A Wise Mother’s Response to My Compliment

A Wise Mother’s Response to My Compliment

Earlier today, I complimented the mother of a large family on the fact that she and her husband had succeeded in raising such a remarkable adult son. The mother responded, “It’s not that we succeeded in raising him, it’s that we succeeded in not holding him back from growing up into the person he is.😉” […]

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Yoni’s 3rd Shabbat Shirt

Yoni’s 3rd Shabbat Shirt

My 8-year-old Yoni enjoyed Shabbat Chol HaMoed. His shirts, less so

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Chana Jenny, Why Do You Really Cover Your Hair?

Chana Jenny, Why Do You Really Cover Your Hair?

Last Friday night we hosted 38 Australian tourists. As usual, after we served the soup, my husband announced “If you have any questions you’ve ever wanted to ask an Orthodox rabbi, fire away. I’ve got all night.” Their first question was the most common question he gets asked, “Could you please tell us about those […]

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Rabbi Jonathan Sacks and Mom A”H

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks and Mom A”H

I’ve been an admirer of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks for years, but I’ve felt a special connection with him and his writings since he was buried the same day as my Mom almost 2 years ago. Before she passed away from a stroke at the age of 77, Mom had been a devoted reader of the […]

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The Closely-Guarded Secret to 2nd Grade Success

The Closely-Guarded Secret to 2nd Grade Success

I just came home from my 8th and final parent-teacher orientation for second grade. At the meeting (which I already heard a few years ago when my oldest son had the same rabbi and teacher that my youngest has now) I was computing how old I was when I attended my very first parent-teacher orientation […]

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The Phone Call From an Angry Teacher

The Phone Call From an Angry Teacher

The blessing of getting criticized for a child’s misbehavior in the month of Elul    

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