Jewish Parenting

Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdichev taught that each night of Chanukah is an auspicious time to pray for something different: 1st Night: This is the best night to pray that you won't be lonely or depressed 2nd Night: Pray that you or someone you know should find a spouse, or [...]
Wed, Dec 13, 2017, Continue reading at the source
A few years ago, Torah teacher and therapist Chani Juravel was shopping for shoes at Marshalls. On one side of the shoe department she noticed a beautiful, regal Chassidic woman. And on the other side she noticed a teenage girl with piercings and a blue mohawk in a torn leather [...]
Wed, Dec 13, 2017, Continue reading at the source
“Eema, I'm scared!” 7-year-old Tsofia whispered to me this morning as she sat in the dentist's chair, 2 tears snaking down her cheeks–for 2 cavities waiting for fillings. Dr. Rina instructed me to stand by Tsofia's head and hold the laughing-gas mask over her nose, and I saw Tsofia's eyes [...]
Tue, Dec 12, 2017, Continue reading at the source
A confession: even though JewishMOM.com is all about “Rah-rah motherhood” scratch my rah-rah surface and find a SAHM with a inferiority complex. This week I found myself across the desk from an audiologist/JewishMOM, an MD/JewishMOM, a teacher/JewishMOM. And while I KNOOOW that my decision not to work outside the home [...]
Mon, Dec 11, 2017, Continue reading at the source
How mothers can get inspired and stay sane this Chanukah. [...]
Sun, Dec 10, 2017, Continue reading at the source
One of my 2 main goals for this year is to lose weight– to have more energy, to be healthier, to be able to buy a pretty tailored dresses for the holidays, instead of an XL top and a skirt with an elasticized waist:) So a month ago yesterday, I [...]
Thu, Dec 07, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Chanukah died yesterday. Not the holiday, of course, but the person. Mr. Chanukah from down the block, beloved father, brother, and grandfather, was laid to rest this morning. May his memory be a blessing. But coming across his death notice this morning, exactly a week before we light the first [...]
Wed, Dec 06, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Sarit's 5-year-old son and mine are friends in kindergarten, so over the last few months we've become friends as well. Sarit's a lovely person, an Israeli mother of 3. It didn't occur to me that there is anything unusual about her and her family. Until today, when Sarit shared with [...]
Tue, Dec 05, 2017, Continue reading at the source
At my neighborhood mikveh, there is a small decorated notebook in the waiting room called “The Book of Excuses.” Curious, I peeked inside, and discovered that it is a collection of excuses mikveh-going mothers have used to explain to their children why they must leave the house on mikve night. [...]
Mon, Dec 04, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Something I would love to tell mothers of young children. [...]
Sun, Dec 03, 2017, Continue reading at the source