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Rebbezin Rochel

The New Family Member

November 22nd, 2009

As most of you probably know we were blessed with a new adition this past week. His name is Yeshiah Michol and B”H he’s healthy and beautiful. Yes I’m a proud mother of five angels, four boys and one girl.
I can tell thatthis new Steinerman is going to be something interesting. First of all my husband and I were convinced he was a girl. I was told by my doctor on two different occations that he was a she. I had all of my baby girl clothes washed a ready for my new daughter. We had about for months or so to come up with a girl name that we both liked (this was a harder task then you think). I wish I had a picture of my face when the midwife told me it was a boy. Here I was after a long labor, exausted, and i was shocked to be told it was a boy. I, my mother who was there for the birth (and to whom i kind of hinted to before that it was a girl), and Moshe all started to laugh from the shock. We explained to the midwife the situation, so she wouldn’t think there was something wrong with us, since shock and laughter is not the normal situation for the birth of a baby. After we got over that it dawned on us, more so for Moshe then me, that two hours before shabbos we had to make a shalom zachur and a bris in a week. We also had to debate over the name, which we were still discussing on the way to the bris. B”H everthing worked out and we’re all relaxing now. Just goes to show you that Hashem is in charge and you can plan all you want but His will is ultimately what will happen.

Rosh Hashana

September 12th, 2009

The one week countdown to Rosh Hashana has begun and the yetzer hara is in full swing already. His sligh and devilish tactics never stop amazing me. I think I’m more stressed out now then I’ve been in a very long time, who has time to think of repenting and changing? My yetzer hara has outsmarted me yet again, I guess the only thing I can do now is to stop relying on me and trust Hashem for once.

Pleasantly Purim

February 22nd, 2009

Ah,it’s that time of year again. The anticipation and joy of Purim, with a tinge of fear of chametz.
I took my three little men to the store last week to treat them with new Purim costumes. Picking them out was quite funny. Shlomo Nachman, the oldest at seven years old, had love at first sight with the cohen hagadol costume. Next was Yaacov, my five year old. He had to be an animal so he had to settle for a cow since it was the only one in his size. And then there is Gedaliah, the three going on 15 year old. He got the tiger costume. I asked the man at the store what he had for men and he, in all innocence, showed me a costume of a bekishe and shtrimel with dangling payos attached. I then informed him with a smirk on my face that we were chassidim and that “costume” was my husbands shabbos attire. I, in the end, bought something more appropriate for my husband to where to shul on Purim, a orange and yellow wig that sticks up in the air and black rimmed glasses.
Then on shabbos I fell asleep for a bit on the couch while my kids played in their room. I awoke to the cohen (Shlomo Nachman) taking a korban, which was a cow (Yaacov) to the mizbayach (which was Yaacov’s bed with piles of blankets and pillows on it) to be shechted (with a knife made of clicks). Not exactly how I thought they would play with their new costumes.

Happy Chanukah

December 21st, 2008

I would like wish all of you a Happy Chanukah. Out of all the holidays, Chanukah is the least stressful for us women. I don’t have to do much and I get to eat donuts. If only the kids had a full day of school, it would be the best holiday ever!

Surround Yourself with the Sages

July 20th, 2008

If a person works in a perfume store after time they will automatically begin to smell like perfume. They won’t have to do anything and they will always have a sweet fragrance. So to if someone is around tzaddikim they will also pick up their “sweet smell” with out even doing anything. We naturally start to become like the people we are surrounded by, this is why it is so important to be aroung rigthteous honest people.

Shabbos Zachor

March 15th, 2008

It’s motzie shabbos, the week of Purim. This week at shul we read Parshas Zachor, remembering what Amalek did to us when we were traveling in the desert. All I could think about ,while reading Parshas Zachor, is what is happening in Isreal. B”H I’ve had a peaceful life. Besides for the war here a year and a half ago I’ve never experienced real “confrontations” with the enemy. But lately I’ve become a bit worried. Tzefat is ,B”H for the mostpart a quiet and safe community, but it is unfortunately surrounded by Arabs. A lot of areas around us have reported rock throwings and other problems. I know Hashem protects, and I honestly feel safer here then any other place in the world, but we’re dealing with Amalek here. They’re entire desire and purpose to they’re lives is to erraricate us, and these are my neighbors. In America you have plenty of Anti-Semitism but you don’t know who those are that hate you, but here when you walking the streets you are looking strait into the eyes of a person who die in order to kill you, and you know it. This is the first time in my life I’m fulfilling the mitzvah of remembering Amalek and wanting them gone.

The Old Me

March 9th, 2008

Life is finally starting to get back to normal around here. It’s amazing how such a little person can change a house hold. I’ve been doing some soul searching lately. Here I am, B”H, 28 years old, married for seven years, and the the mother of four. I live in Tsefat and my life has totally changed. It’s in a lot of ways overwhelming to look back and see how much has happened in such a short time. I’m so busy being a wife and mother that I don’t even know who I am anymore. I don’t even remember what it’s like to be me. So with this new revelation I’m tring to get back into some of my old favorite hobbies. It’s not easy to fit these things in with all I have to do in general but it’s not healthy for a person to become a robot and lose their identity. So what if the laundry is piling up a bit more or diner isn’t as beautiful. I work hard and deserve to feel satisfaction with myself.

Getting some Nachas

March 4th, 2008

It is the little things that the children do that truly touch my heart. Today, Yaakov who has been practicing doing handstands for months, finally was able to stay upright for 10 seconds. To see his smile at this accomplishment, was refreshing and made me feel like being a parent was the greatest thing in the world.

Interesting Winter

February 12th, 2008

The weather in Tzfat has been very interesting this winter. We have had some really really cold days but for the most part, it has hasn’t been all that cold. We did enjoy a nice snow blizzard but by the afternoon, it had disappeared. It hasn’t rained all that many days this year.

The Power of Tehillim

November 26th, 2007

A young lady was driving to Gush Etzion and she encountered a car accident which happened a few minutes before. As she left her car, she noticed people already helping the injured but what was most shocking was a dead body covered by a white sheet. Immediately, as she was brought up to do, she took out a book of Tehillim, Psalms and started reciting them. Seeing nothing else she could do, she left the scene in tears.

Two weeks later, there is a knock on her door. A lady was standing there with a smile on her face. She said, “remember the accident two weeks ago? I was the body covered in the sheet. I was unconscious and Hashem had me seeing the scene in an out of body experience. As you recited the tehillim, the letters of the aleph bais surrounded me and I could feel them starting to draw me back in my body. I also saw you praying for me. You had left and a few minutes later, the ambulance came and did cpr on me. You saved my life with your prayers and I am here to confirm for you the power of Tehillim, prayers.”

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