My Upside-Down House

My Upside-Down House

One of my favorite things about our new house is that my daughter, Hallel, made some beautiful hand-painted tiles which we put up all over the kitchen and upstairs bathroom.

My five-year-old Tsofia also painted her own tile, which the builders glued onto the back wall of our house. But, I guess, the builders didn’t recognize that what she painted was a house, so they glued it onto the wall upside down.

upside down house

First time I saw that, I thought it made sense. Since our home is generally quite upside down.

But one of my teenage daughters (who prefers to remain nameless) suggested another interpretation.

In the Gemara, she reminded me, there is a story about a man who rose up to Heaven and when he returned to this world he reported that in Heaven he had seen an upside-down world–everyone who is on top down here is at the bottom up there. And visa versa.

In this world, who is on top? Hollywood stars. Football quarterbacks. Billionaires. Politicians.

And in the next world, who is on top?

Among others, all of us JewishMOMs who did our best to raise our children and serve Hashem…

In our upside-down houses.



  1. Fantastic 🙂

  2. Love this! Thank you.
    You and your children are very talented.

  3. 🙂
    Its very pretty

  4. love this!

  5. Ayalah Haas

    THANK YOU for this! It is an especially important lesson for Chanukah, when you consider the values of ancient Greece (modern-day Western world) contrasted with eternal Jewish values. Talk about upside-down! Hurray for Jewish moms!

  6. thank you for sharing another piece of inspiration!

  7. So true and inspiring. Just if your daughter gets upset I suppose you can give her the thrill of helping her do a headstand on the counter to view her tile! (where did you find the cool photo?) How insightful of your daughter to share what she learned in the appropriate situation.

    • if you google upside down houses there are tons of photos, looks like these houses actually exist!

  8. Wow, great info, thank you so much!

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