Avi Shaked
Avi Shaked Avi Shaked (Mendelson), 7th generation Jerusalemite, married to Michal and father of 3 Tuesday 23.5.17 No comments 254 views

Returning to You Again

The final day of the Six Day War. Father came home wearing a camouflage uniform, with IDF slouch hat on his head, an Uzi submachine gun hanging from his shoulder, and his chin crowned by a five day stubble beard – the previous days of the war. Our house was located at the bottom of Bar Ilan Street in Jerusalem, just one hundred meters from the border with Jordan...

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Shira Perry
Shira Perry Wife of Nati and mother of two boys and a girl, lives in Ofra. Thursday 27.4.17 No comments 621 views

Four Walls - My Whole World

Sitting at night in my own house, it’s our last night here before the military forces come to take us away from here tomorrow morning. Sitting in my house trying to organize my thoughts. Our house, where we’ve spent most of our lives as a family. Where two of our sweet daughters were born and which is filled with our memories, moments that are ours alone. The small, everyday things that only we know about this house are disappearing...

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Meira Dolev
Meira Dolev Meira Dolev is married to Yaakov, mother of 6 children, lives in Talmon and manager of the Communications department at the Binyamin Regional Council.   Wednesday 26.4.17 No comments 102 views

Amona, Take Two

During my nighttime drive to Amona, there was a moment when I felt that I couldn’t take any more. The Pandora’s box in my head with the word “evacuation” on it flew open and images of an 11 year old me in Yamit were conjured up. The stench of the burning tires again filled my nostrils, the sight of people being dragged, tears, and broken hearts raced before my eyes...

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Elisheva Blum
Elisheva Blum Elisheva Blum, mother of 5. Painter, writer, and businesswoman. Wednesday 26.4.17 No comments 132 views

I am Beautiful

Yesterday I posted a very personal post, in Hebrew, sharing something special that happened to me. Although I had debated whether to put it out there, the post actually sparked the most amazing, loving reactions. I was asked to translate it, and decided to do so. If it helps even one woman, mother, daughter…then it was definitely worth the effort. The incident took place over the past weekend...

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Moriyah Ta'asan-Michaeli
Moriyah Ta'asan... Moriyah has 1 husband, 2 degrees and 3 children. Feminist, settler, mother, lives in Givat Harel Sunday 28.8.16 No comments 852 views

Let’s Talk about Me and Effort

Vacation. Oh yes, vacation. So much has already been written about it. So much is yet to be written. Yet it surprises me every time it comes around and makes me come to terms with touchy subjects. Here’s one of the big ones: I need to put in effort to be good. I’ll explain. During most of my childhood and adolescence, I didn’t have to exert myself. If something required effort, then (as you probably guessed) I just skipped it entirely...

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Miri Maoz-Ovadia
Miri Maoz-Ovadia Miri Maoz-Ovadia, married to Shlomo and mother of Naveh, lives in Neve Tzuf. She is the overseas spokespersons coordinator for the Binyamin Regional Council. Sunday 21.8.16 No comments 328 views

It's Time to Let Loose

I am a devoted visitor of the annual Jerusalem Arts and Crafts Fair. Not because I really need to attend concerts by Amir Benayoun, Barry Sakharof or any of the other musicians who play there, but because of the incredible combination of different artists displaying their masterpieces at the fair. Crafts and spiritual art, sculptures, dance performances and music by local and international artists…I walk around at the fair like a little girl dazzled by the myriad of colors, sounds and shapes...

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Moriyah Ta'asan-Michaeli
Moriyah Ta'asan... Moriyah has 1 husband, 2 degrees and 3 children. Feminist, settler, mother, lives in Givat Harel Monday 15.8.16 No comments 320 views

Dancing to the Beat of your Own Drum

I was insanely busy when I was in college. I was studying two rigorous majors, teaching classes to support myself and for my own enjoyment, and studying one day a week at The Jewish Statesmanship Center just for fun. With whatever time was left, I went on dates and forged relationships, some of which lasted two weeks and some that disintegrated that same night in the freezing air of Mount Scopus. Those were hectic and wonderful years...

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Hadas Dikstein
Hadas Dikstein Sunday 7.8.16 No comments 521 views

From the West Bank to the Wild West

Born, raised and educated in Israel, in a typical Jewish home, I really thought that the concept of Jewish identity was something that begins and ends in Israel. Yes, Diaspora Jewry is important, but the real deal is what’s happening in Israel. Then, almost two years ago, a job offer landed on our doorstep for my dear husband, and we decided to bravely accept it, despite our apprehensions and fears. We felt that it was a sign from heaven that we were being called to set out on this new journey...

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Rivka Deutsch
Rivka Deutsch Sunday 24.7.16 No comments 371 views

I’m Not Afraid of the Julyaugust Monster!

June is the most nerve-wracking month of the year. A month of juggling and bungee-jumping, no less, between end of the year parties at school, end of the year parties at kindergarten, end of the year parties at the after school class and at the youth movement. The only party that really is important this time of year – the end of our sanity and energy, we parents forget to celebrate, for some reason...

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Meira Dolev
Meira Dolev Meira Dolev is married to Yaakov, mother of 6 children, lives in Talmon and manager of the Communications department at the Binyamin Regional Council.   Tuesday 19.7.16 No comments 374 views

A Sister among Five Misters

As someone who grew up with four sisters and can vouch wholeheartedly that sisters are one of the best gifts that life has to offer, it’s not easy for me to deal with the fact that I have only one daughter. And five sons. On the other hand, I occasionally see families of all boys, so I’m not complaining. I’m thankful that I am privileged to have a daughter. There’s no doubt that girls change the atmosphere at home...

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