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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How to Be a Better Mom (10-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

How to Be a Better Mom (10-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

A major key to being a better mother–doing something you love every day.

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A Report Card for Mothers

A Report Card for Mothers

This week, an Israeli teacher decided that every child in her class would give a report card to his or her mother. And one horrified mother posted the so-so report card her child gave her. I’ve posted the report card below, and here’s the translation: REPORT CARD Name of Parent:_________________ Understanding: Always Cooperative: Sometimes Unconditional […]

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This Week My Ear Stopped Working

This Week My Ear Stopped Working

Until about half an hour ago, for a few days I couldn’t hear out of my right ear because it was clogged up with wax. And now, b”H, a few drops of hydrogen peroxide did the trick, and I can hear out of my right ear again! But these last few days showed me just […]

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Tsofia’s Siddur Party

Tsofia’s Siddur Party

Over recent weeks, I have been working on seeing people’s souls. That means that instead of focusing on others’ appearances–this man with a black hat, that man with his colored kippah, the other one with a bare head. This one in her sheitl, that one in her Zionist scarf, the other one with wavy tresses […]

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