My Kids “Taking the Scenic Route” and Tefilat HaShla

My Kids “Taking the Scenic Route” and Tefilat HaShla

Tefilat HaShela My husband and I both did a lot of searching before we ended up as Orthodox Jews in our early twenties. I guess I thought, as the BT mother of FFB kids, that Josh and I had searched so our kids wouldn’t have to. Well, BTs plan and their FFB kids (at least […]

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When 2 Secular Israelis Came to the Shiva for 2 Chassidic Boys

When 2 Secular Israelis Came to the Shiva for 2 Chassidic Boys

Yakir Asaraf, a secular Israeli who like many others was shocked by the immensity of the Meron tragedy, decided that he had to do something to share in the families’ pain, and he and a friend went to pay a shiva call to the Englard family of Jerusalem, who lost their two sons, Moshe Natan […]

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Comforting Milka

Comforting Milka

Tonight, I sat with my neighbor, Milka Gueta, the mother of 19-year-old Yehuda Gueta, who was murdered by a Palestinian terrorist while waiting at a bus stop on his way back to yeshiva. Sitting with Milka at the crowded outdoor shiva, I was thinking how it sometimes seems that mothers who are tragically rocketed into […]

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2 Neighbors, 2 Tragedies: What I’ve Decided to Do (7-Min. Shabbat-Shalom Video)

2 Neighbors, 2 Tragedies: What I’ve Decided to Do (7-Min. Shabbat-Shalom Video)

My neighborhood is reeling from the tragic deaths of 22-year-old Yedidya Fogel in the Meron disaster and 19-year-old Yehuda Gueta in Sunday’s terror attack. Here’s what I’m trying to do about it.

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Words of Chizuk Shared by Sue Koltai, Mother of 13-Year-Old Meron Victim, Azi Koltai

Words of Chizuk Shared by Sue Koltai, Mother of 13-Year-Old Meron Victim, Azi Koltai

In Heaven a great fire is roaring. Angels sway, and sages hold hands and dance, “Amar Reb Akiva, Amar Reb Akiva…” Where is the king of the night, the great sage Rebi Shimon bar Yochai? He leaves the circle, he is shaking shuddering… Whoosh! At the entrance to Heaven, a clamour. Neshamos start to fly […]

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In Final Note, Meron Victim Inspires Hope and Positivity

In Final Note, Meron Victim Inspires Hope and Positivity

On the evening of Lag BaOmer, just a few hours before the tragic event that claimed his life, Rabbi Shimon Matlon shared an envelope with a friend, instructing him not to open it until Sunday. As night fell on Thursday, and Lag BaOmer spread its joyous light throughout Israel, Rabbi Shimon Matlon shared an envelope […]

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A Meron Tragedy 70 Years Ago and an Incredible Dream (3-Min. Rabbi Fischel Schachter Video)

A Meron Tragedy 70 Years Ago and an Incredible Dream (3-Min. Rabbi Fischel Schachter Video)

I’ll admit that when I first heard this unbelievable story on Friday, I was sceptical. But over the last few days, as I hear more and more heart-wrenching stories of the holy boys and men who were killed, Rabbi Schachter’s story has flipped the way I view what happened in a way that has been […]

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Lag BaOmer 2021: Emerging from Darkness (9-Min. Charlie Harary Video)

Lag BaOmer 2021: Emerging from Darkness (9-Min. Charlie Harary Video)

Such an empowering, inspiring message. Thank you, Charlie Harary!

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Secular Israelis Flood Blood Banks in Wake of Meron Tragedy

Secular Israelis Flood Blood Banks in Wake of Meron Tragedy

On Friday, dozens of secular Israelis waited over an hour and a half at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv to donate blood to the largely Charedi victims of the Meron tragedy. They were joined by hundreds of blood donors from around Israel who donated over 2000 pints of blood. The response was so quick and […]

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The Tragedy in Meron, and a Miracle Behind the Headlines (10-Min. Video)

The Tragedy in Meron, and a Miracle Behind the Headlines (10-Min. Video)

Rabbi Shimon Lavi, Police Commissioner Shimon Lavi, and a whisper of comfort from behind the Curtain this dark Lag BaOmer. Here’s the original shabbat shalom video I made hours before Lag BaOmer.  

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