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Here’s the Postcard I Promised You From…

Posted by on Jul 30, 2018 in Uncategorized | 3 comments

Here’s the Postcard I Promised You From…

Here is the postcard-post I promised you from our mystery destination…And now that we are here, it is the time to reveal our location. Drumroll, please… Copenhagen, Denmark! (The hint I posted was a quotation from Hamlet, who lived in Denmark). What prompted our visit to this unusual destination? Well, last winter when we were planning our summer trip, it occurred to Josh and me that instead of visiting my parents at their home in Baltimore this year, we could meet them somewhere in Europe. And around that same time, I noticed this...

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JewishMOM.com is on Vacation Until August 5th

Posted by on Jul 25, 2018 in Uncategorized | 13 comments

JewishMOM.com is on Vacation Until August 5th

JewishMOM.com is going on summer vacation. I plan to resume my regular daily posts starting August 5th. I plan to send you a post-card post next week from our unusual destination. Someone asked for a hint, so here it is: There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so. Feel free to share your guesses of where I’m going in the comments…but I won’t tell you where I am until I’m there:)

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Did You Hear the Joke about the Couple with 10 Children?

Posted by on Jul 25, 2018 in Israel, Motherhood | 2 comments

Did You Hear the Joke about the Couple with 10 Children?

An Israeli rabbi traveled to the US for a speaking tour. After he spoke at a synagogue in New York, he was approached by a married couple. “Rabbi, we have been married for 10 years, and still don’t have any children. Would you please bless us that we should have a child?” The Rabbi blessed them and suggested, “Why don’t you write a note, and I could put it in the Kotel for you when I return to Israel?” The couple liked that idea very much, so they wrote a note and gave it to the rabbi. 5 years later, the...

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What Gift Should I Buy for That Family?

Posted by on Jul 24, 2018 in Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 10 comments

What Gift Should I Buy for That Family?

This summer, instead of visiting my parents in Baltimore as I usually do, we decided to meet up with them with two kids for a week of sightseeing in a European city* starting this Friday. My to-do list to prepare for this trip is absolutely epic, filling me with that treading-in-quicksand, 2 days before Pesach feeling. And yesterday, while to-do-listing at the market, it occurred to me that I had forgotten to buy a present for the family that will be hosting us for Shabbat meals. What gift from Jerusalem would they most appreciate? And as I...

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My Tisha b’Av Confession

Posted by on Jul 22, 2018 in Inspiration, Israel, My life | 8 comments

My Tisha b’Av Confession

You can read this post, or watch me reading it in the video below I have a Tisha b’Av confession to make. I do not connect with the idea of the rebuilding of the Temple or the coming of Moshiach. I have a hard time believing it’s going to happen. At my weekly Shabbat class yesterday, our teacher was talking with great emotion about how much we are yearning that the Tisha b’Av fast will be cancelled this year, since Moshiach will be coming. And the Temple will be rebuilt. Speedily and in our days. Speedily and today, to be...

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The 1 Day I Didn’t Cover My Hair

Posted by on Jul 19, 2018 in Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 21 comments

The 1 Day I Didn’t Cover My Hair

Before I got married 22 years ago ago, I didn’t know if I would cover my hair after the wedding or not. On the one hand, my husband-to-be and I had been religious about 3 years already. But was I actually cover-my-hair religious? Hmmm, I wasn’t sure about that. So I bought 3 hats, just in case. A white hat, a hat with flowers on the fold-up brim (ahh, I loved that hat! What ever happened to it?) and a navy-blue felt hat for Shabbat. Josh and I got married on a drizzly Thursday in March and the day after our wedding I didn’t...

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What the Rebbe Did After His Son Choked on a Marble

Posted by on Jul 17, 2018 in Inspiration, Israel | 0 comments

What the Rebbe Did After His Son Choked on a Marble

You can read this post or watch me reading it in the video below… Many years ago, the young son of the great Slonimer Rebbe, the Netivot Shalom, swallowed a marble. The Rebbe, fearing for the boy’s life, rushed with his son in his arms to the hospital. The doctor on call saw that the boy was turning blue and that they had no time to waste. The doctor instructed the Rebbe to firmly hold his son’s chin up high as the doctor used his surgical knife to perform an emergency tracheotomy. The Rebbe’s daughter, Rebbetzin...

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What Every Mother Needs to Know about This Year’s Delayed Tisha B’Av Fast by Rabbi Da’vid Sperling

Posted by on Jul 16, 2018 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 2 comments

What Every Mother Needs to Know about This Year’s Delayed Tisha B’Av Fast by Rabbi Da’vid Sperling

This year the fast of Tisha BaÁv falls out on Shabbat, and is postponed until Sunday. So here are a few laws – especially for mothers. WHO NEEDS TO FAST THIS YEAR Because this year, the fast is pushed off, we are more lenient than in most years about who is allowed to eat on this fast. In general, the law is that this year’s Tisha B’Av fast is similar to other minor fasts. Therefore, the practice is that pregnant and nursing women do not fast at all, because of the suffering the fast causes. Some opinions hold that this includes...

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