My Chanukah Kiss by Naomi

My Chanukah Kiss by Naomi

If you would have asked me yesterday, the 7th day of Chanuka, how Chanuka has been, I would have probably said something like, “Not so great.” I’ve been ill for the entire holiday. Nothing serious, G-d forbid, just a heavy cold, fever, infected sinuses and, today, an ear infection. My girls and I have spent […]

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Dreidel Mom by Rina Jacobs

Dreidel Mom by Rina Jacobs

“Nun, Gimmel, Hey and Shin, watch my Dreidel spin, spin, spin. Nun, Gimmel, Hey and Shin, watch it spin, spin, spin…” I sing this song as I send my Kinder class to go and wash their hands, I sing this song with my own children when we play a game of Dreidel on the first […]

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Hygge Hanukkah (7-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Hygge Hanukkah (7-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

The connection between Hanukkah and Hygge, the key to the Danes’ legendary happiness.

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What to Pray for Each Night of Chanukah from Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdichev

What to Pray for Each Night of Chanukah from Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdichev

Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdichev taught that each night of Chanukah is an auspicious time to pray for something different: 1st Night: This is the best night to pray that you won’t be lonely or depressed 2nd Night: Pray that you or someone you know should find a spouse, or (if you are married) for […]

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The Chassidic Woman and the Blue Mohawk

The Chassidic Woman and the Blue Mohawk

A few years ago, Torah teacher and therapist Chani Juravel was shopping for shoes at Marshalls. On one side of the shoe department she noticed a beautiful, regal Chassidic woman. And on the other side she noticed a teenage girl with piercings and a blue mohawk in a torn leather vest. Mrs. Juravel found herself […]

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My Hardest Birth

My Hardest Birth

“Eema, I’m scared!” 7-year-old Tsofia whispered to me this morning as she sat in the dentist’s chair, 2 tears snaking down her cheeks–for 2 cavities waiting for fillings. Dr. Rina instructed me to stand by Tsofia’s head and hold the laughing-gas mask over her nose, and I saw Tsofia’s eyes become dreamy. And my mind […]

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Tips for a Great Chanukah (11-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Tips for a Great Chanukah (11-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

How mothers can get inspired and stay sane this Chanukah.

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How I Lost 8 Pounds this Month–Without Feeling Hungry

How I Lost 8 Pounds this Month–Without Feeling Hungry

One of my 2 main goals for this year is to lose weight– to have more energy, to be healthier, to be able to buy a pretty tailored dresses for the holidays, instead of an XL top and a skirt with an elasticized waist:) So a month ago yesterday, I joined a 10-week weight-loss group […]

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Chanukah z”l

Chanukah z”l

Chanukah died yesterday. Not the holiday, of course, but the person. Mr. Chanukah from down the block, beloved father, brother, and grandfather, was laid to rest this morning. May his memory be a blessing. But coming across his death notice this morning, exactly a week before we light the first Chanukah candle, got me thinking… […]

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Sarit’s IVF Miracle

Sarit’s IVF Miracle

Sarit’s 5-year-old son and mine are friends in kindergarten, so over the last few months we’ve become friends as well. Sarit’s a lovely person, an Israeli mother of 3. It didn’t occur to me that there is anything unusual about her and her family. Until today, when Sarit shared with me the amazing story of […]

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