Remarkable 2016 Yom Haatzmaut Video

Posted by on May 11, 2016 in Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, Israel | 1 comment

With These Hands: Nefesh b’Nefesh’s Remarkable 2016 Yom Haatzmaut Video

Watching these intensely moving and uplifting annual videos from Nefesh b’Nefesh is one of the highlights of my Yom Haatzmaut. This year’s video is something very special. NBN writes: “From war hero to farmer, teacher to midwife, the video tells the stories of the everyday heroes that epitomize what makes Israeli society unique – the strength of its immigrants. Israel’s human mosaic illustrates both the diversity of Olim and those who have dedicated their lives to securing and building the State of Israel.” Click...

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