The Viral Yom Kippur Song of Ricka Razel’s Daughter

The Viral Yom Kippur Song of Ricka Razel’s Daughter

I (and thousands of others) watched this incredibly uplifting song from the Yom Kippur service performed by Ricka Razel and her daughter Halleli right before Yom Kippur, and I sang it over and over during the fast.   I’d heard Halleli was a good singer but I had no idea just HOW gifted she is! […]

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Noga’s Chesed for Her Missing Cousin

Noga’s Chesed for Her Missing Cousin

Today, my neighbor, Noga Malki, told me the following heart-wrenching as well as inspiring story: “I made aliya with my family when I was 10, and my aunt and uncle stayed in America, in Atlanta. Their daughter, my cousin Jenna, came to Israel several times. She was a sweet girl, on the autistic spectrum. She […]

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How to Fix a Shattered Glass

How to Fix a Shattered Glass

On Shabbat Shuvah, a group of neighborhood mothers and their daughters had the honor of hearing a class given by Rabbanit Yael Eliyahu. And she shared an image that I can’t stop thinking about: “Imagine that you dropped a glass, and it shattered into a thousand pieces. You could use an entire bottle of glue, […]

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The 2 Priests Who Came for Rosh Hashana

The 2 Priests Who Came for Rosh Hashana

On Rosh Hashanah, we hosted two men who are studying to become Roman Catholic priests. They were lovely guys, one from Connecticut, one from India, who were very curious to learn more about Judaism and Rosh Hashana (our Indian guest, like my husband, seemed to particularly enjoy the tradition of eating a fish head). During […]

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I Really Didn’t Want to Make My Rosh Hashana Shopping List

I Really Didn’t Want to Make My Rosh Hashana Shopping List

In last week’s Mishpacha, instead of the regular Kichel cartoon, there was a quiz instead titled: “Tell us How You Prep: We’ll Tell You Your Type” (see below). Anyway, I discovered I’m a D through and through. I prepare simple food, no fuss, during the 24 hours before Rosh Hashana. But even us skip-the-recipe-section Ds […]

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The 2 Obnoxious Women at the Elul Conference

The 2 Obnoxious Women at the Elul Conference

Yesterday I attended a huge Pre-Rosh Hashana event sponsored by a magazine for religious women. It was incredible! Over 3000 women in the audience from all over Israel, Rabbanit Yemima! Rav Shmuel Eliyahu! Top Israeli singer Yuval Dayan! So, it’s admittedly weird that instead of the powerhouse program, what remains most prominent in my mind […]

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