Hi, I’m Rivka Malka, a passionate, colorful, totally imperfect mother of 8. I’m also a national speaker and educator. My blog is about authentically celebrating the Divine with every life experience. My passion is living life ALIVE and sharing that with others. We’re all on this journey together.
My Life Story So Far:
I was born in 1977 to an Orthodox Jewish family in Cleveland, Ohio, the 8th out of 9 kids. ( See the grin in the little green dress?) When I was a young teen our family expanded to include my Persian brother and Russian sister. At 16, I attended Jewish Teachers Training College in Gateshead, England. In 1995, I got married to my dear husband Bezalel (also known as Sam) we moved to Israel where we lived for 4 years in complete simplicity. There we had our first three kids.
In 2001, we moved back to America to be involved in Jewish Outreach. We landed up in Baltimore, where we continue to raise our 8 kids in a vibrant Jewish community. For 14 years I was a stay at home mom. During that time I home schooled for two years; the two favorite years of my life. My husband and I were active in the community, planning events and giving classes but mostly I was doing dishes and laundry!
– Pic below is from 2014
In 2007 everything changed when I nearly lost my life during the birth of my youngest child. After my recovery, I was like a new person. I had new eyes, a new mission and you could almost say, a new soul. New opportunities began to come my way.
In 2012 I volunteered for WOW a Jewish outreach program for Young Professionals and soon became the Director. I joined my brother Rabbi Benzion Klatzko, founder of Shabbat. com, in leading Akiva trips to Israel for college aged students, trips where we grew as much as the students that we led.
My work with WOW opened within me my life’s mission. My youngest was 3 and it was the first time that I spread my wings fully beyond my home. At that time I also started my blog. It was a small thing, but it took off in a surprising way. I found myself speaking to women of all different ages, religions and cultures.
Especially popular were my tichel videos and so in January, 2014, together with my husband, who conceived of the business and invited partners to join, we co-founded and opened Wrapunzel, a head wrapping website. Launching Wrapunzel was a roller coaster adventure. The work I did there took me all around the world where I was moved by the rich spirituality of the women I encountered.
In 2015, I moved that love forward and trained as a Life Coach so I could help women reach their maximum magnificence. The deeper I go in my training, the deeper I believe that this is one of the greatest ways to serve people. The work is profound, intimate and effective. And the transformations I’ve witnessed are humbling. Feel free to set up a session and see for yourself:)
Right now I’m focused on mothering – figuring out how to get three kids into college at once, growing through my challenges, coaching amazing women and connecting to all of you through this blog.
The Real Me
-I’m terribly, wonderfully spontaneous and inconsistent.
-However, I eat the same thing for breakfast every day; rice cakes, peanut butter and raisins (or bananas.) You must try it! You’ll feel balanced and nourished for hours.
-I love dancing and have choreographed for years. I can’t always get my teenagers to join my raves in the kitchen, but I don’t mind dancing solo.
-When I need a change I’ll stay up all night and paint the living room – or a canvas – or my boots.
-My painted boots have gotten more attention than a 10 minute project ever deserves.
-No, it wasn’t an arranged marriage, ( what were you thinking?!) it was love at first site ( and then waiting a whole bunch of years to actually date.)
-I let my kids have mud fights. I actually like it when they do.
-My daughters are all musical, between them they sing, play harp, guitar and piano. Batya, the oldest is working on a cd. Y0u can hear her sing here.
-I’m horrible at housework but wonderful at hosting.
-I love, love, love juicing. When I drink a freshly made juice I feel like blessings are coursing through my body.
-Best Recipe – 6 Carrots, 1 orange, 2 lemons, 4 celery. Heaven! I was inspired by the documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.
– I’m a big advocate for dating after you’re married. I have a date with my husband every week.
-I have a vision of hosting a talk show that simultaneously inspires, entertains and raises money for charity.
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