Ghost of Motherhood Future

Ghost of Motherhood Future

I have little kids and kids so big they are young adults. If you still only have little kids I want to prepare you for something that will probably happen one day. One day your teenage or young-adult child, instead of thanking you for how hard you worked to care for them when they were […]

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My Home is My Heart

My Home is My Heart

I watched this video earlier today, and ended up singing this catchy song all day. It’s a good reminder of what’s important in life, of how blessed we are to be mothers. Full disclosure, I edited out part of the video’s message, just leaving my favorite part! Does anyone recognize who this singer is? Would […]

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How to Negotiate with Your Child by Amit and Nadav Naveh

How to Negotiate with Your Child by Amit and Nadav Naveh

Another familiar parenting scenario from this gifted father-son comedy team.

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In Jerusalem, Fruits and Veggies Left Out and Nobody Steals

In Jerusalem, Fruits and Veggies Left Out and Nobody Steals

Tonight, as I often do, I went on a long walk through Jerusalem’s religious neighborhoods. And again I noticed something that awes me every time I see it. In these neighborhoods it is standard practice for grocery stores to leave out 1000s of dollars of fresh produce at night, even over an entire Shabbat. Thousands […]

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The Spiritual Secrets of Formula 409 Cleaning Spray by Reb. Shira Smiles

The Spiritual Secrets of Formula 409 Cleaning Spray by Reb. Shira Smiles

Reflecting on the 2 spiritual highlights of her year, Reb. Smiles mentions the Chofetz Chaim and discovering 409 Cleaning Spray at an Israeli supermarket. Reb. Smiles’ powerful message is giving me chizuk RIGHT NOW! You failed once? Twice? 408 times? Don’t give up! Shabbat Shalom!:)  

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An Ordinary Extraordinary Shabbat

An Ordinary Extraordinary Shabbat

Last Friday evening we hosted the extended family of a bar mitzvah boy from LA. 18 people in all. Grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles and cousins. On Friday afternoon the family’s tour guide called to convey an urgent request: the group members are very strict about not eating pork. Could we please refrain from including […]

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The Shehechiyanu Heard Round the World

The Shehechiyanu Heard Round the World

Earlier today, a young man who is very, very dear to my family stood underneath a chuppah with his new bride. This wedding is taking place in Avnei Hefetz, in the northwestern corner of the Shomron. The kind of place Israelis refer to as “the end of the World, turn left.” But when I heard […]

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The 2 Foundations of Marriage: Love and Washing Dishes

The 2 Foundations of Marriage: Love and Washing Dishes

I’m writing this from the wedding of Hovav and Hallel, the couple that my daughter set up. Wow! Do I love being the mother of the shadchanit! It adds such a special rush of excitement to an already amazing simcha! I wanted to share a highlight from the beautiful chuppah, Hallel and Hovav glowing, the […]

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Biometric Passports and Covering Our Eyes During Shema by Reb. Shira Smiles

Biometric Passports and Covering Our Eyes During Shema by Reb. Shira Smiles

There’s only one Hashem, and there’s only one you.

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When Your Child Wants to Play Monopoly by Amit and Nadav Naveh

When Your Child Wants to Play Monopoly by Amit and Nadav Naveh

In honor of Father’s Day, another highly relatable video from this hilarious father-son duo.

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