When Her DH Was On a Psychiatric Ward (3-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

When Her DH Was On a Psychiatric Ward (3-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

When a young mother’s husband spends 2 months on a psychiatric ward, she brings to life the avoda of the 9 days. Right now, we are in the 9 days of mourning leading up to Tisha B’Av. This is how my teacher, Rabbi Nivin, explains why many people, including me, find feeling sad this time […]

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My Daughter’s Rocky 1st Day at Camp (3-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

My Daughter’s Rocky 1st Day at Camp (3-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Keeping the faith under challenging circumstances. My teenage daughter started a new summer program today. I had heard from a friend that it is an incredible camp and her daughter loved it. It cost a lot of money. But if it’s that incredible, I thought, I’d sign her up. And then, this morning, at 8:30 […]

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My Great-Grandma Jenny’s 1934 Trip to Palestine and Stalinist USSR

My Great-Grandma Jenny’s 1934 Trip to Palestine and Stalinist USSR

As I already told you, my parents have been decluttering their home this year and have been discovering all sorts of historic treasures. The most dramatic discovery, IMHO, was of a travel diary written by my great-grandmother and namesake, Jenny (Celia) Bernstein. I’ve heard some stories about this great-grandma from recorded interviews with my grandmother […]

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The Shiva After a Child’s Tragic Death

The Shiva After a Child’s Tragic Death

Yesterday I got tragic news, the 19-year-old son of our former neighbors, after only 3 months in the IDF, committed su icide last week. So yesterday, a friend and I went to the shiva. I knew the father quite well from shopping at the store he owns. The mother and their late son, less so. […]

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Mourning Fanconi’s Anemia Warrior Ruthie Saunders A”H (4-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Mourning Fanconi’s Anemia Warrior Ruthie Saunders A”H (4-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

37 years ago, Sharon Saunders and her now ex-husband, Jonathan, had no children of their own. And they decided to adopt a baby girl. Not a regular, healthy baby girl. But rather a beautiful, adorable, and also very sick baby girl with a terrible genetic disease called Fanconi’s Anemia. When Sharon and Jonathan adopted her, […]

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One Mother’s Embarrassing Secret

One Mother’s Embarrassing Secret

I’m struggling with a certain personal issue which I’m embarrassed to share. So when I saw that there would be a class this week on my exact issue at the annual Binyan Shalem conference on family and marriage, I went. To get some perspective and chizuk. On the way to the class, yikes! I ran […]

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