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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Breathe In, Breathe Out

Breathe In, Breathe Out

For a few days I’ve been having a hard time breathing, like there’s a 70’s-style file cabinet sitting inside my chest, on top of my lungs. I keep on trying to visualize that I’m pulling that file cabinet out of my chest, and I can breathe freely for maybe a minute. But then, before I […]

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Mourning Fallen IDF Major Yakir Hexter

Mourning Fallen IDF Major Yakir Hexter

When our firstborn, Hadas, was just a few months old I became friendly with a mother from my neighborhood named Chaya. One Shabbat, we joined Chaya and her husband, Josh, for Shabbat lunch. At that time, Chaya’s firstborn, Yakir, was around 10 months old, which made her, in my eyes, a Very Experienced Mother. I […]

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