Losing His Religion – Trying to be a Supportive Parent

(Cross-posted on the Times of Israel) The day my son told me he was no longer religious is one that will live forever in my memory. He was no longer living at home and was…

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Losing His Religion – Trying to be a Supportive Parent

Message from Israel – from Naff

It’s about time I wrote something…. My name is Naff. I made aliyah what seems like a lifetime ago, but really was in July 2014. This is the first time I’m actually writing, so please…

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Message from Israel – from Naff

Chanukah Tears

(Originally posted here on the Times of Israel). Chanukah. A time of miracles. A time for family to be together. I have always loved Chanukah. As a child growing up in Cardiff, and then London,…

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Chanukah Tears

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water

(Originally posted on the Times of Israel). Going to the mikvah once a month is something that I have done for the most part of the last 20 years – minus the four times I…

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Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water

I need a Rosh Hashanah Re-do

I am not big on organized prayer. I like to think that I have a constant running dialog (ok, monologue) with God. I am always talking to him. I thank him for what I have,…

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I need a Rosh Hashanah Re-do

Naftali’s Aliyah

Last Monday my second son Naftali made aliyah. He didn’t want a ton of attention or to do interviews or to have pictures taken and avoided every video camera. But me being me I got…

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Naftali’s Aliyah

Do I LET my soldier son go to Gaza?!

Originally posted on the Times of Israel. This week I put my second son on a plane to Israel. Not for the summer, or a short trip, but for the rest of his life. Naftali…

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Do I LET my soldier son go to Gaza?!

Of God and Prayers

(Cross Posted on the Times of Israel) Our Boys. Our boys did not come home safely. Our boys were not rescued and returned to the warm embrace of their families. Our boys – let’s never forget…

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Of God and Prayers

Bring Back Our Boys

It’s on everyone’s minds – the kidnapping by Hamas terrorists of Eyal, Gilad and Naftali. Teenaged yeshiva students who were on their way home 6 days ago. Every day I wake up and immediately check…

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Bring Back Our Boys

A Mother’s Prayer on the Eve of Her Son’s Enlistment

Previously posted on the Times of Israel. Dear son, dear Aryeh, Eight short months ago we said goodbye at JFK, as you left to make Aliya, and I placed my hands upon your head. I…

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A Mother’s Prayer on the Eve of Her Son’s Enlistment

Of Emergency Surgery and To Do Lists

I am a big fan of to-do lists. In the run up to Pesach my lists are epic. But they didn’t include an almost 3 day stay at the hospital. My littlest guy Mo –…

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Of Emergency Surgery and To Do Lists

Another One Is Flying Home

My second son, Naftali,  turns 18 in August. By the time his birthday rolls around he will have made Aliyah, and will be living in Israel, surrounded by family – including his older brother. These…

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Another One Is Flying Home
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