Sukkot

Hours before Simchat Torah and I am (finally) posting about Sukkot. Figures.  I would like to dedicate this post, if I may be so bold, to the memory of Rav Haim Lifshitz, z”l. He was my Rav’s father, a great tzaddik, who passed away this past Shabbat. May his family be comforted among the mourners…

Abba, Are We There Yet?

When my children were younger I felt like I was always playing catch-up, scrambling up the learning curve to meet their needs. Somewhere past toddlerhood I guess I started to feel competent. Surprise, surprise, each of the children followed a similar developmental pattern. Lots of things were predictable. The “terrible twos” weren’t really so terrible….

Facebook and Orthodox Judaism

Margelit Hoffman of  Shmuel Hoffman’s Blog wrote  a very honest and thought provoking article for Mavenmall.com called “The Facebook Churban”. In it, she explains why her family is removing the internet from their home. They are Torah observant Jews who work on the internet. It is their livelihood. She has done a fabulous job of articulating the powers of…

Last lap?

For me, one of the clearest “punishments” for choosing to live outside of the land of Israel is the three-day yom tov.  Here in the diaspora, September has been a string of holidays chained together by a few work/shop/cooking days.  My guess is that with the holidays coming at the same time as back-to-school and…

Representing

I had a shocking experience today.  I have a cordial and somewhat of a “working” relationship with the local public library. Now. I remember the librarians’ trepidation when as new residents I would stroll in with six children in tow, confident in my ability to maintain “order”. There is one librarian in particular is, well,…

Bedtime issues

The worst bedtime issues in my house are not those of any of the children. They are entirely my own. I like control. I like feeling in control, I like being in control. And being a parent, I have found, is one long road of giving up all control. It starts when your body doesn’t…

Good vs. Happy… parents are getting it wrong.

I saw an article posted today titled “5 Keys to Your Child’s Happiness.” It was posted by newtips4mamas (twitter) but is found on Oprah.com: http://www.oprah.com/spirit/5-Keys-to-Your-Childs-Happiness/print/1 So states the title, the article is about 5 keys to having happy children. What I find interesting is the research at the beginning of the article that states that a…