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Hours After the Rosh Yeshiva’s Home Burned Down, Here’s What He Told His Community (6-Minute Audio)

Posted by on May 27, 2020 in Current Events, Featured, Inspiration, Inspirational Videos | 0 comments

Hours After the Rosh Yeshiva’s Home Burned Down, Here’s What He Told His Community (6-Minute Audio)

Last Thursday night, the Jewish community of Johannesberg was rocked by news of a fire that had burned down the home of rosh yeshiva and community Rabbi Yechezkel and Rebbetzin Hadassah Auerbach. Early the following morning Rabbi Yechezkel shared these deeply inspiring...

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I am Not That Wife Yelling at Her Husband

Posted by on May 26, 2020 in Featured, Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 2 comments

I am Not That Wife Yelling at Her Husband

This morning I was so furious at one of my kids I could have screamed! And then, while walking Yoni to gan, I noticed an older woman in a car screaming at her husband (who barely seemed to notice. Poor guy, looked like he was used to it…) And that reminded me of something I’ve been working on a lot over the last few months… My truest self, my soul, is not my thoughts. My truest self, my soul, is the one watching my thoughts (i.e., this morning’s furious thoughts at my child.) Just as I was the one walking by that car,...

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A Fire Destroyed the Home of my Family and the Heart of our Community by Breindy Klawanksy

Posted by on May 25, 2020 in Current Events, Featured, Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 0 comments

A Fire Destroyed the Home of my Family and the Heart of our Community by Breindy Klawanksy

[This past Thursday, a gas-heater explosion burned down the family home of Johannesburg community rabbi and Rosh Kollel, Rabbi Yechezkel and Rebbetzin Hadassah Auerbach. B”H, there were no injuries. In this poem, daughter Breindy reminisces about what their home meant to the Auerbach’s 10 children and to their entire community]. I’m mourning for the walls. The walls that watched 8 Julia Street East. Watched my mother daven for her children, every Friday night. My mother knows how to daven for her children. I’m mourning...

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Lickety-Split Bar Mitzvah Miracles

Posted by on May 24, 2020 in Current Events, Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 16 comments

Lickety-Split Bar Mitzvah Miracles

Yoel’s lickety-split aliya l’Torah this past Shabbat was beautiful. Yoel read his aliya nicely and we were all so happy to be able to celebrate afterward at a small kiddush with friends and neighbors. In my eyes, on the continuum between boy and man, this Shabbat seems to have moved Yoel a notch man-ward, b”H. But preparing a Shabbat bar mitzvah in 58 hours, from when we found out late Wednesday night that the shul next door would be allowed to open until Yoel actually read from the Torah Shabbat morning, wasn’t a...

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Never Give Up! (2-Minute Inspirational Video)

Posted by on May 23, 2020 in Uncategorized | 3 comments

These ducks gave me chizuk!

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Yoel’s Lickety-Split Bar Mitzvah

Posted by on May 20, 2020 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 20 comments

Yoel’s Lickety-Split Bar Mitzvah

Last August we reserved this coming Shabbat at the shul next door for Yoel’s bar mitzvah aliya l’Torah. Our first bar mitzvah after 4 bat mitzvahs. I’ve been dreaming about this event for years. Yoel being called up for his first aliya, reading from the Torah, and the celebratory kiddush with family and friends afterward. Our families in North America had already ordered flights and hotels. Yoel was learning how to chant his parsha. And I was brainstorming about how to make this Shabbat an amazing experience for Yoel and our...

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The 1st Things I Did After My Husband was Put on Unpaid Leave

Posted by on May 19, 2020 in Current Events, Inspiration, My life | 9 comments

The 1st Things I Did After My Husband was Put on Unpaid Leave

My husband has been receiving a salary from the same institution for 21 years. Until the outbreak of the coronavirus, when he joined tens of millions of other people on involuntary unpaid leave. Over the course of those 21 years, his salary was deposited every single month, without fail. And all of a sudden, it wasn’t. In addition, our family business hosting tourists (ChefRabbiJosh.com) had evaporated as quickly as you can say the words “travel ban.” The 1st thing I did after my husband was put on unpaid leave was not get it...

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Back to School

Posted by on May 18, 2020 in Current Events, Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 3 comments

Back to School

Yesterday morning, on the last day of the 2-month-old Weisberg homeschool, my 5-year-old Yoni plopped himself down onto a fluffy pillow lying outside my bedroom. And then he luxuriously closed his eyes and exclaimed, “Eema, this pillow is so comfortable. It’s as comfortable as…you!” I laughed SO hard that my pillowy post-quarantine belly jiggled with joy. Today I saw something that I didn’t think I’d see again this school year: my kids leaving home in the morning in order to attend a full day of school. I am...

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I’m on the Franciska Show! (38-Minute Podcast)

Posted by on May 14, 2020 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 2 comments

I’m on the Franciska Show! (38-Minute Podcast)

I think Franciska Kay is a truly gifted interviewer, I loved “meeting” her during the podcast to discuss JewishMOM.com and motherhood in general. Click here to subscribe to her podcast interviews with creative Jewish women.

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