Friday Nights at Home

  Originally published in the Jewish Press “Should we eat at home this week?” I ask my kids on Monday night. It’s time to start planning for Shabbos. My question is rhetorical, since the final call is mine, but since we’re a threesome, they’re usually consulted too. Shabbos means different things for us than it […]

Continue reading


The Song of Kabbalas HaTorah: A Shavuos Diary

Originally appeared in Mishpacha’s Family First magazine, May 13, 2013 Shavuos 2004 My first yom tov married! Nesanel and I decided to stay home so he could learn in yeshivah at night. I made my first roast ever – followed the cookbook instructions to the letter, because Mommy’s were too vague. Also cabbage kugel, health […]

Continue reading


Rekindling the Joy

Originally appeared in Mishpacha’s Family First magazine, December 12, 2012 The first year after my divorce, I looked at my two sons, four and five years old at the time, and said, “It’s just you and me, guys.” “Okay, Mommy,” they chorused. They were too young to understand what I meant. Too young to remember […]

Continue reading


Everyone’s Nebach

On Yom Tov, I welcomed one of my friends, a single mother and her children, to my sukkah. In the course of the conversation, she mentioned that she had received an unusual number of invitations for the meals this yom tov. I showed her the Hamodia article on divorced families that had appeared several weeks […]

Continue reading