Great-Grandma Jenny’s Sense of Humor

Great-Grandma Jenny’s Sense of Humor

My namesake, my great-grandmother Jenny, had a great sense of humor. She had trained as a secretary, but after she married, she never worked outside the home again. She was very busy– with her 2 children and with her home–doing laundry in tubs in the basement and sweeping the sidewalks every day to clear away […]

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The Nobel-Prize Winner’s Chassidic Niece

The Nobel-Prize Winner’s Chassidic Niece

One morning, a few days ago, I read that Professor William Nordhaus of Yale had just been awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics for his groundbreaking research on preventing climate change. Later that morning, my phone rang. It was my dear friend who was about to leave on a short trip abroad with her husband. […]

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The VIPs Who Came for Shabbos (2-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

The VIPs Who Came for Shabbos (2-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Some thoughts on our Shabbat guests this week: a delegation of Catholic American VIPs. (I’m sorry to be posting this on Monday instead of Sunday as I usually do…) We hosted a fascinating group for Shabbat this week: a group of American Catholic VIPs interested in strengthening the connection with Israel. Among our guests were […]

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The First Startup: Family by Sivan Rahav Meir

The First Startup: Family by Sivan Rahav Meir

After the Flood, the words “their families” appear in the Torah for the first time. After humanity was wiped-out in the Flood on account of moral corruption, violence, disloyalty and lack of the ability to commit – suddenly comes this word, family: “…after their families they went forth out of the ark.” From the ark […]

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Things I Never Knew about my Great-Grandma Jenny

Things I Never Knew about my Great-Grandma Jenny

30 years ago, my uncle did an 8-hour interview with my late grandmother about our family’s history. And this morning, for some reason, I started listening to that family history for the first time. And once I started, I was mesmerized. Some of the stories I’d heard before. Most I hadn’t. Some of them surprised […]

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Morning Sickness, Jewish Style

Morning Sickness, Jewish Style

As you know, my After-the-Chagim to-do list is approximately the length of the Great Wall of China. And I was planning to get through a significant chunk of it this week… And then, half way up the mountain of Chol HaMoed laundry, our washing machine came to a screeching halt. B”H it’s under warranty (but […]

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