Author: Revital Belz

I really feel the need for a Rosh Hashanah

I love Rosh Hashanah. May seem a strange statement. Who loves this solemn day of the year with most of the day spent in the Synagogue, praying and listening to the unremitting Shofar sound? But I still wait for Rosh Hashanah. In fact, almost as soon as the two-day festival ends, I am waiting for next year’s Rosh Hashanah. Rosh Hashanah means New Year and as I learned in Hebrew school years ago, we are judged on this holy day for our resolutions, the beginnings we plan, he failures we regret, the slip-ups we wish would never have happened, the...

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Stop Complaining, Start Doing

I admit it. I’m an addict. Addicted to complaining. It took me a long time to realize it, but, yes, I admit it and feel so much freer! So, what do I complain about? From the weather, to the diapers, to my inability to be perfect, to my childhood, to my education, you name it! My newest hot topic for complaining, blaming and accusing is the Israeli school system. Did you know that the school day ends at 1pm in girls’ schools? And my children’s school does not offer extracurricular activities. The kids come home and hang out till...

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“Do me a favor, bro.”

I felt so guilty last night. My mother, aged 63, practically begged me to leave Elad and relocate my family of seven to Montreal, Canada. Her and my father left Israel over 30 years ago and desperately want to enjoy some “nachess”, as they call their grandsons. But how could I ever leave Israel…? With Yom Ha’Atzma’ut around the corner, I’ve been giving much thought to the many advantages of raising a Jewish family in the Jewish state. “All Israelis are rich!” exclaimed my lawyer sister who lives in the Canadian capital of Ottawa. “What makes you say that?” I wondered...

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