Jerusalem Thanksgiving

Jerusalem Thanksgiving

Last night, my head was spinning around so bad I felt, without exaggeration, like I was on a merry-go-round. When I woke up this morning (on the living room sofa, I didn’t want to risk falling over on the way upstairs to my bed) I was no longer on the merry-go-round, but I still felt […]

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Why Do I Have a Harder Time with my Child than Anyone Else?

Why Do I Have a Harder Time with my Child than Anyone Else?

I have a question about teachers that I have been asking myself for the past 18 years, twice a day (at gan drop-off and pick-up). My question is this: how is it possible that an afternoon spent with 2 of my children leaves me feeling steamrollered. Yet those same children’s teachers somehow manage to spend […]

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Why My Cleaning Lady Enjoys Cleaning Houses

Why My Cleaning Lady Enjoys Cleaning Houses

I love my new cleaning lady. Not just cause she does a fantastic job cleaning my house, but because she’s a truly lovely person. My cleaning lady is a single mother, and she cleans houses every day of the week. She cleans because she and her daughter need the income, but I’ve noticed something interesting. […]

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When My Mind is Racing

When My Mind is Racing

I went to sleep last night with my mind racing, and when I woke up this morning, it was still racing around–worrying about this and that, unable to focus or think straight about my logical next step. 7 years ago Rabbi Nivin referred to this confused, overwhelmed mental state as: “Having too many windows open” […]

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Rabbanit Tzippy’s Parenting Secret

Rabbanit Tzippy’s Parenting Secret

As long as I don’t get up from lying position, I can get through Tisha b’Av without feeling overly awful. So I generally spend Tisha b’Av resting and sleeping but mostly reading. And the book that moved me the most deeply this Tisha b’Av, often to tears, was the memorial booklet compiled by the family […]

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Israel Ranked 4th Best Country Worldwide to Raise a Family

Israel Ranked 4th Best Country Worldwide to Raise a Family

The following was reported by United with Israel: Great news for Israeli families! Israel was ranked as fourth best place to raise a family in the 2015 InterNations Family Life Index. The Family Life Index ranks countries according to their results in these subcategories: availability of childcare and education, costs of childcare and education, quality […]

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