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Saba Hananya by Hanan ben Ari

Posted by on Jul 11, 2022 in Inspiration, Inspirational Videos, Israel | 0 comments

Saba Hananya by Hanan ben Ari

Hanan ben Ari’s tribute to his late grandfather and role model, an Afghani-born tea-seller with rock-solid emuna and unshakeable values. https://jewishmom.com/wp-content/uploads/292791531_364829572445512_3553993582541869873_n.mp4

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Stealing the Purple Suitcase by Reb. Shira Smiles

Posted by on Jul 10, 2022 in Inspiration, Jewish Moms | 2 comments

Stealing the Purple Suitcase by Reb. Shira Smiles

When her children were small, Reb. Smiles would joke with them at baggage claim about stealing the suitcase that was purple, her favorite color. An inspiring lesson about embracing our own “suitcase” in life.

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Until Hashem Opens the Door

Posted by on Jul 9, 2022 in Inspiration | 1 comment

Until Hashem Opens the Door

I need to remember this right now! Shavua...

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An Empty-Nester Reminisces about her Once Full House by Cheryl Kupfer

Posted by on Jul 8, 2022 in Current Events, My life | 0 comments

An Empty-Nester Reminisces about her Once Full House by Cheryl Kupfer

This is the Shabbat before Tsofia’s bat mitzvah. All my kids will be home and we b”H have family that flew in from America for the Big Event. Ours will be a very full house. If I feel myself getting overwhelmed I’ll remember this poignant piece from the Jewish Press. And remember the blessing of a still full-house Shabbat...

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My Teenage Son and the Hedgehog

Posted by on Jul 7, 2022 in Current Events, Motherhood, My life | 4 comments

My Teenage Son and the Hedgehog

This morning at 7:15 AM, while getting my 2 little boys ready to head out for the school bus, my 7-year-old Yoni came into the house from checking the front porch for magazines and declared, “Eema, there’s a hedgehog in the bucket.” “Yoni, did you just say there’s a hedgehog in the bucket?” Yoni nodded and took me outside to see the new occupant of our neon-green sponja bucket. A hedgehog, sound asleep. And at that exact moment my 15-year old son came galloping down the stairs. Unlike his younger brothers,...

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Aiden in My Heart

Posted by on Jul 6, 2022 in Current Events | 1 comment

Aiden in My Heart

News reports of a 2-year-old boy found wandering around in the aftermath of the July 4th attack, looking for his parents, stained with blood, moved me to tears this morning. Tragically, it was discovered later that his parents, Kevin and Irina McCarthy, had been murdered along with 5 other innocent victims. This boy triggered painful memories, for me, of other orphans of murdered parents. The surviving 3 children of Ruti and Udi Fogel HY”D, Tamar. The 4 children of Rav Eitam and Naama Henkin HY”D. Traumatized children raised by...

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Mourning Jewish Mom, Jacki Sundheim: July 4th Shooting Victim

Posted by on Jul 5, 2022 in Current Events, Jewish Moms | 0 comments

Mourning Jewish Mom, Jacki Sundheim: July 4th Shooting Victim

This past Shabbat we bonded over kugel and cholent with a wonderful group from a Chicago synagogue, not far Highland Park and from the congregation where Jacki Sundheim A”H spent decades as a devoted employee, volunteer, and member. Maybe that experience combined with reading about Jacki and what a committed Jew and a giving, loving woman she was, is making me feel especially sad and moved in the wake of her senseless, tragic murder. Jacki’s synagogue released the following statement following yesterday’s shocking events:...

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Bone Tired

Posted by on Jul 3, 2022 in Jewish Moms, Motherhood, My life | 0 comments

Bone Tired

We hosted 3 groups this past Shabbat totalling 50 people. I met so many lovely people and I truly enjoyed every minute of it. Except for one thing. I couldn’t find any cleaning help except for a 13-year-old boy who was super motivated. But that didn’t change the fact that he was still a 13-year- old boy. Which meant I was up until 1:30 AM Friday night rewashing dishes. And I’d been up til 2:30 AM Thursday night cooking. By Shabbat afternoon, on the 10 minute walk home from visiting a friend, I seriously considered finding a...

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Living with Rebbi by Rabbi Yoel Gold

Posted by on Jul 2, 2022 in Current Events, Inspiration | 1 comment

Living with Rebbi by Rabbi Yoel Gold

An interview with the widow of Rabbi Dovid Trenk about her late husband, the legendary educator at a yeshiva for boys who had often already been rejected from everywhere else (I was surprised to find out that Rabbi Yoel Gold, director of videos that have inspired millions, had been one of his students as a struggling teenager). The stories of Rabbi Trenk’s transformational unconditional love for his students (and everyone else) are stunning. Enjoy and shavua...

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