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My Modern-Day Esthers

Posted by on Mar 9, 2017 in Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms | 3 comments

My Modern-Day Esthers

Yesterday I went to see my 19-year-old daughter Hadas perform in a play about the story of Purim. She and the 4 other national service girls (who are spending the year teaching Jewish values at secular schools in Ramat Gan) did such an excellent job. Their presentation enabled me to see Purim story more clearly than I ever have before. For the first time, I fully grasped Esther’s suffering, forced into a loveless marriage with Achashverosh, separated for her entire life from the Jewish community, condemned to a life of miserable...

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The Child who Wouldn’t Put on his Purim Costume

Posted by on Mar 8, 2017 in Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 8 comments

The Child who Wouldn’t Put on his Purim Costume

I’ve been a mother for 19 years, and by this point it’s hard for a child to do anything that actually surprises me. But this morning, that was exactly what happened. My 2-year-old Yonatan did something none of his 7 older siblings ever did. This morning, I tried to get Yonatan dressed up in his lion costume for dress-up day at gan, and he began crying and pushing it away. So I ran upstairs and brought down the Chinese costume. No go. Crying, pushing it away. The weird thing was that he was clinging to me, crying, as though he was...

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Purims of my Childhood

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 9 comments

Purims of my Childhood

5 years ago, my 4 oldest daughters attended the same school. That meant I had one weekly school newsletter to read. One set of vacation dates to jot down on my calendar. One single (albeit insane) night of parent-teacher conferences to attend. But the easy life is officially over. Today I have 8 children in 8 different schools/gans/national service jobs. Up until this month I have somewhat managed this overwhelming reality. That is, until this event-filled week before Purim, when I’ve had to keep track of each child’s Purim...

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Japanese Mothers

Posted by on Mar 6, 2017 in Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 7 comments

Japanese Mothers

This past Shabbat I gobbled up Aliza Orbach’s thought-provoking and wonderful book To be a Mother (Yediot Books, Hebrew, להיות אמא). Each chapter focuses on the life of a different Israeli mother. One of my favorite chapters is about a 40-year-old mother of 5 named Carmel Ronen, who shared the following: I lived in Japan for 4 years. I worked with Israeli companies helping them to enter the Japanese market. When I married Zeev, I returned to Israel. A Japanese woman who marries stops working and becomes a housewife. I promised...

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How to Be a Better Mom (10-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Posted by on Mar 5, 2017 in Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 1 comment

How to Be a Better Mom (10-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

A major key to being a better mother–doing something you love every day.

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A Report Card for Mothers

Posted by on Mar 2, 2017 in Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 7 comments

A Report Card for Mothers

This week, an Israeli teacher decided that every child in her class would give a report card to his or her mother. And one horrified mother posted the so-so report card her child gave her. I’ve posted the report card below, and here’s the translation: REPORT CARD Name of Parent:_________________ Understanding: Always Cooperative: Sometimes Unconditional Love: Always A Source of Inspiration: Sometimes Spoils me: Sometimes Listens: Sometimes Positive Personal Role Model: Always Infinite Giving: Needs Improvement Concern:...

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This Week My Ear Stopped Working

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 9 comments

This Week My Ear Stopped Working

Until about half an hour ago, for a few days I couldn’t hear out of my right ear because it was clogged up with wax. And now, b”H, a few drops of hydrogen peroxide did the trick, and I can hear out of my right ear again! But these last few days showed me just how important my perfect hearing is to me. A friend wanted to join me on a park bench, “If it’s OK with you, don’t sit on that side, sit on this side…I can only hear out of that ear.” I was walking my daughter to school, “Chamuda, walk on...

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Thank You for Loving Me (3-Minute Hanan ben Ari Music Video)

Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in Inspirational Videos, Israel, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Thank You for Loving Me (3-Minute Hanan ben Ari Music Video)

I love this video because Hanan ben Ari is awesome, AND because I loved getting a chance to see his beautiful wife and baby. I am posting it because I wanted to remind all of us just how very important we are to our husbands. HEBREW BELOW Thank you for loving me And caressing my days Despite everything, you stay with me And embrace my defects Thank you for loving me And for teaching me to love too At the end of every day, you gather me up And in the good night. How could you take me, an unknown quantity You couldn’t imagine how great a...

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Tsofia’s Siddur Party

Posted by on Feb 27, 2017 in Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 7 comments

Tsofia’s Siddur Party

Over recent weeks, I have been working on seeing people’s souls. That means that instead of focusing on others’ appearances–this man with a black hat, that man with his colored kippah, the other one with a bare head. This one in her sheitl, that one in her Zionist scarf, the other one with wavy tresses flowing down over her tank top. Instead, of focusing on the ideological statements made by each person’s external appearance, and the ways in which I agree and/or disagree with each one of these statements, I focus...

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