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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Thank You for Loving Me (3-Minute Hanan ben Ari Music Video)

Thank You for Loving Me (3-Minute Hanan ben Ari Music Video)

I love this video because Hanan ben Ari is awesome, AND because I loved getting a chance to see his beautiful wife and baby. I am posting it because I wanted to remind all of us just how very important we are to our husbands. HEBREW BELOW Thank you for loving me And caressing my […]

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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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Getting Rid of Children’s Misbehavior (12-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Getting Rid of Children’s Misbehavior (12-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Simple tools to eliminate misbehavior in your children.

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The Dirty Stairwell

The Dirty Stairwell

I heard this story from my long-time teacher Rabbi Aryeh Nivin: When Rabbi Nivin and his wife, Ayala, were newlyweds they moved into a new building along with a bunch of other newly-married couples. When they first moved in, the building was sparkling clean. But over the years, b”H, all of the young couples in […]

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7-Year-Old Malky Hirth z”l’s Final 1-Minute Inspirational Message for You

7-Year-Old Malky Hirth z”l’s Final 1-Minute Inspirational Message for You

Yesterday, after fighting leukemia for 5 years and drawing heartfelt prayers from thousands of Jews around the world, 7-year-old Malky Hirth of Lakewood tragically passed away. Those who knew Malky during her short life describe that despite her suffering she was a girl with remarkable emuna, joy for life, and good-hearted spunk. Once at her […]

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