When Noa’s OTD Son Even Says “No” to Bar Mitzvah (3-Minute Moving Video)

When Noa’s OTD Son Even Says “No” to Bar Mitzvah (3-Minute Moving Video)

I wrote a few weeks about Noa Yaron Dayan, a well-known rabbanit and writer, whose world came crashing down 2 years ago when her famous rabbi (now ex-) husband stopped being observant, and most of her 7 children followed his lead. In this video, we see how Noa faces a mind-boggling challenge–her off-the-derech almost 13-year-old […]

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My Daughter Stuck Penniless in India

My Daughter Stuck Penniless in India

Remember I told you that my oldest daughter was in India? Well, she came home b”H, but now her 19-year-old sister, Hallel, has taken her place there. Hallel was having a fantastic time until yesterday, when she accidentally punched in the wrong pin number, so her credit card got blocked. Hallel wrote me: “Eema, can […]

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Our Unforgettable London Encounter

Our Unforgettable London Encounter

Josh and I saw a lot of impressive sites in London–the National Portrait Gallery, Trafalgar Square, the Houses of Parliament. Majestic, wonderful! But my mind keeps on wandering back to one thing I saw that doesn’t appear in any guide book. While walking above the Thames, on our way to a walking tour of “Jewish […]

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Mother Surprises Soldier Son (45-Second Moving Video)

Mother Surprises Soldier Son (45-Second Moving Video)

Not sure any mother can watch this without getting tears in her eyes (I certainly couldn’t). Logan Brenner made aliya on his own from the US, and just completed the 8-month course in combat engineering. At the ceremony marking the course’s completion, a surprise awaits him. Watching this reminds me, no matter how big our […]

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What I Heard a London JewishMUM Saying to her Kids

What I Heard a London JewishMUM Saying to her Kids

Josh and I had a fantastic mini-vacation in London sightseeing and enjoying the hospitality and company of our hosts, Rachel and Stuart Fink of Hendon, in the heart of London’s vibrant Jewish community. At Shabbat lunch, I asked a fellow guest, an American mother and teacher who’s been in the UK for almost 2 decades, […]

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My Daughter Under Fire

My Daughter Under Fire

My 14-year-old daughter, Moriah, is a 9th grader at a wonderful ulpana, a boarding school for religious girls, in the south of Israel. Yesterday afternoon, on the way to attend a special event there for the mothers, I felt my shoulder muscles, which have been so clenched up over the last few weeks with the […]

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