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Granddaughter of Garden of Emuna Author, Rav Arush, Killed in Fatal Accident

Posted by on Jan 26, 2015 in Current Events, Featured | 0 comments

Granddaughter of Garden of Emuna Author, Rav Arush, Killed in Fatal Accident

Tragic news from Israel… Last night a son of Rabbi Shalom Arush, bestselling author of Garden of Emuna, was driving home to Jerusalem with his three young children and pregnant wife from the yahrzeit of the Baba Sali zts”l in Netivot. On the way, their car had a frontal collision with another car, killing year-old Fayga Chana Arush, and leaving father Rav Shimon Arush (28) in serious condition. Mother Daniella (25) and the couple’s other two children (ages 4 and 6) were also injured and are in fair condition. Please daven for a complete...

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3 Tips to Master the Mind (12-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Posted by on Jan 25, 2015 in Featured, Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 0 comments

3 Tips to Master the Mind (12-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

3 techniques from Dina Friedman’s Mastery Program on silencing distressing mind chatter.

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Our Messed Up Family

Posted by on Jan 22, 2015 in Current Events, Featured, Inspiration, Israel, Uncategorized | 2 comments

Our Messed Up Family

This past Tuesday morning. Gorgeous deep blue skies. An early hint of spring after all the snow and cold. I boarded the light rail with Yoel and the baby, and maybe on account of the weather, the atmosphere was festive and friendly. Chol HaMoed January. Yoel and I found two seats, but not together. So the Russian woman between us switched seats so we could sit together and flashed us a kind smile. Then an elderly man hobbled onto the light rail with his cane. And a 60-something woman with bleached hair got up to pay for him. Then a very...

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Giving=Getting

Posted by on Jan 21, 2015 in Featured, Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 1 comment

Giving=Getting

נתן The Hebrew word for gave is spelled NOON—TUFF—NOON A palindrome The same letters when you read them forwards AND backwards. What is the holy tongue teaching us JewishMOMs? You feel like you are giving the whole day. To your family, your kids, your husband. Etc. Etc. Etc. And it’s hard! But at the end of the day, who receives so much–personal growth, Divine reward, and even occasionally some joy and satisfaction– from all this giving, giving, giving? YOU!

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Celebrating Birth of 100th Great-Grandchild: “This is our response to Hitler”

Posted by on Jan 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | 7 comments

Celebrating Birth of 100th Great-Grandchild: “This is our response to Hitler”

Michael (92) and Marion (90) Mittwoch fled Germany as teenagers when Hitler rose to power, and were among the founders of Kibbutz Lavi. This month they celebrated the birth of their 100th great-grandchild, Dagan Raz (in the center of the photo below, along with proud great-grandparents, father, and grandfather). Michael Mittwoch reflected with emotion, “This is our response to Hitler, yemach shmo. He attempted to wipe us out and here we have brought our 100th great-grandchild into the covenant of Avraham Avinu!” Mazal...

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Coping with My Mother’s Death by Anonymous (Rabbi Nivin Chabura Testimonial)

Posted by on Jan 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Coping with My Mother’s Death by Anonymous (Rabbi Nivin Chabura Testimonial)

The Personal Development Chabura of my teacher, Rabbi Aryeh Nivin, was named one of the six most ambitious spiritual initiatives by Family First magazine. Visit www.newchabura.com to find out more about joining the $1 no-commitment 2-class Life Purpose seminar for women– starting this week. Every JewishMOM.com reader who signs up for the $1 Life Purpose Seminar will automatically enter the raffle to win a free 12-week course registration (worth $150). This means that you have nothing to lose, and everything to gain by trying this...

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An Ode to the Pregnant Poetess by Chana Mason

Posted by on Jan 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | 5 comments

An Ode to the Pregnant Poetess by Chana Mason

You’re not a bulky, chunky butterball who’s let her self go to the whims of self indulgence. Nor a whale-like, distended, jelly-belly of unattractiveness. Not pot bellied, overweight, round around the edges. Not swollen, stout, roly poly. Not fat and all that. No, woman. You are a cocoon within which life blooms An oasis, where blossom fingers and toes and a pumping heart flow life blood into sinews and bones whispering for them to grow You’re a spectacle, a miracle a walking embodiment of Nes Gadol Haya Po. A great miracle...

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A Traffic Jam in the Holy Land

Posted by on Jan 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | 5 comments

A Traffic Jam in the Holy Land

On Thursday, an older married couple visiting from America gave me a ride home. When the husband turned right on Betsalel Street, we discovered what looked like a mile-long parking lot. “Oh no!” I muttered, “a traffic jam…We should have gone another way.” But the husband had a very different reaction. He sang out, “Thank G-d! A traffic jam in the Holy Land!” And as we inched our way up through Betsalel Street parking lot, the husband reflected in a soft voice full of wonder… “If I would have told my grandfather that one day...

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My Perfect Neighbor (11-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Posted by on Jan 18, 2015 in Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 1 comment

My Perfect Neighbor (11-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

It just doesn’t make sense to be jealous of anybody else.

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1st Interview with Michal and Shimon Gross after Birth (2-Minute Video)

Posted by on Jan 15, 2015 in Current Events, Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 0 comments

1st Interview with Michal and Shimon Gross after Birth (2-Minute Video)

Michal and Shimon Gross are such an inspiration…Listening to this interview is more powerful than listening to 1000 classes on emuna. English below. If embedded video doesn’t work, click here. Somebody at hospital: May it be with mazal tov! Shimon Gross: Thank you Narrator: It wasn’t obvious to Shimon and Michal Gross that they would return to Shaarei Tsedek Medical Center. It was just a year minus one week that their four children were brought here after a serious case of poisoning. The doctors attempted to revive Avigail...

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