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Here’s What I’ve Learned from 20 Years of Motherhood

Posted by on Jun 5, 2018 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 14 comments

Here’s What I’ve Learned from 20 Years of Motherhood

The other day, at pick-up time for our 3-year-old sons, I was playing a bit of Jewish geography with Dror’s eema. And I discovered that she attended the same high school as my 20-year-old oldest daughter, Hadas. When Hadas was in 8th grade, she was in 12th. Which made me do some soul searching… If somebody needed surgery, she would prefer a surgeon with 20 years of experience over a young surgeon who has only done that surgery a handful of times. But is the same true of mothers? Dror’s eema and I are both JewishMOMs. Even...

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Something Cool We Figured Out about Our Daughter

Posted by on Jun 4, 2018 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 5 comments

Something Cool We Figured Out about Our Daughter

This past Shabbat we attended a Shabbaton for my daughter’s class and their parents. The most unforgettable part of the Shabbaton, for me, was a special exercise we parents did with our daughters. Each one of us received a list of around 60 positive characteristics, and 5 paperclips. And we were instructed to place those paperclips next to the positive qualities we see in our parents. I pinned my paperclips next to 5 positive qualities in my parents, and Josh pinned 5 paperclips to the strengths of his mom and dad. And our daughter...

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How to Raise a Daughter Who Wants to Become a Mom (4-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Posted by on Jun 3, 2018 in Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 5 comments

How to Raise a Daughter Who Wants to Become a Mom (4-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Western women are fleeing from marriage and motherhood, here’s how to raise a daughter who truly looks forward to becoming a JewishMOM.

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Why Did the Chief Rabbi Attend This Unusual Bat Mitzvah?

Posted by on May 31, 2018 in Inspiration, Israel, My life | 5 comments

Why Did the Chief Rabbi Attend This Unusual Bat Mitzvah?

Yesterday I attended a bat mitzvah, and towards the end I was mightily surprised to see Israel’s chief rabbi, Rabbi David Lau. Rabbi Lau is one of the busiest rabbis in the world. Why did he consider this bat mitzvah important enough to take the time out of his packed schedule to give a speech and his blessings to the bat mitzvah girl? I’ll give you some hints. Rabbi Lau didn’t come because: He knew the bat mitzvah girl or her family. Or because the bat mitzvah girl and her family are famous. Or because she comes from a...

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There’s No Use Crying Over Spilt Soup

Posted by on May 30, 2018 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 5 comments

There’s No Use Crying Over Spilt Soup

I start working on my blog every day at 12:30 in the afternoon. So today, at 12:25, I went down to my kitchen to quickly heat up some soup to eat before I started writing for an hour before my boys’ pick-up time. But when I was returning the box of soup to the fridge, it slipped out of my klutzy hands, spilling soup all over. So, using a squigee and an entire role of paper towels, I proceeded for the next quarter of an hour to clean it up–from the bottom of the fridge, and the door of the freezer, and underneath the fridge, and all over...

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My New Necklace Fury

Posted by on May 29, 2018 in Inspiration, Israel, My life | 1 comment

My New Necklace Fury

A few weeks ago we had a guest who was wearing a stunning necklace–a Tree of Life. I asked her where she had bought it and she told me in Tsfat, but she didn’t remember the name of the store. And then, on Sunday morning, while walking around Tsfat’s Old City with my 18-year-old daughter, Hallel, a miracle took place. I was walking by a jewelry store and saw the same necklace I had fallen in love with! So I walked right in and tried it on. The tree pendant was bigger than I liked. The guest’s tree of life had seemed...

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A Moms-Eye View of Tsfat

Posted by on May 28, 2018 in Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, Uncategorized | 7 comments

A Moms-Eye View of Tsfat

You can choose whether to read this post or scroll down to watch me tell this same story in a 2-minute video (with footage of the places I mention). We spent this past Shabbat in the mystical city of Tsfat. Two highlights… I went on an underground tour of tunnels excavated by Livnot Ulehibanot from Tsfat’s golden era, the 16th century. Walking through those tunnels I imagined that I was transported back 500 years, to the time when great rabbis such as Rabbi Yosef Karo (the Shulchan Aruch), the Arizal, Rabbi Moshe Kordovero and...

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The 33-Year Old Bride’s Secret to Happiness

Posted by on May 24, 2018 in Inspiration, My life | 8 comments

The 33-Year Old Bride’s Secret to Happiness

(You have a choice: you can read this post or hear me tell the same story in the 2-minute video below) Over the last 8 years, my whole family has become extremely fond of our dental hygienist, Sara. And over the years, twice a year, we’ve seen this lovely, sweet-hearted woman getting older and older. 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32…and not getting married. And then today, at my appointment, Sara turned to me and said, “Chana, I have great news! I am getting married this summer!” Here is the incredible story she told...

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Royal-Wedding Shavuot (5 Photos from London)

Posted by on May 23, 2018 in Current Events, Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Uncategorized | 4 comments

Royal-Wedding Shavuot (5 Photos from London)

Tanya Garber of London and her family celebrated Shavuot this year with a special Royal-Wedding twist…I adored these photos! <

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Ma’am, Do you Work?

Posted by on May 23, 2018 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 0 comments

Ma’am, Do you Work?

Once a clerk asked a stay-at-home mother “Do you work?” She said, “I do. I co-direct an institution.” “Really?” the impressed clerk responded, “Did you get a special degree to prepare you for that position?” “Yes, I got a very special degree, I have an MA…Ma”

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