Another Mazal Tov for the Impossible Shidduch: 5 Girls and Now a Boy!

Another Mazal Tov for the Impossible Shidduch: 5 Girls and Now a Boy!

This morning I attended a very special bris, for an 8-day-old boy named Shalem Yedidya Chedvat. Every bris is special, but what added the “very” to the special of this morning’s event? First, Shalem Yedidya is the new baby brother of my daughter’s best friend, Tamar (which means we Weisbergs have been eagerly anticipating and […]

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The Mama Sali

The Mama Sali

This morning, I saw my neighbor Sali walking her 2 sons to gan and school. And seeing her, I remembered that in a book I’m reading, an amazing mother was referred to (tongue in cheek) as “The Mama Sali.” A play on the name of the great Sephardi rabbi and kabbalist Rabbi Israel Abuhatzeira, the […]

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A Letter to My Son, the Lone IDF Soldier by Jamie Rubin

A Letter to My Son, the Lone IDF Soldier by Jamie Rubin

A year and a half ago, 19-year-old Natanel Rubin of London volunteered for the IDF as a lone soldier with the Kfir infantry brigade. Here is a letter his mother, Jamie, sent Natanel when he returned to the army after a month-long vacation. [Since this letter was written, Natanel completed his IDF service, and is […]

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The Chanukah Steamroller

The Chanukah Steamroller

I woke up this morning feeling like I’d been flattened by the Chanukah steamroller. My regular life is comfortably busy, but add to that routine busyness, a week of (truly wonderful) Chanukah hosting and (I’m fine with it) cooking and (awful, bottomless) cleaning up, then all that leaves behind is one steamrollered JewishMOM. Anyway, I […]

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From her Wheelchair, Nechumelle Sends Inspiration Worldwide

From her Wheelchair, Nechumelle Sends Inspiration Worldwide

Hundreds of people around the world (including me) receive daily doses of inspiration (like this one) from a woman named Nechumelle Jacobs. And what makes these truly inspirational doses even more truly inspirational is the fact that Nechumelle was born with cerebral palsy. So when she writes, from her wheelchair, about feeling grateful and having […]

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