Time to Parent

Time to Parent

I just got back yesterday from my summer vacation in North America–so now I’m back JewishMOMing (online and in real life too). The transition from 2 weeks of dreamy relaxation interrupted only by schmoozing and eating to my regular mothering responsibilities has been somewhat sweet and somewhat jarring. A mother’s responsibilities, I’m reminded, are at […]

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The Calm Man Stuck with Me at the Burlington Airport

The Calm Man Stuck with Me at the Burlington Airport

This morning I was taking off with two of my children on a flight from Baltimore to Montreal when the stewardess announced in French-tinged English, “On behalf of Air Canada, I hope you will enjoy this flight to Barbados!” A planeful of confused eyes looked up at her. “Just kidding,” she chuckled. “And for the […]

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The Yahrzeit of Hallel Yaffa Ariel HY”D and Me

The Yahrzeit of Hallel Yaffa Ariel HY”D and Me

Today was the yahrzeit of 13-year-old Hallel Yaffa Ariel, who was brutally murdered while asleep in her bed 3 years ago by a Palestinian terrorist. I didn’t know that today was the yahrzeit until I looked at the news. But I should have… Something bizarre, otherworldly has been going on all week. And I didn’t […]

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The Mother Who Doesn’t Nurse Her Baby

The Mother Who Doesn’t Nurse Her Baby

Yesterday I attended a special end-of-year activity at my daughter’s school, where I sat next to another mother I’m friendly with. “Mazal tov!” I told her, “I heard you just had a baby!” “Thank you! Yes! She just turned a month old.” “Thank G-d, how wonderful! How did you manage to come without her? You […]

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The Chabadnik at the LGBTQ Pride Parade

The Chabadnik at the LGBTQ Pride Parade

Last night, Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, the Chief Rabbi of Tsfat, honored us neighborhood mothers with a special inspirational class. Here’s a taste of what he said: Once a man called me and said, “I am a Chabadnik, and I regularly set up a table in Tel Aviv for passersby to have the opportunity to perform […]

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That Summer I Became Frum

That Summer I Became Frum

Last night was the 8th-grade graduation of my fourth daughter, Moriah, which took place in the Neve Yerushalayim auditorium. I was feeling really emotional. Moriah is my 4th daughter to have attended that school, and my last. When we moved to our new neighborhood, I decided it would make more sense to send my 5th […]

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