“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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Savta Bina’s Passover Blessing

Savta Bina’s Passover Blessing

Our dear friend Bina was a child of the Holocaust who lost her parents when she was only 4, and spent the Shoah being moved by strangers from one hiding place to another, always only one step away from the clutches of the Nazi beast. Maybe because of how she grew up, Bina has a […]

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The Unopened Gift: Family Togetherness on Passover

The Unopened Gift: Family Togetherness on Passover

One of my favorite writers, a frum mother and introvert, recently shared that her idea of a perfect vacation would be several days spent at a remote ski lodge with a pile of books, ON HER OWN. I let out a wicked, secret giggle. Yep, I can relate. Do not get me wrong. I love […]

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The Mother of Emuna

The Mother of Emuna

Passover is the “Rosh Hashana for Faith,”* when we Jews remember the miracles Hashem made for us in Egypt, and get a Divine injection of faith to last us all year long. This is why seder night is called seder night, literally “The Night of Order,” since this was the night the Israelites learned that […]

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