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

Shalom Aleichem

Welcoming the angels before the start of the Friday night meal.

Best Things About Shabbat

Personal thoughts on what makes Shabbat the highlight of every week.


Choose your social pressure wisely.

Friday Night Shul

Powerful communal prayer can really get you in the spirit.

How To Light Shabbat Candles

Blessings and laws on lighting the Shabbat candles

Family Gathering

How to enjoy your family this Passover.

Passover Drawers

When we clean out the stuff, we're cleaning out ourselves.

Baseball Hero

'"I was young and stupid." Were you really?

Dating after Marriage

When was the last time you and your spouse went out together on a date?

Eight Great Chanukah Gifts for Kids

Being a role model for Jewish values is truly the gift of a lifetime.

Shabbat Challenges

Candid thoughts on getting adjusted.

The 24-Hour Rule

Sometimes it's best to go to sleep angry.

Parents in Movies

Are they going to be dead or divorced?

Out of Faith

What it takes to ensure your granchildren will marry Jewish.

Rabbi Weinberg's Love

One way how we can carry on Rabbi Weinberg's legacy.

Brace for Impact

My emergency landing changed my life.


Don't pretend the energy isn't there.

ABCs of Death & Mourning

Coping with the emotional and spiritual issues of this difficult time.

First Day On the Job

New beginnings are hard for all of us.

Answering Israel's Call

Would you send your husband or son to the front lines to fight for the Jewish People?

Friends & Acquaintances

It's no accident that the Hebrew word for friend means 'attachment' – because a real friend is bound to you through thick and thin.

Getting Married

Two important insights about marriage.

The Time to Reinvest is Now

Don't ask Mr. Soros or Mr. Buffett about when it is time to reinvest. Ask yourself.

Chanukah's Glow

'Tis the season to know what it means to be a Jew.

In the News

Why do I need to follow the news?

Corner the Market

Pick one mitzvah you're going to do to the ultimate.

Giving Thanks

Lincoln's original proclamation was a tribute to the Almighty.

Matchmaker! Matchmaker!

Make the effort. After all, you're just the messenger.

Being Angry at God

God has big shoulders; He can take it.

I Deserve

Why do so many kids cry at their own birthday party?

Our Job As Parents

Director, supervisor, and consultant.


It's no wonder that going against the grain is part of the essence of being Jewish. Abraham was the world's first Jewish radical.

My Husband's Story

Walking across the Sinai desert and running out of water.

Leah and the Lesson of Gratitude

Being a Jew is synonymous with expressing gratitude. Our matriarch Leah taught us to see everything in life as a gift.

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