The Mother who Refused to Give her Baby a Pacifier

The Mother who Refused to Give her Baby a Pacifier

My current stage of life, as a mother of children ranging from 4-21, is complicated. As I’m sure you can imagine. But over the last few days, I’ve spent some time with young moms with little kids and toddlers and babies. And I’ve been reminded just how hard THAT was. Being a mother, like me, […]

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My Daughter’s Rocky 1st Day at Camp (3-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

My Daughter’s Rocky 1st Day at Camp (3-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Keeping the faith under challenging circumstances. My teenage daughter started a new summer program today. I had heard from a friend that it is an incredible camp and her daughter loved it. It cost a lot of money. But if it’s that incredible, I thought, I’d sign her up. And then, this morning, at 8:30 […]

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My Great-Grandma Jenny’s 1934 Trip to Palestine and Stalinist USSR

My Great-Grandma Jenny’s 1934 Trip to Palestine and Stalinist USSR

As I already told you, my parents have been decluttering their home this year and have been discovering all sorts of historic treasures. The most dramatic discovery, IMHO, was of a travel diary written by my great-grandmother and namesake, Jenny (Celia) Bernstein. I’ve heard some stories about this great-grandma from recorded interviews with my grandmother […]

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The Shiva After a Child’s Tragic Death

The Shiva After a Child’s Tragic Death

Yesterday I got tragic news, the 19-year-old son of our former neighbors, after only 3 months in the IDF, committed su icide last week. So yesterday, a friend and I went to the shiva. I knew the father quite well from shopping at the store he owns. The mother and their late son, less so. […]

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20 Little Things Happy Successful People Do Differently

20 Little Things Happy Successful People Do Differently

One of the highlights of my trips to the US every year or two is visiting a bookstore–where all the books are, get this, in ENGLISH! I could literally spend days on end there and have the most awesome time. On this year’s trip to the bookstore in Baltimore, this book caught my eye “1000+ […]

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“How to Travel with Parents” by My Father, Age 11

“How to Travel with Parents” by My Father, Age 11

This year, my parents have been decluttering their home, which has included going through the many boxes they received from my grandmother’s home after she passed away. In those boxes, my parents discovered historic treasures–a silver engraving of the invitation from my grandmother’s wedding, my great-grandmother’s travel diary from her 1934 trip to Palestine and […]

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Mourning Fanconi’s Anemia Warrior Ruthie Saunders A”H (4-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Mourning Fanconi’s Anemia Warrior Ruthie Saunders A”H (4-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

37 years ago, Sharon Saunders and her now ex-husband, Jonathan, had no children of their own. And they decided to adopt a baby girl. Not a regular, healthy baby girl. But rather a beautiful, adorable, and also very sick baby girl with a terrible genetic disease called Fanconi’s Anemia. When Sharon and Jonathan adopted her, […]

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What Happened to My Big Plans?

What Happened to My Big Plans?

I had big plans for today. But on the way home from Yaakov’s appointment at the speech therapist this morning, I was feeling weak, queasy, feverish. So instead of all my important and lofty plans, I crawled into bed instead. And as I fell asleep I thought of something I once heard: The most important […]

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One Mother’s Embarrassing Secret

One Mother’s Embarrassing Secret

I’m struggling with a certain personal issue which I’m embarrassed to share. So when I saw that there would be a class this week on my exact issue at the annual Binyan Shalem conference on family and marriage, I went. To get some perspective and chizuk. On the way to the class, yikes! I ran […]

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Time to Parent

Time to Parent

I just got back yesterday from my summer vacation in North America–so now I’m back JewishMOMing (online and in real life too). The transition from 2 weeks of dreamy relaxation interrupted only by schmoozing and eating to my regular mothering responsibilities has been somewhat sweet and somewhat jarring. A mother’s responsibilities, I’m reminded, are at […]

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