The Coronavirus/Adar Connection

The Coronavirus/Adar Connection

We Weisbergs (like all residents of planet earth) are getting concerned about the coronavirus. Yesterday, an old family friend, Dr. James Lewin, sent around the following guidelines to friends and family so they can protect themselves from infection. I was most struck by his advice to: “Stay happy and eat well. Happy people are less […]

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Give Your Kid a Smartphone!: One Mom’s Controversial Approach to the Teenage-Smartphone Epidemic

Give Your Kid a Smartphone!: One Mom’s Controversial Approach to the Teenage-Smartphone Epidemic

My approach with my kids has generally been to keep smartphones away from them as long as socially possible, and then when I can no longer delay the inevitable, allow smartphones without a browser. But (as I’ve recently discovered) those teenagers eventually grow into young adults with their own bank accounts and smartphones of their […]

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The Song of a Mother and Her Child

The Song of a Mother and Her Child

I spent this past Shabbat at my 9th-grade daughter’s high school for the annual parents’ Shabbaton. One of the highlights of a beautiful Shabbat was at the end of 3rd meal, as the Sun fell beyond the horizon and all we mothers and daughters sat together in a gigantic circle to sing soulful end-of-Shabbos songs. […]

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The Nachlaot Pedophile Ring and Queen Esther

The Nachlaot Pedophile Ring and Queen Esther

I occasionally still get phone calls from journalists who want to interview me about the Nachlaot pedophile ring, which I used to write about a lot before we moved. But since we left Nachlaot 4 years ago, I’ve forwarded all those requests to my husband. That nightmare of a case consumed 4 years of my […]

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Another Mazal Tov for the Impossible Shidduch: 5 Girls and Now a Boy!

Another Mazal Tov for the Impossible Shidduch: 5 Girls and Now a Boy!

This morning I attended a very special bris, for an 8-day-old boy named Shalem Yedidya Chedvat. Every bris is special, but what added the “very” to the special of this morning’s event? First, Shalem Yedidya is the new baby brother of my daughter’s best friend, Tamar (which means we Weisbergs have been eagerly anticipating and […]

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The Mama Sali

The Mama Sali

This morning, I saw my neighbor Sali walking her 2 sons to gan and school. And seeing her, I remembered that in a book I’m reading, an amazing mother was referred to (tongue in cheek) as “The Mama Sali.” A play on the name of the great Sephardi rabbi and kabbalist Rabbi Israel Abuhatzeira, the […]

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