The Pesach Cleaning Competition

The Pesach Cleaning Competition

This is how I clean for Passover. Starting the day after Purim, I clean for an hour every day, except on Fridays and Saturdays. And I feel fine with that. I’m not a natural balabusta, so an hour a day feels like a good balance– enough time to make steady progress but not such a […]

Read More

When I Feel Lacking

When I Feel Lacking

“When I feel lacking, I don’t need new things–I need new eyes with which to see the things I already have.” –Glennon Doyle Melton

Read More

How to Enjoy Pesach Cleaning (13-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

How to Enjoy Pesach Cleaning (13-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

3 ways to make Passover cleaning a positive experience.

Read More

I became Religious Because of the Family Purity Laws by Anonymous

I became Religious Because of the Family Purity Laws by Anonymous

Last week at the playground my neighbor, a mother expecting her 4th child, and I were standing by the slide…The story she told me about how she became religious gave me goosebumps. Here’s what she told me: I was in my mid-thirties, living in Tel Aviv near where had I grown up. Looking around me, […]

Read More

A Letter to an Exhausted Mother by Rabbi Shais Taub

A Letter to an Exhausted Mother by Rabbi Shais Taub

This past week Ami Magazine printed a letter from an overwhelmed and exhausted mother of several young children who wrote: “I have suddenly realized that I have no idea why I am doing what I am doing!…What is the purpose of all the extraordinary effort that I am putting into raising [my children] to become […]

Read More

Purim in Wonderland

Purim in Wonderland

It is the morning after Purim, and I am feeling just-gave-birth exhausted. Purim, as always, was challenging. Balancing the children and the guests and the mishlochei manot and the chicken I forgot to take out the freezer and the far too many hours spent cleaning up afterwards. But it was, as always, also somewhat wondrous. […]

Read More

Dancing Behind People in Jerusalem (1-Minute Funny Video)

Dancing Behind People in Jerusalem (1-Minute Funny Video)

Meir Kay never fails to make me smile…Happy Purim!

Read More

My Modern-Day Esthers

My Modern-Day Esthers

Yesterday I went to see my 19-year-old daughter Hadas perform in a play about the story of Purim. She and the 4 other national service girls (who are spending the year teaching Jewish values at secular schools in Ramat Gan) did such an excellent job. Their presentation enabled me to see Purim story more clearly […]

Read More

The Child who Wouldn’t Put on his Purim Costume

The Child who Wouldn’t Put on his Purim Costume

I’ve been a mother for 19 years, and by this point it’s hard for a child to do anything that actually surprises me. But this morning, that was exactly what happened. My 2-year-old Yonatan did something none of his 7 older siblings ever did. This morning, I tried to get Yonatan dressed up in his […]

Read More

Purims of my Childhood

Purims of my Childhood

5 years ago, my 4 oldest daughters attended the same school. That meant I had one weekly school newsletter to read. One set of vacation dates to jot down on my calendar. One single (albeit insane) night of parent-teacher conferences to attend. But the easy life is officially over. Today I have 8 children in […]

Read More