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The Power of Being You (9-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Posted by on Jul 30, 2017 in Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 2 comments

The Power of Being You (9-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

One of the most powerful forms of Jewish outreach.

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Mourning Solomon Family Invites Public to Today’s Bris

Posted by on Jul 27, 2017 in Current Events, Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 2 comments

Mourning Solomon Family Invites Public to Today’s Bris

Following the brutal murder of 3 members of the Solomon family while celebrating the Shalom Zachar of a newborn grandson, the Solomon family has decided to open up the baby’s bris to the public. This week Am Yisrael has mourned with the Solomon family, and B”H today we will be able to celebrate with them as well. And well-wishers will able to bless the Solomon family with two blessings– “mazal tov!” as well as “Am Yisrael Chai!” Update: His parents named the baby Ari Yosef, to honor the memory of his...

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Inside the Home of ALS Patient Rabbi Yitzi Hurwitz by Ellie

Posted by on Jul 26, 2017 in Inspiration, Inspirational Videos | 4 comments

Inside the Home of ALS Patient Rabbi Yitzi Hurwitz by Ellie

Every day each of us faces challenges we’d rather not. A challenging child, husband, relative, mood, or other situation. For most of us human beings, our natural reaction to these challenges is to grumble, to feel frustrated, to look accusingly up at the Heavens and say “Why is this happening to me?.” Which is what makes it so awe-inspiring to see the acceptance and even joy with which ALS patient Rabbi Yitzy Hurwitz and his rebbetzin have met his illness. The following remarkable letter was written by a woman who delivered...

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How my Israeli Children are Different from Me

Posted by on Jul 25, 2017 in Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 18 comments

How my Israeli Children are Different from Me

When I was growing up in Baltimore, I learned which neighborhoods were safe and which neighborhoods were dangerous. Which places I could go to, and which places I should carefully avoid. And since I moved to Israel 24 years ago, I’ve been doing the same thing. When I heard that 2 Israeli police officers had been shot to death and, later, there was rioting in and surrounding the Old City, I shook my head with concern and decided to nix the outing I had been planning to daven this week at the Kotel. When I heard that 3 members of the...

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Cute Parent-Child T-Shirt Buddies (6 Photos)

Posted by on Jul 24, 2017 in Motherhood | 1 comment

Cute Parent-Child T-Shirt Buddies (6 Photos)

Thanks so much to Hadassah for sending these adorable photos my way! I love them! Please note: tsniut warning for male readers....

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When You’re Feeling Down (8-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Posted by on Jul 23, 2017 in Inspiration, Inspirational Videos | 1 comment

When You’re Feeling Down (8-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Serving Hashem from a place of constricted consciousness.

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To My Sister in Waiting from Anonymous

Posted by on Jul 20, 2017 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 10 comments

To My Sister in Waiting from Anonymous

Dear Sister-in-waiting, I can relate to SO many things you said. I, too, have one child, and am waiting to be blessed with more. My diagnosis is somewhat different. The doctors have deemed my situation as hopeless, that I will never have another child. Yet they couldn’t explain how I had my first child with exactly the same circumstances… For us who believe in Hashem, it’s such a gift to realize that Hashem is the provider of all babies, and not doctors. The doctors can say all they want and follow specific protocols. And...

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My Blind Son’s Miracle: 5 Years Later by Daniella Levy

Posted by on Jul 19, 2017 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 4 comments

My Blind Son’s Miracle: 5 Years Later by Daniella Levy

Five years ago, I shared a story with JewishMOM.com about my son, Hallel, who was born with congenital cataracts. This is an update on our situation. At the time I wrote that post, Hallel was two years old, attending a special preschool for children with visual impairments and blindness in Jerusalem, called Gan Eliya. He’s eight years old now, and has stayed true to the assessment of every professional who has ever worked with him: “That is one special kid.” We integrated him into a regular kindergarten at age five. He has...

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Waiting by Anonymous

Posted by on Jul 18, 2017 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 8 comments

Waiting by Anonymous

My alarm wakes me up at 5:45 AM. I get dressed and make my way down the stairs carefully to avoid the ones that creak. The last thing I want is to wake up my son at this hour. In the cold darkness I get into my car and hope I will make it to the doctor early enough that there aren’t too many women waiting already, because I must be home by 7:30. But by the time I arrive and sign in, there are already around 20 other women. No matter how early I get here, it’s never early enough to beat the crowds. I’m at the RE (Reproductive...

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A Special Bar Mitzvah Boy

Posted by on Jul 17, 2017 in Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 0 comments

A Special Bar Mitzvah Boy

A few Shabbats ago, I noticed a friend standing at a kiddush outside a nearby shul. As I was schmoozing with her, I realized I recognized the person making the kiddush. He is a well-known educator who, I realized, was making a bar mitzvah for his son. If I had to describe this educator in 3 words? Dignity, excellence, determination. The father was literally glowing with pride. As though he had been transported to another dimension almost–the planet of nachas. And then I glanced over at his son, the bar mitzvah boy. He was standing...

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