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 1420 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 2616 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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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 19.2.15 No comments 1195 views

Then and Now

שלג.jpg Then, we didn’t know if it would really snow or not, only to wake up in the morning and discover that the ground was covered in white. Now, the snow is mixed with water, mixed with hail, mixed with wind and there’s this sort of long promo until the real thing actually arrives.

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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.   Monday 9.2.15 No comments 1071 views

My Relationship with Bibi

bibi.jpg By “relationship,” I mean my rising and falling emotions toward our prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. There was a time – about 17 years ago – when I even worked in his office, in his very office, even beyond the glass doors, but I was so young and shy that I didn’t dare to even exchange one word with him. So whoever thought that I was referring to something else in the title should be ashamed!...

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אנונימי Wednesday 4.2.15 No comments 1089 views

A VERY IMPORTANT DATE

דקל.jpg Growing up in the United States, Tu B’Shvat was never a special holiday for me. Other holidays were more significant, had stronger family traditions and were more meaningful.

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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. Monday 2.2.15 8 Comments 2525 views

A Pot of Love

ירקות.jpg Traditions. One tradition that links me to my ancestors involves lighting flames, circling my hands above them, and whispering a prayer. Though I am referring to the kindling of the Sabbath candles, another tradition with the same motions also binds me to generations of Jewish mothers. It is the act of making soup.

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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 25.1.15 1 Comments 1722 views

Not Just Another Prayer

סידור1.jpg “Mom, here’s the invitation to my Siddur party,” she said, and I suddenly felt that same sensation I feel when I get an invitation to a wedding that I really, but really, don’t feel like attending. I admit, that small book called a Siddur is pretty much one of my worst nightmares.

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Laly Derai
Laly Derai Laly was born in France and moved to Israel when she was 15. She is a journalist, mother of four children and lives in Eli. Tuesday 13.1.15 1 Comments 2372 views

Call the Enemy by its Name

IMG-20150111-WA0002.jpg Wednesday afternoon. The world is upside-down. In Israel, the talk is about the weather and in France, about a terrorist attack. One of the murdered is Cabu, an extremely talented cartoonist who accompanied me throughout my childhood. I remember round glasses, a messy haircut and kind eyes. Now he’s dead. He and another 10 journalists. They were executed on charges of impudence. They dared to draw a caricature of the prophet Muhammad. Dared to laugh at him. I open a news website in French...

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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. Wednesday 7.1.15 No comments 1495 views

The Sound of Silence

שכונה2.jpg One of the things that I fondly recall from that period in Jerusalem is the feeling of being constantly surrounded by noises. It starts with the garbage truck that for some reason has to pick up the trash at six in the morning even on side streets, and continues with the construction workers who start drilling at 7:00AM to take advantage of every minute of work time. They’re joined by the sounds of buses, vendors and random shouting in the streets...

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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 7.12.14 No comments 10731 views

Yearning to Be Me

הילה פנים.JPG I grew up in a religious Zionist home. For years I would get up in the morning, put on my long skirt and appropriately modest long-sleeved shirt, pray, attend the Bible and Judaic studies classes, which we were required to study at the highest level for matriculation. I was an active member of the Bnei Akiva religious youth group and kept the Sabbath...

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