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Tolstoy on the Jews

Posted by on Jan 4, 2018 in Inspiration | 0 comments

Tolstoy on the Jews

Tolstoy wrote: I will insist the Hebrews have [contributed] more to civilize men than any other nation. If I was an atheist and believed in blind eternal fate, I should still believe that fate had ordained the Jews to be the most essential instrument for civilizing the nations … They are the most glorious nation that ever inhabited this Earth. The Romans and their empire were but a bubble in comparison to the Jews. They have given religion to three-quarters of the globe and have influenced the affairs of mankind more and more happily...

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“I’m Returning to You” by Agam Buchboot (3-Minute Music Video)

Posted by on Jan 3, 2018 in Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, Israel | 6 comments

“I’m Returning to You” by Agam Buchboot (3-Minute Music Video)

Over the last few years, 14-year-old Agam Buchboot has become one of Israel’s most popular singers. Her most recent hit is a love song to Hashem. My favorite line? “Thank you that sometimes it’s hard for me, because only after the darkness light comes to life.” אתה, אתה בשמחה אתה בלילות שלי, אני לא לבד אתה, בכל נשימה וגם על דמעות שלי אומרת תודה You, You are in joy You are in my nights, I’m not alone You, in every breath And for my tears, I say...

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Who is the Bad Mother?

Posted by on Jan 2, 2018 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 12 comments

Who is the Bad Mother?

Yesterday I posted “‘How I Coped’ by A Mother of 13” and one Facebook reader commented that mothers of large families are bad mothers of bad children. Which got me thinking about which mothers are bad mothers. 1st time mothers? 5th-time mothers? 13th-time mothers? Working mothers? Stay-at-home mothers? Poor mothers? Wealthy mothers? Single mothers? Mothers in difficult marriages? Mothers in easier marriages? And for the next few hours my mind flipped through my mental rolodex– stories of the hundreds of mothers...

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“How I Coped” by a Mother of 13

Posted by on Jan 1, 2018 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 7 comments

“How I Coped” by a Mother of 13

This week Family First Magazine features an article about Baltimore mother-of-13 and nurse Esther Tendler, who passed away last month. The following was an essay written by Mrs. Tendler for Ner Israel’s Sisterhood Journal. When I read it, I felt 500 pounds fall off my shoulders… When I was the mother of two small children and expecting my third, I confided in my own mother that I wasn’t coping with two and that it seems unfair to bring a third child into the picture. My mother responded, “You’re trying too...

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Sholom Rubashkin is Free (6-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Posted by on Dec 31, 2017 in Current Events, Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 4 comments

Sholom Rubashkin is Free (6-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Sholom Rubashkin’s release from prison teaches us to never give up hope.

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Naomi bat Sara

Posted by on Dec 28, 2017 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 6 comments

Naomi bat Sara

My relative teaches at a community college in one of the most depressing cities in America– rampant gangs, drugs, unemployment. As an English teacher, she asks her students to write about their lives. And, she told me, among her female students, the story they share with her is almost always the same. It goes something like this: “When I was growing up, my mother was a drug dealer/addict and my father was in prison. “I was a wild child, running around with a bad crowd, getting in trouble at school and with the police....

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Mommy Brain

Posted by on Dec 27, 2017 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 4 comments

Mommy Brain

Early this morning, when my 17-year-old was leaving for high school and I was still half asleep in bed, I called after her, “Don’t forget, Chamuda, that you have an appointment with the dental hygienist today at 6:30.” Hallel stopped in her tracks and stared at me, “Eema, how do you keep all this information in your head? How do you DO that?” Well, the truth is, I have a calendar where I write down all the appointments I need to remember (otherwise I would forget them quicker than my new electrician’s...

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When Tsofia was Sad

Posted by on Dec 26, 2017 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 5 comments

When Tsofia was Sad

My sons’ gan is 7 minutes from our house, and my daughter’s school is also 7 minutes from our house–but in the opposite direction. So every morning I walk my boys to gan, and I pay an older girl to take Tsofia. And this arrangement usually works out extremely well, except when it doesn’t… Like this morning, when the older girl didn’t show up. How did I find out the older girl didn’t show up? When I was leaving Yaakov and Yoni’s gan, another mother approached me with slightly knitted eyebrows:...

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30 Years Later

Posted by on Dec 25, 2017 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 2 comments

30 Years Later

When I was a student at a Christian private school 30 years ago, it was easy to forget about major Jewish holidays. I barely knew that Succot, Purim, and Shavuot even existed. My Chanukah candles dim in comparison with the bright lights of my classmates’ other holiday. And today, after I sent my big kids off to school, took my little kids to gan, and prayed– I went to check out the American news and realized I had completely forgotten today is Christmas. The light, the holiness of this Jewish life, a shining Sun in my heart. 30...

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6 Gems from the Power Series (9-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Posted by on Dec 24, 2017 in Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 4 comments

6 Gems from the Power Series (9-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

6 life-altering Power Series tips I use every day to work towards my dreams.

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