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Dec 16, 2019, 4:09 PM
Sheva Brachot and olive oil and G-d’s Grace
It all started when a friend got engaged. I was so shocked that I immediately reached out and offered to make sheva brachot. The problem was that the last sheva brachot I made was 11 years ago so I had...
Dec 5, 2019, 3:44 PM
Shine your light!
My friend has 11 kids. That means that for each of my kids, she has just under three kids. And before you think it, it's not true. I promise. Her kids are very loved. Not only that, they are well...
Dec 3, 2019, 7:32 PM
Live Love Israel -Motzaei Shabbat Irgun celebrations
This past shabbat was Shabbat Irgun at Ariel, one of the religious youth movements in Israel. Shabbat Irgun is the culmination of Chodesh Irgun, a month of intense activities and programming. A month that includes obligatory wall painting and...
Oct 10, 2019, 10:44 PM
Sukkot in the Holy Land — a dream come true
For the first 27 years of my life, I lived in Johannesburg, South Africa and I firmly believed that the concept of making Aliyah was something exceptionally admirable and brave. I also firmly believed it was something which OTHER...
Sep 23, 2019, 10:36 PM
Aluf HaOlam revised, more heartbreaking than ever
Today, much like every other day, I was sitting at my computer, randomly scrolling incredibly important Facebook post after post when I saw something profoundly moving. It’s a recording of an Israeli pop song entitled ‘Aluf HaOlam’, (World Champion). Performed...
Jul 23, 2019, 9:44 AM
Cyprus and the Neanderthal Man: The crisis facing our youth
Recently, two separate heinous crimes took place, one in Cyprus in the picturesque holiday destination of Ayia Napa and one in Israel. The crimes in and of themselves would be shocking enough without the fact that the crimes were...
Jul 21, 2019, 12:35 PM
Shevet Achim VeAchayot: An unlikely source of inspiration
It is very seldom that I am inspired by a pop song. Yet just yesterday, this was exactly what happened. On a long hot Shabbat summer afternoon, I was playing hide-and-go-seek with my adorable, rambunctious 4-year-old son. It was...
Jul 16, 2019, 2:26 PM
Spectacular Ahavat Chinam
It's hot in Israel these days with temperatures rising as high as 40 degrees (or 104 Fahrhenheit). People are irritable; nerves are frayed. Kids are off school and parents have to contend with this - If you are working,...
Jul 15, 2019, 2:44 PM
Rabbi Reuven Bauman: An ordinary superhero
My son loves Batman, Superman, Spiderman... Me, I'm inspired by a regular person who sprang into action with incredible bravery
Gila Isaacson is the very proud mama bear of four energetic sons. In the day, she can be found at Mercava, an awesome ed-tech start-up, where she works as a QA Engineer. At night, she can be found chasing after her boys.