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  • It’s Shabbos Tonight!

    It’s Shabbos Tonight!

      Today is Friday. Around here we like to call it Erev Shabbos, the Eve of Shabbos. The magic of Shabbos is as deep as the ocean and as simple as a bumper sticker. You know that one  the one that says “We are not physical beings have a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a physical experience.” That one. We know it –  but it’s so hard to access. Our whole week is full of physical pursuits. Enter […]

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  • Thank You!!!

    Thank You!!!

        As you can imagine these past few days have been a dream. We are in a whirlwind of emotions and we keep replaying the entire scenario in our minds and in conversations again and again. Not only are we grateful but being in this position and hearing from so many other parents in making us think about what we can do to mitigate the burden on others. G-d willing we hope to pay it forward. We have only […]

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  • I Need To Ask for Help

    I Need To Ask for Help

    When Neshama, our eight year old was in first grade she couldn’t read.Teachers met with her privately and she got as much extra help as we could offer her. She still couldn’t read. The year came and went and soon it was time for second grade. But Neshama couldn’t go. It was so difficult telling her that she would be held back. An unusually mature child, she understood right away. The entire year whenever anyone would ask her “What grade […]

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  • A Poisonous Tattoo

    A Poisonous Tattoo

      Hey Everyone, this post is long overdue. It’s about a freaky incident that happened a few months back. The first month or two we were frantically trying to deal with it. By the time I was ready to post, Neshama got burned and the feedback from that post was overwhelming. I didn’t want this vital info to get lost in the hustle so I waited a bit. Here goes-As you know a few months back Wrapunzel went to the […]

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  • Camping Trip Pics and Update

    Camping Trip Pics and Update

      Hi everyone, THANK YOU for the seriously excellent insightful comments  on my last post. Writing it out and sharing the process with you put me in such a great frame of mind on this trip. It was one of the best vacations of my life. Processing all the weirdness before I ever got n the trip meant that it didn’t have to come up almost at all while I was there. I enjoyed everyone so much and I took […]

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  • I’m Disconnecting for About a Week

    I’m Disconnecting for About a Week

              Today I’m going camping. I think they call it glamping – as in “glamorous camping” because we’ll be in cabins and have electricity. But I’ll be away. This trip is epic because all 8 siblings from my husbands side and their families will be there. Were getting together from Israel, South Africa, NY and Baltimore for 4 days in the woods.  I know I’m really lucky – Thank you dear G-d for this trip. I’m […]

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  • Potatoes Saved Her Skin

    Potatoes Saved Her Skin

      I am still shaking. Today Neshama got burned. I’m sharing with you the details of what happened because this can genuinely save your life. A hot pot of oil spilled on Neshama when she decided to add potatoes to our french fry cooker. No one was in the kitchen when the oil spilled but we heard the scream. I ran to her and ripped off her shirt. By the grace of G-d she was wearing  a sweatshirt which probably […]

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  • Neshama Learns about Hope

    Neshama Learns about Hope

          Our eight year old Neshama is an angel. She’s playful, spiritual, insightful and a tomboy. She’s also dyslexic. This year has been beyond hard for her. Being left back in first grade means that the kids in her class are a year younger than her.  That’s hard. and even with that reading hasn’t gotten much easier for her. She has three weekly tutors (thank G-d they are all through special services!) [yay Jen Kaplan!] and she is […]

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  • What if I Don’t Believe in G-d?

    What if I Don’t Believe in G-d?

    I got to make this video with Ruthie Guggenheim. She is a no nonsense hero who has been chugging away sometimes single handedly at Jewish Education for decades. What an honor. Even though we’re sitting Talk Show style there’ s one thing different than a Talk Show. Well, actually there’s a lot – no band, no commercials  and no audience (but you!) The main thing that’s different though is that its completely unscripted. We were just both thinking of Amy […]

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  • Does Judaism Accept Converts? 2/2

    Does Judaism Accept Converts? 2/2

    I said so much in this video I hate to add anything more! Please feel free to ask questions or post comments:)

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