The Problem with Kids Cleaning for Pesach

The Problem with Kids Cleaning for Pesach

This morning, I ran into my neighbor who has 6 kids under the age of 7. Her kids are home today for election today, and she quipped: “Not getting any cleaning done today, that’s for sure!” “Just wait,” I told her, “in 10 years those same kids who make it impossible to clean will clean […]

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“The Holiest Day of My Life”: A Personal Account of Israel’s 1st Elections in 1949

“The Holiest Day of My Life”: A Personal Account of Israel’s 1st Elections in 1949

70 years ago, just 4 years after the Holocaust, and after thousands of more Jewish lives had been lost in Israel’s War of Independence, Rabbi Moshe Alpert went very early one morning in 1949, in his finest Shabbat clothing, to vote in Israel’s first elections. Rabbi Alpert clearly saw the miracle, the Divine hand that […]

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Dreaming About Pesach Cleaning from the ICU (2 Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Dreaming About Pesach Cleaning from the ICU (2 Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Reflections on the mother of a very ill baby and Pesach cleaning. We spent this past Shabbat in Tsfat, and while there I met an incredibly lovely woman named Chaya. Chaya has soft-brown eyes, a gorgeous smile. She radiates quiet joy, deep faith. Seeing her, you would never guess that 16 months ago Chaya gave […]

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How to Do Your Pesach Cleaning Happily In Less than 1 Day by Rabbi Shlomo Aviner

How to Do Your Pesach Cleaning Happily In Less than 1 Day by Rabbi Shlomo Aviner

Being away for the holiday: If you are going away and no one will use the house at all during the holiday, you may close up all the rooms that will not be used, sell all of the chametz, and do no Pesach cleaning at all. If some part of the house will be lived […]

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Antisemitic Attacks in Crown Heights: One JewishMOM’s Experience by Tamar Stone

Antisemitic Attacks in Crown Heights: One JewishMOM’s Experience by Tamar Stone

Last year, I was seated in a packed subway train riding back home to Brooklyn with a couple of my daughters. There were some loud people standing in the middle of the train and it seemed that most people were watching their interactions, myself included. Just before my stop, a large man seated across from […]

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My New Laundry Tower and Other Exciting Pre-Pesach Projects

My New Laundry Tower and Other Exciting Pre-Pesach Projects

A friend who is the author of a cookbook once chuckled as she pointed out, “I think it’s so funny that you never post any recipes on JewishMOM.com.” She’s right, there are almost never recipes on JewishMOM.com. Or advice on how to get a wine stain out of your husband’s kittel. Or instructions on how […]

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3 Years After Henkin Family Terror Attack, a Mazal Tov (3-Minute Video)

3 Years After Henkin Family Terror Attack, a Mazal Tov (3-Minute Video)

Reflections on the bar mitzvah of the oldest son of Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin HY”D. Three and a half years ago on Succot, Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin were driving home when they were brutally murdered by Palestinian terrorists in front of their 4 young children. My husband, Joshua, is a program director at […]

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The 1st Thing I Clean for Pesach

The 1st Thing I Clean for Pesach

There is a mitzvah for every Jew to be happy on the holidays. And our rabbis teach that the thing that makes us womenfolk happiest is getting new clothing or jewelry. So every year, the first thing I clean out a bit for Pesach is my…bank account. Every year, before I start seriously scrubbing, scouring, […]

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Rachel’s Blessings: My Beloved Mikva Lady HY”D by Toby Klein Greenwald

Rachel’s Blessings: My Beloved Mikva Lady HY”D by Toby Klein Greenwald

Last night I attended the Eden Center’s presentation of Mikva the Musical, Music and Monologues from the Deep. It was a powerful experience for me to hear women talking openly about their mikva experiences, something that we Jewish women rarely share with one another. Some of the monologues were moving, some funny, some painful. This […]

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The Miracle That Happened to My Friend

The Miracle That Happened to My Friend

This morning I attended a friend’s seudat hodaya, a special meal to give thanks. My friend wanted to express her gratitude to Hashem for a miracle she’d experienced. A mind-blowing miracle, in fact. When my friend told her young nieces that she was having a seudat hodaya, they responded with something akin to horror, “What […]

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