My Last Bar/Bat Mitzvah…. Having a Bat Mitzvah in Israel…. That Time I Completely Blew Through My Budget….

This post gets three titles, because I just couldn't decide how to headline this story. After sharing a post-simcha report with you guys from my oldest's Bar Mitzvah (in Cleveland) back in 2016, and my middle one's Bar Mitzvah (in Israel) in 2018, … [Read more...]

END OF CHANUKAH FLASH SALE (Save $8 off all KOAB Books & Courses)

I'm so sad not to be lighting candles tonight! So I came up with a way to keep the light — or at least the fun —  going a little bit longer.... For the next 12 hours (until 11:59 pm EST on December 30th), you can score $8 off any and all KOAB … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Get FREE eBooks & Audiobooks

I love to read books. I mean actual, literal, books. Reading on a Kindle, however, always felt like work to me (i.e. being on a screen). And listening to books seemed like something little kids or old people did. But then I moved to … [Read more...]

How much is “normal” to spend on groceries?

A huge thank you to the more than 300 of you whom responded to my survey about your average grocery spending. I kept the survey open for 10 weeks, so we could get as many responses as possible. Let's jump right in and look at the numbers you … [Read more...]

Bar Mitzvah in Israel vs. America | How Do the Costs Compare

After sharing with you the story of our recent Bar Mitzvah in Israel, as well as all the details from my first son's Bar Mitzvah in Cleveland two years ago, I've heard from a number of you who really want to know: How do the costs compare? Which … [Read more...]

It’s All Worth It In the End (Bar Mitzvah Stories & Pictures)

I took the most extended break of my blogging career these past three weeks and I really appreciate your patience with me. My son Matan's Bar Mitzvah was September 22nd (Parshat HaAzinu), and then immediately after the first day of Sukkot (I love … [Read more...]

Apologies, To Do Lists + Tears of Joy

Yesterday, my middle boy was called up to the Torah for the first time. What a moment! I was definitely welling up with tears of joy... and pride... and relief... and awe. My to do list for the past two weeks has been pages-long each day, but … [Read more...]

How I gave up my cleaning lady and still keep a {mostly} clean home in 30 minutes a day

I've been thinking about writing this post for over a year -- ever since last spring when I finally said goodbye to our cleaning lady. But I wanted to be sure that this would actually work -- before I started claiming success. For most of my … [Read more...]

The Best Way to Transfer Money to Israel [My Unsolicited Review of TransferWise]

This is a post for my friends in Israel (or those who are just curious about the practical side of our life here)! If you live in Israel, but earn money -- or just have savings -- in the United States (or elsewhere), then you no doubt have … [Read more...]

Keep Your Home Clean in 30-40 Minutes Per Day {Download are My Weekly Cleaning Schedule}

If you struggle with keeping your house clean on your own, or are looking to eliminate your cleaning person, check out my weekly cleaning schedule. I hope it will help you manage this task as efficiently as it has helped me. In just 30-40 minutes, … [Read more...]