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Forget About the Afikomen, Who Stole Pesach?! by IDF Captain Aviad Hazani

Posted by on Apr 12, 2019 in Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 3 comments

Forget About the Afikomen, Who Stole Pesach?! by IDF Captain Aviad Hazani

This morning, at the bus stop I heard two older women talking about how there’s nothing to eat on Passover. Yesterday, a friend muttered something my way about matzot and stomach pains. And over the last few days, I have come across dozens of posts about Passover-cleaning suffering. Dear friends, Passover is being stolen from us! Passover is the most revolutionary holiday in human history: slaves dared to challenge the world’s greatest superpower and to attain their freedom through mindboggling miracles and through a historic...

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The Wedding Made by a Matzah in Bergen Belsen

Posted by on Apr 11, 2019 in Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 9 comments

The Wedding Made by a Matzah in Bergen Belsen

What the Bluzhever Rebbe went through during the Holocaust was mindboggling. The Nazis murdered his wife, his only daughter, his entire family, almost all of his hundreds of Chassidim. After the War, it took a lot of courage for survivors to remarry. But after his liberation from Bergen Belsen, somebody suggested a match to the Bluzhever Rebbe, a widow who had survived, amazingly enough, with her 4 children. And that woman, named Bronya, became the Bluzhever Rebbetzin. Years later, somebody asked the Rebbe how he knew, despite everything he...

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Pesach Cleaning, Car-Wash Style by Rabbi Fischel Schachter (1-Minute Meaning-in-the-Cleaning Video)

Posted by on Apr 10, 2019 in Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 0 comments

Pesach Cleaning, Car-Wash Style by Rabbi Fischel Schachter (1-Minute Meaning-in-the-Cleaning Video)

Every day until seder (10 days to go!) I will be posting a “Meaning-in-the-Cleaning Minute”: a minute-long video or short word of inspiration that made ME smile as I get ready this year for Pesach.

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The Problem with Kids Cleaning for Pesach

Posted by on Apr 9, 2019 in Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 12 comments

The Problem with Kids Cleaning for Pesach

This morning, I ran into my neighbor who has 6 kids under the age of 7. Her kids are home today for election today, and she quipped: “Not getting any cleaning done today, that’s for sure!” “Just wait,” I told her, “in 10 years those same kids who make it impossible to clean will clean the house FOR YOU. You’ll be sitting pretty!” There’s always a lot for moms to get done before Pesach, even with older kids around. But it does make it a lot easier… Let me clarify. I’ve discovered...

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“The Holiest Day of My Life”: A Personal Account of Israel’s 1st Elections in 1949

Posted by on Apr 8, 2019 in Current Events, Inspiration, Israel | 4 comments

“The Holiest Day of My Life”: A Personal Account of Israel’s 1st Elections in 1949

70 years ago, just 4 years after the Holocaust, and after thousands of more Jewish lives had been lost in Israel’s War of Independence, Rabbi Moshe Alpert went very early one morning in 1949, in his finest Shabbat clothing, to vote in Israel’s first elections. Rabbi Alpert clearly saw the miracle, the Divine hand that had orchestrated the establishment of the Jewish State in our homeland, that had enabled those elections to take place in the first place. I’m posting this today, the day before Israel’s elections, to...

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Dreaming About Pesach Cleaning from the ICU (2 Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Posted by on Apr 8, 2019 in Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 6 comments

Dreaming About Pesach Cleaning from the ICU (2 Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Reflections on the mother of a very ill baby and Pesach cleaning. We spent this past Shabbat in Tsfat, and while there I met an incredibly lovely woman named Chaya. Chaya has soft-brown eyes, a gorgeous smile. She radiates quiet joy, deep faith. Seeing her, you would never guess that 16 months ago Chaya gave birth to a baby boy named Raphael who, for all of his 16 months in the world, has never left the ICU. And for the last 16 months, Chaya has spent most of her waking moments by his side. Chaya told me this Shabbat that she constantly feel...

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How to Do Your Pesach Cleaning Happily In Less than 1 Day by Rabbi Shlomo Aviner

Posted by on Apr 4, 2019 in Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 11 comments

How to Do Your Pesach Cleaning Happily In Less than 1 Day by Rabbi Shlomo Aviner

Being away for the holiday: If you are going away and no one will use the house at all during the holiday, you may close up all the rooms that will not be used, sell all of the chametz, and do no Pesach cleaning at all. If some part of the house will be lived in on Pesach, that part alone must be cleaned. If one leaves his permanent home before the eve of B’dikat Chametz, he performs the search wherever he is that evening. If he is still at home, he should clean the smallest room of chametz. Of course, there must be no chametz left in that...

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Antisemitic Attacks in Crown Heights: One JewishMOM’s Experience by Tamar Stone

Posted by on Apr 3, 2019 in Current Events, Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 8 comments

Antisemitic Attacks in Crown Heights: One JewishMOM’s Experience by Tamar Stone

Last year, I was seated in a packed subway train riding back home to Brooklyn with a couple of my daughters. There were some loud people standing in the middle of the train and it seemed that most people were watching their interactions, myself included. Just before my stop, a large man seated across from me started to yell at me, “Why you looking at those people? You think they’re funny? All you Jewish people are rich and greedy!…..” The rest of the subway car sat silent. No one came to my defense. I grabbed my kids and exited as fast...

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My New Laundry Tower and Other Exciting Pre-Pesach Projects

Posted by on Apr 2, 2019 in Inspiration, Motherhood, My life | 6 comments

My New Laundry Tower and Other Exciting Pre-Pesach Projects

A friend who is the author of a cookbook once chuckled as she pointed out, “I think it’s so funny that you never post any recipes on JewishMOM.com.” She’s right, there are almost never recipes on JewishMOM.com. Or advice on how to get a wine stain out of your husband’s kittel. Or instructions on how to make a stunning yet simple hamantaschen costume for Purim. “Because,” as my friend the cookbook author put it then, “you are SO not a baalabusta. It’s hilarious that YOU are...

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3 Years After Henkin Family Terror Attack, a Mazal Tov (3-Minute Video)

Posted by on Apr 1, 2019 in Current Events, Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, Israel, Motherhood, My life | 2 comments

3 Years After Henkin Family Terror Attack, a Mazal Tov (3-Minute Video)

Reflections on the bar mitzvah of the oldest son of Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin HY”D. Three and a half years ago on Succot, Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin were driving home when they were brutally murdered by Palestinian terrorists in front of their 4 young children. My husband, Joshua, is a program director at Nishmat, founded and directed by Eitam’s parents, Rabbi and Rabbanit Henkin, so over the years, I’ve been able to watch those orphans growing up. In the wake of this unthinkable tragedy, it’s been awe-inspiring...

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