My Good Enough Pesach

My Good Enough Pesach

Yesterday, by the late afternoon, I was literally crying from pre-Pesach exhaustion. Snapping at my family members. Cursing my fate as a JewishMOM. Thinking inspirational thoughts such as “I can’t take this aaaanymoooore” and “Wouldn’t it be nice to fall asleep like a Jewish Sleeping Beauty, until, like, Shavuos.” And then, after an embittered evening, […]

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The Mother of the JCC Bomb-Threat Caller (11-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

The Mother of the JCC Bomb-Threat Caller (11-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Why I think the mother of the JCC bomb-threat caller gets an A+.

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I Took the Suitcase full of Bricks

I Took the Suitcase full of Bricks

Two men carrying 2 suitcases walked into a hotel. One suitcase was full of diamonds, the other was full of bricks. The men left their suitcases at the front desk and went to their rooms. When the bellhop arrived at the room of the diamond merchant carrying a suitcase, he was drenched with sweat and […]

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Dafna Meir’s Controversial New Biography

Dafna Meir’s Controversial New Biography

Following the horrific murder of Dafna Meir last year, people around the world heard bits and pieces about her and her life. We heard how, at the age of 10, a family court removed Dafna from her home and placed her in an orphanage. We read how, before they even married, she and her husband, […]

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A Year Ago today I Was Racing to the Hospital

A Year Ago today I Was Racing to the Hospital

First thing this morning, Rosh Chodesh Nissan, I made sure my kids were wearing white shirts, took my three youngest to school and gan, bought some fruits and vegetables on the way home, and then recited the blessing over the trees together with my husband over our neighbor’s blossoming fruit trees. “I think saying the […]

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What We Leave Behind

What We Leave Behind

All people leave an imprint on the world. When we die, at 120 IY”H, we will leave behind the impact of our good deeds and our mitzvot on other people and the world. And for mothers, Henny Machlis explained…

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Try this Next Time you are Feeling Bad (8-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Try this Next Time you are Feeling Bad (8-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Use this simple technique to see through and overcome low thinking.

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Why I Think Pesach Cleaning is Spiritual

Why I Think Pesach Cleaning is Spiritual

You might have noticed that I’ve been posting a lot about Passover cleaning recently. And one dear, long-time reader left a comment to protest. She wrote: “My main gripe about the month before Pesach is that all we women talk about is cleaning. Could you post one or two thoughts about women’s spiritual preparation for […]

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72 Days of Lovingkindness Start Today!

72 Days of Lovingkindness Start Today!

Today is the 25th of Adar, the kickoff of an incredible annual opportunity to change your life in 5 minutes a day or less…Learn more here

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The Blessing of a Sticky Refrigerator by Rebbetzin Esther Baila Schwartz

The Blessing of a Sticky Refrigerator by Rebbetzin Esther Baila Schwartz

I just heard an amazing class on Passover by Rebbetzin Esther Baila Schwartz*…here’s an excerpt based on what she said: The vast majority of things we complain about before Passover are the exact same things we prayed for. On Rosh Hashana we prayed to Hashem “Fill our hands with Your blessings”…And Hashem answered our prayers, […]

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