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Chana's Blog on Parenting, Relationships, and Daily Living
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. ...Take a short pause from the busyness of your day and join Chana for a cup of coffee.
Judaism offers prayers to say for every occasion. But a few prayers said by women offer a distinct path to communicate with the Divine.
Aware I was breaking Shabbat, even as I continued to exercise this fanatical and futile habit, I was bombarded by thoughts like “It’s too late,” “It’s done,” “Why stop now?”
Here are five strategies that have worked in our family, helping us to banish cynicism and encouraging us to look at the world in a more cheerful, upbeat manner.
Most of us are largely worried and secretive about our finances.
You don’t need to be a therapist to be able to sit quietly with a person in pain and just be there.
The animal laws in the Torah suggest that animals are intelligent—maybe even more than we know they are.
I’m used to digging myself out of the foxhole through the help of friends, family, inspirational words of wisdom and mentors, ad infinitum.
Usually, when I realize what good has come from my life because of Judaism, I feel better about it and I get back to the place where I want to be.
Two people might have the same exact difficulty, but for one person it is a mediocre challenge, perhaps a level 5 test, while for another it may be excruciatingly difficult, a level 10 test.
While it’s commendable to work on developing our positive quality traits, it’s also important to our self-worth to recognize that we are whole and worthy beings with all sorts of emotions.
I was due to give birth in less than a week, and I still didn’t know the exact name to give our about-to-be-born son.
What was supposed to be a cruise full of packaged meals and solo praying became one of the most moving, inspiring and amazing Shabbat experiences of my life.
I looked into my purse and saw that I had about 12 dollars, which was over 100 dollars short of what I needed.
Accept. Tolerate. Be open. Yet at the same time: Care.
When a challenge seems too daunting to confront, some people simply choose to avoid it. The Rebbe Maharash, Rabbi Shmuel, takes a different approach.
Especially during wars or trying times, people question, “Isn’t it scary to raise a family there?”
Have you ever made great plans that went down the drain?
“Lady, I hate to break it to you, but it sounds like you’re having a conversation with yourself. Why bother?!”
In this world, we are given tools, many of them. We have medicines and machines, we have diets and therapies. All these tools, they are given to us to help us, like glasses for poor vision.