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Dear Readers,

I was to fly from Victoria, B.C. to San Diego, to deliver another lecture.

Waking at 3:30AM, I arrived at the airport to discover that my 6:30AM flight had been cancelled. Irritating to needlessly wake so early, I thought, but I’ll catch the next flight.

I was rescheduled to depart at 8:30AM and transfer in Seattle. But 8:30, 9:00 and 10:00 came and the flight was nowhere near departing. There was fog in Seattle and it was clear that this flight would not bring me to my destination.

By now it was 11:00AM; the program was scheduled for 7:00PM. Plenty of time…

The attendant looked for a replacement, but kept shaking her head, frowning. Finally, she victoriously announced that she had found a flight—it would arrive in San Diego at 9:00PM!

“Oh no,” I pleaded, “That won’t work!”

The helpful attendant was looking from one computer to another but finally concluded, “There is nothing; you need a miracle.”

Gulp! Out came my cell phone with my Tehillim (Psalms) app, downloaded thoughtfully by my son. Dear G‑d, please help.

After saying Psalm 112 (the Rebbe’s chapter this year), I mouthed my own silent prayer. “Dear Rebbe, I really need you to intercede on High. I’m tired; I don’t mind returning home. But your incredible shluchos put a lot of effort and there will be hundreds of people seeking inspiration. So, please help!”

Then I was calm; it was no longer in my hands. G‑d knows best.

“Now, wait a minute,” the kind attendant piped up from behind her screen. “Did you say you have only hand luggage?”

“Yes!” I had had a niggling premonition to travel lightly.

“This is a long shot,” she hesitated. “I have a flight to Vancouver with 50 seats; 48 passengers have already checked in. If the remaining two miss the cut off, the flight is yours. From there, you’ll fly to San Francisco and then to San Diego. You’ll arrive at 6:40PM. This is your only option. Hurry to the gate!”

So…after being in transit for 13 hours, with stops in 4 cities, I was whisked from the San Diego airport and arrived at my talk by 7:10PM. I was tired, a little hungry, but completely raring to deliver my speech.

This week let’s explore G‑d’s role in our lives. How involved is G‑d in the details, asks Shifra Sharfstein. As hard as we work, asserts Rochel Holzkenner, we need G‑d’s Magic touch to see success. And as happy as our marriage is, claims Yitchak Schochet, inviting G‑d increases our love. But, Rochel Spagenthal reminds us, we need to let G‑d in!

Thank G‑d for miracles.

Thank G‑d for nice airline attendants.

Thank G‑d for Tehillim apps--and sons who know how to install them.

Chana Weisberg

Editor, TJW

Chana Weisberg is the editor of She lectures internationally on issues relating to women, relationships, meaning, self-esteem and the Jewish soul. She is the author of five popular books.

As I prepare this week’s selection, I’ve just returned from a speaking tour across the West Coast. I love these tours because of the amazing people that I meet.

So much of my time is spent behind my desk, writing, editing, compiling and putting together the material you read on our site. When I’m out traveling, speaking, and meeting the incredible people around the world, I finally have a chance to personally connect eye to eye with you, our readers. And in every location that I travel, I get to hear about how much this site means to you. What you love to read. What inspires you. What makes a difference in your life. And, sometimes, what even has transformed your life.

So, this week I thought I’d share with you a glimpse of some of the incredible people that I met.

To the woman who “picked my brain” for a deeper answer on why observant women cover their hair, and then promised to write to me when she begins keeping this mitzvah: I’m eagerly awaiting your e‑mail . . .

To the beautiful young woman who is contemplating beginning a life with her soulmate: I think it’s a great idea to begin taking baby steps in celebrating Shabbat.

To the Israeli woman who listened to my talk with what seemed a cynical eye, but then said I touched a chord as she realized that for her children’s sake, here in North America it is no longer sufficient to just “be Jewish,” but that her home and ideals need to actually reflect that.

To the woman who is trying so hard to keep her marriage together: please remember that you are so courageous.

To an amazing woman who hosted me: your eyes shine with gratitude and purpose, and I am sure your “project for the year” to help your child connect to her soul will exceed your expectations.

To the shluchos, who despite the many hardships move to spiritually forlorn locations to inspire our fellow Jews: you are so awesome!

In my talks I often speak about the stories of great women from the past. But the stories of great women from the present, each and every one of you—women who are so heroic in bringing positive change to your lives—is, to me, the greatest inspiration of all.

With absolute admiration,

Chana Weisberg,
Editor, TJW

P.S.: As women, we do so much, and can become obsessed with our work. Or even with our aging. Let’s take a moment to remember that there is so much to be grateful for, and so many to whom we are irreplaceable. This week at TJW, we also take time out to review the top 10 articles from the past year. I hope you’ll find some time to enjoy it all!

Chana Weisberg is the editor of She lectures internationally on issues relating to women, relationships, meaning, self-esteem and the Jewish soul. She is the author of five popular books.

Dear Reader,

What do you do when you just need a break? When you want a pause from your mundane routine? When life begins to feel a tad too tedious?

Here’s what I do.

If I’m in the mood for being physically healthy, I’ll go for a fast-paced walk. When I want to be emotionally connected, I’ll call a friend. If I want spiritual illumination, I’ll learn a Torah teaching.

And when I’m in a more frivolous mood and just need some mindless time out . . . I’ll go shopping.

I usually won’t buy anything big. Sometimes I won’t buy anything at all. Sometimes I’ll pick up a small gift, for myself or for someone important in my life. Or a pretty accessory for our home.

Just browsing and discovering something that can create more beauty in this world has a way of brightening the drudgery of my darkest and most dreary day.

For all shopping fans, this week Chana Rose explores Shopping for Meaning and discovers a higher Kabbalistic calling to those shopping sprees.

In How Your Home Décor Reflects Who You Are, we look at some gorgeous pictures of decorating trends, and how these reflect timeless Jewish values and teachings.

A couple of weeks ago we started a new series called Thoughtstream: Meditations for Women, in which Sara Blau provides short weekly calls for action. In this week’s meditation, Builders, she examines how to build greater beauty in our homes and relationships.

In our Jewish Law forum, Can I Donate My Kidney Against My Parent’s Wishes?, Yehudah Shurpin answers questions about donating a kidney—something that you can’t shop for in a mall!

And finally, in our Dear Rachel, Am I Overstaying My Welcome as a Shabbat Guest?, Rosally Saltsman shows how the greatest beauty we can bring into our homes is another.

Wishing you a week full of beauty.

And some fun shopping sprees.

Chana Weisberg,
Editor, TJW

Chana Weisberg is the editor of She lectures internationally on issues relating to women, relationships, meaning, self-esteem and the Jewish soul. She is the author of five popular books.

Dear readers,

I grew up in a religious home, as “the Orthodox rabbi’s” daughter. Actually, I was the Orthodox, chassidic rabbi’s daughter.

But don’t let that fool you into believing that I am not bothered by the status quo.

As I matured into my early adulthood, I tried to make some of my own small changes to what I perceived as imbalanced in our society. For example, as I began to realize how little information was easily accessible about great Jewish female role models from the past, I decided to do something about it.

As a Jewish woman, I wanted to learn life lessons from these great role models and apply their uniquely feminine perspective to my own life’s circumstances. And so I did my part researching and digging into original source texts to piece together a cogent story of the lives of these great women so that it could be readily available to others who, like me, were searching for a better understanding.

From those long nightly research sessions, I eventually published books on the lives of biblical women. I also began extensive speaking tours to teach about the amazing powers of the Jewish woman.

At the time that I published my first book, this genre was a novelty. In fact, one publisher to whom I submitted the manuscript told me that the research was well done and interesting, but that this type of book was “far too deep for women”! But, he assured me, he would be willing to publish it because “perhaps their husbands would read it.”

Needless to say, that was not the publisher I chose.

This week, I explore the implications of a blessing that men recite daily, thanking G‑d for “not making me a woman.”

I’d love to hear your thoughts on my piece.

Wishing you a wonderful week, full of probing questions.

And even more liberating answers.

Chana Weisberg,
Editor, TJW

Chana Weisberg is the editor of She lectures internationally on issues relating to women, relationships, meaning, self-esteem and the Jewish soul. She is the author of five popular books.
Often we need a break from our daily routine. A pause from life to help us appreciate life.

A little pat on the back to let us know when we're on track. A word of encouragement to help us through those bleak moments and difficult days.

Sometimes, we just yearn for some friendship and camaraderie, someone to share our heart with. And sometimes we need a little direction from someone who's been there.

So, take a short pause from the busyness of your day and join Chana Weisberg for a cup of coffee.

Chana Weisberg is the author of Tending the Garden: The Unique Gifts of the Jewish Woman and four other books. Weisberg is a noted educator and columnist and lectures worldwide on issues relating to women, faith, relationships and the Jewish soul.
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