They Grow, We Grow Too

Up until now, I’ve referred to my 3 younger children as “the little kids”.  But, my daughter, Raziya just colored her hair red, danced in a  womens’ show, and took her high school entrance exams.       My son, Shivi is studying his Torah portion for his bar mitzvah coming up this year, and […]

True Beauty

Nine months ago my paratrooper son jumped from a plane for the first time.   That is one of the most exciting rites of passage for a soldier during his training, and as strange as it sounds, it’s exciting for the parents too. So on that day, we packed up a bunch of our other kids […]


Every year, during the reading of this week’s Torah portion, VaYigash, I get a lump in my throat and my eyes get all watery.   The manner in which Judah pleads with the Prince of Egypt not only demonstrates obedience and respect for his father, Jacob, but also shows that he’s deeply caring, as he […]

Being a Part of the Process

I asked the general public of social media to send in ideas for an English verse that could be offered as an alternate English version of the current “O Jerusalem” design. I’m thankful for all the responses.  I received some really interesting thoughts and ideas to think about in future designs.  In the end, for […]

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Hannukah menora papercut

It’s officially on the website now!  “For All the Miracles”,  the most beautiful and meaningful Channukah gift you’ll find anywhere! Here’s some added incentive: Online orders for this design, received (from the U.S.) by midnight (Israel time), tomorrow, Monday, December 3, 2012 will enjoy FREE SHIPPING.  Quick! That only gives you a little more […]

“There Can Be Miracles When You Believe”

Jewish Hannukah menora art

Guess what!  You can now purchase a brand new papercut that’s hot off the cutting board!  And it’s just in time for Channuka.  I revived a design from my years before aliya, and I remade it to reflect what I feel strongly, especially here in Israel.  More meaningful than ever, this papercut design and its […]

“Illuminate the Entire World”

Last week in Israel, life was a bit intense.  We were in the midst of a military operation against those who were constantly firing rockets into our cities and towns.  We were on the brink of an all out war.  My son was one of the many soldiers training to go in to Gaza in […]

A Good Eye

Strauss- Bornstein Ketubah

Being a Judaic papercutting artist I have to have a good eye.  I need to see things that others don’t easily see and work with tiny details up-close.  Imagine my frustration when suddenly I had to remove my eyeglasses in order to design, cut, and READ!!  Was I really that old?  The answer of course […]

A Different Perspective

Looking at things from a different perspective can change your world.  Examples of this from my own life are too numerous to list here.  We are truly fortunate to have this ability to view any given situation from an alternate vantage point. wordpress buy domain  Most of us should probably exercise this ability more often. […]

Celebrating Grandparents

Grandparents are special.  I know mine are! I visit my grandparents every Monday.  Once a week I get the treat of going out to brunch where we talk about life.  They tell me stories of their past, we check in on where we are in the present, and we try to guess what my kids […]