The Classmates that Didn’t Stop Davening for the Weinbergers for 3 Decades

The Classmates that Didn’t Stop Davening for the Weinbergers for 3 Decades

[After I heard the incredible story about Rabbi Fischel and Chaya Gitty Weinberger having their first child after 34 years of marriage (this photo is from the bris for their baby, Alter Yitzchok Eizik) I tried to figure out how to set up an interview with Mrs. Weinberger. So I contacted Ruchy, a long-time JewishMom.com […]

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Mazal Tov to Sharon and Herzl HaLevy, Israel’s New Chief of Staff

Mazal Tov to Sharon and Herzl HaLevy, Israel’s New Chief of Staff

Mazal tov to the IDF’s new Chief of Staff, Herzl HaLevy, and (as seen looking over the Kotel’s mehitza at yesterday’s swearing-in ceremony) his wife Sharon. The new Chief of Staff is the grandson of Rav Avraham Yitzhak Kook’s sister, Tzila. I loved reading in YNet about HaLevy’s first command position, as assistant commander of […]

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Enough Quality-Time Guilt! by Parenting Expert Ziva Meir*

Enough Quality-Time Guilt! by Parenting Expert Ziva Meir*

So many mothers feel guilty about not spending enough quality time with their children. But who decides what’s quality time? Is it going out with one kid? Sitting in a coffee shop? Going to the amusement park? I’m in no way belittling the importance of quality time. But at the end of the day, the […]

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What You Feel vs What Your Child Feels

What You Feel vs What Your Child Feels
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Getting Older by Anonymous

Getting Older by Anonymous

My mother always said getting older was a privilege denied to many. To all of my female friends from 50 years and up… many of us are going through a challenging phase of our lives. We’re at that age where we see wrinkles, gray hair, and extra pounds. We’ve run households, had careers, raised families, […]

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The Silence of My Daughters’ Teacher

The Silence of My Daughters’ Teacher

This morning I attended an event at my daughter’s school. Among the moms in attendance was a woman who taught my older daughters in elementary school, who was a formative figure in their young lives. In fact, looking back, I think this teacher had a bigger impact on my oldest daughter than any other teacher […]

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The Ghost of Motherhood Future (continued)

The Ghost of Motherhood Future (continued)

A few weeks ago, on the plane home from Budapest, I found myself sitting right in front of a young couple. Maybe half an hour before landing, two flight attendants came over and stood in an anxious huddle in the aisle by the wife. And then the announcement, “If there’s a doctor on board, please…” […]

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The Day Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’ Kippah Blew Off by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

The Day Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’ Kippah Blew Off by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

After I finished university, I was teaching philosophy. At the time most of my colleagues were Marxists, some were Jewish, most not, but almost all were irreligious or anti-religious. In those days I had no thought of eventually becoming a rabbi, but I did continue wearing my yarmulka at all times. One particularly windy day, […]

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Kindness Chain on a Tel Aviv Bus by Roey Tzezana

Kindness Chain on a Tel Aviv Bus by Roey Tzezana

Today I was riding a bus in Tel Aviv, all seats were taken. The bus stopped and an old lady with a walker barely managed to get on. Just as I was getting up to offer her my seat, three other people were already up and helping her. One of them remained standing so she […]

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A Mikveh in Memory of her Daughter by Rabbanit Yemima Mizrachi

A Mikveh in Memory of her Daughter by Rabbanit Yemima Mizrachi

Yesterday I was in Havat Gilad in the Shomron, a place populated by the most beautiful women in the world. They have within them the beauty of the hills all around, the beauty of the land of Israel. I was there for the opening of Havat Gilad’s beautiful new mikveh. It was built with the […]

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