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Target Reached – Freshly Minted Paralegal

Target Reached – Freshly Minted Paralegal

I am on the cusp of finishing my Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies. I have my last final Thursday night. Then I am done. Theoretically I need to wait for the grades to come in,…

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…

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…

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,…

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

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…

I need a Rosh Hashanah Re-do

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,…

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…