Grandma Wanda’s Necklace

Grandma Wanda’s Necklace

A few weeks ago we hosted the Mantell family, visiting Israel from the US for their son’s bar mitzvah, for Friday-night dinner. We had such a great time with them, what a lovely family. And at one point during the dinner I noticed the unusual necklace of the bar-mitzvah boy’s grandmother, Wanda. Wanda explained to […]

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Elevate Your Elul, Transform your Life for $1

Elevate Your Elul, Transform your Life for $1

It will be 8 years this winter, and I’m still listening and learning and growing week by week thanks to Rabbi Nivin’s weekly chaburas, accessible by phone and webinar. I could not recommend this program more highly, it has changed me and my life so dramatically, for the better! Something new this Elul, Rabbi Nivin […]

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When You Walk Through a Storm (2-Minute Musical Excerpt)

When You Walk Through a Storm (2-Minute Musical Excerpt)

Yesterday, for the first time ever, I did karaoke at my friend’s surprise 40th birthday party. It was so fun! Before she arrived, all the people there chose out the songs we would sing, and after looking through the names of a few hundred songs I didn’t know or didn’t know well enough to perform, […]

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Feeling Summer Vacation

Feeling Summer Vacation

Summer vacation? Ha! It is summer, I agree, but vacation? Maybe for my kids, but not for me… For me, vacation begins when vacation ends, and the kids go back to school and I have some space to breathe and think my own thoughts without lots of little people around all day. So I was […]

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How to Stop Jealousy (14-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

How to Stop Jealousy (14-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Why being jealous doesn’t make sense.

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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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