The Blessing of a Sticky Refrigerator by Rebbetzin Esther Baila Schwartz

The Blessing of a Sticky Refrigerator by Rebbetzin Esther Baila Schwartz

I just heard an amazing class on Passover by Rebbetzin Esther Baila Schwartz*…here’s an excerpt based on what she said: The vast majority of things we complain about before Passover are the exact same things we prayed for. On Rosh Hashana we prayed to Hashem “Fill our hands with Your blessings”…And Hashem answered our prayers, […]

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The Pesach Cleaning Competition

The Pesach Cleaning Competition

This is how I clean for Passover. Starting the day after Purim, I clean for an hour every day, except on Fridays and Saturdays. And I feel fine with that. I’m not a natural balabusta, so an hour a day feels like a good balance– enough time to make steady progress but not such a […]

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When I Feel Lacking

When I Feel Lacking

“When I feel lacking, I don’t need new things–I need new eyes with which to see the things I already have.” –Glennon Doyle Melton

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How to Enjoy Pesach Cleaning (13-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

How to Enjoy Pesach Cleaning (13-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

3 ways to make Passover cleaning a positive experience.

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I became Religious Because of the Family Purity Laws by Anonymous

I became Religious Because of the Family Purity Laws by Anonymous

Last week at the playground my neighbor, a mother expecting her 4th child, and I were standing by the slide…The story she told me about how she became religious gave me goosebumps. Here’s what she told me: I was in my mid-thirties, living in Tel Aviv near where had I grown up. Looking around me, […]

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A Letter to an Exhausted Mother by Rabbi Shais Taub

A Letter to an Exhausted Mother by Rabbi Shais Taub

This past week Ami Magazine printed a letter from an overwhelmed and exhausted mother of several young children who wrote: “I have suddenly realized that I have no idea why I am doing what I am doing!…What is the purpose of all the extraordinary effort that I am putting into raising [my children] to become […]

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