A Husband and a Wife Look Back on a Year

A Husband and a Wife Look Back on a Year

A famous writer was in his study. He picked up his pen and began writing: ** This past year, my gall bladder was removed. I was stuck in bed due to this surgery for a long time. ** The same year I reached the age of 60 and had to give up my favorite job. […]

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What WhatsApp Moms and Amish Men Have in Common

What WhatsApp Moms and Amish Men Have in Common

Israeli kids ages 6 and under were finally allowed to return to gan/daycare today after a month of lockdown. I felt so happy and relieved to see Yoni this morning sitting again among the circle of boys around his teacher, playing a game to relearn each others’ long-forgotten names. Which caused my mind to float […]

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I’ve Lost Control Over My Kids’ Screen Time

I’ve Lost Control Over My Kids’ Screen Time

Pre-corona, screen time wasn’t even an issue for us Weisbergs. My kids left for school in the early AM, came home mid-PM, leaving precious few hours to play, eat, and fight until their pre-bedtime video time followed by (yahoo!) bedtime. But now, under lockdown, screen time is THE issue for us Weisbergs. From the moment […]

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Small Joys, Simple Family by Akiva

Small Joys, Simple Family by Akiva

I find this exquisite tribute to family by popular Israeli singer, Akiva Turjeman, to be extremely moving. Especially now that lockdown has whittled down life to its simplest elements–family, kids, home–this song helps me reframe lockdown from Ugg! to Ahh! Before Rosh Hashana, this song was ranked the 24th most popular Israeli song of the […]

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A Surprising Treat for Yoni (and Me)

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Are Jewish Women 2nd Class Citizens? (8-Minute Rabbi YY Jacobson Video)

Are Jewish Women 2nd Class Citizens? (8-Minute Rabbi YY Jacobson Video)

In this deeply-inspiring clip, Rabbi YY Jacobson reflects on the funeral of his 94-year-old grandmother and the central and leading role Jewish women have played from Torah times until today.

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Succot 2020 Memes

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Who Was the Child at that Legendary Simchat Torah after the Shoah? (2-Minute Moving Video)

Who Was the Child at that Legendary Simchat Torah after the Shoah? (2-Minute Moving Video)

In this extremely powerful video, Anti-Defamation League director Abe Foxman remembers how a Russian Jewish officer was so excited to see him, the first living Jewish child he had seen after 1000s of miles of travel, that he lifted him up on that first Simchat Torah after the Shoah like a sefer Torah. In this […]

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The Taxi Driver’s Remarkable Kindness to My Daughter

The Taxi Driver’s Remarkable Kindness to My Daughter

Yesterday my daughter went to Tel Aviv for an appointment. But when she got to the train station at 8:05 PM to come back to Jerusalem, she discovered that because of the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown, all public transportation had already stopped at 8. My daughter didn’t have any cash with her, only her public-transportation card […]

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Why the Soldier’s Face was Shining all Succot as told by Rabbi Fischel Schachter

Why the Soldier’s Face was Shining all Succot as told by Rabbi Fischel Schachter

When I heard this, it brought tears to my eyes cause it filled me with such yearning for the intensity of joy when I sit in my own Succah that that Czarist soldier felt so many years ago.

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