What are some the unique characteristics of parenting in Israel?

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Israel has the highest Birth compared to other OECD countries and compared to 55 different countries worldwide. This isn’t only due to our ultra orthodox community (average of~7 kids per family), but also our secular and traditional communities also have a higher birth rate than the OECD average. Unlike what is the case for other countries, higher education for women, does not cause decrease in birth rate.

In many countries low birth rate is a real crisis. In some countries like Saudi Arabia there has been a decrease in birth rates as the country westernizes.

When I ask myself what are the underlying principals that a Jew today must acknowledge

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1) “First, be a Mensch”

While prayer and rituals are part of our religion, they cannot substitute ethics and moral behavior. If needed to choose, better to excel in the man to man and fail in the man to his maker, as apposed to the other way around. Like my mom always said to us growing up “first, be a mensch”. We too as parents want our children first and foremost to be moral good people.

The message of the Hebrew Bible is that serving god and serving our fellow human beings are inseparably linked. Unless the holy leads us outward toward the good, and…

Wishing everyone a year of health, happiness and meaning

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“OMG!!! What is that?? A grey hair!”. Just in time for my 31st birthday, I received a gift, a grey hair. Maybe this hair was a call for me to embrace my age. :) So for the second time on my birthday, instead of focusing on how further ahead I should be, I’ll look back at lessons I have learned:

1. Who you are, counts more than what you do

Very few people have a career that makes them unique and very well known. Most jobs and positions, in fact, can be done by many people. What makes you unique is who your are as a person in that position…

Discover what you love, do what you love (and everything you love) and you must start now!

Barbara Sher (1935–2020)

Barbara Sher was a a career life coach and a best-selling author. She appeared on Oprah and several other television shows. The “god-mother” of life coaching was famous for her down to earth techniques to help you discover and develop your inner genius.

I recently discovered her via YouTube. I enjoyed watching some of her videos and reading two of of her books (listed below).

Here are a few pearls of wisdom from her 30 plus years as a life career coach:

1. Do What you love

The correct question to ask, according to Sher is not- what you could do, but- what do you…

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OK, so I know this book is from the 90’s and we are in 2021! I just recently though discovered Dennis Prager and I am loving his Fireside Chats on YouTube, where he talks about life topics and values. While I don’t agree with every argument of his, I love many of his insights and enjoy his refreshingly simple explanations.

This book is no exception. Very easy to read and offers so much “food for thought” to take away. I highly recommend it.

Here are some of my personal takeaways-

1. Happiness is a struggle

Anyone can be unhappy, it is easy and does not…

The recipe is a winner! Non-dairy, with only 4 ingredients and actually makes you yearn for Passover, when our diet is quite limited :)

I wouldn’t exactly call it an “easy” recipe, as it includes a few bowls, separating eggs and requires a mixer (all things I usually try to avoid). In this case, it’s worth it!

Non-dairy Mousse (yields a 9 inch round,or similar size)

Dried/toasted crumbs for the pan(can be made from brownies,chocolate cake, or chocolate cookies)
a few spoons of oil for pan,for melting chocolate
6–7 eggs (separated)
200 grams dark chocolate
a few spoons of liqueur,vanilla (optional)…

Become co-authors with God of the world that ought to be

“We are here to make a difference, to mend the fractures of the world, a day at a time, an act at a time, for as long as it take to make it a place of justice and compassion” ~Rabbi Sacks

1. How to lead a meaningful life?

“Those mourned were not the most successful, rich or famous. They were the people who enhanced the life of others. They were truly loved. The best predictor of happiness is the sense that you have a purpose in life. Happiness is the ability to say: I lived for certain values and acted on them. I was part of a…

Become co-authors with God of the world that ought to be

I just finished his fascinating book, “To Heal a Fractured World”. The book was so inspiring and thought provoking to me, I intend on writing a more detailed summary on it in the near future.

“I make no claim to wisdom”, he writes, “but this I have learned:

1) That each of us is here for a purpose.
2) Where
what we want to do and what needs to be done, that is where God wants us to be.
3) That even the smallest good deed can change someones life.
4) That what counts is not how much wealth we make but how…

Jewish Wisdom to Help Transform Jealousy Into a Catalyst of Self-Improvement

In Jewish thought, we want to have the right balance between two extreme character traits. The Hebrew word for character trait is “mida”, which means “amount”. We aspire to acquire a character trait that is not absenting oneself nor exaggerating ones self. Rambam, influenced by Aristotle, has his well- known approach of moderation, where one should always be governed by the “mida beinonit. Jealousy is no exception. We want to have the right amount of jealousy.

Men do not desire merely to be rich, but to be richer than other men.” ~John Stuart Mill

The Tenth Commandment: “You Shall Not Covet”

The last of the ten commandments…

4 main differences between Christianity, the world’s largest religion and Judaism, the world’s oldest monotheistic religion.

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The term “Judeo-Christian” is used to group these two religions together. Both religions read the bible, believe in a god who cares about individuals and share many other values and ideas. American leaders have used this term to mean shared values that are the core of American law and moral.

Both Christianity and Islam have been influenced by the Jewish tradition. In fact, Jesus and his earliest followers were observant Jews. The four new testament Gospels are the accounts of the life and teaching of Jesus, assembled after his death. …

Tamar Meisels

Jewish wife and mother, pursuing a life of happiness and meaning

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