Election Tension and Rain Boots

Election Tension and Rain Boots

At 7:10 this morning, feeling around the jacket hooks for an umbrella, I realized that, shoot, instead of getting to the things I’d hoped to get to today, I needed to get out all our winter stuff ASAP. And then…I had one of those moments. You know what I mean, when you wake up and […]

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The Corona-Homeschooling Blues

The Corona-Homeschooling Blues

I’ve got the Cheshvan/Corona-Homeschooling blues. The inspired flames of teshuva that burned so bright in Elul and Tishrei have been completely snuffed out. Poof! When I read over the ambitious list I wrote up before Rosh Hashana to upgrade every area of my life, I’m like: “Did I actually, seriously write all these? Cause right […]

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Remembering Shifra Yehudit A”H

Remembering Shifra Yehudit A”H

I moved to a new neighborhood 5 years ago, and whenever I have to visit my old neighborhood, as I did this morning, something happens repeatedly that repeatedly scares me. I see people who’ve, over the last 5 years, grown old. Black hair replaced with gray. Smooth skin replaced with wrinkles. For me, since I […]

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What WhatsApp Moms and Amish Men Have in Common

What WhatsApp Moms and Amish Men Have in Common

Israeli kids ages 6 and under were finally allowed to return to gan/daycare today after a month of lockdown. I felt so happy and relieved to see Yoni this morning sitting again among the circle of boys around his teacher, playing a game to relearn each others’ long-forgotten names. Which caused my mind to float […]

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I’ve Lost Control Over My Kids’ Screen Time

I’ve Lost Control Over My Kids’ Screen Time

Pre-corona, screen time wasn’t even an issue for us Weisbergs. My kids left for school in the early AM, came home mid-PM, leaving precious few hours to play, eat, and fight until their pre-bedtime video time followed by (yahoo!) bedtime. But now, under lockdown, screen time is THE issue for us Weisbergs. From the moment […]

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Small Joys, Simple Family by Akiva

Small Joys, Simple Family by Akiva

I find this exquisite tribute to family by popular Israeli singer, Akiva Turjeman, to be extremely moving. Especially now that lockdown has whittled down life to its simplest elements–family, kids, home–this song helps me reframe lockdown from Ugg! to Ahh! Before Rosh Hashana, this song was ranked the 24th most popular Israeli song of the […]

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