I Love My Observant Jewish Life


Those are my babies with me in the picture, and everything I do is for them.  Yep, because of my wonderful husband introducing me into an observant Jewish life, and both of us really leading by example with Shabbat, Kosher, and celebrating all the Jewish holidays full on.

I also love the learning, I love hearing interpretations of all the great books, thinkers, Rabbi’s, stories, and delving deep into Jewish history and how it is so pertinent to our modern life today, Torah is timeless.  Here is a beautiful example:

Efrem Goldberg

The Sfas Emes says that implicit in the command of loving your neighbor as yourself (v’ahavta l’reiacha kamocha) is the obligation to first love yourself.

Loving yourself does not mean to be narcissistic or self absorbed. It means to stop beating yourself up or subconsciously sabotaging your own success because you feel you don’t deserve happiness.

Loving yourself means seeing the potential in yourself and realizing it. It means having self esteem and self worth because you are a unique and irreplaceable expression of the Almighty in the world. Believing in God means believing in yourself.


There are 613 commandments, and women have three special ones that are the core of keeping a peaceful and happy Jewish home.  These three Mitzvot, commandments bring me such joy.  I love lighting candles every Shabbat, and it is so special that my daughter lights and sings the blessings with me.  I love Challah on Shabbat, it is about celebration, sustenance, and gathering with family, friends, and community, taking time off of the non stop world for 24 hours every Friday night to Saturday night.  I especially love the laws of family purity, special laws to keep connection between husband and wife, it really keeps the spark in the relationship, and respects and adores the woman.


Shabbat Shalom,

Coach Yulia

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