The Blessing of a Sticky Refrigerator by Rebbetzin Esther Baila Schwartz

The Blessing of a Sticky Refrigerator by Rebbetzin Esther Baila Schwartz

I just heard an amazing class on Passover by Rebbetzin Esther Baila Schwartz*…here’s an excerpt based on what she said: The vast majority of things we complain about before Passover are the exact same things we prayed for. On Rosh Hashana we prayed to Hashem “Fill our hands with Your blessings”…And Hashem answered our prayers, […]

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The Pesach Cleaning Competition

The Pesach Cleaning Competition

This is how I clean for Passover. Starting the day after Purim, I clean for an hour every day, except on Fridays and Saturdays. And I feel fine with that. I’m not a natural balabusta, so an hour a day feels like a good balance– enough time to make steady progress but not such a […]

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When I Feel Lacking

When I Feel Lacking

“When I feel lacking, I don’t need new things–I need new eyes with which to see the things I already have.” –Glennon Doyle Melton

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A Letter to an Exhausted Mother by Rabbi Shais Taub

A Letter to an Exhausted Mother by Rabbi Shais Taub

This past week Ami Magazine printed a letter from an overwhelmed and exhausted mother of several young children who wrote: “I have suddenly realized that I have no idea why I am doing what I am doing!…What is the purpose of all the extraordinary effort that I am putting into raising [my children] to become […]

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Purim in Wonderland

Purim in Wonderland

It is the morning after Purim, and I am feeling just-gave-birth exhausted. Purim, as always, was challenging. Balancing the children and the guests and the mishlochei manot and the chicken I forgot to take out the freezer and the far too many hours spent cleaning up afterwards. But it was, as always, also somewhat wondrous. […]

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The Child who Wouldn’t Put on his Purim Costume

The Child who Wouldn’t Put on his Purim Costume

I’ve been a mother for 19 years, and by this point it’s hard for a child to do anything that actually surprises me. But this morning, that was exactly what happened. My 2-year-old Yonatan did something none of his 7 older siblings ever did. This morning, I tried to get Yonatan dressed up in his […]

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