Blog

Jerusalem Thanksgiving

Posted by on Nov 23, 2017 in Featured, Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 13 comments

Jerusalem Thanksgiving

Last night, my head was spinning around so bad I felt, without exaggeration, like I was on a merry-go-round. When I woke up this morning (on the living room sofa, I didn’t want to risk falling over on the way upstairs to my bed) I was no longer on the merry-go-round, but I still felt pretty crummy. Like I was at the tail-end of a stomach virus. So I took Yoni to gan and sat through Yaakov’s speech therapy appointment and then, grumbling the whole way, I took Yaakov to gan too. I grumbled something along the lines of: “Nobody...

read more

Why Do I Have a Harder Time with my Child than Anyone Else?

Posted by on Nov 22, 2017 in Featured, Motherhood | 10 comments

Why Do I Have a Harder Time with my Child than Anyone Else?

I have a question about teachers that I have been asking myself for the past 18 years, twice a day (at gan drop-off and pick-up). My question is this: how is it possible that an afternoon spent with 2 of my children leaves me feeling steamrollered. Yet those same children’s teachers somehow manage to spend 7 (or more) hours straight with 35 of them, day after day? And still manage, by the end, to be walking on their own two feet, and often with a smile on their faces? If you’ve asked yourself this same question, and (like me)...

read more

Why My Cleaning Lady Enjoys Cleaning Houses

Posted by on Nov 21, 2017 in Featured, Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 1 comment

Why My Cleaning Lady Enjoys Cleaning Houses

I love my new cleaning lady. Not just cause she does a fantastic job cleaning my house, but because she’s a truly lovely person. My cleaning lady is a single mother, and she cleans houses every day of the week. She cleans because she and her daughter need the income, but I’ve noticed something interesting. She also seems to enjoy cleaning, even my crowded, sisyphean-ly messy abode. And I’ve wondering about that. What’s her secret? I can understand enjoying cleaning one’s own home–enjoying your newly...

read more

When the Jewish Mom Met the CEOs

Posted by on Nov 20, 2017 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 5 comments

When the Jewish Mom Met the CEOs

20 years ago, recently graduated from an Ivy League university, a dear friend of mine made the difficult choice to drop out of a prestigious graduate program in order to stay home and devote herself to her family and home. But a few weeks ago she decided the time has come– her kids are bigger now and she would like to begin working outside of the home. In order to get herself prepared for that major life-transition, she signed up to attend a 5-day personal-empowerment seminar with a renowned inspirational speaker. The conference was an...

read more

Mindful Motherhood (5-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Posted by on Nov 19, 2017 in Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 1 comment

Mindful Motherhood (5-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Finding joy and gratitude in our mothering lives through mindfulness.

read more

My Tablecloth Soul Dance

Posted by on Nov 16, 2017 in Inspiration, Israel, My life | 2 comments

My Tablecloth Soul Dance

Yesterday, at Devorah’s Dance Journey workshop, we did something unusual. Each of us took a clear plastic tablecloth and danced around with it–dancing, as Devora put it, “the story of our soul.” At first, you can imagine, I felt pretty silly, dancing around Devora’s living room with a plastic tablecloth. But as I looked deeply at the tablecloth, I got it. I felt my body, and there, in my hands, I felt my soul. A physical object, yet ephemeral, flowing like water, like the wind. The first thing I did was hold the...

read more

Why Yaakov Wants 100 Shekels

Posted by on Nov 15, 2017 in Inspiration, Motherhood, My life | 0 comments

Why Yaakov Wants 100 Shekels

Sitting on the sofa together yesterday, Yaakov asked me: “Eema, do you have a 1000 shekel bill?” “No” “Do you have a 100 shekel bill?” “Yes, I do.” “Fantastic! Give it to me!” “Why?” “I’m going to buy a truck.”

read more

An Easy Way to Cut Down Your Shabbat Cleaning

Posted by on Nov 14, 2017 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 1 comment

An Easy Way to Cut Down Your Shabbat Cleaning

Cleaning the house before Shabbat. Cleaning the house after Shabbat. Not to mention, setting up before and cleaning up after 3 Shabbat meals. So much work to do! And by default, it falls on guess who… Here’s a simple way to reduce cleaning time in a significant way: make a chart to break down cleaning responsibilities among your family members. I started doing this a few months ago, and it’s reduced the time I spend on cleaning before, during, and after Shabbat in a big way. Here’s what I did: STEP 1: I made a chart...

read more

Remembering Rabbanit Yemima’s Father, Rabbi Eli Natan Rothschild zt”l

Posted by on Nov 13, 2017 in Current Events, Inspiration, Israel, My life | 5 comments

Remembering Rabbanit Yemima’s Father, Rabbi Eli Natan Rothschild zt”l

I got the SMS yesterday at 5:20 that Rabbanit Yemima’s father, Rabbi Eli Natan Rothschild, had passed away after an extended illness at the age of 93 and that the funeral would take place at 6 PM. So I picked up my purse and rushed over. I first met Rabbanit Yemima 18 years ago when my daughter Hadas was in gan with her son Ben Tsion. At first she was just a friend from the neighborhood, and when she started teaching she became my teacher/mentor as well. Rabbi Rothschild was born in Zurich, and devoted himself for many years to his...

read more

Chocolate Pearls (10-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Posted by on Nov 12, 2017 in Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 7 comments

Chocolate Pearls (10-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

More thoughts on Mishpacha’s Magazine’s woman of valour of the year, chocolate-maker Sara Balulu.

read more