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

Charlie Sheen Implosion

Why do we like to watch somebody's tragedy?

Purim in Auschwitz

For survivors, Purim wasn't simply a victory that happened thousands of years ago.

Getting Good Grades

Dealing with pressure in school.

Eye on the Goal

It's amazing the amount of pain we'll take when we're focused.

When the Housekeeper Quit

It was the best thing to happen to our family.

The Gulf War: 20 Years Later

Remembering the masks and miracles in Israel.

Responding to Anti-Semitism

I wasn't proud of what I did. What would you do?

If You Couldn't Fail...

What would you attempt to do?

Labels Disable

Jewish unity based on growth and understanding.

Change Your Life Diet

How my husband lost 50 pounds and changed his life.

Stay at Home Mom?

A new mother is torn. What would you advise her to do?

Christmas Carols

I like them because they remind me I am a guest in this country.

Where is Home?

Where you live? Where you're born? Where you want to live?

Carpool Wars

Don't view it as a burden. It's a way to help people in need.

Are You a Cell Phone?

When your kids come home, hang up the phone.

Lone Soldier

You're never alone in Israel.

Chanukah: Doing the Impossible

When we invite God in, amazing things can happen.

Halloween Is Not Our Holiday

Why my kids don't feel they're missing out.

A Kosher Thanksgiving

This year be inclusive and accommodate your fellow Jew.

Veteran's Day

My son is preparing to go into the Israeli army.

Different Jews

Religious people are not all the same.

Mary Tyler Moore, Where Are You?

Is there anyone on TV today we can look to as a role model?

Affording Jewish Day School

What a difference free Jewish day school education would make.

Driveway Sukkah

Don't be left out in the cold.

Celebrating Simchat Torah

The Jewish journey never ends.

Act Your Age

I just turned 50 and here's my advice.

Rosh Hashana: Two Tracks to God

Thanking God and struggling with Him at the same time.

Something New This Yom Kippur

Make your shul experience a meaningful one.

My Daugher's Bat Mitzvah

What I do on my child's special birthday.

Jewish Camp

A great way to connect your kids to Judaism.

Elul: Getting Back on Track

It's time to prepare for your day in court.

Waste Not

An extended blackout taught our family an important lesson about conservation.

"I'm Jewish!"

You can trust me, we're family.


Hey! I'm a member of the tribe too!


Some relationships are inherently volatile.

Becoming One

The Jewish definition of marriage.

Mazel Tov Leah!

A conversion story.

Marriage Year One

It's the best and worst year of your marriage.

Protecting Sanctity of Marriage

Don't be naive. Protect what is precious.

People of The Book

This Shavuot, make the commitment to learn Torah.

Telling Jokes

Humor is a powerful tool. Use it wisely.


Why are we putting so much pressure on our young kids?

Holocaust Legacy

It's not the tattooed number that we need to ensure is carried on.

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