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What We Can Learn from the Wives of Alcoholics

Posted by on Sep 18, 2019 in Current Events, Featured, Inspiration, Israel, My life | 1 comment

What We Can Learn from the Wives of Alcoholics

A few days ago I found out that a woman I know from around the neighborhood is a social worker who, among other things, runs a support group for women with alcoholic husbands.   “Is it a support group especially for religious women?” She smiled and shook her head. “No, we have all kinds of women there. Charedi women in sheitls, National Religious women wearing headscarves,” she said as she pointed to her own, “along with secular women who have never set foot in a shul, and have no interest in doing so. We have...

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The Skeptic Who Went to the Rabbi for a Blessing

Posted by on Sep 17, 2019 in Featured, Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 3 comments

The Skeptic Who Went to the Rabbi for a Blessing

This past Shabbat, my husband was out of town, and he was hosted by a lovely family, a couple with 2 sons ages 7 and 13. During the meal, the host mentioned that he has two other children, two daughters who are a decade older than his sons. And then he shared the following incredible story: 14 years ago my wife and I had 2 wonderful daughters, but for 10 years we hadn’t been able to have more children. We yearned to have more children and tried many different treatments but nothing had worked out as we had hoped. Around that time my...

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“The Cherry on Top”: Shira Shnerb’s Beloved Clothing Gemach

Posted by on Sep 16, 2019 in Current Events, Featured, Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 3 comments

“The Cherry on Top”: Shira Shnerb’s Beloved Clothing Gemach

I first saw this video over a week ago, and I cannot get it out of my mind. I can’t stop thinking about the mother of Rina Shnerb HY”D, and the glorious smile she gets on her face when she mentions “the cherry on top” of her family’s many charity projects–her clothing gemach (charity store) for the families of Lod. Shira, tragically, and like too many Israeli mothers before her, has been pushed into the spotlight by her daughter’s murder in a terror attack. And whenever this happens (and I pray it...

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8 Things I Learned from My Silent Meditation Retreat

Posted by on Sep 15, 2019 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 6 comments

8 Things I Learned from My Silent Meditation Retreat

I mentioned a few weeks ago that my oldest daughter participated in a 10-day silent meditation retreat in India. And after I heard about her experience, I was curious to try it out myself. So when I heard about a silent Jewish meditation retreat taking place this past Thursday and Friday, I asked my 19-year-old Hallel if she wanted to go together, and she did. So we went. There were about 20 of us women there. And during the retreat we weren’t allowed to talk, to write, to read (though Torah learning was permitted during breaks), even to...

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Why a Woman’s Prayer is More Powerful than a Man’s

Posted by on Sep 11, 2019 in Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 6 comments

Why a Woman’s Prayer is More Powerful than a Man’s

I heard this explanation from Rabbi Fischel Schachter, and I think it’s not only beautiful–it’s true! “There’s a question about whether women are required to pray with a minyan, or not. So some people say “Here we go again! Judaism disrespects women.” But in fact, the reason women can pray on their own is just the opposite. “The Maharal taught that women have the power to care for each other even if they aren’t physically located in the same place. A woman can be in her own home and she...

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One Mom’s Nasty Whatsapp

Posted by on Sep 10, 2019 in Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 7 comments

One Mom’s Nasty Whatsapp

The parents from my son’s class have a WhatsApp group. I’m not into WhatsApp. But another mother told me about a horrible interaction that took place in the group during the first week of school. And even though I didn’t read the back-and-forth myself, I cannot get it out of my head. On one of the first days of school, one worried mother posted, “It’s already 5:30 and my son’s not home! School ended an hour ago…Are your sons already back home?” And another mother responded, “If I was living...

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My 6-Year-Old’s Wise Riddle

Posted by on Sep 9, 2019 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 4 comments

My 6-Year-Old’s Wise Riddle

A few days ago, my 6-year-old Yaakov asked me the following riddle: “Eema, imagine you are stuck in a deep pit with a grizzly bear. What should you do?” I’m terrible at riddles, so I didn’t even try to figure this one out. “I don’t know, Yaakov, what should I do?” “Stop imagining!”Yaakov rolled with giggles and looked very proud of himself. And truth was, I realized, he had the right to be proud. That was one smart riddle. If I think of the many things I’ve worried about over the...

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My 5 Ultimate Life Goals (2-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Posted by on Sep 8, 2019 in Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 2 comments

My 5 Ultimate Life Goals (2-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Defining and defending my top priorities. One day last week I did one of my favorite Elul exercises (instructions below) which, in 15 minutes, enables us to get right to the core of our ultimate lifetime goals and dreams. And here, I discovered, are mine: To have a close, supportive family (immediate and extended) and marriage. To live a deeply Jewish life full of the Torah’s inspiring wisdom, personal growth, holiness, prayer, and faithTo discover new interests and passions. To be a force of goodness in the world, especially for Jewish...

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The Terror Attack that Saved Shira’s Life (2-Minute Video)

Posted by on Sep 6, 2019 in Current Events, Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, Israel, My life | 1 comment

The Terror Attack that Saved Shira’s Life (2-Minute Video)

It’s Friday morning, I had planned to spend this morning cooking and cleaning. Definitely not translating a video. But when I saw this unbelievable video about my oldest daughter’s former classmate, Shira Sabag, whom I asked you to pray for 8 months ago after she was critically injured at the terror attack in Givat HaAsaf, I knew that this was a story I needed to share...

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What One Mother Learned from a Surgeon

Posted by on Sep 5, 2019 in Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 3 comments

What One Mother Learned from a Surgeon

I have a friend who waited for many years to become a mother. And a few days ago I ran into her on the street, pushing her long-awaited daughter who looks like a perfect china doll with her blond curls and sapphire eyes.  My friend told me, “I have a relative who is a surgeon. And he makes sure to take very good care of himself. He gets enough sleep. He eats well. He does everything he can to be in top form. He lives this way, he always says, ‘Because I have people depending on me to be at my best.’  “And now that...

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