The Dirty Stairwell

The Dirty Stairwell

I heard this story from my long-time teacher Rabbi Aryeh Nivin: When Rabbi Nivin and his wife, Ayala, were newlyweds they moved into a new building along with a bunch of other newly-married couples. When they first moved in, the building was sparkling clean. But over the years, b”H, all of the young couples in […]

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A Tale of Two Mothers (5-Minute Rabbi Yoel Gold Video)

A Tale of Two Mothers (5-Minute Rabbi Yoel Gold Video)

This is a tale of two mothers which took place in the shadows of the Gaza War. Like many of us, I heard this story in an Email that was getting sent around after Gaza War, but seeing the actual women involved is incredibly powerful, to hear how it is possible to feeling Hashem’s love […]

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Loving Jews who are Different than You (12-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Loving Jews who are Different than You (12-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

A simple but powerful way to feel more connection with and love for our fellow Jews of all kinds.

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A Why-I-Love-Israel Moment at the Interior Ministry

A Why-I-Love-Israel Moment at the Interior Ministry

Yesterday my friend, Chaya, went to get a passport for her newborn baby at Israel’s Ministry of the Interior. And that was how she witnessed this “Why-I-Love-Israel” moment. The person ahead of Chaya in line was an elderly woman. When the clerk asked for the photos accompanying her application, the elderly woman realized she didn’t […]

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The Woman I Screamed At Last Week

The Woman I Screamed At Last Week

I’ve been a member of the same health fund for 22 years, and I’ve been very happy with it in almost every way. But this past Thursday something happened that made me so furious that Josh and I seriously considered moving our business elsewhere. Here’s what happened. For the last two months, I noticed that […]

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When I Cross the Street in Jerusalem

When I Cross the Street in Jerusalem

In Jerusalem, when you press the button to cross the street, a man’s voice states “Bakashatcha Hitkabla”– your request has been received. The first time I heard this several years ago, I thought right away how amazingly wonderful it would be if prayer worked like that. I could pray at the Kotel for this, that, […]

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