Monday, September 22, 2014 Elul 27, 5774

Jennifer Raphael

Jewish Exponent Blogger
Here's the story of the Yom Kippur I will never forget. I was 15 and absentmindedly broke the fast early with a few corn chips.

Maxon came home from his first day at Hebrew school with teeth stained from water ice and friends at his side. He won't admit it, but it seems like he maybe actually had a good time.

In our new parenting blog, join Jennifer Raphael in the adventures of raising two boys. Today, it's time for her oldest to start Hebrew school. Again.
I have this son, Ezra. He is inexhaustible, even on vacation. 
The first time my nana called me a balabusta, I thought she was insulting me. But she explained that a balabusta is the one who gives strength and sustenance to a Jewish family. So, I guess I’m a balabusta. 


Want parenting advice? Yeah. So do I. You’ll have to go elsewhere for that. But if you want to lighten your mood while reading about someone else’s parenting issues, you've found the right blog. Read on for reflections on contemporary Jewish parenting through the eyes of a Philadelphia writer, wife and mother just looking to get a little shalom bayit.

In addition to blogging on Mother Words for the Jewish Exponent, I work as a freelance copywriter. I write brochures, annual reports, bios, advertising copy, headlines, taglines, tweets and more for hospitals, nonprofits, schools, retail stores and small businesses. Before going into marketing, I was a journalist. My articles have appeared in Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Mademoiselle, Good Housekeeping, Marie Claire and Philadelphia Magazine.

Find out more about me and my work here

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