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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How to Enjoy Pesach Cleaning (13-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

How to Enjoy Pesach Cleaning (13-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

3 ways to make Passover cleaning a positive experience.

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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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Purims of my Childhood

Purims of my Childhood

5 years ago, my 4 oldest daughters attended the same school. That meant I had one weekly school newsletter to read. One set of vacation dates to jot down on my calendar. One single (albeit insane) night of parent-teacher conferences to attend. But the easy life is officially over. Today I have 8 children in […]

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Japanese Mothers

Japanese Mothers

This past Shabbat I gobbled up Aliza Orbach’s thought-provoking and wonderful book To be a Mother (Yediot Books, Hebrew, להיות אמא). Each chapter focuses on the life of a different Israeli mother. One of my favorite chapters is about a 40-year-old mother of 5 named Carmel Ronen, who shared the following: I lived in Japan […]

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