My First Time: A Magical Visit to the Kotel

Preview in new tab This morning I pressed my forehead against the cool limestone of the Kotel, the Western Wall in Jerusalem.  How can it be that I was actually there? For years I longingly watched the Kotel live online.  It was like a dream — a place only others were fortunate enough to visit. … Continue reading My First Time: A Magical Visit to the Kotel

Aliyah Journal – Part 2

August 24-29 | 27 Av-2 Elul, 5782 We received our official approval from the Jewish Agency, tentatively confirmed our Nefesh B'Nefesh sponsored flight, and then, finally, our precious Visas arrived. I'm typing this with a feeling of disbelief and awe, because there were so many months, details and decisions, paperwork and interviews, and then this … Continue reading Aliyah Journal – Part 2

Aliyah Journal – Part 1

August 9-14, 2022 | 13-17 Av 5782  I was never a Zionist. In fact, through much of my life I didn’t even realize I had any connection to the Land of Israel. I naively thought it was simply a country, like any other, that happened to have Jewish people living there. Mindy Rubenstein I first … Continue reading Aliyah Journal – Part 1

I Know What ‘Choice’ Feels Like…

My friends, family, even my own children have voiced passionate opinions over the recent uproar and rhetoric regarding conception-related choices. While I tend to keep my personal opinions on heated topics to myself, I do want to share a bit about what I know. I know what it feels like to watch an ultrasound monitor … Continue reading I Know What ‘Choice’ Feels Like…

Go…to the land that I will show you

Ten months ago we sent our 15-year-old son 6,500 miles away to the Holy Land. He’s part of a unique, 3-year program with students from literally around the world, including Kenya, Ethiopia, Germany, Holland, Japan, and Panama. But a few months into the program, he was physically sick and struggling emotionally. Because of the closed … Continue reading Go…to the land that I will show you

Celebrating my Divine womanhood

I’m in my luteal phase, an important concept I only uncovered today. Since I’ve been feeling so seemingly crappy, and it’s not yet time for my ‘period’, I decided to pause and investigate.  Even as I type this, some part of me is saying, “Shhh…don’t talk about these things.” As a teen, my education about … Continue reading Celebrating my Divine womanhood