About the Author


Mrs. Lori Palatnik

Lori Palatnik is a writer and Jewish educator who has appeared on television and radio. She is the Founding Director of The Jewish Women's Renaissance Project, an international initiative that brings thousands of women to Israel each year from 18 different countries on highly subsidized programs to inspire them with the beauty and wisdom of their heritage (www.jwrp.org). She is a much sought-after international speaker, having lectured in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, U.K., Central America, South America, South Africa and Israel, including featured talks at Yale, Brown and Penn. She lives in the Washington, D.C. area with her husband, Rabbi Yaakov Palatnik, and is the busy mother of five children, ages 25 to 15.

Follow Lori on Twitter: @LoriAlmostLive


Give It Your All

Don’t run away from a problem. Be an agent of change instead.

Gameboys and Sustaining Dignity

A group of North American kids help poor kids in Israel.

Why Do Jews Leave Judaism?

Jews need to make informed choices about their Judaism. Don’t be afraid to learn.

Alone on Valentine’s Day

Judaism’s heightened sensitivity to others.

Health and Spirituality

It’s a mitzvah to take care of your body.

What's Your Uber Rating?

How Uber is motivating me to be a kinder person.

Paying for Kosher Food

When you spend money on a mitzvah, you never lose.

Parents or Kids: Who Needs the Other More?

The answer isn’t as obvious as you think.

Memorial Boards in Cuba

Instead of building memorials, let’s invest in building the future generation of Jews.

Conflicting Emotions

Life is full of moments of happiness and sadness, all at once.

What’s Harder: Marriage or Parenting?

Here’s my answer, and I want to hear what you think.

The Jews of Cuba

Spreading Jewish wisdom to 1400 Jews who have been cut off from the world.

Stranded by Friends Getting Married

I’m happy for my friend, but I’m also jealous.

My Wedding Anniversary

Who you marry is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make.

Pray for Others First

The secret to getting your prayer answered.

We All have Challenges

It’s how you frame them that makes the difference.

Family Crisis

Some people rise to the challenge; some run away.

The One Thing

What is the most important thing on your to-do list? Do that first.

All Boats Rise

All Jewish organizations are in the same ocean. So let’s help each other succeed.

Dreading Yom Kippur?

It’s not a day you’re supposed to feel guilty.

A Good & Sweet New Year

Because sometimes what’s good isn’t so sweet.

Free Ranging Children

Should parents let their kids walk to school by themselves?

Donating a Kidney

Should you tell your parents?

Three Lessons from Our African Safari

In the wilds of South Africa, I learned a lot about animals, and life.

Hard-Earned Wisdom

Helping others by sharing insights you gained through your life experiences.

Making the Effort

When it comes to being there for others, don’t hesitate. You won’t regret it

A Day of Mourning

What is the meaning of Tisha B’Av?

Parenting as Whack-a-Mole

On a scale of 1-10, how hard is the challenge of parenting?

Howard Stern’s Daughter Observes Shabbat

And so does Donald Trump’s daughter.

Giving Positive Feedback

At home and the workplace, focus your attention on what people around you are doing right.

God Bless America

One thing I love about America is that as a nation they are not shy to talk about God.

Hiring People with Disabilities

A unique café is bringing out the best in people.

My Advice to Fathers

Dad, your kids are craving for your praise.

Jewish Bigotry

The recent protests in Israel by Ethiopians reveal an all-too-common hypocrisy.

Spending Time with One Parent

When was the last time you spent time with just one parent?

Torah: The Ultimate Self Help Book

So many tools for growth gleaned from modern psychology are found in the Torah.

How Husbands and Wives Talk to Each Other (Marriage Part 1)

How do you speak to the most important person in your life?

Why Do We Gossip? (Part 4)

Putting people down to raise ourselves up.

From Pain to Joy

Celebrating Yom Ha’Atzmaut in Israel.

When Sharing Derogatory Information (Part 3)

Fulfilling three necessary conditions.

Going to Freedom

Cleaning out our egos and bad habits in preparation for Passover.

What Is Gossip? (Part 2)

Any form of communication that reflects negatively on someone unless there is a positive, constructive purpose.

Israeli Taxi Driver

He isn’t just a taxi driver. He is a real person.

Queen Esther’s Courage

Getting the strength to live by your clarity.

People of Substance

Responding to difficult challenges.

Start it Yourself

See a need in your city? You can be the one to start an organization and make a real difference.

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