Babies and Big Kids Too

Babies and Big Kids Too

This morning I was sitting in a friend’s living room while her baby slept in her bedroom. At one point she suddenly stopped talking and looked towards the door. “Oh, that’s the baby crying!” and she went out to get him. The weird thing was that I tried to hear, I really did. But didn’t […]

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Pittsburgh Mom, Sari Cohen: The Tree-of-Life Massacre Changed Me

Pittsburgh Mom, Sari Cohen: The Tree-of-Life Massacre Changed Me

Last night I went out for dinner with my dear, old friend, Sari Cohen, who is visiting with her family from Pittsburgh. Almost 30 years ago Sari and I, then college students at Dartmouth and Bowdoin, spent a few months at Neve Yerushalayim getting our first taste of Orthodox Judaism. We spent a significant percentage […]

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When a Baby Started Screaming in the Middle of the Class

When a Baby Started Screaming in the Middle of the Class

On Shabbat, at the weekly neighborhood class for mothers and daughters, Rabbanit Tal Rachmani spoke about midwives Miriam and Yocheved who refused to obey Pharaoh’s inhuman decree that they murder all the newborn males, thereby saving a generation of Jewish boys. According to Rashi, Rabbanit Tal continued, Miriam is called Puah in this parsha, because: […]

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My Shovavim Project

My Shovavim Project

Last week was the beginning of the Shovavim period. For these 6 weeks (almost until Rosh Chodesh Adar) we are supposed to make our lives holier, purer. One year, for example, during the Shovavim period I upgraded my internet filter. One year, I was more careful about the modesty-level of videos I watch online. And […]

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Rabbi Belsky’s Mother’s Secret

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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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