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Coming Home from Georgia to Jerusalem

Posted by on Sep 27, 2021 in Featured, Inspiration, My life | 0 comments

Coming Home from Georgia to Jerusalem

When I was in Georgia last week, Hadas and I tried to learn some Georgian words. But it wasn’t easy! Georgian shares no connection with any other language outside of Georgia and the words tend to be long and difficult to pronounce, with long uninterrupted strings of consonants with nary a vowel in sight. For example, the river that runs through Tbililsi is called the MTKVARI. Even the word for “Hello” is the 4-syllable mouthful “GMARJOBA.” So Hadas and I only managed to memorize a few words: where, what, why,...

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Reb Shlomo Zalman Auerbach’s Happiness Recipe

Posted by on Sep 25, 2021 in Featured, Inspiration | 0 comments

Reb Shlomo Zalman Auerbach’s Happiness Recipe

Shavua tov and Chag Sameach!!

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The Greatest Joy by Charlie Harary

Posted by on Sep 24, 2021 in Featured, Inspiration, Inspirational Videos | 1 comment

The Greatest Joy by Charlie Harary

Shabbat shalom and Chag Sameach!  

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I Love/Hate/Feel Guilty about Succot

Posted by on Sep 23, 2021 in Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 5 comments

I Love/Hate/Feel Guilty about Succot

I Love/Hate/Feel Guilty about Succot Reflections on holiday ambivalence from faraway Tbilisi, Georgia.

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A Muslim, a Hindu, a Christian and an Orthodox Jew Walk into a Bar

Posted by on Sep 20, 2021 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms | 6 comments

A Muslim, a Hindu, a Christian and an Orthodox Jew Walk into a Bar

Well, it wasn’t a bar. But yesterday my daughter Hadas and I found ourselves sitting around a table enjoying the company of 2 headscarved Egyptian Muslims, an Indian Hindu Brahman, and a Filipino Christian man working as a nurse in Saudi Arabia. We had all signed up for the same group tour of Georgia’s wine region. And while I don’t think any matchmaker of right mind would have put us together, by the end of our 12-hour tour we were exchanging WhatAapp numbers, taking group selfies, and promising guided tours if our new friends ever...

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Hashem’s Hug

Posted by on Sep 19, 2021 in Inspiration, Inspirational Videos | 2 comments

Hashem’s Hug

Hashem’s Hug

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Why the Soldier’s Face was Shining all Succot as told by Rabbi Fischel Schachter

Posted by on Sep 19, 2021 in Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, My life | 1 comment

Why the Soldier’s Face was Shining all Succot as told by Rabbi Fischel Schachter

When I heard this, it brought tears to my eyes cause it filled me with such yearning for the intensity of joy when I sit in my own Succah that that Czarist soldier felt so many years ago. It also makes me wonder about the experiences of my own great-great grandfather, Matvei, who was a Cantonist like the hero of this story. Something interesting: I’m named after Matvei’s daughter, Jenny. And my father was named Matthew after Matvei (Russian for Matthew). So just like my great grandmother I’m Jenny the daughter of Matthew....

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Shabbat shalom from Tbilisi!!🇬🇪✡️

Posted by on Sep 17, 2021 in Current Events | 1 comment

Shabbat shalom from Tbilisi!!🇬🇪✡️

Shabbat shalom from Tbilisi!!🇬🇪✡️ https://jewishmom.com/wp-content/uploads/IMG_4800.mp4

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Visiting My Uncle in the ICU by Adi Bitter

Posted by on Sep 17, 2021 in Inspiration | 1 comment

Visiting My Uncle in the ICU by Adi Bitter

My uncle has been intubated and sedated in the ICU since last Friday. He does not have a wife or children, and my mother, his only sibling, lives in NY and isn’t able to be here now as she was diagnosed with COVID on Erev Rosh Hashana (and is B”H feeling good.) My brother and I who live here in Israel have been spending a lot of time with him. Just this morning, I went to the court house to process the legal documents that would allow me to sign in the need of emergency medical procedures, which I was told to do asap as it was expected to...

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