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Wombs

Posted by on Dec 8, 2016 in Featured, Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 1 comment

Wombs

This week, Rabbanit Yemima was talking about wombs. In Hebrew, she pointed out, the word for compassion, Rachamim, is always plural. The plural of womb, or wombs. And that is what she thinks of when she thinks of compassion, she told us. She thinks of dozens, hundreds, thousands of wombs, one next to the other. Women, women, women, caring for one another, praying for one another, loving one another. Each with her own hardships. Each with her own struggles. And then Rabbanit Yemima asked each woman attending her class to turn to the woman...

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Why Did the Old Man Give Me His Seat on the Light Rail?

Posted by on Dec 7, 2016 in Featured, Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 5 comments

Why Did the Old Man Give Me His Seat on the Light Rail?

This morning, on the light rail, a bareheaded man who appeared to be around 70 stood up to give me his seat. In Israel (and maybe everywhere), there are iron-clad social norms regarding who gives up their seat for whom on public transportation. People give up their seats for 3 categories of human beings: pregnant women, elderly people, and people who are blind or otherwise physically disabled. Since I don’t fall into any of those categories, I told the man (whom I actually would have given up my seat for if HE had been standing)...

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My Ridiculous Thoughts

Posted by on Dec 6, 2016 in Featured, Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 4 comments

My Ridiculous Thoughts

This morning, on my way to Yaakov’s gan, I saw an older woman. 70-ish, with wrinkles and a cane. And I thought, “I am turning 45 next month. Before I know it, I will be all wrinkled and hobbling like her” Then I saw an obese woman who was wearing the exact same boots as me. And I thought, “You see, Chana Jenny, you are also fat. All fat people wear boots like that!” Then I saw Yaakov’s ganenet, who has been teaching for 30 years. And I thought, “Look at her, she has been a ganenet for 30 years. And...

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Isaac Newton’s Mother (1-Minute Inspirational Video)

Posted by on Dec 5, 2016 in Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, Motherhood | 3 comments

Isaac Newton’s Mother (1-Minute Inspirational Video)

This video brings tears to my eyes every time I watch it. What a powerful reminder of the impact of a mother’s words and belief in her child.

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Healing from Disappointment (6-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Posted by on Dec 4, 2016 in Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 2 comments

Healing from Disappointment (6-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Author Elizabeth Gilbert shares how we can cope with failure by “coming home.”

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My Sleepyhead Daughter Miracle

Posted by on Dec 1, 2016 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 10 comments

My Sleepyhead Daughter Miracle

In honor of Rosh Hodesh Kislev (or, as Yaakov calls it, “Rosh Chodesh Sufgania”) I wanted to share a big parenting miracle which happened to me this very week. First of all, some background. Last year, my old friend Sarah Greenberg highly recommended that I learn about a certain approach to parenting (known in Israel as the “Shefer Approach”) which she studied and found extremely helpful. So last month, when I saw a flyer advertising a 20-week course in this approach, I signed up. You might wonder why I still need to...

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Yearning for Jerusalem in Jerusalem

Posted by on Nov 30, 2016 in Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life, Uncategorized | 9 comments

Yearning for Jerusalem in Jerusalem

Rachel Zamir grew up in a Lubavitch family in Stalinist Leningrad. Far from an easy combination. Jews caught observing their religion could be exiled to labor camps in Siberia, or far, far worse. But young Rachel’s parents were determined to raise their three children as Jews, despite the risks. The highlight of Rachel’s childhood was Friday night, when her mother transported the family to the place of their dreams, the impossible destination beyond the iron curtain. In the newly-released book “My Rebbe: Women Share...

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An Ex-Prisoner’s Guide to Passing Life’s Tests

Posted by on Nov 29, 2016 in Inspiration | 7 comments

An Ex-Prisoner’s Guide to Passing Life’s Tests

Yesterday I heard such a moving talk on Chazak Hotline (phone numbers below) by a man named Yerachmiel, a religious father who spent 3 years in a federal prison after he was convicted of insider trading. There was so much wisdom in this talk, based on the many things Yerachmiel learned during his painful imprisonment, separated from his beloved family, isolated and eaten up with worry about those he cared about back home. Here’s some things he said, general suggestions to people overcoming challenges: No need to take to heart the...

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The Fire that Nearly Consumed my Daughter’s High School

Posted by on Nov 28, 2016 in Current Events, Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 2 comments

The Fire that Nearly Consumed my Daughter’s High School

This past week Israel has been battling one of the most fierce and wide-spread waves of fires in its history. One of the worst-hit communities in the country has been Neve Tsuf (AKA Halamish), where the fire (which, like many of the fires nationwide, was set by Palestinian arsonists) burnt the homes of 20 families to the ground, and damaged another 40. Neve Tsuf is a place which is very dear to my heart. It’s the home of my daughter, Hallel’s, high school, Ulpanat Shirat HaYam, a school for the arts for religious girls. Neve Tsuf...

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Commitment Brings Happiness (10-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Posted by on Nov 27, 2016 in Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life, Uncategorized | 4 comments

Commitment Brings Happiness (10-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

The findings of Happiness researcher Dan Gilbert on the Commitment-Happiness connection.

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