Grandma Wanda’s Necklace

Grandma Wanda’s Necklace

A few weeks ago we hosted the Mantell family, visiting Israel from the US for their son’s bar mitzvah, for Friday-night dinner. We had such a great time with them, what a lovely family. And at one point during the dinner I noticed the unusual necklace of the bar-mitzvah boy’s grandmother, Wanda. Wanda explained to […]

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Feeling Summer Vacation

Feeling Summer Vacation

Summer vacation? Ha! It is summer, I agree, but vacation? Maybe for my kids, but not for me… For me, vacation begins when vacation ends, and the kids go back to school and I have some space to breathe and think my own thoughts without lots of little people around all day. So I was […]

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Rabbanit Tzippy’s Parenting Secret

Rabbanit Tzippy’s Parenting Secret

As long as I don’t get up from lying position, I can get through Tisha b’Av without feeling overly awful. So I generally spend Tisha b’Av resting and sleeping but mostly reading. And the book that moved me the most deeply this Tisha b’Av, often to tears, was the memorial booklet compiled by the family […]

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My Husband Doesn’t Help in the House and That’s OK by Tamar Nizri

My Husband Doesn’t Help in the House and That’s OK by Tamar Nizri

Over the last few weeks I’ve mentioned life coach and mother of 8 Tamar Nizri several times. This year, her community and home in Amona were destroyed, and since then (as she mentions in the article below) she and the other displaced families have been living together in dormitories while awaiting permanent housing. This article […]

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Mazal Tov, it’s Tisha b’Av

Mazal Tov, it’s Tisha b’Av

Yesterday I told my 7-year-old Tsofia that, no, for a few more days she and her siblings still can’t fill up the swimming pool in the backyard and take a dip. “Oh right,” she said, realizing her mistake, “now it’s the 9 months!” And I was reminded of something I read in Rabbanit Yemima’s book […]

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The Power of Being You (9-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

The Power of Being You (9-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

One of the most powerful forms of Jewish outreach.

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