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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.
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.
Peace, love and harmony. Coexistence and community. These rosy ideals are easy to dream and sing about, but so much harder to achieve in everyday life.
Which experience do you think is more elevated—dancing up a storm at a wedding, or talking to G‑d during your morning prayers? Savoring a fresh chocolate doughnut on Chanukah, or delving into a book of Torah?
I decided to visit a renowned raw-food healer and see what she thought about my passion for fruit.