Kids are so funny. They are each so different and carry their own quirks and needs, and I love when those quirks make me laugh. When we took off for a few days of hiking recently, I had all of the boys pack for themselves (something my oldest two have, of course, been doing for… Read More Raising Quirky Kids
We just returned from four great days in the North, staying in Moshav Amirim and hiking in the surrounding area. When we travel with the kids in Israel, there are three things that make me laugh and marvel at my children. They are such “Israel” moments and they surprise me each time that they happen.… Read More 3 Secret Maps Only For Israeli Kids
Recently, actress Drew Barrymore was walking out of a restaurant when someone pointed out that she was obviously pregnant. On “The Late Late Show with James Corden” she discussed the situation and her comeback. Go Drew Barrymore – you tell it like it is. But why should she have to? I can’t even believe I’m… Read More Keep Your Mouth Shut…No Really, Zip It
Today, on my way out of the gym at work, I laughed at myself. With my phone and iPad tucked under one elbow, a glass of water balanced in one hand, and a towel in the other hand, I opened the door with a combination of my second elbow and then a quick foot maneuver.… Read More Should You Be Juggling More…or Less?
Recently, a friend of mine was wrestling with a dilemma. She had agreed to do a favor for someone without really knowing the logistics of what they needed. When she realized what they wanted, it was well above and beyond any sense of normalcy; but she felt stuck. She couldn’t say no, could she? I… Read More Why Saying No Is Good For You
Last week, we got an invitation to a party at Yakir’s school for the entire second grade. They finished one of the five books of the Torah and invited the parents to a “short” (two and a half hour! eeek) party at the school. As the date approached, Yakir came home each day mumbling something… Read More Being Part of the More
I just finished a beautiful book called The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan. I enjoyed so many things about this book filled with promise, magical realism and love. But more than just enjoying the book, I found that it offered me an idea worth sharing. The book begins as the main character, Anthony… Read More It’s a Boomerang! It’s a Nail File! It’s a Story!
And I’m back. Yesterday, we left Solomon Souza in action as he created a graffiti art piece on one of the walls in the office where I work. He was commissioned to do this work as part of a project on Jewish identity being created by Jerusalem U and Micah Smith. We left off around… Read More Gal Gadot Arrives in Gush Etzion!
Just another day here at my office in Gush Etzion…or not at all. Today, Jerusalem U, Micah Smith and Solomon Souza are working on something awesome in the basement of the building where I work. If you’ve been to the Machane Yehuda Shuk in the last number of years at night, then you know that many… Read More Solomon Souza Brings Graffiti Art to Gush Etzion
Three years ago, in the middle of Matan’s first year in high school, he tried to explain to his clueless parents that the “Gemarathon” was starting and that it would be nice for us to come to learn with him and to bring some treats. We had very little idea what he was talking about,… Read More The Sweet Taste of Gemara