Gmar Chatima Tova- Yom Kippur 2012

May You be Sealed in the Book of Life

The last Mishnah in the Tractate of Ta’anit states:

Rabbi Shimon ben Gamliel says, “There were never happier days for the Jews like the fifteen of Av and Yom Kippur

And why is Yom Kippur one of the happiest days?

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Shanah Tova – May the coming year bring goodness upon us

Shanah Tova

Rosh Hashanah traditional Greeting: May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year. Source:

The Jewish New Year, year 5773, is upon us. In Jewish tradition this is a time for reflection, looking back on all we’ve done, all we’ve accomplished, asking forgiveness for our wrongdoing, and praying for a better year. For more on Rosh Hashanah symbols and traditions, press here.
I’ll spare you the retrospective and skip right to the good wishes.

A few days ago I received an email from a dear friend of mine M. It was one of these chain emails and it recommended sharing with 12 people, but because of the powerful message,  I would like to share with all of you:

 A mystical Jewish formula for good mazel and who of us can’t use that!?

God our Father, walk through my house & take away all my worries & illness & please watch over & heal my family & other families too…Amen.

May the new year bring Health, Happiness, peace and prosperity.
Shanah Tova!

Learn Hebrew, one phrase at a time

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Putting my life on Pause – Fantasies of a Working Mom

Rat Race (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve always imagined that whoever invented the terms rat race had me in mind. I’m a career woman, juggling a demanding job with a demanding family, complete with three children, and a husband who frequently goes on business trips and leaves me to cope with everything on my own. Not that I’m complaining. Everyone is healthy. My children are wonderful and they are mostly independent; my husband is loving and supportive, and I do have a job – which in this economy is something to be thankful for. But sometimes, just sometimes, when I feel things go totally crazy, I wish I could grab the remote control and press the Pause button. 

If Only We Had a Pause Button to our Lives

You noticed I didn’t say Stop, or Erase, or even Back.  No, no, I love my family and even if there are things I could have done differently and, let’s admit it, better, I would never go backwards in time and change anything that would have led to this moment, and to the  blessings I have with my children. All I want is to put things on hold, so I could take a break, sit down for a little bit, and just relax. Continue reading

Hannukah vs. Christmas

When my son was 3 years old he said to me: “Imma, I do not want to celebrate Hannukah, because it is at night and there are no decorations, and I want to wait for Santa to bring me presents”

Although we had lived in America, I thought of us as an Israeli family. We speak Hebrew at home. We mention the state of Israel many times a day.  I was certain we were “assimilation proof”.

My son’s statement came as a complete shock and taught me that the “Jewish built-in component” in my Israeli identity is not immune to the triggers and temptations that are out there in the Diaspora, like waiting for Santa Claus’s Reindeer.  Continue reading

My reflections on Megilat Ruth

Now after cooking Shavuot’s traditional dishes, and entertaining family and friends for the Holiday, I can reflect on Megilat Ruth, one of my favorite stories in the Tanach, and its moral.

When I told my friend I plan to blog on the Megila, she questioned whether it wouldn’t be dated since the holiday is behind us. Well, the holiday may be behind us, but the Megila deals with universals themes, which are always relevant and should, in my opinion, be discussed more often.  Besides the historical and religious context, this story embraces universal messages that are presented to us through the story of two remarkable women, Naomi and Ruth.

Naomi and Ruth, despite their historical and cultural differences, decided in a very courageous move  to put away their differences and  to join forces in their desperate moments. Ruth went above and beyond any expectation when she said to Naomi:

“Where you go I will go; where you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God” (Ruth 1:16). Continue reading