Next time You Hear “Eema, I’m Bored,” Remember…

Next time You Hear “Eema, I’m Bored,” Remember…

Yesterday I woke up with a feeling akin to panic bubbling in my chest. Summer vacation is nearly over, this panic hyperventilated in my ear, and how many fun things have your kids actually done this summer? I imagined a scale. But instead of a Rosh Hashana scale of good deeds and bad deeds, on […]

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53 and Single, No Longer

53 and Single, No Longer

Two weeks ago, I was in Denmark on vacation when my phone pinged with a text message from Jerusalem. It was from my friend and neighbor, Talia: “I am excited to share that the prayers have been answered, and the man whom my heart has selected has found me!” Right then and there, in distant […]

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Why 1000s of People See this Mom Cook

Why 1000s of People See this Mom Cook

You can read this post or hear me read it in the video below Every weekday, thousands of people walk by Miri Levi, who spends her days preparing North-African food in the window of her son’s popular Jerusalem restaurant. And every time I walk by Mrs. Levi cooking in that window, I think the exact […]

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I’m Standing On HER Shoulders

I’m Standing On HER Shoulders

Last week, I was sitting in the Kiev airport, waiting for my connecting flight back to Israel, when I heard a Yiddish-accented murmuring (full of “oi’s” and “suff’s”) awakening within me. I suspected maybe I was hearing the voices of souls, if there is such a thing. Of my great and great-great and great-great-great (and […]

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What Gift Should I Buy for That Family?

What Gift Should I Buy for That Family?

This summer, instead of visiting my parents in Baltimore as I usually do, we decided to meet up with them with two kids for a week of sightseeing in a European city* starting this Friday. My to-do list to prepare for this trip is absolutely epic, filling me with that treading-in-quicksand, 2 days before Pesach […]

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My Tisha b’Av Confession

My Tisha b’Av Confession

You can read this post, or watch me reading it in the video below I have a Tisha b’Av confession to make. I do not connect with the idea of the rebuilding of the Temple or the coming of Moshiach. I have a hard time believing it’s going to happen. At my weekly Shabbat class […]

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