Today is our Bar Mitzvah Aliyahversary. Nefesh B’Nefesh asked me to share a few words about what our Aliyah means to us 13 years later. Here is what I had to say, which you can also find on Facebook. ‘Mommy, can we make Aliyah again?’ These were the words my four-year-old asked for months after… Read More Mazal Tov On Our Bar Mitzvah!
Last night, we made plans to take all six kids out for their grades, but in the end, only three came with us (teenagers, they are so busy!) We went to Beit Hakivun, a restaurant we’ve never been to before. It’s on the bike path at the Old Train Station and we’ve walked by it… Read More Light Up the Night
This was posted today on the Israel Forever Foundation website. Enjoy! If you want to feel a slice of Israeli society, then go and have a mammogram done. (Sorry, guys. I guess you can go for a colonoscopy.) Recently, I took the day off of work in order to have a mammogram. While we are… Read More A Slice of Life in Israel
I very often learn my lessons with my foot in my mouth. I was at the park this week with a few other women. We were discussing the usual pre-Pesach gripes. Who has cleaned the kitchen, who did their shopping already, who found interesting treasures behind the couch. The usual. One woman said that her… Read More Beasts & Bounty
I’m always amazed by the tapes that play in my head. This morning, I was taking pictures of Yakir to show Josh (who was already at work) the funny bed head Yakir had (yes, this is what we do to fill our time). So darn cute…bed head and all And while I was taking these… Read More Dancing Through the Wrinkles
I’ve been thinking a lot about hugs lately. How many hugs does a child need in his life in order to feel loved? And until what age do they need them? I notice that some of my kids are more huggy than others. The little guys, of course, love to be hugged. But my 9… Read More The Hug-O-Meter
Fifteen years ago, a beloved cousin died in a car accident on the way to his dreams. He and his wife worked their entire lives as teachers and school administrators. And they had a dream that they talked about often. The dream was to leave Chicago in retirement and to head to sunny Las Vegas.… Read More En Route to Our Dreams….
Today, on my 42nd birthday, I set out to write a list of 43 things for which I am grateful. Yes, my English birthday is just a few weeks away (for those of you who will be confused when it comes up on Facebook! We celebrate my Hebrew birthday in the house, but then I… Read More 43 Thoughts on Gratitude
For years, Josh and I have remarked that someday Matan would be part of the Daglanut (flag dance) on Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israel Independence Day) at the ceremony that we hold in Neve Daniel. The seventh grade boys and girls do a dance each year, waving enormous Israeli flags and filling the basketball court with their… Read More Flag Dances, Fruit Roll-Ups and Family
Today was one of those days where Hashem decides to pop a head in and say hello. We went to visit my 91 year old grandmother (SH! her age is a secret, but I think she’s 91). I haven’t seen her in three years and it’s been a very difficult time for her, full of… Read More Mezuzah Musings