My Tsaddik Peptalk

My Tsaddik Peptalk

My issue isn’t that I’m too hard on myself. I don’t tend to beat myself up (at least too much) over my various failures or shortcomings. My issue is, more, that I tend to think: “What’s the big deal?” For me, for example, it’s wonderful and very challenging to be the mother of 8 kids. […]

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Rebbetzin Jekyll and Mrs. Hyde

Rebbetzin Jekyll and Mrs. Hyde

I once spoke with a mother who lamented the fact that when she was single she had been such a wonderful person. Always kind, patient, tolerant–perfect! And once she got married and especially after she became a mother, on a regular basis she would find herself turning from Rebbetzin Jekyll into Mrs. Hyde. From kind, […]

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My Wondrous Simchat Torah in Belz

My Wondrous Simchat Torah in Belz

I don’t like big crowds, being squished, having to push my way through the masses to get where I (and everybody else) are trying to go. But once a year, for at least a decade, I’ve braved the crowds at the Belzer Rebbe’s Simchat Torah hakafot. Most years I arrive half an hour or so […]

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The Spanish Fireman Who Joined Us This Succot

The Spanish Fireman Who Joined Us This Succot

On Shabbat Succot we hosted an unusual crowd–a Catholic Spanish fireman, his Russian-Orthodox girlfriend, and 2 evangelical Germans. If you’re wondering how this exotic assortment of people ended up in the Weisberg Succah, please let me explain. The Spanish fireman came to us through my husband’s new business hosting tourist groups for a home-cooked meal […]

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When I Stood on the Scale the Day After Simchat Torah

When I Stood on the Scale the Day After Simchat Torah

The day after Simchat Torah, I got on the scale to check out how bad my situation was. I’d gained 1.5 kilos, that’s 3.3 pounds, since Rosh HaShana. Which reminded me just how easy it is to gain weight, and just how tough it is to lose it again. This morning, as I exited Yoni’s […]

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The Viral Yom Kippur Song of Ricka Razel’s Daughter

The Viral Yom Kippur Song of Ricka Razel’s Daughter

I (and thousands of others) watched this incredibly uplifting song from the Yom Kippur service performed by Ricka Razel and her daughter Halleli right before Yom Kippur, and I sang it over and over during the fast.   I’d heard Halleli was a good singer but I had no idea just HOW gifted she is! […]

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