My oldest son became a bar mitzvah in November. We had a congregational Kiddush luncheon in his honor, and a small party for him and his friends that evening. Instead of having the grand blowout…party that seems to be the general expectation in my New Jersey suburb, we opted to go to Israel instead. And it was the best decision I possibly could have made, for these reasons (among others): 1. Visiting Israel is not just any trip. Sure, we could have gone to Paris, or Punta Cana, or… >> Read More
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 a woman murder her own children?!" The second type of response is trying to understand: "She had a mental illness and apparently just lost it... the poor woman." It seems to me that the… >> Read More
A devastating, unfathomable tragedy happened in Jerusalem on January 1, the start of the new year--which seems strikingly symbolic. Four children, ages 9, 7, 2 and 11 months, were found dead in a…locked room on fire, while their 36-year-old mother hanged to death on a nearby balcony, according to the Times of Israel. That sounds like something straight out of a horror movie.So, what exactly happened? After the autopsies, two of the older children showed signs of being strangled prior to being locked in a room set ablaze.… >> Read More
Chen Miller is a special education teacher in Israel. Her story, however, is extra inspiring because she was a student in special education classes as well. In a video recently posted to the popular…Facebook Page Soul Mama, Miller revealed that she couldn't read or write until she was in 5th grade. Because of this, she felt as if she would never amount to anything. Now that she's a teacher, Miller explains how she uses her own experience to help her students, particularly one boy who said that everyone knows… >> Read More
Gal Gadot, the Israeli actress who stars in the forthcoming movie "Wonder Woman" as the infamous superhero, is pregnant. She announced in a tweet yesterday that she and her husband are expecting…their second child. The announcement featured a photo of herself and husband, Yaron Varsano, an Israeli real estate developer, taking a selfie together. The couple is seen making a heart shape with their hands on her belly--along with the caption: #mommyforthesecondtime. They are currently parents to their 5-year-old daughter. So excited to share this wonder… >> Read More