This article first appeared on the Nefesh B’Nefesh website where I was honored to share these ideas. Every year Lech Lecha gets me thinking. It is, after all, our life story. Anyone who has made Aliyah can relate to Avraham being told by Hashem to leave everything he’s ever known and to go to the Land… Read More Lech Lecha Is….
I had a busy two months of reading and I realized, after looking over this list, that I read some truly fantastic novels this time. I have wonderful things to recommend, so I hope you will enjoy! Books I Loved The Nix by Nathan Hill: I had no idea what to expect when I started… Read More Romi’s Reading Round-Up: September-October 2017
I’ve recently lost about 15 percent of my body weight. I’m certainly relieved and excited about my weight loss, but I know that I have a long journey ahead of me to keep it off. I’m one of those people who have spent their lives in a wrestling match with weight, continually struggling to stay… Read More I Lost Weight… and Something Even More Important
“Mommy, we’re on our way back from Jerusalem. Can we come home with the team for dinner?” “The team? The whole team? At 11 at night?” This was my conversation with my oldest son three years ago. He had just started high school at a boarding school 45 minutes south of our house. When the… Read More Filling Those Basketball Bellies…and our Hearts
In 2003, French chef Bernard Loiseau killed himself when Michelin warned him that he was in danger of losing one of the stars in his three star rating. In 2016, Benoît Violier, the French-born chef of Restaurant de l’Hôtel de Ville, killed himself as well. What do the tragedies of these chefs have to do with… Read More Take This Star and Shove It!
In 2004, we stepped on to the plane to make Aliyah with our two children and our dreams for our future. We carried with us most of what we owned, including one particularly precious bundle – the baby in my stomach. Through the years, we’ve been able to mark our Aliyah milestones with Amichai’s progress.… Read More The Start of a New Journey
“Dat’s mine!” my six-year-old yelled in the middle of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. He started running towards a painting, and I had visions of us getting swept right up and thrown out on the street for touching the works of art. “Yakir,” I tried to say quietly while lunging for… Read More I Know Dat Painting!
While some people read a lot while they are on vacation, I do not. I know this seems counter-intuitive, but by the time I finish a day of chasing the kids around Vermont or Yosemite, I’ve cobbled together food in our hotel room or apartment and I’ve gotten everyone to bathe, all that I want… Read More Romi’s Reading Round-Up for August 2017
Two weeks ago, when we were in Los Angeles, we went by my childhood home. I always like to drive down Kirkside Road and revisit my childhood when we return to L.A., and as the kids have gotten older they’ve been able to listen to stories of my childhood. This time, as we went by,… Read More I Always Remember
Our recent trip to the States to see family was amazing. It was wonderful to see our families, to expose our children to sights and sounds they don’t usually experience and to enjoy natural beauty. There were moments, however, that weren’t glorious. I am forever explaining to my children that life, ultimately, isn’t about what… Read More When Your Vacation Turns Upside Down…It’s Time to Stand on Your Head