Paramedic Shira Applebaum Continues Legacy of Her Father HY”D

Paramedic Shira Applebaum Continues Legacy of Her Father HY”D

In honor of Rachel Imenu’s yahrzeit this Shabbat, over a hundred thousand Jews will flock to Bethlehem to pray at Rachel’s Tomb. And when they see the Torah Curtain, made out of a wedding dress that was never worn, those who are old enough to remember will be jolted by the memory of one of […]

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The Nobel-Prize Winner’s Chassidic Niece

The Nobel-Prize Winner’s Chassidic Niece

One morning, a few days ago, I read that Professor William Nordhaus of Yale had just been awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics for his groundbreaking research on preventing climate change. Later that morning, my phone rang. It was my dear friend who was about to leave on a short trip abroad with her husband. […]

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The VIPs Who Came for Shabbos (2-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

The VIPs Who Came for Shabbos (2-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Some thoughts on our Shabbat guests this week: a delegation of Catholic American VIPs. (I’m sorry to be posting this on Monday instead of Sunday as I usually do…) We hosted a fascinating group for Shabbat this week: a group of American Catholic VIPs interested in strengthening the connection with Israel. Among our guests were […]

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Things I Never Knew about my Great-Grandma Jenny

Things I Never Knew about my Great-Grandma Jenny

30 years ago, my uncle did an 8-hour interview with my late grandmother about our family’s history. And this morning, for some reason, I started listening to that family history for the first time. And once I started, I was mesmerized. Some of the stories I’d heard before. Most I hadn’t. Some of them surprised […]

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Morning Sickness, Jewish Style

Morning Sickness, Jewish Style

As you know, my After-the-Chagim to-do list is approximately the length of the Great Wall of China. And I was planning to get through a significant chunk of it this week… And then, half way up the mountain of Chol HaMoed laundry, our washing machine came to a screeching halt. B”H it’s under warranty (but […]

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Want to Experience Miracles? Read These Words…

Want to Experience Miracles? Read These Words…

Rabbi Nivin suggested a few months ago that if we want to connect with G-d on a more constant basis, and see more miracles in our lives, then he would recommend reciting the Ain Od Milvado segula written by the Nefesh HaChaim (Rabbi Chaim of Volozhin). So I started doing just that, every day after […]

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