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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The Principal’s Son

The Principal’s Son

My 4-year-old, Yaakov, attends gan with the sons of 2 of my older children’s principals. It has been pretty fascinating for me to see these women who generally inspire respect bordering on awe in hundreds of girls and their parents, interacting as mothers like you and me with their 4-year-old sons. This morning when I […]

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The Big Guns, the Jewish Women

The Big Guns, the Jewish Women

Rabbi Moshe Shapiro, who passed away last month,used to share the following powerful story (reprinted from the Family First article by Rabbi Menachem Nissel): “World War I was raging in Eastern Europe, extracting a terrible toll on the Jewish population. The Chofetz Chaim felt that special measures were needed. “On a designated day, the Chofetz […]

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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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Joe’s Violin (24-Minute Academy-Award Nominee Video)

Joe’s Violin (24-Minute Academy-Award Nominee Video)

In this remarkably moving video, a Holocaust survivor donates his violin to a local instrument drive, touching the life of a schoolgirl from America’s poorest congressional district. The video’s message of hope and rebuilding following tragedy is so powerful, I think I cried continuously for all of its 24 minutes. This video may not be […]

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