Live Like Cholent by Rabbi Fischel Schachte

Live Like Cholent by Rabbi Fischel Schachte

I think this is brilliant! Happy Tu b’Av and Shabbat Shalom

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Happily Ever After?

Happily Ever After?

I apologize for posting this ironic New-Yorker cartoon on the most romantic day of the Jewish year, Tu b’Av, but it reminded me of something important thing I heard a few years ago which completely switched how I think about marrying off children. My friend asked an older mom how you know a child is […]

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The 5 by 5 Rule

The 5 by 5 Rule

A good reminder especially on these long August days with the house full of kids.

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Babies Dancing to Rebbe Video

Babies Dancing to Rebbe Video

So sweet  

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Why the Convert Chose Judaism by Reb. Raquel Kirzenbaum

Why the Convert Chose Judaism by Reb. Raquel Kirzenbaum

When this convert learned the halacha related to putting on shoes, he knew he wanted Judaism in his life.

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“In 4 Minutes We Will Drop a Warning Bomb”: A Remarkable Conversation between Israeli Forces and a Gaza Resident before Attack (Ynet)

“In 4 Minutes We Will Drop a Warning Bomb”: A Remarkable Conversation between Israeli Forces and a Gaza Resident before Attack (Ynet)

[I was so deeply moved by this year’s Tisha b’Av movie by Rabbi Yoel Gold (at http://hashkifa.com) telling the stories of Jews who, through their undying commitment to Jewish values and ethics, uplift all of human society. That is exactly what I thought of when I read this article about how the IDF is going […]

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Tisha b’Av Under Fire

Tisha b’Av Under Fire

I wasn’t really in the 9-days mode these 9 days. I was more in summer-vacation, when can-I-take-the-kids-swimming-again mode. And then on Friday morning my 20-year-old daughter got an urgent call to get to her Air-Force base ASAP. So I quickly gathered up all the food in our kitchen that could pass for Shabbat food, called […]

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*Important re This Shabbat!”

*Important re This Shabbat!”

*This Shabbos, Shabbos Chazon (the Shabbos before Tisha b’Av), is the holiest of holy Shabbosim of the year. Again, I repeat — the GREATEST — of the YEAR!* It is greater than Shabbos Shuva. Greater than Shabbos haGadol. Greater than Shabbos that falls on Rosh Hashana. The Chozeh of Lublin says that Shabbos Chazon from […]

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Zion Performed by Yonina

Zion Performed by Yonina

A song about yearning to yearn for Zion, for Jerusalem and the Temple and closeness with Hashem. A song to carry us into Tisha b’Av.

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What Every Mother Needs to Know about This Year’s Delayed Tisha B’Av Fast by Rabbi Da’vid Sperling

What Every Mother Needs to Know about This Year’s Delayed Tisha B’Av Fast by Rabbi Da’vid Sperling

This year the fast of Tisha BaÁv falls out on Shabbat, and is postponed until Sunday. So here are a few laws – especially for mothers. WHO NEEDS TO FAST THIS YEAR Because this year, the fast is pushed off, we are more lenient than in most years about who is allowed to eat on […]

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