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My New Job: Full-Time Mom

C.B. Gavant

We’re all heard about the challenges of the mother who enters the workplace. But what is it like to have your own personal v’nahafoch hu, to suddenly leave the workplace and become a stay-at-home mother? Four women share their personal stories — and their first-hand advice.

 

An “Esther” in the Kingdom of Naples

Libi Astaire

After the Abarbanel family left Spain in 1492, they found a safe haven in the Kingdom of Naples. But even there trouble began to brew and the Jewish community once again faced an edict of expulsion. Who would save the day? In a curious twist of events, the role fell to Benvenida Abarbanel, the niece and daughter-in-law of Spanish Jewry’s most famous advocate.

 

Adherence to Appearance

Gila Arnold

“Hello, Mom, how nice to hear from you. Tzachi’s not home right now … Oh, you wanted to speak to me? ... You’re coming to Israel? … Next week?! My, that’s pretty sudden — I mean, how lovely! The kids will be so excited to see you …” Tzirel hung up the phone as calmly as possible, and immediately dialed her husband’s cell. “Tzach — we have a major problem. Your mother just called. They’re planning a trip to Israel. Next week …”

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