My 5 Ultimate Life Goals (2-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

My 5 Ultimate Life Goals (2-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Defining and defending my top priorities. One day last week I did one of my favorite Elul exercises (instructions below) which, in 15 minutes, enables us to get right to the core of our ultimate lifetime goals and dreams. And here, I discovered, are mine: To have a close, supportive family (immediate and extended) and […]

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What One Mother Learned from a Surgeon

What One Mother Learned from a Surgeon

I have a friend who waited for many years to become a mother. And a few days ago I ran into her on the street, pushing her long-awaited daughter who looks like a perfect china doll with her blond curls and sapphire eyes.  My friend told me, “I have a relative who is a surgeon. […]

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My Pain in the Neck

My Pain in the Neck

Yesterday, I was working my way through my to-do list for several hours, and my neck was stiff and aching. And I couldn’t figure out why. And then I remembered something I learned from somebody, somewhere.  And I tried to visualize what my pain looked like. And I saw in my mind’s eye that it […]

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What My First Year as a Widow Has Taught Me by Gafna Vanova

What My First Year as a Widow Has Taught Me by Gafna Vanova

Last October, my husband and I were brought in by the Jewish community of Prague to give some classes as part of the international Shabbat Project. On our first day there, we met with Gafna, a long-time JewishMOM.com reader as well as director of Jewish studies at Prague’s Jewish school. Gafna is a sensitive, deep, […]

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As For Me and My Household

As For Me and My Household

I just saw this verse embroidered on a cloth banner at a tourist shop downtown. The verse was written like this: “As for me and my household, we shall serve the LORD.” With that translation, it sounded like a verse from the New Testament. But then I looked at the bottom of the banner and […]

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Hearing the Shofar’s Call from a Hindu Temple (3-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Hearing the Shofar’s Call from a Hindu Temple (3-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

The shofar blast that reminded my daughter in India that Elul is here. My oldest daughter, 21-year-old Hadas, is traveling around India for the next month. And before Shabbat she shared an incredible story with me. That morning, she had been walking by a Hindu Temple, when she suddenly heard shofar blasts coming from the […]

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