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The 35-Year-Old Bride Became a Mother of 5

Posted by on Jun 19, 2019 in Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 14 comments

The 35-Year-Old Bride Became a Mother of 5

This morning I traveled with my four-year-old Yoni on an end-of-year mothers-sons trip to an amusement park near Jerusalem. While I’ve been kicking and screaming for weeks about how I didn’t want to give up a day to do this, in the end (after I discovered that none of my older daughters would be available to take my place) I went and (surprise, surprise) really enjoyed myself. Yoni and I went on the mini-rollercoaster–his first and my first in maybe 30 years. And the bumper boats (a first for both of us). And I enjoyed...

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Why I Get Stressed Out at the Dentist (Clue: It’s Not What You Think)

Posted by on Jun 18, 2019 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 8 comments

Why I Get Stressed Out at the Dentist (Clue: It’s Not What You Think)

Sitting in my dentist’s chair yesterday, I got a sinking feeling in my stomach. And not because I share the wide-spread fear of dentists. I’m not afraid of dentists, I suspect because I have what I think of fondly as dental “yichus.” While, to the best of my knowledge, there were no great rabbis in my family tree, there were a lot of dentists. In fact, both of my grandfathers were dentists. So why, then, do I feel this dreadful dread in the dentist’s chair? The reason is that I sit in that chair every six months...

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Under the Chuppah of 2 Orphans of Terror

Posted by on Jun 17, 2019 in Current Events, Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 1 comment

Under the Chuppah of 2 Orphans of Terror

In 2002, the mother and father of Avigdor Gavish were brutally murdered when Palestinian terrorists broke into the family’s home. Just four months later, the mother and father of Ayelet Dickstein were also brutally murdered by a terrorist while on their way to spend Shabbat with relatives. A decade and a half later, Avigdor and Ayelet met at a support group for orphans of terror. And they realized that while they share a tragic past, they could also build and share a beautiful future–together. The mothers and fathers of Avigdor...

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What I Said to the Mom Getting Divorced (3-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Posted by on Jun 16, 2019 in Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 15 comments

What I Said to the Mom Getting Divorced (3-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Reminding myself, in the age of social media, how important it can be to help a single person. This morning I saw a mother I see several mornings a week at gan drop-off and pick-up. She looked unusually lovely this morning, in a long flowing floral dress. So I told this mother, whose name I don’t know, “Wow, you look beautiful today!” This woman has always struck me as a strong person. A real sabra. So I was pretty surprised when she drew closer to me, and I saw that she looked nervous, shaken. She said, “Please bless...

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Dos and Don’ts from the Mother of an OTD Son by Moishe’s Mother

Posted by on Jun 13, 2019 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 9 comments

Dos and Don’ts from the Mother of an OTD Son by Moishe’s Mother

I read this letter on Shabbat in Family First, and have been thinking about the hard-won and brilliant advice it contains ever since. I think this letter should be required reading for ALL mothers of teenagers (and older) whether they are OTD* [have left the Torah path] or not. Because our growing and grown kids will all follow their own path in life. Which, often times, isn’t exactly the path we would have chosen for them. Here’s what Moishe’s mother shared: If I could tell another mother on this journey just one thing, it...

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Jewish Women Sing “Ori, Arise”: In Memory of Ori Ansbacher HY”D

Posted by on Jun 12, 2019 in Current Events, Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 5 comments

Jewish Women Sing “Ori, Arise”: In Memory of Ori Ansbacher HY”D

Last night I attended my daughters’ end of year dance performance, which included a song I’d never heard before that brought tears to my eyes. This song, based on a poem written by Ori Ansbacher HY”D (translation below) was performed in Ori’s memory by the gifted musician Ruchama ben Yosef along with hundreds of other Jewish women and girls. Ori’s powerful poem reminds me of something I’ve been thinking about this year. About how when people die here, it pushes regular, everyday Israelis and Jews into the...

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My Mom’s Response to My 1st Car Accident

Posted by on Jun 10, 2019 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 6 comments

My Mom’s Response to My 1st Car Accident

My first and only car accident took place the day after I got my license. I was 16 and my sister, Miriam, was 10. I was driving us to school for the first time, and I had to merge into the fast-moving traffic approaching the Smith Ave. bridge. I remember being side-swiped. I remember parking along the side of the road. But I don’t remember anything about the other driver. I don’t remember my sister being in the car, but she must have been. I don’t remember what damage there was to the car–was there a scratch along the...

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Chag Sameach, JewishMOMs!

Posted by on Jun 6, 2019 in Inspiration | 2 comments

Chag Sameach, JewishMOMs!

Naaseh v’Nishmah painting by Baruch Nachshon.

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Hey Rabbi, Do You Believe in God?

Posted by on Jun 5, 2019 in Inspiration, Israel, My life | 0 comments

Hey Rabbi, Do You Believe in God?

by Rabbi Yoni Lavi Sharon: Hey Rabbi, do you believe in God? 🤔 Rabbi Yoni Lavi: Hello, with whom do I have the honor? S: I’m sorry for starting out of nowhere like that. I’m Sharon, I’m 16 years old and am a student at a religious high school. I’m thought of as a religious girl, but lots of times I have questions related to faith about the most basic things. I’m not sure about anything anymore…😞😕 R: What do you mean? S: Look, sometimes I feel like the most religious girl in the world. My heart is...

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Remembering the Wife of Israel’s President, Nechama Rivlin A”H

Posted by on Jun 4, 2019 in Current Events, Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms | 1 comment

Remembering the Wife of Israel’s President, Nechama Rivlin A”H

After an extended illness, Nechama Rivlin, the wife of Israeli president Reuven Rivlin, passed away today at the age of 73. Nechama Rivlin was a dedicated mother and grandmother who was passionate about empowering women and children. She also loved art and dance. And her 48-year marriage to the president? Nechama Rivlin, of blessed memory, would insist, “Please don’t call me the First Lady! Just call me the president’s wife instead.” I imagine Nechama Rivlin objected to being called “First Lady” out of...

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