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Fear of Family Reunions: Thoughts for Parshas Vayeshev

My mother recently spent two Shabboses (Shabbatot) with us here in Israel.  In her honour, I actually put together an unprecedented TWO divrei Torah in a row.  This is the second one, which was not t… Read more

Motherhood, Broken Hearts, and Dreams: Thoughts for Parshas Vayeitzei

My mother recently spent two Shabboses (Shabbatot) with us here in Israel.  In her honour, I actually put together two divrei Torah.  This is the first, which I said over at a kiddush we also made in… Read more

10 newest solutions for better sleep on buses and planes: a sleeeeeepy Mamaland guide…

Know what this crazy world needs?  A better way to look dorky on airplanes.Okay, actually, not planes, but buses.  I travel by bus more often than I like to admit, and it's tough getting comfy on… Read more

Extreme Emunah, Extreme Chessed: Thoughts on Chayei Sarah 5777

We learned in parshas Noach a few weeks ago that one of the condemnations of Noach comes about because he doesn’t leave the Teiva after the flood. He sits there, plays around with sending birds, it’s… Read more

Why are Jewish children's books so bad?

I shared this post last week on Facebook asking why so many Jewish kids' books are so awful.  Lots and lots and lots of people clicked Like.  Some even shared it.  But very few people actually an… Read more

Why Tablet Magazine has it all wrong. :-(

Dear Tablet Magazine,I read an article on your site today.  It’s not a common thing, I don’t stop by every day, but as with so much of the great content on your site, I liked the article.  Indeed, I … Read more

My reluctant conversion to cheap fake Lego

Before, I begin, I want to say that there are few people who adore Lego as much as I do.  OK, if you're one of those fans who can tell the difference between a BURP a LUMP and a POOP [glossary he… Read more

Easy, Quick, Fun Sukkah Decoration Craft for Older Kids

Looking for a sukkah craft for slightly older kids that hasn't been done to death?I totally was, because we're making GZ's birthday party in the sukkah and I wanted to do some kind of sim… Read more

The Hidden Sweetness: Dvar Torah for Rosh Hashanah

The words Rosh Hashanah never appear in the Tanach. Nor is the chag referred to except as the shofar-blowing on the first day of the seventh month. The first time we see the term Rosh Hashanah being … Read more

Book Reviews of Kids’ Books by (my) Kids

We’re back to summer schooling, which includes weekly book reports / reviews (I know there’s a difference, but whatever…).  I thought it would be fun to share a list of book reviews my kids have writ… Read more

Schizophrenia and the Narrow Bridge, thoughts for Parshas Shlach Lecha

Maybe you think this is the age of “let it all hang out,” when Google rules, your friends post their snacks on Facebook, and there are no secrets left in the world.But believe me, there are still ple… Read more

New Shavuos/Shavuot Story – FREE Download – The Humble Princess Ruth

I’ve been fiddling around for years with the idea of a “princess story” around the story of Megillas Rus.  I actually wrote one and made it available here about six years ago, but I wasn’t happy with… Read more

Jewish Book Carnival, May / Iyyar 2016 Edition!

Welcome to this month’s Jewish Book Carnival, brought to you by the concept, from Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, that “Whoever is able to write a book and does not, it is as if he has lost a child.”As a w… Read more

Breathing Lessons for the Canadian diaspora

Growing up as a hyphenated Jewish-Canadian, I admit, the “Canadian” part didn't really matter much.  It was just a word for everybody around me, including me, but mainly everybody else.These days… Read more

Yom Ha’Atzmaut 5776: Celebrating Israel with a Free Kids’ Chapter Book Excerpt!

Yom Ha-what???  Yeah, I admit, we never really did anything special for Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israel Independence Day, before moving to Israel.  And neither did most of the Jews around me.  Sure, some year… Read more

Trembling with Gratitude: a Sentimental Yarn

There’s a feeling when you’re crocheting and your yarn gets tangled.  Even if you don’t crochet, you’ve probably felt something like this.  A moment when everything mounts into impossibility and you … Read more

The Gullible Manifesto (Just kidding!)

Twice in the last few weeks, people have done that thing to me.  Maybe this has happened to you?  They tell me something absolutely astonishing, so I’m like, "Really?"  Then they laugh, bec… Read more

What kind of God? Yahrzeit/Birthday Thoughts for Parshas Shemos

Someone once told me, “If there is a God, then certainly he is much too busy with wars and everything to care whether you eat kosher food.”This is interesting, but it is not what I believe about Hash… Read more

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