Pearl Benish: From Auschwitz to Jerusalem

Pearl Benish: From Auschwitz to Jerusalem

In an article* that appeared about Holocaust survivor and author Pearl Benish ob”m in Family First this week, a friend recalls asking for her perspective during a dark period of recent Israeli history. This was Pearl Benish’s powerful response: “In November, 1943, I was taken to the gas chambers. “It was a Friday night and […]

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Taking my Son to Gan on Yom HaShoah

Taking my Son to Gan on Yom HaShoah

We have a garden full of beautiful, colorful flowers. But the resident of our garden that’s been getting the most attention recently is our strawberry. Yes, I meant to write that in the singular. Just one. A single strawberry. At first it was white, and then it started getting embarrassed from all the attention and […]

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The Blessing of Growing Older (9-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

The Blessing of Growing Older (9-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

As mothers, we grow older and wiser.

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“Modeh Ani” Sung by Elana Jagoda

“Modeh Ani” Sung by Elana Jagoda

Since a friend gave me Elana Jagoda’s CD a few weeks ago, my kids and I have been listening to it over and over! This is my favorite song, my favorite line is when she sings to Hashem “Thank you for the soul in me,” which reminds me how thankful I should be that Hashem […]

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Why I Was Laughing in the Graveyard

Why I Was Laughing in the Graveyard

Since I read her biography, I’ve been trying to visit Henny Machlis’ grave about once a week. What do I experience when I’m there? Do I hear the voice of Henny’ soul? Do I hear what I imagine Henny would probably say? Either way, I always leave Henny’s grave feeling more clarity than when I […]

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A Mother’s Greatness

A Mother’s Greatness

I have used several nice haggadot over the years, but this year was the first time I encountered a haggadah which is a true page-turner. Which I found so fascinating and inspiring that I read every word, from the introduction to the very last page (even after the seder was already behind me). The Eishes […]

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