Monthly Archive: May 2012

I’m a Grandmother


I know. I can’t believe it either. But that’s pretty much been my first thought upon waking each morning for the last week, besides what to make for dinner. I’m a grandmother. Until last Tuesday, being a mother was a cherished enough role. But this grandmother thing, well, it’s catapulted me into a whole new …

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The Chessed of Shavuos: Royalty and the Harvest

Ruth in Boaz’s Field by Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld, 1828

Each year on the holiday of Shavuos, in the midst of beautiful flowers, staying up late to learn Torah and enjoying dairy delicacies, the biblical Book of Ruth is read. This year we start the celebration right after Shabbat, the evening of May 26th, and continue through May 28th outside of Israel. On Shavuos, the …

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Guest post: How to tell if a Charity is a Con

“You can’t con an honest man” is one of truisms that was thought up by either an idiot, or somebody who was about to con an honest man. The truth is that by playing on people’s better instincts it’s astonishingly easy to rip them off. The terrible flip side of this is that once bitten …

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Yom Yerushalayim, Shavuos and the Kotel


On Thursday, May 24th, our girls will journey to the Western Wall in Jerusalem to pour out their hearts in prayer for themselves and others (Join our friends who are taking advantage of this opportunity, at no cost – Upon reaching the most significant Jewish site in the world, they will meet hundreds representing various …

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Mothering, Against All Odds


“All that I am or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” – Abraham Lincoln One of the greatest blessings of my life is having an adoring mother who never fails to show her love: Anyone who experiences her magnetic personality is not surprised to learn of the four children who were nurtured …

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Lag B’Omer: Fueling the Fire in your Life

The girl's at the Home enjoying their Lag B'Omer bonfire last year

This year, Wednesday night, May 9th, begins the holiday of Lag B’Omer which continues into Thursday. Lag B’Omer is the 33rd day of the 49 day Omer, the period between Pesach and Shavuot. On this day the plague which was killing Rabbi Akiva’s disciples stopped. It is also the yahrzeit of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, …

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This Kid Knows What Makes the World Go ‘Round


She did it again. In the moments following my brainstorming session for this week’s blog topic, my prophetess friend – you know, the one I mentioned last time who texts me doses of inspiration – sent this: While we try to teach our children about life, our children teach us what life is all about. …

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