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I Don’t Feel Numb Today

Posted by on Apr 25, 2018 in Featured, Inspiration, Israel, My life | 1 comment

I Don’t Feel Numb Today

Yesterday, out of the blue, I felt numb. Nothing felt so bad but nothing felt good either. Even things that usually bring me pleasure or happiness or content calm brought nothing. No reaction at all. And then, this morning, I woke up, and when I walked bleary-eyed into the kitchen I noticed the tomatoes I bought yesterday. They were so red and shiny and round. And perfect! I just had to reach over and stroke a tomato’s skin. Wow, I thought, Hashem is the most awesome artist EVER. And then I went out for a few hours of errands. At one...

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How the Rachmastrivker Rebbe became a Father after 21 Years of Marriage

Posted by on Apr 24, 2018 in Featured, Inspiration, Israel | 1 comment

How the Rachmastrivker Rebbe became a Father after 21 Years of Marriage

The following is an edited version of the story that appeared in the Mishpacha article “A Path all His Own” by Yisroel Besser and Aryeh Ehrlich. 27 years ago, a taxi navigated the twists and turns of the road leading to Jericho, near the Dead Sea. Two passengers asked the driver to stop, then made their way on foot across an empty field in the dead of night. The duo turned their faces upward as they scanned the heavens, hoping to catch a glimpse of the moon through the thick cover of clouds. The twosome, Rav Duvid Twerski, the...

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My Yom Kippur Big Mac

Posted by on Apr 23, 2018 in Featured, Inspiration, My life | 11 comments

My Yom Kippur Big Mac

I was 18-years-old, a college sophomore in Maine on Yom Kippur. My college had flown up a student rabbi from HUC to lead the services, but I decided to play hooky from services and do my own thing to connect with this important day. At that point in my life, I knew next to nothing about Yom Kippur. I knew way more about the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, than the Temple Service of the High Priest or Yom Kippur’s 5 prohibitions. But I knew that I was Jewish, and that this was huge day for Jews, like me. So I decided to mark...

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Rising Above Disappointment (12-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Posted by on Apr 22, 2018 in Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 2 comments

Rising Above Disappointment (12-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Words of encouragement for when our dreams don’t come true.

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Mothers Star in Blockbuster 70th Independence Day Ceremony (10-Minute Inspirational Video)

Posted by on Apr 20, 2018 in Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 3 comments

Mothers Star in Blockbuster 70th Independence Day Ceremony (10-Minute Inspirational Video)

My kids and I sat together this Israeli Independence Day, mesmerized by the INCREDIBLE musical performance from the 70th Independence Day Ceremony. This clip features mothers around the world, telling children about the Promised Land before the establishment of the State of Israel. And then aliya! From the 4 corners of the earth to the Promised Land. Super moving and inspiring. This clip may not be appropriate for sensitive male viewers....

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What Happened to the Baby Born the Same Day as Israel?

Posted by on Apr 19, 2018 in Current Events, Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 0 comments

What Happened to the Baby Born the Same Day as Israel?

70 years ago today, the joy of Jews around the world knew no bounds when Ben Gurion declared the establishment of the State of Israel. Afterwards, Ben Gurion and the gathered crowd sang HaTikva and the Shehechiyanu prayer was recited. But Ben Gurion wasn’t aware that that very day, just a few miles away away, 2 equally overjoyed Jews recited Shehechiyanu–over the birth of their newborn daughter whom they named Tsiona. I heard about Tsiona from my neighbor, her niece, who attends Tsiona’s annual birthday party every year on the eve of...

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Dina Friedman’s Master Your Marriage Series Starting Next Week

Posted by on Apr 19, 2018 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Dina Friedman’s Master Your Marriage Series Starting Next Week

If you are committed to an ever expanding marriage experience of joy and love, or you are seeking to heal a marriage that isn’t meeting your expectations, then I highly recommend trying Dina Friedman’s Master your Marriage series. Here’s the course description from the Dina Friedman Academy: Dina teaches how in each interaction with your spouse, you are either building your marriage up, or breaking it down. In this series, Dina will give you the powerful steps to build your marriage up, and teach you the most significant things...

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Goodnight Shawn: A Fallen IDF Soldier’s Goodbye Letters to His Loved Ones (3-Minute Video)

Posted by on Apr 18, 2018 in Current Events, Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 1 comment

Goodnight Shawn: A Fallen IDF Soldier’s Goodbye Letters to His Loved Ones (3-Minute Video)

In 2014, IDF soldier Shawn Mondshine was killed while fighting in the Gaza War. Following his tragic death, the goodbye letters he had written to his family and friends were found in his phone. This whole morning I was trying to figure out what to post today, a post that would capture this day of national grief–Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day for Fallen Soldiers and Terror VIctims. I started one post, and then another. But nothing really seemed to capture the spirit of this powerful day until my daughter sent me this...

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My Charedi Best Friend and Yom HaZikaron

Posted by on Apr 17, 2018 in Current Events, Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 15 comments

My Charedi Best Friend and Yom HaZikaron

If I’m having a hard day, the first person I call is my beloved friend, Tova. And if she’s struggling with something, she calls me. But for quite a few years, there was one week a year when I refused to speak to Tova, because I was angry at her. That week was the first week of Iyar, when we mark Israel’s Memorial Day for the Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism followed by Independence Day. Among Israeli Jews, there is a wide spectrum of views regarding the State of Israel. On one extreme are flag-waving Zionists who believe...

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Adopt a Fallen Israeli Soldier this Yom HaZikaron

Posted by on Apr 16, 2018 in Inspiration, Israel, My life | 9 comments

Adopt a Fallen Israeli Soldier this Yom HaZikaron

This Tuesday night at 8 PM, like every year on Israel’s Memorial Day for the Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism, a cloud of mourning will descend over Israel. Israeli Memorial Day is a hard day for me–overshadowed by sadness. But for my neighbor, it is Memorial Day every day of the year. Her teenage son was killed during a dangerous operation while serving in the IDF. And even though over a decade has passed since she lost him, anyone who sees this mother can see in her face that she carries her grief from that terrible loss...

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