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My Speech for Mo’s Barmitzvah

My Speech for Mo’s Barmitzvah

This Shabbat we were blessed to celebrate the barmitzvah of my youngest son, Mo. It was an amazing weekend. Here, as requested, is my speech. ________________ Kvod Harav, Honored guests. Welcome to Moshe’s barmitzvah. This…

Losing His Religion – Trying to be a Supportive Parent

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…

Chanukah Tears

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,…

Of Emergency Surgery and To Do Lists

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 –…

Another One Is Flying Home

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…

Are we raising a generation of entitled children?

Are we raising a generation of entitled children?

Over the dinner table my seventeen year old was telling us how he is the only kid in his class who does his own laundry. Let me point out that he does it of his…

Becoming an Army Mom

Becoming an Army Mom

My son Aryeh has been in Israel for five months. He’s been in Ulpan improving his Hebrew, and settling in to his new forever home. Ten days ago he started his army journey with Garin…

Divorce Vigilantes

Divorce Vigilantes

At the time of my Get – religious divorce – all I could think of was how hard and emotionally draining it was. I blogged about it here. What I didn’t realize till a little…

Crazy Hectic Life as a Student and Mom

Crazy Hectic Life as a Student and Mom

Since I started at college life has gone full tilt, pedal to the metal. I don’t know what I was thinking taking 5 classes, 15 credits, and dealing with a super-busy family life and the…

Emptier Nest

Emptier Nest

I feel like the last three weeks since Aryeh left on Aliyah have been INSANE. I feel as if I have been treading water, and forgetting to breathe. I want to let you know, though,…

One Has Flown The Nest

One Has Flown The Nest

Yesterday was a day of such highs and lows – with the emotional metronome switching back and forth between the two. I hadn’t slept in days, neither had my son, but the night before his…

To New Moms, from an Old Mom

To New Moms, from an Old Mom

My son makes aliyah next week and starts his new life. My friend’s oldest daughter is getting married the day after. Some of my friends have recently had their first babies. This post is dedicated…