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What My Almost-5-Year-Old Knows About Hashem:)

Posted by on Sep 28, 2017 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 3 comments

What My Almost-5-Year-Old Knows About Hashem:)

In preparation for Yom Kippur, my almost-5-year-old Yaakov has been hearing a lot in kindergarten about Hashem, and what it means that Hashem is all-powerful. I guess that’s why today at the playground, Yaakov informed me: “Eema, did you know that Hashem can do WHATEVER HE WANTS? “He could turn a fence into a person! “He could make Batman real! “He could turn a car’s steering wheel into play-doh! “He could turn 10 missiles into cucumbers! “He could EVEN turn a HUMAN BEING into a...

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Make the Call (5-Minute Rabbi Yoel Gold, Yom Kippur Video)

Posted by on Sep 28, 2017 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Make the Call (5-Minute Rabbi Yoel Gold, Yom Kippur Video)

As always, this video by Rabbi Yoel Gold is super inspiring. Don’t miss the surprise ending…Gemar Chatima Tova!

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My Kreplach Crime

Posted by on Sep 27, 2017 in Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 2 comments

My Kreplach Crime

This morning, Jerusalem’s largest supermarket was swarming with at least 500 costumers. I don’t have a car and they don’t do deliveries, so I only brave the crowds there twice a year to pick up frozen kreplach* before Yom Kippur and Purim. In Israeli supermarkets, customers need to insert a 5 NIS coin when they take a shopping cart, which they get back when they return the cart. But I didn’t take a shopping cart, since, yanno, all I needed were kreplach. But, I guess I forgot that I am, yanno, a woman and mother in...

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The Ben Ish Chai: 5778 Will Be an Amazing Year

Posted by on Sep 26, 2017 in Inspiration | 4 comments

The Ben Ish Chai: 5778 Will Be an Amazing Year

Unprecedented flooding in Houston. A catastrophic tropical storm in Florida. Threats back and forth with a nuclear North Korea. With the news looking like it does this month, I assume I’m not the only person concerned about what this new Jewish year–5778–has in store for the world. So I was relieved to hear promising news about the kind of year we have waiting for us from the Ben Ish Chai (via Rabbanit Yemima). The Ben Ish Chai explained that any year that starts by taking out the Torah scroll five days in a row will be a...

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My Yom Kippur X-Ray

Posted by on Sep 25, 2017 in Inspiration, Israel, My life | 4 comments

My Yom Kippur X-Ray

This morning I was thinking of walking to the Kotel to engage in some pre-Yom Kippur deep thinking and praying. But then it occurred to me that on the way to the Kotel, I should stop off to do that that chest X-ray my doctor recommended to figure out why I’ve been coughing for so long. But on the way to the X-ray (on the way to the Kotel,) I stopped to pick up some mangoes in the shuk and to switch my decaying watchband and to get a new battery for my daughter’s phone, which meant that the X-ray became my final destination rather...

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Our African Rosh Hashana Guest (12-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Posted by on Sep 24, 2017 in Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 2 comments

Our African Rosh Hashana Guest (12-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Some special Rosh Hashana guests who got me thinking about the real meaning of teshuva.

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Wearing Pajamas on Rosh Hashana

Posted by on Sep 20, 2017 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 3 comments

Wearing Pajamas on Rosh Hashana

A Charedi woman once told Rabbanit Yemima Mizrachi: “I used to be judgmental of people who were different from me. “But I changed when my son got cancer. “When I was in the hospital with him, everyone there was wearing pajamas. “So I made friends who were religious but not Charedi, friends who were traditional, friends who were secular. “We were all together, in the same boat, not knowing who was going to live and who was going to die.” “And that,” Rabbanit Yemima explained, “is how Rosh...

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The Fruit of the Belly

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017 in Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood | 0 comments

The Fruit of the Belly

I haven’t read this book on pregnancy and birth, but I think author Kineret Dror (whom I met selling her book at the Pnima Conference) came up with the best title EVER for a book about pregnancy. The title “Boreh Pree HaBeten” (The Creator of the Fruit of the Belly) is a play on words based on the blessing over wine “Boreh Pree HaGafen” (The Creator of the Fruit of the Vine). Shana tova,...

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Healing from My C-Section by Anonymous

Posted by on Sep 18, 2017 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, Uncategorized | 4 comments

Healing from My C-Section by Anonymous

I broke two dishes in one day; if I break 2 dishes in a year, that’s a lot. I knew something was not right, so as I looked at the pieces of broken pottery on my counter, I thought about what just happened. Rewinding 30 seconds, right before the dish broke, I had been thinking about pictures from a recent vacation, and how I thought I looked fat. The thought then came to my head, “Stop breaking your vessel!” What was going on here? As I prayed for clarity, I realized this hadn’t been just this one errant thought, but rather one of...

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What the Female Surgeon Told Me (6-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Posted by on Sep 17, 2017 in Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 4 comments

What the Female Surgeon Told Me (6-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

I was impressed by the female surgeon I met this morning, but she was impressed by me. Here’s why… If you cannot see video, watch at this link.

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