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Friday, October 23, 2009


שחנ"ש = שיחת נפש

Sachnash = sichat nefesh = heart-to-heart talk

Usually, my eldest and I find ourselves having a sachnash late at night, when both of us should be sleeping.

But last night, after dinner, we found ourselves hanging out in the kitchen, having a serious sachnash.

My daughter was all riled up about a moral dilemma she noticed in Tanach (The Bible). I mostly listened, wishing Moshe would join the conversation and provide some insight to the very real questions our daughter was raising.

Finally, Moshe came out of the computer room. He was intrigued by our conversation.

Relieved, I told our daughter, "Abba [Dad] can probably help you understand this better."

Our daughter took one look at her Abba and jumped out of her seat.

"The computer is free! I gotta go!" she exclaimed, and ran out of the room.

Please daven (or send happy, healing thoughts) for RivkA bat Teirtzel.

With love and optimism,


RivkA with a capital A said...

My eldest says "that wasn't a sichat nefesh, it was just a conversation."

I think it was more than a "just a conversation."

Maybe that's why she was so quick to just ditch the whole thing.

Val said...

too funny. Kids! Love it!

Mrs. S. said...


I frequently have a similar conversation with my son:

SON: {hopefully} "Is Abba going to his shiur tonight?"

ME: {glad that our son values his parents' Torah learning} Yes.

SON: Good! Can I use his computer?