Big Kids, Big Decisions

Big Kids, Big Decisions

I’m a newborn mother of adult children, 3 kids ages 18 and older. And it’s not always easy for me to navigate the new type of mothering that adult children demand. Regarding decision making, for example. My younger kids occasionally have big decisions in their lives. Like my 9th grader who had to choose a […]

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Tamar’s Miraculous 7th Blessing

Tamar’s Miraculous 7th Blessing

Last week, my husband read the ketubah at the wedding of his student Tamar, and this past Friday night we hosted sheva brachot for Tamar and her new husband Yossi Naveh. During the dinner, I was blown away by the story she shared with us about her 90-year-old grandfather, Yosef Hartman. Tamar’s Saba (grandfather) was […]

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Mom, Are We Having Fun Yet?

Mom, Are We Having Fun Yet?

This past Shabbat, a mother I know confided: “I’ve been feeling down about my life. I always dreamed of becoming a wife and a mother. But I’d always assumed that living the life of my dreams would actually feel good! I was reminded of that confused mother this morning when I heard the Hornosteipler Rebbetzin […]

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I am Not That Wife Yelling at Her Husband

I am Not That Wife Yelling at Her Husband

This morning I was so furious at one of my kids I could have screamed! And then, while walking Yoni to gan, I noticed an older woman in a car screaming at her husband (who barely seemed to notice. Poor guy, looked like he was used to it…) And that reminded me of something I’ve […]

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Lickety-Split Bar Mitzvah Miracles

Lickety-Split Bar Mitzvah Miracles

Yoel’s lickety-split aliya l’Torah this past Shabbat was beautiful. Yoel read his aliya nicely and we were all so happy to be able to celebrate afterward at a small kiddush with friends and neighbors. In my eyes, on the continuum between boy and man, this Shabbat seems to have moved Yoel a notch man-ward, b”H. […]

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Yoel’s Lickety-Split Bar Mitzvah

Yoel’s Lickety-Split Bar Mitzvah

Last August we reserved this coming Shabbat at the shul next door for Yoel’s bar mitzvah aliya l’Torah. Our first bar mitzvah after 4 bat mitzvahs. I’ve been dreaming about this event for years. Yoel being called up for his first aliya, reading from the Torah, and the celebratory kiddush with family and friends afterward. […]

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