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Elana Mizrahi

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Originally from northern California and a Stanford University graduate, Elana Mizrahi now lives in Jerusalem with her husband and children. She is a women's health & spiritual wellness coach, doula, massage therapist, writer, and author of Dancing Through Life, a book for Jewish women. She also teaches Jewish marriage classes for brides.
There had been a glitch in the computer system and appointments had been double-booked. In short, it was a mess, and the wait would be very long.
Did my mother in-law miss us? Of course. Did she want us near her? Absolutely.
It’s truly been a year of relinquishing control, of planning to have no plans because every day is unknown. My children ask, “Are we having guests for Seder night?” I don't know.
A constant state of grief, depression, anxiety or pain is not normal. Telling ourselves that it is can create a situation where we are frozen.
He plants seeds. Seeds of experience, seeds of challenge, seeds of tears. Seeds that make us think, “Why do I need to go through this experience or meet that person?”
They say that seeing is believing, but the way that information is changed and manipulated with a few clicks makes even seeing difficult to believe.
Motherhood is a new territory, and every child—no matter how many you have—is its own, beautiful, new light. You enter new stages all the time. What worked for one child doesn’t for another.
Over the last many months, so many of the things that we thought we needed to connect to G‑d and spirituality haven’t been possible.
It’s important to take my personal experience and perception of pain and put it aside as I try to step into the other woman’s shoes.
She reached her ninth month and finally was just about to start her 38th week when her husband came home with the news that his coworker was diagnosed with COVID-19.
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