The Riots: Keeping Sane in an Insane World (1-Minute Rabbi Fischel Schachter Video)

The Riots: Keeping Sane in an Insane World (1-Minute Rabbi Fischel Schachter Video) Read More

The I Accept Song (4-Minutes)

A friend shared this song with me a few weeks ago, and whenever I listen to it, it gives me a powerful push to say “I accept” too. I wasn’t able to figure out who the singer is, please share in the comments if you recognize. KOL ISHA

Read More

Mom, Are We Having Fun Yet?

Mom, Are We Having Fun Yet?

This past Shabbat, a mother I know confided: “I’ve been feeling down about my life. I always dreamed of becoming a wife and a mother. But I’d always assumed that living the life of my dreams would actually feel good! I was reminded of that confused mother this morning when I heard the Hornosteipler Rebbetzin […]

Read More

Hours After the Rosh Yeshiva’s Home Burned Down, Here’s What He Told His Community (6-Minute Audio)

Hours After the Rosh Yeshiva’s Home Burned Down, Here’s What He Told His Community (6-Minute Audio)

Last Thursday night, the Jewish community of Johannesberg was rocked by news of a fire that had burned down the home of rosh yeshiva and community Rabbi Yechezkel and Rebbetzin Hadassah Auerbach. Early the following morning Rabbi Yechezkel shared these deeply inspiring reflections.

Read More

I am Not That Wife Yelling at Her Husband

I am Not That Wife Yelling at Her Husband

This morning I was so furious at one of my kids I could have screamed! And then, while walking Yoni to gan, I noticed an older woman in a car screaming at her husband (who barely seemed to notice. Poor guy, looked like he was used to it…) And that reminded me of something I’ve […]

Read More

A Fire Destroyed the Home of my Family and the Heart of our Community by Breindy Klawanksy

A Fire Destroyed the Home of my Family and the Heart of our Community by Breindy Klawanksy

[This past Thursday, a gas-heater explosion burned down the family home of Johannesburg community rabbi and Rosh Kollel, Rabbi Yechezkel and Rebbetzin Hadassah Auerbach. B”H, there were no injuries. In this poem, daughter Breindy reminisces about what their home meant to the Auerbach’s 10 children and to their entire community]. I’m mourning for the walls. […]

Read More

Lickety-Split Bar Mitzvah Miracles

Lickety-Split Bar Mitzvah Miracles

Yoel’s lickety-split aliya l’Torah this past Shabbat was beautiful. Yoel read his aliya nicely and we were all so happy to be able to celebrate afterward at a small kiddush with friends and neighbors. In my eyes, on the continuum between boy and man, this Shabbat seems to have moved Yoel a notch man-ward, b”H. […]

Read More

Never Give Up! (2-Minute Inspirational Video)

These ducks gave me chizuk!

Read More

Yoel’s Lickety-Split Bar Mitzvah

Yoel’s Lickety-Split Bar Mitzvah

Last August we reserved this coming Shabbat at the shul next door for Yoel’s bar mitzvah aliya l’Torah. Our first bar mitzvah after 4 bat mitzvahs. I’ve been dreaming about this event for years. Yoel being called up for his first aliya, reading from the Torah, and the celebratory kiddush with family and friends afterward. […]

Read More

The 1st Things I Did After My Husband was Put on Unpaid Leave

The 1st Things I Did After My Husband was Put on Unpaid Leave

My husband has been receiving a salary from the same institution for 21 years. Until the outbreak of the coronavirus, when he joined tens of millions of other people on involuntary unpaid leave. Over the course of those 21 years, his salary was deposited every single month, without fail. And all of a sudden, it […]

Read More