Michal Peretz
Michal Peretz Sunday 15.11.15 No comments 1031 views

Time to Grow Wings

Nיכל פרץ 3.jpg To try to have your cake and eat it too. To be a good, giving, warm, loving, caressing, embracing mother. To try to realize my potential and listen to the creativity I feel shouting inside of me – put the pedal to the metal! Express yourself, fulfill the dream, develop, don’t be afraid. To try to find the balance, to try not to beat myself up about the imperfect things, to drive out the guilty conscience...

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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. Friday 4.9.15 No comments 1823 views

The Show Must Go On?

נבי צלאח.jpg Shows are nice. Definitely those deep, emotional shows that tug at your heartstrings and stimulate you to think. I go out to shows occasionally, for the experience and for all of the reasons I just mentioned. But there’s one thing I’ll never do – I’ll never sit in the front row. Usually because of the price, I admit it (why pay four times more when it’s the same as sitting in the last row with binoculars?). Yet, even if there’s no difference in price, I don’t like sitting there...

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Koreen Sopher
Koreen Sopher Thursday 13.8.15 No comments 1357 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 1105 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 1125 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 1277 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 1225 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 1794 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 1286 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 1225 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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