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Religious Rant

Religious Rant

I am blessed with four sons. Four healthy perfect sons. Three have now made aliyah. The oldest two are currently serving in the IDF, and the third is waiting for his draft date. I used…

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

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

Cross-posted on the Times of Israel. Dearest Naftali, You draft next week. Later than you had hoped. In fact, I am sure you wanted to get your army fatigues on the moment you arrived in…

Message from Israel – from Naff

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…

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,…

Naftali’s Aliyah

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…

Do I LET my soldier son go to Gaza?!

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…

Of God and Prayers

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…

Bring Back Our Boys

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…

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

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…

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…

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…