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

Leaving Now

What would you take with you?

Next Year in Jerusalem

We sing the song, but do we mean it?

Crossing the Religious/Secular Divide

One step is for everyone to stop making sweeping generalizations.

Dropping the Mask

It's good to laugh at ourselves.

Honoring Rav Noah's Legacy

On the occasion of Rabbi Weinberg's yahrzeit, help dedicate a new sefer Torah in his name.

Dressing Up, Dressing Down

Am I dressed too casual?

Can Men & Women Just Be Friends?

Sometimes a little formality is a good thing.

Israeli Taxi Drivers

The best way to get the pulse of the nation.


Make the time to give of yourselves.

It's Not Fair!

What message do we give our children when we say, "Life isn't fair"?


Have you ever met an old soul?

The Sad Israeli Campaign

The aborted pr campaign is unfortunate in so many ways.

The New Year

Using the day for introspection.

Losing the Chanukah Battle

Are you prepared to give your life for Judaism?

Please Give

Does time count as tzedakah?

There for a Reason

Think you're in the wrong place? Think again.

You're a Leader

It's up to all of us to take responsibility for the Jewish people.

Bringing Our Kids Home

We can all reach out to our fellow Jews.

Default Judaism

The Jewish middle class is disappearing.

Thank You Mrs. Hoffman

Who are you going to personally thank this year?

Sukkot: Everyone Counts

Why this is my favorite holiday.

Simchat Torah: A Reason to Dance

Why we're really celebrating.

Yom Kippur: Raise the Bar

Bringing the power of the day into the rest of your life.

Wiring Our Kid's Hard Drives

Everything we say to our kids goes in, and one day they're going to access it.


How many rooms do you really need in your house?

A Second Look at Judaism

Torah has practical wisdom for every aspect of life.

Different Strokes

Don't expect your kids to be the same.

Don't Blame, Don't Complain: An Update

And now you can order your own band!

Purposeful Love

How to rectify senseless hatred.

Deciding for Tomorrow

Appreciating the consequences of our decisions.

Pivotal Moments

We all have moments that change everything. What's yours?

Choosing Your Social Pressure

How does your community influence you?

Learn Hebrew

Why it's worth putting in the effort.

Watch Your Mouth

How you speak not only affects others, it impacts your soul.

Where's the Salt!

Don't blame, don't complain. A simple phrase that can change your life.

Jews Aren't Perfect

Don't judge Judaism by the Jews.

Engaged 9 Times

Lessons from a runaway bride.

Never Too Late

Don't underestimate the influence you can still have on your children.

Loving Jews from Afar

Working on loving Jews that are different than you.

Becoming American

Like becoming a Jew, it takes real knowledge and commitment.

The Woman on the Plane

Lasting Jewish pride is based on a strong Jewish education.

Shavuot: One Nation, One Heart

What unites the Jewish People?

My Israel Connection

There is no other place like the Land of Israel.

When Evil Falls

Is it proper to celebrate Osama Bin Laden's death?

We Want It NOW

Patience is a rare commodity.

Jewish Women Renaissance Project

Birthright for women: A powerful program is inspiring Jewish women.

My Jet Lag Solution

The importance of being present.

Passover & the Jewish Mission

This Seder recommit to the Jewish People's unique mission.

To Tweet or Not to Tweet

Have we crossed a line with all this sharing?

Meeting Avital Sharansky

What I learned from this genuine Jewish hero.

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