Confessions of a Shul-Going Mommy

  Originally appeared in Mishpacha’s Family First magazine, October 1, 2014 Before I had children, Shabbos mornings centered on going to shul. But as a mommy, shul took its place on the back burner…until last year. My oldest turned nine. I’m a single mother and his father lives out of town. Who would take my […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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How to Help

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Several weeks ago, Hamodia published an extensive feature on community awareness for divorced families. I read it with great interest, since I have been divorced for many years, raising my children of both genders and various ages, alone without financial or any other type of support from their father. I therefore feel qualified to add […]

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