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What’s in a name? According to Tirtza Jotkowitz, an attorney specializing in halachic estate planning, plenty! She traces her personal spiritual legacy back to her namesake in this week’s parshah: Tirtza bas Tzelafchad, who, along with her sisters, was among the first Jews to be concerned with the Torah’s laws of inheritance.
When most of us start worrying, we try to either suppress or quiet the thoughts. Find out why this may be counterproductive, plus the best way to alleviate anxiety.
For most, the mere thought of having to pack their children into the car for more than an hour is daunting. Yet there are families who willingly choose to squeeze kids and luggage into the minivan and hit the road for nine hours at a time … all for a great family vacation. “A vacation?” you laugh, “That’s impossible!” But before you nix the idea, take a second look at the concept of a family road trip.
Throughout those years of intense longing, whenever I pictured the moment, it was all roses, sunshine, and pastel-colored bubbles. The euphoria, the glee-filled, tearful phone calls to share the news with the world. The plump pink-faced bundle squirming at my side. It was nothing like that.