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3 Life-Changing Sentences (3-Minute Rabbi Fanger Video)

Posted by on Dec 3, 2020 in Featured, Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 1 comment

3 Life-Changing Sentences (3-Minute Rabbi Fanger Video)

As a special project for the elevation of Mom’s soul, welcome to “Mom’s Corner,” which will be be a new regular feature on JewishMOM.com. Mom’s Corner will include posts promoting happiness and wellbeing, which were things Mom considered so crucial she dedicated her professional life to them. https://jewishmom.com/wp-content/uploads/Three-life-changing-sentences.mp4

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Mom’s Grit

Posted by on Dec 3, 2020 in Featured, Inspiration, Jewish Moms | 5 comments

Mom’s Grit

We’ve all heard of IQ, but last night a friend introduced me to the concept AQ–Adversity Quotient, meaning a person’s ability to deal with adversity in life. And that, I think, is something my Mom had in abundance. On the surface, it might have appeared from the outside that Mom had everything going for her. A strong marriage and connection with her 3 children and grandchildren as well as a deeply fulfilling and successful career. But underneath the surface, Mom’s life had been riddled with hardship. Mom’s only...

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Sorra Landau: Midwife and Chevra Kadisha Member

Posted by on Dec 1, 2020 in Featured, Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 6 comments

Sorra Landau: Midwife and Chevra Kadisha Member

Today I realized that the 1 month anniversary of Mom’s death falls on Yoni’s 6th birthday, the 18th of Kislev. Which reminded me of an unexpected call I received this week from Sorra Landau, a midwife I’ve known for over 20 years. Sorra called in response to my recent posts about Mom’s passing in order to share something I never knew about her: in addition to being a midwife she’s also been a Chevra Kadisha member, preparing bodies for burial, for the past 45 years. Sorra told me how she, at the age of 25, had...

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After Mom Died, What’s Left?

Posted by on Nov 30, 2020 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 5 comments

After Mom Died, What’s Left?

I spent this morning and early afternoon downtown running 3-weeks worth of errands that I hadn’t been able to do since mom died. I remember when I was pregnant, how I would notice all the other pregnant women walking down the street. And I experienced something similar today during my errands, but the people I noticed were the middle-aged women walking down the street with their turtle-paced elderly mothers. Seeing those mother-daughter duos filled me with longing so intense that I felt an actual twinge in my gut. I felt a similar gut...

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A Divine Nod at Mom’s Burial

Posted by on Nov 29, 2020 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 3 comments

A Divine Nod at Mom’s Burial

Mom loved reading the weekly parsha. And she wasn’t one of those fair-weather parsha readers, sticking it out through Bereishit and Shmot and then fizzling out. No, not Mom. She read every week. Through the sacrifices. And the construction of the tabernacle. And the countings of the Jewish people. And the stations in the desert. Without fail. The Menorat HaMeor tells the story of a man who studied the Talmudic tractate Hagiga over and over, with tremendous dedication. That was the only tractate he ever learned, but he knew it by heart....

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I Haven’t Left My House for 11 Days

Posted by on Nov 26, 2020 in Current Events, Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 9 comments

I Haven’t Left My House for 11 Days

3 weeks ago Mom died, and 11 days ago I came back home to Israel. That means I’m quarantined, not allowed to leave my home for at least one more day, depending on whether the corona test I did today comes out negative. It is no fun losing your mom, and it’s no fun either being stuck afterward in your home for 2 weeks. But there is at least one positive thing I’m getting out of not being able to go anywhere or see anybody (aside, of course, from the fact that I’m exempt from all errands as well as 8 AM gan drop off,...

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Not Simple

Posted by on Nov 26, 2020 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 4 comments

Not Simple

I’ve received so many beautiful, touching condolence notes since Mom passed away earlier this month. But today I received one that moved me to tears, from a neighbor who never even met my mom. In a text message which simultaneously said so little but yet managed to express everything, she wrote: “שולחת חיבוק. לא פשוט כשאמא הולכת” “I’m sending you a hug. It’s not simple when Mommy goes...

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The Lost Photo of Mom and Me

Posted by on Nov 24, 2020 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 6 comments

The Lost Photo of Mom and Me

This summer, my cousin sent me this long-lost photo of mom holding me as a baby. Looking at this photo moved me deeply then, and breaks my heart now. Since nobody will ever love me as completely, as unconditionally, as a mother loves her child.

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Mom’s Funeral and My Broken Necklace

Posted by on Nov 23, 2020 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 6 comments

Mom’s Funeral and My Broken Necklace

Before mom died, I had been feeling for a few weeks like the world was random. That everything’s up for grabs. But after mom died, it was suddenly eminently clear to me that Hashem runs the world. So many otherwise inexplicable things were taking place, how could it be otherwise? For example, at mom’s funeral, at the exact moment the woman from the Chevra Kadisha tore kriya with me, my necklace with the silver tree of life pendant, which I’d been wearing for years, suddenly snapped and fell to the ground. I told the woman...

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The Book on Mom’s Bedside Table when She Died

Posted by on Nov 22, 2020 in Inspiration, Israel, Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 9 comments

The Book on Mom’s Bedside Table when She Died

My mom’s sweetest childhood memories and her dearest lifelong friends came from her Zionist youth group–HaNoar HaTsioni. But by the time I was growing up, that wasn’t a side I saw so much of mom. I don’t remember Israel being a topic of conversation or much interest. But when I made aliya, all of a sudden I saw a side of mom (or possibly it reawakened a side of my mom) from her teenage years and early adulthood which I’d never seen before. Back then, I found out, she’d been passionate about Israeli dancing,...

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