The Lost Boy at the Amusement Park

The Lost Boy at the Amusement Park

Yesterday, on the mothers-sons trip to the mini-amusement park, I was talking with three other mothers beside the bouncy castle while our 4-year-old sons jumped and played inside. When it was time for us to get going for the group’s pre-bus popsicle, one of the little boys ran up to me with a face full […]

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The 35-Year-Old Bride Became a Mother of 5

The 35-Year-Old Bride Became a Mother of 5

This morning I traveled with my four-year-old Yoni on an end-of-year mothers-sons trip to an amusement park near Jerusalem. While I’ve been kicking and screaming for weeks about how I didn’t want to give up a day to do this, in the end (after I discovered that none of my older daughters would be available […]

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Why I Get Stressed Out at the Dentist (Clue: It’s Not What You Think)

Why I Get Stressed Out at the Dentist (Clue: It’s Not What You Think)

Sitting in my dentist’s chair yesterday, I got a sinking feeling in my stomach. And not because I share the wide-spread fear of dentists. I’m not afraid of dentists, I suspect because I have what I think of fondly as dental “yichus.” While, to the best of my knowledge, there were no great rabbis in […]

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Under the Chuppah of 2 Orphans of Terror

Under the Chuppah of 2 Orphans of Terror

In 2002, the mother and father of Avigdor Gavish were brutally murdered when Palestinian terrorists broke into the family’s home. Just four months later, the mother and father of Ayelet Dickstein were also brutally murdered by a terrorist while on their way to spend Shabbat with relatives. A decade and a half later, Avigdor and […]

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What I Said to the Mom Getting Divorced (3-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

What I Said to the Mom Getting Divorced (3-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Reminding myself, in the age of social media, how important it can be to help a single person. This morning I saw a mother I see several mornings a week at gan drop-off and pick-up. She looked unusually lovely this morning, in a long flowing floral dress. So I told this mother, whose name I […]

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Dos and Don’ts from the Mother of an OTD Son by Moishe’s Mother

Dos and Don’ts from the Mother of an OTD Son by Moishe’s Mother

I read this letter on Shabbat in Family First, and have been thinking about the hard-won and brilliant advice it contains ever since. I think this letter should be required reading for ALL mothers of teenagers (and older) whether they are OTD* [have left the Torah path] or not. Because our growing and grown kids […]

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Jewish Women Sing “Ori, Arise”: In Memory of Ori Ansbacher HY”D

Jewish Women Sing “Ori, Arise”: In Memory of Ori Ansbacher HY”D

Last night I attended my daughters’ end of year dance performance, which included a song I’d never heard before that brought tears to my eyes. This song, based on a poem written by Ori Ansbacher HY”D (translation below) was performed in Ori’s memory by the gifted musician Ruchama ben Yosef along with hundreds of other […]

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My Mom’s Response to My 1st Car Accident

My Mom’s Response to My 1st Car Accident

My first and only car accident took place the day after I got my license. I was 16 and my sister, Miriam, was 10. I was driving us to school for the first time, and I had to merge into the fast-moving traffic approaching the Smith Ave. bridge. I remember being side-swiped. I remember parking […]

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Chag Sameach, JewishMOMs!

Chag Sameach, JewishMOMs!

Naaseh v’Nishmah painting by Baruch Nachshon.

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Hey Rabbi, Do You Believe in God?

Hey Rabbi, Do You Believe in God?

by Rabbi Yoni Lavi Sharon: Hey Rabbi, do you believe in God? 🤔 Rabbi Yoni Lavi: Hello, with whom do I have the honor? S: I’m sorry for starting out of nowhere like that. I’m Sharon, I’m 16 years old and am a student at a religious high school. I’m thought of as a religious […]

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