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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“Jews Weren’t Put on Earth to be Anti-Anti Semites” (6-Minute “No-Hate, No Fear” Video)

“Jews Weren’t Put on Earth to be Anti-Anti Semites” (6-Minute “No-Hate, No Fear” Video)

New York Times columnist Bari Weiss gave the following powerful speech at the No Hate, No Fear solidarity march last week in New York. There were an estimated 25,000 people in attendance protesting the recent outbreak of anti-Semitic attacks: My name is Bari Weiss. I am a proud American. I am a proud New Yorker. […]

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What Yeshiva-High-School Students Wear on their Feet in Winter

What Yeshiva-High-School Students Wear on their Feet in Winter

It’s 46 degrees in Jerusalem today and it’s raining down like somebody poked a hole in the heavens. My Ukrainian cleaning lady chuckled when I complained about the “freezing cold,” and pulled out her phone to show me pines weighed down with snow and ice this week in her native Dnieprpetrovsk. But still, for Jerusalemites, […]

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Another (!) Mazal Tov for the 53-Year-Old Bride

Another (!) Mazal Tov for the 53-Year-Old Bride

A year and a half ago I shared the amazing story of my neighbor, Talia, who got married for the first time at the age of 53. A few weeks ago it occurred to me that I hadn’t seen Talia in a very long time. I wondered if she and her new husband had maybe […]

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