My Daughter’s Surprising Blood Test

My Daughter’s Surprising Blood Test

This morning my oldest daughter, 22-year-old Hadas, had to do a blood test. Hadas is a courageous young woman. Unusually so. That is, usually she is. But her courage dashes for cover when needles and blood enter the picture. Hadas had been dreading this blood test for weeks. And early this morning, on her way […]

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Not Doing Teshuva this Year

Not Doing Teshuva this Year

Yoni’s kindergarten teacher sent out an exercise video she’d made for our boys to use during lockdown. I told Yoni: “The ganenet sent you exercises to do! How fun!” as I handed him my phone. But instead of doing the exercises himself, a few minutes later I found Yoni lying down flat on the sofa, […]

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COVID COVID Rosh Hashana

COVID COVID Rosh Hashana

This Rosh Hashana, praying behind a mask in a tiny, socially-distanced minyan in my daughter’s schoolyard, it was so eminently clear to me. God runs everything! If He so desires, He can bring down human society as we know knew it with a virus so small that 100 million could fit on a single pinhead. […]

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Write Your Way Home

Write Your Way Home

I’m a huge fan of Yocheved Rottenberg’s therapeutic writing classes, of which I’ve taken several over the last 2 years. When I’m feeling upset or confused or down then her innovative writing techniques help me get to the root of what’s bothering me. As Yocheved puts it “Therapeutic writing can be your best therapist.” I […]

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The Widow Who Blamed Herself for her Husband’s Death (3-Minute Rabbi Fischel Schachter Story)

The Widow Who Blamed Herself for her Husband’s Death (3-Minute Rabbi Fischel Schachter Story)

This past Thursday, I ran around for hours, taking care of my kids who are home because of Israel’s nationwide lockdown, and serving as personal waitress to my 10-year-old daughter who is quarantined in her room because her classmate has COVID. And trying to finalize our Rosh Hashana menu and shopping list and sort through […]

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