Rebbetzin Kanyevsky’s Shabbat Candles

Rebbetzin Kanyevsky’s Shabbat Candles

I just read this beautiful story in the newly-released, super-inspirational Eishes Chayil Candle Lighting Treasury by Rabbi Dov Weller (Artscroll) (he also wrote the Eishes Chayil Hagaddah which I LOVED, and plan to use again at this year’s seder): “At one point the Kanievsky home was being repainted and the area where the Rebbetzin’s Shabbos […]

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My Yearly Direction (12-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

My Yearly Direction (12-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

My central goal for 5778.

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What My Almost-5-Year-Old Knows About Hashem:)

What My Almost-5-Year-Old Knows About Hashem:)

In preparation for Yom Kippur, my almost-5-year-old Yaakov has been hearing a lot in kindergarten about Hashem, and what it means that Hashem is all-powerful. I guess that’s why today at the playground, Yaakov informed me: “Eema, did you know that Hashem can do WHATEVER HE WANTS? “He could turn a fence into a person! […]

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My Kreplach Crime

My Kreplach Crime

This morning, Jerusalem’s largest supermarket was swarming with at least 500 costumers. I don’t have a car and they don’t do deliveries, so I only brave the crowds there twice a year to pick up frozen kreplach* before Yom Kippur and Purim. In Israeli supermarkets, customers need to insert a 5 NIS coin when they […]

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The Ben Ish Chai: 5778 Will Be an Amazing Year

The Ben Ish Chai: 5778 Will Be an Amazing Year

Unprecedented flooding in Houston. A catastrophic tropical storm in Florida. Threats back and forth with a nuclear North Korea. With the news looking like it does this month, I assume I’m not the only person concerned about what this new Jewish year–5778–has in store for the world. So I was relieved to hear promising news […]

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My Yom Kippur X-Ray

My Yom Kippur X-Ray

This morning I was thinking of walking to the Kotel to engage in some pre-Yom Kippur deep thinking and praying. But then it occurred to me that on the way to the Kotel, I should stop off to do that that chest X-ray my doctor recommended to figure out why I’ve been coughing for so […]

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