Hi, I’m Rivka Malka, a slightly nutty, very happy, proud Jewish mother. I’m also a national speaker and educator. My blog is about authentically transforming ourselves 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. 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!
In 2007 everything changed when I nearly lost my life during the birth of my youngest child. (put link/s to article/s) 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 (needs link), in leading Akiva trips (needs link)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 co-founded The 4 Auras,(needs link) a movement for women from diverse Jewish backgrounds to build bridges and nurture their 4 auras; spiritual, physical, emotional and mental.
Most recenlty, I opened JoyUsly.com (add link), an online store for Modest Bohemian fashion. I created it to fill the much needed gap of joyful, colorful clothing. Modest clothing has a bad rap – it’s time to change that!
It’s only just opened so it’s a work in progress. Come take a look if you’d like!
Let’s go shopping!
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.
I met my husband when I was just 13.
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.
I got pulled over for drunk driving when I wasn’t drunk! (Hey, I was having a good laugh, so the steering wheel went a little off, okay.)
My daughters are all musical, between them they sing, play harp, guitar and piano. Batya, the oldest is working on a cd (link here)
I’m horrible at housework but wonderful at hosting. How does that quote go? “Cleaning your house while children are growing is like shoveling snow while its still snowing.”
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! Other best recipe 1 Granny Smith Apple, 1 lemon, 3 celery, 1 zuchinni, a bunch of kale. I was inspired by the documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. (add link)
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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