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Riding the Waves

Posted by on Jun 8, 2017 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 0 comments

Riding the Waves

This week I spent two days away from home at “Tambourine Dream,” an annual women’s festival on the Sea of Galilee. It was two days of dancing and drumming and swimming and praying and singing and reconnecting with old friends I hadn’t seen in many years. After the festival ended, I spent half an hour writing down the highlights from the festival, the insights it gifted me. And one main image stuck out in my mind. I remembered what it felt like to stand up to my neck in the water, being bumped over and over by the...

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Eye of the Storm by Sorah Rosenblatt

Posted by on Jun 7, 2017 in Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, Uncategorized | 5 comments

Eye of the Storm by Sorah Rosenblatt

I told you that I spent several Shabbats ago reading through Sorah Rosenblatt’s (AKA Rena Lewis’) wonderful collection of poetry Memo to Self. Here are two more of my favorites… EYE OF THE STORM “Mommy, sign this note.” “Mommy, I need eight shekels.” “Mommy, what did you do with my other shoe?” (Goodness! Is the little one still sleeping? In ten minutes, his school bus is due!) “Mommy, where did you put my notebook?” “Yech, I don’t want cheese and olives on my...

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My House Was Clean Yesterday

Posted by on Jun 6, 2017 in Motherhood | 3 comments

My House Was Clean Yesterday

Loved this!

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The Mothering Spiral

Posted by on Jun 5, 2017 in Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 7 comments

The Mothering Spiral

After a 15-year-break, I’m back attending the parenting class of Rabbanit Talia Helfer. When my big kids were teensy, I attended Rabbanit Talia’s classes quite religiously. At one point I was such a devoted student that I transcribed several years of her recorded classes. Rabbanit Talia was such a huge influence on me and my life that even I dedicated my second book to her. And now I’m back. The little kids and toddlers I was pulling my hair out over then are today lovely, mature teenagers and young women. And now I’ve come back to...

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When You Don’t Want to do Something You Have to Do (10-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Posted by on Jun 4, 2017 in Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 1 comment

When You Don’t Want to do Something You Have to Do (10-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

How to get yourself psyched about doing things you don’t want to do.

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How to Feel Hashem Loves You

Posted by on May 29, 2017 in Inspiration, My life | 4 comments

How to Feel Hashem Loves You

In preparation for Shavuot I’ve done some reading and listened to some classes about the holiday, and a recurring theme everywhere I turn is how much Hashem loves me. You should feel how much Hashem loves you every moment! You know how much you love your child? Hashem loves you even more! If you knew how much Hashem loves you, you would feel happy always! And of course, I would love to feel that Hashem loves me. And I think my head gets that. My head knows that Hashem created me and is proud of me and loves me. But the truth is that in...

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What I Will be Doing this Shavuot

Posted by on May 25, 2017 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life, Uncategorized | 12 comments

What I Will be Doing this Shavuot

“What will you be doing for Shavuot?” my friend just asked me. You might remember from posts I’ve written in the past, that as the (immensely proud!) wife of an educator and mother of older as well as younger children, my Shavuot is more or less about enabling others to do what they need or want to do. Enabling my husband to stay up all night teaching Torah and and then teach some more in the afternoon. Enabling my older children to stay up late or even all night learning Torah. Enabling my 3 youngest children to have a...

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When Life Ends

Posted by on May 24, 2017 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life, Uncategorized | 9 comments

When Life Ends

Moriah wanted a small gymnastics mat for her bat mitzvah. So I looked in stores, and I looked online, and after a lot of searching, I found something that looked good and remarkably inexpensive (free international shipping even!) on Ebay. I ordered it, crossed “gymnastics mat” off my to-do list, and told Moriah it should be here in a few weeks. But then yesterday I got an Email from Ebay’s fraud department. The seller and the mat, they suspected, were fakes. Contact your credit card company. Back to the drawing board. This...

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