The Secret Ingredient in Grandma’s Matzah Ball Soup

The Secret Ingredient in Grandma’s Matzah Ball Soup

Growing up, I only had one grandparent, so every Passover we Freedmans would drive up from Baltimore to New York City to spend seder night at Grandma’s house. When we got there, the afternoon before the seder, my grandmother would always sit me and my siblings down in the dining room with bowls of matzah […]

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Mazal Tov! Miracle Baby Celebrates Bar Mitzvah

Mazal Tov! Miracle Baby Celebrates Bar Mitzvah

Tonight I’m looking forward to attending the bar mitzvah of the oldest son of my dear friend, Elana Mizrahi. I first met Elana almost 2 decades ago, when she was single, fresh out of Stanford University, a student of my husband’s at Nishmat. I remember when she was dating her husband, and when she got […]

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Why My Daughter Flunked Her Test

Why My Daughter Flunked Her Test

My daughter, Moriah, is in 7th grade, which means her grades this year and next will largely determine whether she will be accepted into her high school-of-choice or not. So I wasn’t so surprised to see Moriah taking her studies more seriously this year. But I WAS surprised a few weeks ago when she told […]

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My Shoe Mountain

My Shoe Mountain

Today I had a few hours free, and was wondering how to spend them. Sorting another drawer? Defrosting and wiping down the freezer? Scrubbing the grungy floor of the porch? But I realized that what I actually wanted to do was spend the next few hours doing something that would make me really happy. And […]

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How to Prepare Spiritually for Passover (13-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

How to Prepare Spiritually for Passover (13-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

How to release yourself from your personal Egypt as you prepare your home for Passover.

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The Cleaning-for-Pesach Sweatshirt:)

The Cleaning-for-Pesach Sweatshirt:) Read More

MAZAL TOV! Couple Celebrates 21st Anniversary and Birth of 1st Child!

MAZAL TOV! Couple Celebrates 21st Anniversary and Birth of 1st Child!

This week I got some amazing news that made my day, my week, my YEAR! My dear neighbor (and long-time JewishMOM.com reader) Leah Haziza just gave birth to a healthy baby girl–her first baby after 21 years of marriage! This is what Leah shared on the neighborhood list on the day of the birth: “With […]

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A Doula’s Dilemma at 4 AM

A Doula’s Dilemma at 4 AM

This week, at my weekly Shabbat class with my neighbor Shira Lichtig, she shared the following experience from her work as a busy labor coach: “One night this week, I was woken up by my phone at around 3:30 AM. It was one of my birthing mothers. She was in her first pregnancy, and had […]

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The Fastest Israeli Woman is a Religious Mother of 5

The Fastest Israeli Woman is a Religious Mother of 5

This morning I heard the surprising news that the winner of last Friday’s Jerusalem marathon–for Israeli women– was a religious mother of 5 kids. So here it is, the true yet unbelievable story behind the JewishMOM buzz. Beatie (what a perfect name for a champion runner!) Deutsch, originally from New York, is a 28-year-mother of […]

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Easier Pesach Cleaning (14-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Easier Pesach Cleaning (14-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Tips on making Passover prep easier, and an explanation of an incredible opportunity to change our lives in a minute a day or less during the 72 days of lovingkindness–starting this week.

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