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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…

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…

RECIPE – Mock Crab Salad

RECIPE – Mock Crab Salad

We make this recipe for every Shabbat lunch. I mean, the kids make this salad every week. The sixth graders love to put on their aprons and work together to make this delicious salad. My…

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…

The Death of a Superhero

The Death of a Superhero

I blogged previously about Superman Sam, a little boy of 8 who had leukemia. He died on Shabbat, his parents by his side. His mom Phyllis chronicled the experience here including his last moments –…

Almost Done with First Semester

Almost Done with First Semester

I know I haven’t been blogging much. Life has been so very hectic. But I have a week left of this semester at college, 3 finals, 2 papers to finish, and then I have a…