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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 is a certain internal voice that says, “You are not doing enough.”
Part of me wants to cry from joy, another part wants to cry from exhaustion, while a third part wants to cry from the doubt that creeps inside.
The weather turned to rain. The contractions came and went.
Those duck-and-cover drills of my youth in the United States that we practiced in school prepared me for the major earthquake that occurred when I was 11 years old. Technically, I knew what to do. Duck under my desk and cover the back of my head with my h...
On the one hand, I saw myself traveling, working long hours, being busy with a busy career; on the other hand, I always had this desire to be a mommy.
We went camping this past summer, and the preparations for it took a lot of work. The buying, borrowing, planning; asking for advice on how to do it and what to do. My husband and I packed in two days what some might pack in two weeks. It was our first ti...
I think, “You really never know where a person is coming from.”
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.
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