My All-Nun Dreidl

My All-Nun Dreidl

Yesterday I went to the shuk to get all sorts of stuff we need for Chanukah when I noticed some pretty hand-painted dreidls that caught my eye. A bit pricey at a dollar and a half-a-piece. But, hey, for Chanukah you can splurge a little…So I got 4. And a bag of chocolate chips for […]

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Mourning Jersey-City Victim, 33-Year-Old Leah Mindel Ferentz

Mourning Jersey-City Victim, 33-Year-Old Leah Mindel Ferentz

My heart this morning is with the families of all the Jersey City victims, among them 33-year-old mother Leah Mindel Ferentz, who co-owned the JC Kosher Supermarket with her husband, Moishe. Before the shooting, Moishe had gone to the shul next door to daven mincha. Moishe’s mother, Victoria, told the New York Times: “After a […]

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After Divorce, will Noa Trade in Her Scarf for a Sheitl? (4-Minute Video)

After Divorce, will Noa Trade in Her Scarf for a Sheitl? (4-Minute Video)

I found this episode of Yes Man so powerful, hearing newly divorced Noa Yaron Dayan reflecting on what her beloved headscarf meant to her over the course of her 20 years of marriage, and what it represents to her now that she is divorced. My daughter and I watched this together on Saturday night, and […]

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Funny Questions Our Non-Jewish Guests Ask Us

Funny Questions Our Non-Jewish Guests Ask Us

I’ve told you before that my husband and I host a lot of non-Jewish tourists (www.chefrabbijosh.com) who come to our home to eat a yummy meal and to receive answers to all their questions about Jews and Israel. After years of hosting groups like this, I know that their first questions are usually about “those […]

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When Noa’s OTD Son Even Says “No” to Bar Mitzvah (3-Minute Moving Video)

When Noa’s OTD Son Even Says “No” to Bar Mitzvah (3-Minute Moving Video)

I wrote a few weeks about Noa Yaron Dayan, a well-known rabbanit and writer, whose world came crashing down 2 years ago when her famous rabbi (now ex-) husband stopped being observant, and most of her 7 children followed his lead. In this video, we see how Noa faces a mind-boggling challenge–her off-the-derech almost 13-year-old […]

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Mother Surprises Soldier Son (45-Second Moving Video)

Mother Surprises Soldier Son (45-Second Moving Video)

Not sure any mother can watch this without getting tears in her eyes (I certainly couldn’t). Logan Brenner made aliya on his own from the US, and just completed the 8-month course in combat engineering. At the ceremony marking the course’s completion, a surprise awaits him. Watching this reminds me, no matter how big our […]

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