What Gorbachev Told One Grateful Russian Jew by Rabbi YY Jacobson (3-Minute Chanukah Video)

What Gorbachev Told One Grateful Russian Jew by Rabbi YY Jacobson (3-Minute Chanukah Video)

Every night of Chanukah, Rabbi Jacobson posts a new inspirational video. This one moved me to tears. It made me think of how many “autographs” I will be leaving behind in this world as a JewishMOM.

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A Painful Loss, and the Song I Wrote After by Franciska

A Painful Loss, and the Song I Wrote After by Franciska

“There is nothing more complete than a broken heart” – Rabbi Nachman M’breslav I composed and dedicated a new song after experiencing a painful loss. In an interview with Miriam Grunhaus on my podcast one year ago, she introduced me to the concept of kintsugi. “In Japan, when pottery breaks it is often restored with […]

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My All-Nun Dreidl

My All-Nun Dreidl

Yesterday I went to the shuk to get all sorts of stuff we need for Chanukah when I noticed some pretty hand-painted dreidls that caught my eye. A bit pricey at a dollar and a half-a-piece. But, hey, for Chanukah you can splurge a little…So I got 4. And a bag of chocolate chips for […]

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My Daughter’s Unusual Indian Menorah

My Daughter’s Unusual Indian Menorah

My 2nd-born child, 19-year-old Hallel, has been traveling around India since September. Right now she’s in West Bengal, participating in a study-program learning how to build an ecologically-sound house out of mud (you can see the participants doing just that, in this photo.) Hallel is one of 4 Israelis there. So, of course, last week, […]

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My Pre-Chanukah Gloom

My Pre-Chanukah Gloom

This morning, after a challenging interaction with a family member, I felt so upset. LIke even the things in my family I thought were going well–well, they aren’t. So I decided to cheer myself up (or at least take a breather from crying) with a walk through the forest. Oh, it was so beautiful out […]

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That Jewish Chanukah Moment by Sari Kopitnikoff

That Jewish Chanukah Moment by Sari Kopitnikoff

For the past 5 years, JewishMOM Sari Kopitnikoff has been posting her “Thank-God-I’m-Jewish” moments for her (as of today, almost, wow!) 20,000 Instagram followers (instagram.com/thatjewishmoment). I just read through Sari’s new book, a collection of her posts, called That Jewish Moment: Positive Thoughts and Moments from Life as an Observant Jew. And so many of […]

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Yud Tes Kislev: The Photo that Took My Breath Away by Rabbi YY Jacobson

Yud Tes Kislev: The Photo that Took My Breath Away by Rabbi YY Jacobson

It’s Yud Tes Kislev, 1798. The Alter Rebbe’s free at last. I’ll try to depict the scene. The rabbi is innocent, and he goes out, and for the Czar life moved on. It was a celebration for the Chassidim living in Russia, who were completely subjugated to the Czarist regime, which was very harsh on […]

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Always on Time? Giving Birth at 28 Weeks by Chany Zagury

Always on Time? Giving Birth at 28 Weeks by Chany Zagury

I was expecting baby number 4. A great pregnancy, going through some personal struggles, but a recent visit to my doctor confirmed that everything was going well. I had just entered my 28th week of pregnancy. That morning I went to work as usual. As soon as I came home, I felt great pain and […]

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The Rape of Dina: A Surprising Perspective from Rebbetzin Malki Friedman

The Rape of Dina: A Surprising Perspective from Rebbetzin Malki Friedman

This Shabbat, we read the horrible story of the rape of Dina. Why did this have to happen to Dina? Why didn’t Hashem protect her? The Torah doesn’t provide us with the “why”s. But every story in the Torah does provide us with pillars of faith to integrate into our own lives. And the pillar […]

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Being a Jewish Mother is Not a Waste of My Time! by Sivan Rahav Meir

Being a Jewish Mother is Not a Waste of My Time! by Sivan Rahav Meir

Whoever brings children into the world “wastes” his free time. Whoever keeps Shabbat “wastes” one-seventh of the time he can earn (and spend) money. Whoever learns Torah “wastes” time that could be spent learning a practical profession. Opposite this utilitarian perspective, there is a verse in this week’s Torah portion that expresses a completely different […]

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