Being the Older Mother of a Young Child

Being the Older Mother of a Young Child

This morning, while walking Yoni to kindergarten, I saw an old lady, approximately 83 years old and 4 foot 10, approaching us quickly on the sidewalk. Her tight gray headscarf flying behind her. Her lips puckered with determination, a nursery schooler’s choo-choo-train backpack swinging from her hand. So I put one and one together: grandmother […]

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What Yeshiva-High-School Students Wear on their Feet in Winter

What Yeshiva-High-School Students Wear on their Feet in Winter

It’s 46 degrees in Jerusalem today and it’s raining down like somebody poked a hole in the heavens. My Ukrainian cleaning lady chuckled when I complained about the “freezing cold,” and pulled out her phone to show me pines weighed down with snow and ice this week in her native Dnieprpetrovsk. But still, for Jerusalemites, […]

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Another (!) Mazal Tov for the 53-Year-Old Bride

Another (!) Mazal Tov for the 53-Year-Old Bride

A year and a half ago I shared the amazing story of my neighbor, Talia, who got married for the first time at the age of 53. A few weeks ago it occurred to me that I hadn’t seen Talia in a very long time. I wondered if she and her new husband had maybe […]

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The Jewish Food Our Chinese Shabbat Guests Loved Best

The Jewish Food Our Chinese Shabbat Guests Loved Best

Last week, we Weisbergs were very, very busy hosting lots of large groups. Sunday, the last night of Chanukah: we hosted 2 ChefRabbiJosh.com groups: a National Geographic group for candle-lighting, and an American Catholic family for dinner. Monday: German Catholic theological students from the Dormition Abbey Tuesday: Josh’s Israeli students for a Siyum Thursday: A […]

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Sad Chanukah’s Over?

Sad Chanukah’s Over?

Don’t be too sad, Purim’s right around the corner! I know because my neighborhood bakery’s already selling hamentaschen. I LOVE living in Israel!

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My 20/20 Resolution

My 20/20 Resolution

When I went to sleep last night it was 2019, and when I woke up this morning it was 2020. But except for the change in the date in the corner of my computer screen, the new year went completely unnoticed in my religious Jerusalem neighborhood. No New Year parties, champagne, greetings, etc. But, nonetheless, […]

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