My Menorah Miracle

My Menorah Miracle

My Grandma Florence passed away 23 years ago, and when she died her antique menorah got placed in a closet in my parent’s home. This summer, my parents very very generously gave us the menorah, and this Chanukah we lit it for the first time in several decades. Lighting this menorah, in Jerusalem, the 8 […]

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The Person to Turn to When You’re Feeling Blue by Sara Chana Radcliffe

The Person to Turn to When You’re Feeling Blue by Sara Chana Radcliffe

This Wednesday is the winter solstice, the shortest and darkest day of the year. And that means a lot of us moms are struggling right now with the pre-Chanukah blues. Here’s a nice thought for picking ourselves up when we’re feeling down which I received in my inbox this week from Sara Chana Radcliffe as […]

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Things You Should Never Say to Yourself

Things You Should Never Say to Yourself

The following simple yet ingenious advice appears in Laura Doyle’s book Things Will Get as Good as You Can Stand. Words I hope one day to live by! “Today my rule is not to say anything to myself–even silently–that I wouldn’t say to a friend. “It sounds simple, but the implications of that rule are […]

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Yearning for Jerusalem in Jerusalem

Yearning for Jerusalem in Jerusalem

Rachel Zamir grew up in a Lubavitch family in Stalinist Leningrad. Far from an easy combination. Jews caught observing their religion could be exiled to labor camps in Siberia, or far, far worse. But young Rachel’s parents were determined to raise their three children as Jews, despite the risks. The highlight of Rachel’s childhood was […]

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Commitment Brings Happiness (10-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Commitment Brings Happiness (10-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

The findings of Happiness researcher Dan Gilbert on the Commitment-Happiness connection.

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When a Jewish Mother Gives Birth

When a Jewish Mother Gives Birth

I mentioned that my dear friends just had babies last week. And our conversations ever since have reminded me that birth and recovering from birth can range from challenging to downright brutal. This morning, my friend told me, “You know how we read at the bris, ‘B’Damayich Chayee’– through your blood you will live?’ Well, […]

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