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
Gilad…Gilad…Gilad…Gilad…Gilad Gilad…Gilad…Gilad…Gilad…Gilad Gilad…Gilad…Gilad…Gilad…Gilad Gilad…Gilad…Gilad…Gilad…Gilad Gilad…Gili This is the number of Gilads that the Shaer family knows have been named in memory of Gil-ad Shaer since his murder along with Eyal Yifrah and Naftali Frenkel in June of 2014. On Friday, Gil-ad’s parents, Ofir and Bat-Galim, joined with the families of these young Gilads in Gush… Read More A Celebration of Gilads
It all started at the doctor’s office. After my oldest was complaining for months that his foot hurt, the doctor handed him a referral for orthopedic inserts. “Um, but where do I get them?” I said to the doctor. Looking at me like I was crazy, he said, “I don’t know. You have to speak… Read More Pango You Glad to See Me?!
A few years ago, one of our kids was working on an extra-credit school assignment which entailed getting the hand print and foot print of each member of the family. When it came time for one of the kids to put his hand in the paint, he told me that he didn’t want to. “Oh… Read More Surprises From The Son With Sensory Issues
With 1300 pictures from our recent trip to Africa, we certainly have a lot to admire and enjoy. My 15 year old is a serious photographer with a great camera and our bar mitzvah boy got a very nice new camera for the occasion; the pictures that they took are breathtaking. But few pictures made… Read More When Yakir Found His Match in a Zebra