My Blessing for My Son, the Child of a Convert and a Baalat Teshuva

My Blessing for My Son, the Child of a Convert and a Baalat Teshuva

[Our 11-year-old Yaakov is going into junior-high school next year, and his rabbi asked for us parents to write blessings for our sons in preparation for this momentous transition. Here’s the blessing I wrote for Yaakov):To our dearest Yaakov,In the “Al HaTsadikim” prayer, all kinds of people are mentioned who are an inspiration, who are […]

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My New Book is (Almost) Born: Final Call for Dedications

My New Book is (Almost) Born: Final Call for Dedications

Hi all, Don’t miss this last chance to send in donations for dedications for our new book Blessings: A Shabbat Dinner Companion by Friday, May 24th. Please contact me at crjorders@gmail.com or +972523257827 for more info about a limited number of dedication opportunities. If you missed it, here’s my original post about why this book […]

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The Gabbait of the Kotel’s Reaction to My Post

The Gabbait of the Kotel’s Reaction to My Post

This morning at pilates class I saw Aviva for the first time since I posted about her. For those of you who missed it, last Friday I wrote about how this Yemenite woman in her 60s goes to the Kotel every weekday at 3 AM, and has been doing so for 30 years. The other […]

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My Daughter’s New Saying

My Daughter’s New Saying

My daughter Moriya is a national-service girl who travels all around Israel doing outward-bound type workshops with kids at risk. Often things don’t go exactly the way she planned. Often, in fact, things don’t go the way she planned AT ALL. So she made up a new saying, which she says to herself when things […]

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Mother of Hostage Accidentally Killed by IDF: “And then Yotam Had to Go”

Mother of Hostage Accidentally Killed by IDF: “And then Yotam Had to Go”

Iris Chaim’s comforting words to the IDF soldiers who accidentally killed her son left an entire nation in awe of this woman’s kind heart, her forgiveness, her greatness. I’m posting 2 videos here, the first is a remarkable short excerpt from the 6-minute interview conducted with Iris Chaim. This excerpt tells the story of a […]

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Hafrashat Challah for the Hostages at the Western Wall

Hafrashat Challah for the Hostages at the Western Wall

Last night I was at the Kotel when a young woman carrying a pot called out, “Hafrashat Challah for the Hostages!” Before long this young woman, whom I later found out is named Nili Grutman-Eshet, was surrounded by around 30 women prepared to respond Amen to her heartfelt prayer to release each hostage. Afterward Nili […]

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