Being a Jewish Mother is Not a Waste of My Time! by Sivan Rahav Meir

Being a Jewish Mother is Not a Waste of My Time! by Sivan Rahav Meir

Whoever brings children into the world “wastes” his free time. Whoever keeps Shabbat “wastes” one-seventh of the time he can earn (and spend) money. Whoever learns Torah “wastes” time that could be spent learning a practical profession. Opposite this utilitarian perspective, there is a verse in this week’s Torah portion that expresses a completely different […]

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3 Tips to Protect Kids from Sexual Abuse (3-Minute Important Video)

3 Tips to Protect Kids from Sexual Abuse (3-Minute Important Video)

I’ve seen a bunch of videos on this topic, and this is the best I’ve seen. It’s a great idea, I think, to watch it together with your kids. I’m definitely planning to:)

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Finding God on the Trans-Siberian Railroad

Finding God on the Trans-Siberian Railroad

Today, I attended a class on the month of Kislev. About the transformative light that can be found in this darkest of months. On the bus home, I sat next to a woman named Tsippora who had also been at the class. Tsippora spoke Yiddish and dressed like she had been born in Mea Shearim. […]

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After Divorce, will Noa Trade in Her Scarf for a Sheitl? (4-Minute Video)

After Divorce, will Noa Trade in Her Scarf for a Sheitl? (4-Minute Video)

I found this episode of Yes Man so powerful, hearing newly divorced Noa Yaron Dayan reflecting on what her beloved headscarf meant to her over the course of her 20 years of marriage, and what it represents to her now that she is divorced. My daughter and I watched this together on Saturday night, and […]

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The Secular Bride’s Chuppat Niddah by Rabbi Shai Naveh

The Secular Bride’s Chuppat Niddah by Rabbi Shai Naveh

The name of the groom, whose wedding I would be officiating at in an hour, popped up on my telephone display. “Hey Gai, what’s up? Excited?” “Rabbi, Keren and I are waiting for you, when will you get here?” I didn’t understand why they were nervous, we’d decided that I would arrive twenty minutes before […]

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Funny Questions Our Non-Jewish Guests Ask Us

Funny Questions Our Non-Jewish Guests Ask Us

I’ve told you before that my husband and I host a lot of non-Jewish tourists (www.chefrabbijosh.com) who come to our home to eat a yummy meal and to receive answers to all their questions about Jews and Israel. After years of hosting groups like this, I know that their first questions are usually about “those […]

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