Koreen Sopher
Koreen Sopher Thursday 13.8.15 No comments 1304 views

Living Inside

koreen2.jpg MORE WATER!!! No reply. Maybe if I keep really quiet, this mantra will wear itself out. WATERRRRRR!!!!! Where is my invisibility cloak? The three year old runs out of the bedroom, crashing into the six year old’s carefully constructed creation, and World War III ensues. The previously asleep one and a half year old, conveniently enough barricaded in her bed, cradles her puppy and enjoys the show...

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Koreen Sopher
Koreen Sopher Thursday 23.7.15 No comments 1048 views

Musings between a Morning Coffee and a Note from the Home Front

נוף אש קודש.jpg 8:00 AM. Trying to wake up after a morning that started way too early (why is it that kids think 5:30 AM is a perfect time to eat breakfast?). I walk into the educational psychological services where I work, and rummage through the pile of notices on my desk. Among the paperwork is an invitation to take part in a trauma-centered first aid training course run by the ‘Home Front Command,’ the organization in charge of providing aid to civilians in a time of attack...

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Maya Levi
Maya Levi Thursday 16.7.15 No comments 1061 views

10 Years Later...

מיה1.jpg It turns out that being in a women’s running group has another advantage, aside from the obvious health benefits. I’m talking about the social aspect. The truth is that the best part of running is the conversation. This week, we panted along while discussing a very relevant topic: 10 years since the expulsion from Gush Katif. The topic was raised and I found myself pouring out my story to the runners...

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Avital Blass
Avital Blass Thursday 9.7.15 No comments 1215 views

I was too nice

nice.jpg It ended for us when he told me that I was too nice . I couldn't fall asleep that night. I didn’t want to break up, but after that conversation, it didn’t seem right to continue. A day later, we sat on his balcony with two beers and I told him that I thought he was right; I am too nice, for him. It ended for us, but something new began for me. That sentence continued to gnaw at me...

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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. Thursday 7.5.15 No comments 1161 views

When They Called Me Tsahainesh

מקוה ישראל.jpg I have a name that the teens I was in charge of gave me when I was doing National Service. Tsahainesh. A 12th grader named Avi Talala decided that my blonde hue and my smiles reminded him of the sun, which is Tshai in Amharic. Many of the other teens I worked with at Mikveh Yisrael also had two names. The name given to them by their parents, and the name chosen by their kindergarten teacher because it sounded closest to their original name...

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Racheli Segal
Racheli Segal Racheli is 34, married and mother of three girls. Racheli lives in Talmon, between Modi'in and Ramallah, and is editor of the "Land of Binyamin" newsletter. Thursday 16.4.15 No comments 1731 views

The Most Important Lesson I Learned in University

שואה.jpg The most important lesson I learned in university was actually part of one of the core courses, not even from my department. In the auditorium sat 140 students, including freshmen students from the Jewish History Department at Bar Ilan, for whom this was a mandatory introductory course for their Bachelor’s degree. The lecturer, Professor Judy Baumel Schwartz, ascended to the podium in front of us...

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Tamar Asraf
Tamar Asraf Tamar is married to Eyal and mother of five children. She lives in Eli. Tamar is the spokesperson for the Binyamin Regional Council. Tuesday 14.4.15 No comments 1227 views

Settlers with Style

סטייל 5.jpg When I decided to start learning at Midreshet HaRova (a religious seminary for young women) in Jerusalem’s Old City, I realized that I would have to give up my trusty jeans for a garment I never wore before – a dress. I’ve hated dresses since I was a little girl....

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Hila Luxenburg
Hila Luxenburg Hila Luxenburg is 29 years old, mother of Uriya and resident of Alon. She is a personal coach, coaching groups and individuals in changing eating habits and personal empowerment. Sunday 22.3.15 No comments 1153 views

It’s Official – I have an Eating Disorder

הילהאוכל.JPG It all started when I was pregnant, or more precisely – after I gave birth. So many things happen to us after we give birth – our bodies change, the cellulite stops by for a visit. I suddenly started doing all sorts of adult things, and it was then that I realized that they’d tricked me all this time when they said that after you give birth, the senility goes away. As if these side effects weren’t enough, I got one more: I started to eat. A lot. Really a lot. Everything...

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Tamar Asraf
Tamar Asraf Tamar is married to Eyal and mother of five children. She lives in Eli. Tamar is the spokesperson for the Binyamin Regional Council. Wednesday 11.3.15 No comments 1364 views

Thelma and Louise

תלמה ולואיז1.jpg With election frenzy in the air and everyone running, whether for Knesset or far away from it, I decided to make some choices of my own. Confession: my life moves at a dizzying pace. I try to juggle between my home and my work and my work and my home. I don’t do this very successfully because my work and projects accompany me almost 24/7, they stay on my mind everywhere I go, all the time. It’s a situation which leaves me without a moment of rest...

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Judy Simon
Judy Simon Judy is a mother of six, lives in Beit El and works as the Tourism Coordinator for the town. Wednesday 4.3.15 2 Comments 2494 views

Hadassah of Purim

Adah Tofilowska12.jpg As a kid, I loved the holiday of Purim. The costumes, the treats, the noisy-happy atmosphere. The grinding of groggers [1] at Haman's name as the Megilla [2] story was read was a task that the children excelled at and which I took very seriously. The traditional triangle-shaped jelly-filled Hamentaschen cookies were a favorite of mine...

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