Daniella Levy is an Orthodox Jewish mother of three, rabbi's wife, writer, translator, self-defense instructor, bridal counselor, black belt in karate, and certified medical clown--and she still can't decide what to be when she grows up. Her debut novel, By Light of Hidden Candles, is now available for pre-order in advance of its October release by Kasva Press. She is also the author of Letters to Josep: An Introduction to Judaism, and she blogs about Judaism and life in Israel at LetterstoJosep.com.
The composition is exquisite: my firstborn, Hallel, maybe a week old, is lying on his back on a striped felt blanket next to his grandpa. They are gazing lovingly into each other's eyes. Such a…tender moment. Only, we later learned, Hallel wasn't actually gazing at anything. He was completely blind. We had no idea. Hallel was born at a birth center in central Israel--a three-week-early, quick, and easy birth. I felt like I won the lottery. He was a tiny little guy, only 5lbs, 8oz, but he seemed completely… >> Read More
This article is part of the Here. Now. essay series, which seeks to de-stigmatize mental health treatment, and improve accessibility to treatment and support for teens and parents in metropolitan…New York. This Sunday, a horrific tragedy took place in Jerusalem. A mother of four girls strangled her children to death and then committed suicide. When things like this happen, I've noticed that people tend to respond in one of two ways. The first type of response is rage: "What a horrible monster! How could… >> Read More
I’m not sure when I first realized that something was different.
It may have been when I started reading articles about other women’s experiences of motherhood: how they felt about their…children, things they sacrificed for their children’s well being, how they enjoyed their children above all else. It was probably in my third pregnancy, when I started to feel weighed down by everything—when I found myself having difficulty performing basic tasks for my boisterous toddlers. It was then that I found myself lying on the… >> Read More
The Force is strong in my family.
My parents have it. I have it. My husband has it. And my children have it.
…And by “the Force,” I mean the high sensitivity trait.
High sensitivity,…known scientifically as “sensory processing sensitivity,” is a trait that that appears in 15-20% of the population. It basically means that we process sensory information more deeply than the rest of the population, making us more receptive and more responsive to various stimuli. For example, my husband will jump 10 feet in the air if… >> Read More