“The Cherry on Top”: Shira Shnerb’s Beloved Clothing Gemach

“The Cherry on Top”: Shira Shnerb’s Beloved Clothing Gemach

I first saw this video over a week ago, and I cannot get it out of my mind. I can’t stop thinking about the mother of Rina Shnerb HY”D, and the glorious smile she gets on her face when she mentions “the cherry on top” of her family’s many charity projects–her clothing gemach (charity store) […]

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8 Things I Learned from My Silent Meditation Retreat

8 Things I Learned from My Silent Meditation Retreat

I mentioned a few weeks ago that my oldest daughter participated in a 10-day silent meditation retreat in India. And after I heard about her experience, I was curious to try it out myself. So when I heard about a silent Jewish meditation retreat taking place this past Thursday and Friday, I asked my 19-year-old […]

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Why a Woman’s Prayer is More Powerful than a Man’s

Why a Woman’s Prayer is More Powerful than a Man’s

I heard this explanation from Rabbi Fischel Schachter, and I think it’s not only beautiful–it’s true! “There’s a question about whether women are required to pray with a minyan, or not. So some people say “Here we go again! Judaism disrespects women.” But in fact, the reason women can pray on their own is just […]

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One Mom’s Nasty Whatsapp

One Mom’s Nasty Whatsapp

The parents from my son’s class have a WhatsApp group. I’m not into WhatsApp. But another mother told me about a horrible interaction that took place in the group during the first week of school. And even though I didn’t read the back-and-forth myself, I cannot get it out of my head. On one of […]

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My 6-Year-Old’s Wise Riddle

My 6-Year-Old’s Wise Riddle

A few days ago, my 6-year-old Yaakov asked me the following riddle: “Eema, imagine you are stuck in a deep pit with a grizzly bear. What should you do?” I’m terrible at riddles, so I didn’t even try to figure this one out. “I don’t know, Yaakov, what should I do?” “Stop imagining!”Yaakov rolled with […]

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My 5 Ultimate Life Goals (2-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

My 5 Ultimate Life Goals (2-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Defining and defending my top priorities. One day last week I did one of my favorite Elul exercises (instructions below) which, in 15 minutes, enables us to get right to the core of our ultimate lifetime goals and dreams. And here, I discovered, are mine: To have a close, supportive family (immediate and extended) and […]

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The Terror Attack that Saved Shira’s Life (2-Minute Video)

The Terror Attack that Saved Shira’s Life (2-Minute Video)

It’s Friday morning, I had planned to spend this morning cooking and cleaning. Definitely not translating a video. But when I saw this unbelievable video about my oldest daughter’s former classmate, Shira Sabag, whom I asked you to pray for 8 months ago after she was critically injured at the terror attack in Givat HaAsaf, […]

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What One Mother Learned from a Surgeon

What One Mother Learned from a Surgeon

I have a friend who waited for many years to become a mother. And a few days ago I ran into her on the street, pushing her long-awaited daughter who looks like a perfect china doll with her blond curls and sapphire eyes.  My friend told me, “I have a relative who is a surgeon. […]

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My Pain in the Neck

My Pain in the Neck

Yesterday, I was working my way through my to-do list for several hours, and my neck was stiff and aching. And I couldn’t figure out why. And then I remembered something I learned from somebody, somewhere.  And I tried to visualize what my pain looked like. And I saw in my mind’s eye that it […]

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What My First Year as a Widow Has Taught Me by Gafna Vanova

What My First Year as a Widow Has Taught Me by Gafna Vanova

Last October, my husband and I were brought in by the Jewish community of Prague to give some classes as part of the international Shabbat Project. On our first day there, we met with Gafna, a long-time JewishMOM.com reader as well as director of Jewish studies at Prague’s Jewish school. Gafna is a sensitive, deep, […]

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