My Modern-Day Esthers

My Modern-Day Esthers

Yesterday I went to see my 19-year-old daughter Hadas perform in a play about the story of Purim. She and the 4 other national service girls (who are spending the year teaching Jewish values at secular schools in Ramat Gan) did such an excellent job. Their presentation enabled me to see Purim story more clearly […]

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The Child who Wouldn’t Put on his Purim Costume

The Child who Wouldn’t Put on his Purim Costume

I’ve been a mother for 19 years, and by this point it’s hard for a child to do anything that actually surprises me. But this morning, that was exactly what happened. My 2-year-old Yonatan did something none of his 7 older siblings ever did. This morning, I tried to get Yonatan dressed up in his […]

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Japanese Mothers

Japanese Mothers

This past Shabbat I gobbled up Aliza Orbach’s thought-provoking and wonderful book To be a Mother (Yediot Books, Hebrew, להיות אמא). Each chapter focuses on the life of a different Israeli mother. One of my favorite chapters is about a 40-year-old mother of 5 named Carmel Ronen, who shared the following: I lived in Japan […]

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A Report Card for Mothers

A Report Card for Mothers

This week, an Israeli teacher decided that every child in her class would give a report card to his or her mother. And one horrified mother posted the so-so report card her child gave her. I’ve posted the report card below, and here’s the translation: REPORT CARD Name of Parent:_________________ Understanding: Always Cooperative: Sometimes Unconditional […]

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Thank You for Loving Me (3-Minute Hanan ben Ari Music Video)

Thank You for Loving Me (3-Minute Hanan ben Ari Music Video)

I love this video because Hanan ben Ari is awesome, AND because I loved getting a chance to see his beautiful wife and baby. I am posting it because I wanted to remind all of us just how very important we are to our husbands. HEBREW BELOW Thank you for loving me And caressing my […]

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Tsofia’s Siddur Party

Tsofia’s Siddur Party

Over recent weeks, I have been working on seeing people’s souls. That means that instead of focusing on others’ appearances–this man with a black hat, that man with his colored kippah, the other one with a bare head. This one in her sheitl, that one in her Zionist scarf, the other one with wavy tresses […]

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