The 35-Year-Old Bride Became a Mother of 5

The 35-Year-Old Bride Became a Mother of 5

This morning I traveled with my four-year-old Yoni on an end-of-year mothers-sons trip to an amusement park near Jerusalem. While I’ve been kicking and screaming for weeks about how I didn’t want to give up a day to do this, in the end (after I discovered that none of my older daughters would be available […]

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Why I Get Stressed Out at the Dentist (Clue: It’s Not What You Think)

Why I Get Stressed Out at the Dentist (Clue: It’s Not What You Think)

Sitting in my dentist’s chair yesterday, I got a sinking feeling in my stomach. And not because I share the wide-spread fear of dentists. I’m not afraid of dentists, I suspect because I have what I think of fondly as dental “yichus.” While, to the best of my knowledge, there were no great rabbis in […]

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What I Said to the Mom Getting Divorced (3-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

What I Said to the Mom Getting Divorced (3-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Reminding myself, in the age of social media, how important it can be to help a single person. This morning I saw a mother I see several mornings a week at gan drop-off and pick-up. She looked unusually lovely this morning, in a long flowing floral dress. So I told this mother, whose name I […]

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Dos and Don’ts from the Mother of an OTD Son by Moishe’s Mother

Dos and Don’ts from the Mother of an OTD Son by Moishe’s Mother

I read this letter on Shabbat in Family First, and have been thinking about the hard-won and brilliant advice it contains ever since. I think this letter should be required reading for ALL mothers of teenagers (and older) whether they are OTD* [have left the Torah path] or not. Because our growing and grown kids […]

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Jewish Women Sing “Ori, Arise”: In Memory of Ori Ansbacher HY”D

Jewish Women Sing “Ori, Arise”: In Memory of Ori Ansbacher HY”D

Last night I attended my daughters’ end of year dance performance, which included a song I’d never heard before that brought tears to my eyes. This song, based on a poem written by Ori Ansbacher HY”D (translation below) was performed in Ori’s memory by the gifted musician Ruchama ben Yosef along with hundreds of other […]

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My Mom’s Response to My 1st Car Accident

My Mom’s Response to My 1st Car Accident

My first and only car accident took place the day after I got my license. I was 16 and my sister, Miriam, was 10. I was driving us to school for the first time, and I had to merge into the fast-moving traffic approaching the Smith Ave. bridge. I remember being side-swiped. I remember parking […]

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