Our Jewish Mission

When our plane landed in Eretz Yisrael five months ago, it was my first time ever being physically in this land. But it was a homecoming for my soul. My grandparents, Adeline and William, visited here a few decades ago. Each week I use the green-glass Shabbat candlesticks they bought in Jerusalem, along with the silver … Continue reading Our Jewish Mission

The Power of a Smile

Fake it till you make it. It’s now Adar on the Jewish calendar, which our sages say is a month inherently infused with increased joy. But each year at this time, I reflect on why I don’t necessarily feel a spike of simcha. Now that we have made Aliyah, evidence of Adar and the upcoming … Continue reading The Power of a Smile

Continuing My Mission in the Holy Land

I am so grateful to be growing my business from here in the Holy Land. Five months ago I made Aliyah with my family. It’s been a monumental adventure—setting up our home, getting our children in the right schools, learning Hebrew, and exploring this amazing land. During my 25 years as an independent Jewish journalist, … Continue reading Continuing My Mission in the Holy Land

Strong and Courageous: ‘We’ won today’s battle with the Yetzar Hara

We won today’s battle with the yetzar hara, the evil inclination. Those insidious thoughts that told me I’m lacking — that others are better, smarter, more motivated and successful — were weighing me down. Then I read a quote from psalms — “Look to the Lord: be strong and courageous,” it said. But the words … Continue reading Strong and Courageous: ‘We’ won today’s battle with the Yetzar Hara

practicing the art of surrender and gratitude in the jewish new year

I surrender.My family and I moved to the Jewish community of Surfside last month, right before our son left for high school in Israel and I spent the afternoon weeping in the airport, along with the other moms.Then came the high holidays, an intense time on the Jewish calendar that includes the New Year, Day … Continue reading practicing the art of surrender and gratitude in the jewish new year

Surrender and Celebrate!

And the children of Israel did according to Moses' order, and they borrowed from the Egyptians silver objects, golden objects, and garments. -Exodus 12:29-51 (Parsha Bo) להוּבְנֵֽי־יִשְׂרָאֵ֥ל עָשׂ֖וּ כִּדְבַ֣ר משֶׁ֑ה וַיִּשְׁאֲלוּ֙ מִמִּצְרַ֔יִם כְּלֵי־כֶ֛סֶף וּכְלֵ֥י זָהָ֖ב וּשְׂמָלֹֽת By bringing tambourines into the dessert as they fled Egypt, the women showed their unwavering faith and trust in … Continue reading Surrender and Celebrate!

Letting Go

The Lord said to Moses, "See! I have made you a lord over Pharaoh." אוַיֹּ֤אמֶר יְהֹוָה֙ אֶל־משֶׁ֔ה רְאֵ֛ה נְתַתִּ֥יךָ אֱלֹהִ֖ים לְפַרְעֹ֑ה וְאַֽהֲרֹ֥ן אָחִ֖יךָ יִֽהְיֶ֥ה נְבִיאֶֽךָ: There are times when our animal drive (our inner Pharoah) seems strong, and the best way to overcome it is to use our power to confidently demand that it go. The … Continue reading Letting Go

Let it Go: Turning Darkness into Light

Chapter 100 A psalm of thanksgiving. Let all the earth sing in jubilation to the Lord. Serve the Lord with joy; come before Him with exultation. Know that the Lord is God; He has made us and we are His, His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with gratitude, His courtyards … Continue reading Let it Go: Turning Darkness into Light

Feminine Power

Genesis 46:8-27  כָּל-הַנֶּפֶשׁ לְבֵית-יַעֲקֹב הַבָּאָה מִצְרַיְמָה, שִׁבְעִים ...all the souls of the house of Yaakov, that came into Mitzrayim, were seventy... Yocheved (the mother of Moses and Aaron and Miriam and one of the greatest Jewish women that ever lived) was that seventieth and final soul of this holy house of Yaakov. She strattled two worlds, with the power to … Continue reading Feminine Power

POWER OF WORDS

On the sixth day, G-d created all the other animals... and put a divine soul into a body which He made of earth and clay. This was the human. To the human G‑d granted high mental ability to think and reach one’s own conclusions. G‑d also gave the human the power of speech and He … Continue reading POWER OF WORDS