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The Unopened Gift: Family Togetherness on Passover

Posted by on Apr 6, 2017 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 6 comments

The Unopened Gift: Family Togetherness on Passover

One of my favorite writers, a frum mother and introvert, recently shared that her idea of a perfect vacation would be several days spent at a remote ski lodge with a pile of books, ON HER OWN. I let out a wicked, secret giggle. Yep, I can relate. Do not get me wrong. I love my family, I love spending time with them. This seder night, I guarantee you, I will look around my seder table and feel a tidal wave of nachas and wonder at this magnificent Weisberg family Hashem has blessed me with. But, for me, all this holiday togetherness can also be...

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The Mother of Emuna

Posted by on Apr 5, 2017 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 3 comments

The Mother of Emuna

Passover is the “Rosh Hashana for Faith,”* when we Jews remember the miracles Hashem made for us in Egypt, and get a Divine injection of faith to last us all year long. This is why seder night is called seder night, literally “The Night of Order,” since this was the night the Israelites learned that Hashem is running the universe with perfect order, even at the darkest moments of our lives and of our people. And mothers play a large role in this annual injection of emuna. Rav Shach taught that the Hebrew word for...

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My Personal Exodus from Egypt

Posted by on Apr 4, 2017 in Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 10 comments

My Personal Exodus from Egypt

Those of you who have been following this blog for a long time will remember that I lived for 20 years in a different Jerusalem neighborhood called Nachlaot. For 16 of those years, we loved Nachlaot. We loved our home, we loved the market next door, we loved the huge collection of friends and neighbors we met over the years. But that all changed when, after 16 years in the neighborhood, we discovered that many of our once trusted (or at least not-suspected) neighbors had been molesting large numbers of neighborhood children. Our last four...

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My Good Enough Pesach

Posted by on Apr 3, 2017 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, My life | 29 comments

My Good Enough Pesach

Yesterday, by the late afternoon, I was literally crying from pre-Pesach exhaustion. Snapping at my family members. Cursing my fate as a JewishMOM. Thinking inspirational thoughts such as “I can’t take this aaaanymoooore” and “Wouldn’t it be nice to fall asleep like a Jewish Sleeping Beauty, until, like, Shavuos.” And then, after an embittered evening, I fell asleep early, crying into my pillow. After many hours of sleep, the world looked so much brighter this morning. But still, I realized, as my mother...

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The Mother of the JCC Bomb-Threat Caller (11-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Posted by on Apr 2, 2017 in Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 4 comments

The Mother of the JCC Bomb-Threat Caller (11-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Why I think the mother of the JCC bomb-threat caller gets an A+.

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I Took the Suitcase full of Bricks

Posted by on Mar 30, 2017 in Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 6 comments

I Took the Suitcase full of Bricks

Two men carrying 2 suitcases walked into a hotel. One suitcase was full of diamonds, the other was full of bricks. The men left their suitcases at the front desk and went to their rooms. When the bellhop arrived at the room of the diamond merchant carrying a suitcase, he was drenched with sweat and huffing and puffing from exertion. “I don’t know what you got in here, sir. But it weighs a ton! You better give me a very nice tip!” “If the suitcase was so heavy,” the man informed him, “you must have brought...

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Dafna Meir’s Controversial New Biography

Posted by on Mar 29, 2017 in Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 17 comments

Dafna Meir’s Controversial New Biography

Following the horrific murder of Dafna Meir last year, people around the world heard bits and pieces about her and her life. We heard how, at the age of 10, a family court removed Dafna from her home and placed her in an orphanage. We read how, before they even married, she and her husband, Natan, resolved to become a foster family to take in home-less children like young Dafna. We read about her passion for women’s reproductive health, her dedication to the patients she treated as a nurse (she learned Arabic to better serve her many...

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A Year Ago today I Was Racing to the Hospital

Posted by on Mar 28, 2017 in Inspiration, My life, Uncategorized | 6 comments

A Year Ago today I Was Racing to the Hospital

First thing this morning, Rosh Chodesh Nissan, I made sure my kids were wearing white shirts, took my three youngest to school and gan, bought some fruits and vegetables on the way home, and then recited the blessing over the trees together with my husband over our neighbor’s blossoming fruit trees. “I think saying the blessing over the trees together should be our new annual Rosh Chodesh Nissan tradition, OK? I like this one better than spending Rosh Chodesh Nissan racing to the emergency room.” My husband just smiled and...

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What We Leave Behind

Posted by on Mar 27, 2017 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 3 comments

What We Leave Behind

All people leave an imprint on the world. When we die, at 120 IY”H, we will leave behind the impact of our good deeds and our mitzvot on other people and the world. And for mothers, Henny Machlis explained…

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Try this Next Time you are Feeling Bad (8-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Posted by on Mar 26, 2017 in Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, My life | 1 comment

Try this Next Time you are Feeling Bad (8-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Use this simple technique to see through and overcome low thinking.

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