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My Abba, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

My Abba, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

This reminded me of Mom… Watch an excerpt from Gila Sack’s moving eulogy for her father at his funeral this November.

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On My Way to Get the Corona Vaccine…

On My Way to Get the Corona Vaccine…

Over 1.5 million Israelis have gotten the Corona vaccine so far, a sixth of the population, #1 in the world. And I’m personally eager to join that growing number, but I’m too young and too healthy (b”H!) to be eligible. So last night I decided to try my luck, and took a bus to the […]

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A Boy Alone and Scared on the Train by Miryam Swerdlov

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The Solar System According to Yoni

Judging from this picture Yoni drew in kindergarten, if he’d been around during the 6 days of creation, outer space would be pretty psychedelic.

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Elie Wiesel’s Only Child On His Rebellion, And His Father’s Love

Elie Wiesel’s Only Child On His Rebellion, And His Father’s Love

“Just be.” As the cancer progressed with episodic violence, and my father came closer to his end, I would often ask what I could do for him. And, smiling, he would hold my hand and look into my eyes and say: “Just be.” Nothing more than that. There were no more requests. No message he […]

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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

My Mom embraced old age, on birthdays she would proclaim stuff like, “77 is the best age so far!” with a vigorous air punch. She loved her wrinkles. Her gray hair. Scoffed at the very word, “Anti-aging.” But as I approach 50, I’m feeling, well, anti-aging! I look in the mirror and don’t like what […]

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When Your Children are Struggling with Judaism (3-Minute Chizuk Video)

When Your Children are Struggling with Judaism (3-Minute Chizuk Video)

As the mother of a child on their own derech, I got a lot of chizuk from this panel at Amudim’s 36-hour fund-raising event (UniteToHeal.com). Here’s some highlights from Rabbi YY Jacobson, Rabbi Yakov Horowiz, Rabbi Daniel Korobkin.

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The Teacher Who Changed My Life (7-Minute Charlie Harary Video)

The Teacher Who Changed My Life (7-Minute Charlie Harary Video)

Charlie Harary was such a troublemaker in high-school, his principal had his mother’s phone number on speed-dial. Here’s the story of the teacher who believed in him and enabled him to become the person he is today. This made me laugh out loud and also moved me deeply.

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Mom’s 3 Kids: The Lawyer, the Professor, and the Housewife

Mom’s 3 Kids: The Lawyer, the Professor, and the Housewife

The day before Mom’s funeral, her rabbi set up a meeting with us to learn more about Mom for the eulogy. And something I found really curious happened. My brother said he credited Mom with his decision to become a civil-rights lawyer, inspired by her determination to make the world a better place, even carrying […]

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Why I Couldn’t Go to the Kotel on My Birthday

Why I Couldn’t Go to the Kotel on My Birthday

Yesterday was my birthday, and I have a lot on my heart I want to pray about, so I decided to walk to the Kotel. That’s a long walk, about an hour, but I decided to walk the whole way since Israel’s under lockdown again, and we aren’t allowed to go anywhere that’s more than […]

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