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 Chagim were Great! And Great They’re Finally Over…

The Chagim were Great! And Great They’re Finally Over…

Tishrei is an amazing, uplifting month, which requires a ton of very hard work from JewishMOMs. If you are feeling burnt out today, you are not alone! I posted this video last year, and have been singing the song it features to myself all week! May we all experience the hitchadshut, the renewal, the song […]

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Hanan ben Ari and One Family: World Champion

Hanan ben Ari and One Family: World Champion

Watch popular Israeli singer Hanan Ben Ari perform his hit song “World Champion” along with terror victims and their families in this chilling and emotional video featuring a few of the greatest modern-day heroes of Am Yisrael–who, despite their grief and pain, emotional and physical, get up out of their beds every single day and […]

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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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Noga’s Chesed for Her Missing Cousin

Noga’s Chesed for Her Missing Cousin

Today, my neighbor, Noga Malki, told me the following heart-wrenching as well as inspiring story: “I made aliya with my family when I was 10, and my aunt and uncle stayed in America, in Atlanta. Their daughter, my cousin Jenna, came to Israel several times. She was a sweet girl, on the autistic spectrum. She […]

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How to Fix a Shattered Glass

How to Fix a Shattered Glass

On Shabbat Shuvah, a group of neighborhood mothers and their daughters had the honor of hearing a class given by Rabbanit Yael Eliyahu. And she shared an image that I can’t stop thinking about: “Imagine that you dropped a glass, and it shattered into a thousand pieces. You could use an entire bottle of glue, […]

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My Teshuva Allergy

My Teshuva Allergy

I’m personally somewhat allergic to doing teshuva. I don’t like thinking about stuff I do wrong, or how I’m bad. But teshuva is what we’re supposed to be doing right now during these 10 Days of Teshuva. So I tend to do it half-heartedly, with lots of rationalizations echoing in the background. For example:1. Admit […]

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The 2 Priests Who Came for Rosh Hashana

The 2 Priests Who Came for Rosh Hashana

On Rosh Hashanah, we hosted two men who are studying to become Roman Catholic priests. They were lovely guys, one from Connecticut, one from India, who were very curious to learn more about Judaism and Rosh Hashana (our Indian guest, like my husband, seemed to particularly enjoy the tradition of eating a fish head). During […]

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The Pregnancy of the World

The Pregnancy of the World

From the bottom of my heart, I bless you JewishMOM, with a sweet year! May Hashem bless you with an abundance of health, nachas and marital harmony! Emotional, spiritual, physical and financial wellbeing and an abundance of surprising and wonderful good news!  

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I Really Didn’t Want to Make My Rosh Hashana Shopping List

I Really Didn’t Want to Make My Rosh Hashana Shopping List

In last week’s Mishpacha, instead of the regular Kichel cartoon, there was a quiz instead titled: “Tell us How You Prep: We’ll Tell You Your Type” (see below). Anyway, I discovered I’m a D through and through. I prepare simple food, no fuss, during the 24 hours before Rosh Hashana. But even us skip-the-recipe-section Ds […]

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