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The Dirty Stairwell

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in Featured, Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, Uncategorized | 2 comments

The Dirty Stairwell

I heard this story from my long-time teacher Rabbi Aryeh Nivin: When Rabbi Nivin and his wife, Ayala, were newlyweds they moved into a new building along with a bunch of other newly-married couples. When they first moved in, the building was sparkling clean. But over the years, b”H, all of the young couples in the building started having children, and then more children… The once sparkling clean stairwell was no longer…As the children grew, they filled the stairwell with ashen handprints and muddy footprints, crayon...

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7-Year-Old Malky Hirth z”l’s Final 1-Minute Inspirational Message for You

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Featured, Inspiration | 7 comments

7-Year-Old Malky Hirth z”l’s Final 1-Minute Inspirational Message for You

Yesterday, after fighting leukemia for 5 years and drawing heartfelt prayers from thousands of Jews around the world, 7-year-old Malky Hirth of Lakewood tragically passed away. Those who knew Malky during her short life describe that despite her suffering she was a girl with remarkable emuna, joy for life, and good-hearted spunk. Once at her school’s office, she joked to the secretary that since she was missing so much school due to her frequent hospitalizations, “I bet I’ll be in elementary school until I’m in my...

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A Tale of Two Mothers (5-Minute Rabbi Yoel Gold Video)

Posted by on Feb 21, 2017 in Featured, Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 7 comments

A Tale of Two Mothers (5-Minute Rabbi Yoel Gold Video)

This is a tale of two mothers which took place in the shadows of the Gaza War. Like many of us, I heard this story in an Email that was getting sent around after Gaza War, but seeing the actual women involved is incredibly powerful, to hear how it is possible to feeling Hashem’s love even following the devastation of an unfathomable tragedy. Thank you Rabbi Yoel Gold, keep on making these videos! We love them!

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Zumba Chesed

Posted by on Feb 20, 2017 in Inspiration, Motherhood, My life | 9 comments

Zumba Chesed

Last week, in the middle of a miserable afternoon, I had a flash of exactly what I needed to infuse my mothering life with more joy and vitality. Starting about a decade ago, for 5 years I went to the gym every day. And any day I didn’t go to the gym, I felt it. I felt less happy, less alive even. But one day I showed up at my beloved gym and the door was locked and covered with a handwritten sign that read “Gone Bankrupt.” That was 4 years ago, and in the meantime I was busy buying a house and selling a house and (a few...

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Loving Jews who are Different than You (12-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Posted by on Feb 19, 2017 in Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, Israel, My life | 7 comments

Loving Jews who are Different than You (12-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

A simple but powerful way to feel more connection with and love for our fellow Jews of all kinds.

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The Principal’s Son

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, Uncategorized | 7 comments

The Principal’s Son

My 4-year-old, Yaakov, attends gan with the sons of 2 of my older children’s principals. It has been pretty fascinating for me to see these women who generally inspire respect bordering on awe in hundreds of girls and their parents, interacting as mothers like you and me with their 4-year-old sons. This morning when I dropped off Yaakov at 8:30, one of the principals was kneeling down on the ground, negotiating with her 4-year-old. “But, sweety, why don’t you want to stay at gan today? I know Ganenet Dorit is out sick today,...

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A Why-I-Love-Israel Moment at the Interior Ministry

Posted by on Feb 15, 2017 in Inspiration, Israel | 5 comments

A Why-I-Love-Israel Moment at the Interior Ministry

Yesterday my friend, Chaya, went to get a passport for her newborn baby at Israel’s Ministry of the Interior. And that was how she witnessed this “Why-I-Love-Israel” moment. The person ahead of Chaya in line was an elderly woman. When the clerk asked for the photos accompanying her application, the elderly woman realized she didn’t have any. “No problem, Geveret, there is a store that takes passport photos right next door.” But the elderly woman became flustered, she felt too shaky to take the elevator...

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Warren Buffett’s Definition of True Success

Posted by on Feb 15, 2017 in Inspiration | 2 comments

Warren Buffett’s Definition of True Success

87-year-old Warren Buffett is the 2nd wealthiest person in the world. Listen well to his definition of success. Words to live by: “Basically, when you get to my age, you’ll measure your success in life by how many of the people you want to have love you actually do love you.” Click here to read more gems of wisdom from Warren Buffett.

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The Big Guns, the Jewish Women

Posted by on Feb 14, 2017 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 3 comments

The Big Guns, the Jewish Women

Rabbi Moshe Shapiro, who passed away last month,used to share the following powerful story (reprinted from the Family First article by Rabbi Menachem Nissel): “World War I was raging in Eastern Europe, extracting a terrible toll on the Jewish population. The Chofetz Chaim felt that special measures were needed. “On a designated day, the Chofetz Chaim requested that the men should leave the main shul of each town and let the women take over. He wanted to unleash to power of the ‘big guns’ of prayer, the nashim...

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The Woman I Screamed At Last Week

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 in Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 7 comments

The Woman I Screamed At Last Week

I’ve been a member of the same health fund for 22 years, and I’ve been very happy with it in almost every way. But this past Thursday something happened that made me so furious that Josh and I seriously considered moving our business elsewhere. Here’s what happened. For the last two months, I noticed that my family’s monthly charge from the health fund has more than doubled. So I called up the health fund’s phone hotline to find out why. But when the woman on the hotline finally answered after half-an-hour on...

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