About Me

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:

Family Photo

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

Rivka Malka Perlman Family

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.

Wrapunzel

 

                                                                        The Real Me

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.Rm and BP

-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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8 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hi Rivka Malka,
    I was wondering if you could write about having adopted siblings or Jewish families adopting children. I’m married and have been praying and hoping to have children for over 10 years now (although haven’t been married that long yet) but so far it hasn’t happened. I’m hoping to instead start fostering and adopt children when it becomes financially possible for us, however I know we are quite alone with that in our community. I would love to hear how it was for you growing up with adopted siblings.
    Chava

    • Hi Chava, Thank you for your question. I can’t imagine how difficult this waiting has been for you. I admire your moving forward, even with the pain, to foster and take care of kids. They need it so badly.
      Although I wrote that we adopted kids, the technical word would be fostering as there was no legal process. Both of them were immigrates with living parents abroad ( who have since moved here) and although they are fully integrated in our family there was no need for adoption. I can however tell you that my experience with adoption in terms of friends families has been nothing but positive. The community is so happy for the family and celebrates their joy with them. It doesn’t mater if the baby was born Jewish or not ( although, if you don’t know who the biological parents are, its better to adopt non Jewish. This is because G-d forbid the child could grow up and end up unwittingly in an incestual relationship. Although the chances are slim, they exist.) The main thing to know is that there is always hope. Are you familiar with A-Time? This is an organization that helps with exactly this topic; financially and emotionally. I hope this answered your question. Sending yo lots of love, Rivka Malka http://www.atime.org/

  2. Hi Rivka Malka,

    I have heard the songs of your daughter Batya. I´m deeply moved and impressed.
    I hope to hear more of her!
    As someone who also likes to write songs and being 19 years I have a graet interest in your daughters work.
    Is it possible to get the lyrics of “Life lessons”? This song speaks right in my life.
    Thank you!

    Aline

    • This is from my daughter:)
      Hi Aline! I’m so glad you reached out; I love hearing about other young songwriters, and I’m so honored that my song moved you. Below are the lyrics to Life Lessons. I would love to hear your music/songs if you have any you’d be willing to share. Wishing you all the best,
      Batya

      Life Lessons

      V1: Clocks tick the hours whispering
      The present will be history
      Treasure life and love
      Use them well

      V2: I’ve got no time to waste
      On silly things and passing fashion
      Nothing will last
      More than a lifetime

      Chorus: Every breathe is a gift
      Every moment a memory
      Live with the beauty of this world
      Every sound is a note
      In the song of life
      Live with the beauty of this world

      V3: Don’t doubt your motivation
      Live life with inspiration
      Remember your dreams;
      Keep your will strong

      V4:Treasure the simple smiles
      Follow your inner child
      Forgive and forget
      And move on

      • Hi Batya, Thank you for answering and the lyrics! The song is so motivating. Great! I´m from Germany so my songs are in German. But if you are still interested I can share. And I´m just at the beginning – I haven´t recorded them. But wow I´m so honored by your interest! Wishing you all the best too, Aline