Telling Mom’s Patients She’d Passed Away

Telling Mom’s Patients She’d Passed Away

My mom, Gladys Arak Freedman, passed away last Thursday, but that didn’t stop the regular bombardment of phone calls, faxes and Emails for Dr. Arak throughout her shiva. Many times a day the phone would ring as loud as an old mechanical alarm clock with incoming faxes or calls from patients. At first, before the […]

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A Granddaughter’s Eulogy for Mom

A Granddaughter’s Eulogy for Mom

This morning was my mom’s funeral, it was such a beautiful ceremony for such a beautiful person. One of the highlights, I thought, was the eulogy written by my 22-year-old daughter, Hadas, about going on a walk around the block with Savta. Here’s what she wrote: I have a strong memory of me and savta […]

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A Young Mother on the Verge of Panic

A Young Mother on the Verge of Panic

The young mom in front of me in the corner-store line this afternoon had a toddler on her hip and a baby in her stroller. She told the corner-store owner in a near-whisper that that morning he’d mistakenly charged her for garlic. The owner looked at the bill, trying to figure out what had happened, […]

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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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Self Care Tips for Mommy (2-Minute Elana-Mizrahi Video)

Self Care Tips for Mommy (2-Minute Elana-Mizrahi Video)

My friend, Elana Mizrahi, is a source of inspiration for so many moms, including me! This morning I woke up feeling so angry. But then I remembered this video, and did what Elana suggested, and it helped immensely. Go Elana! Sign up to receive her daily inspirational WhatsApps at: 972-53-429-3882

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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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