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“Mazel Tov! It’s a Bubby!” TESTIMONIALS BY READERS

Got to the first 100 pages or so. Some parts made me laugh out loud (and I don’t do that often). M.S.

I love all your little insights about growing up….it’s both entertaining and full of wisdom…J.Z.

Like a good chocolate bar. But kept picking it up; like when there was 5 minutes here or there… So unlike me. Your book is compelling. I have to measure and dole out my treat allowance. You have succeeded! C.B.

“Positive perceptions – way to go” – who cares about money and time? When it comes to spending time with people we love – the grandchildren. As I read that chapter, I thought that if grandparents think of grandkids the way you do, “I am no longer an exhausted mom..” they wd go so far as to take better care of their health so they can be healthy and strong to spend time with their grandkids, not to mention cherish every moment bec kids grow up so fast.


Here is another thought as to why your book had such a profound effect on me. I don’t know any of my grandparents. My mother was an orphan and my dad’s parents passed away when I was a baby. What a “joy” it would have been to know and learn from them.


I love the way you put a lot of thought into being a grandparent and that you present it in a mostly humorous way – so it’s not like you are lecturing to us, just sharing and that’s beautiful.


As a new mother-in-law and a first-time grandmother, I had feelings of inadequacy because I thought I should be full of wise advice for my children. Instead, I found myself learning from them. Now, I realize that I should be very thankful for the wonderful relationships I have.


Each article reflects a person who is always striving to learn and grow and be the best she can be. You write about serious things, but have a gift of being able to laught at yourself. At the same time you strike an important chord of giving advice while at the same time being humble about it. I was also struck by how open, honest and vulnerable you are willing to be by writing about some of this stuff! I loved “Square Pegs in Round Holes”. It’s such a good metaphor for people at our stage of life. We need to constantly be rethinking and reinventing ourselves and our lives.



September 11, 2012 – Review in City Spirit Magazine by Rebecca Klempner, author of A Dozen Daisies for Raizy (Hachai Publishing)

Mrs. Hendeles’s new book is a compilation of her Binah Magazine columns, along with additional material touching on the life of the contemporary Blackberry-wielding, Skype-viewing, master’s-degree-holding mother-in-law and grandmother.

Mazel Tov! It’s a Bubby! is an upbeat book about a topic that is often fraught with anxiety: the transformation from daughter-in-law and mother to mother-in-law and grandmother. Mrs. Hendeles’s self-deprecating humor and positive outlook set this book apart. She invites us along in her attempts to be a “Model In-Law” and “Model Grandparent.” Her efforts are usually successful, but occasionally flounder. She takes the missteps in stride, poking fun at her foibles, inviting your laughter.

That’s not to say that Mazel Tov! It’s a Bubby shies away from tumultuous emotions. We waver right along with her when she knows her “new couple” needs space but her hand keeps reaching for the phone. We see her mixed feelings about giving her adult children independence when her opinion just wants to leap out of her mouth. And we witness her nostalgia for her children’s youth as well as her hopes for their future.

As anyone who has been a mother-in-law daughter-in-law knows, this is by nature a challenging relationship. So many of us make mistakes–and that’s okay, if we grow from them. Mrs. Hendeles writes, “When we sense that we are spinning our wheels and getting stuck in the same patterns of thinking, perhaps we should ask ourselves, `Is it time for a change?'” She’s urging her fellow in-laws and grandparents to improve their old habits and ways of thinking, while acknowledging that such change is hard.

As a woman whose oldest child is still in elementary school, I found plenty to enjoy in this book. I think women who already enjoy in-law-hood and grandparenthood will enjoy it even more.

. OCTOBER 28, 2012 – – Writer Emuna Braverman’s article and review of my book

. DECEMBER 2, 2012

View the interview I had with writer Rochelle of, about the book.

.December 15, 2012 – View a featured chapter from the book – posted on Chabad’s website for Jewish Women ( or

. December 28, 2012 – – Bi-monthly newsletter for women. Subscribe on the site to the FREE Newsletter, and then check out a Review of my book right on that site. Scroll down to find the “book review” and picture of my book.

Mazel Tov! It’s a Bubby! Israel Book Shop Publications Blog

So…you’ve just become a bubby, eh? What’s that you’re saying—that I should speak louder? Oh, you’re asking for your reading glasses. Sure, no problem, just tell me where they are… Where? Oh, I should have guessed—right next to the knitting needles…

(Pause to allow eye-rolling and ha-ha-very-funny glares…)

All kidding aside, it’s a big milestone that you’ve reached…and definitely cause for some pampering of yourself, to celebrate your new status! So why not pick up our latest book, a first of its kind—Mazel Tov! It’s a Bubby!—which focuses precisely on your new stage of life, that of becoming a young mother-in-law and bubby!

…….. the book is all about the author’s experiences as a mother-in-law and grandmother. It’s written with humor and candor, light enough to enjoy while sitting and relaxing (it’s not easy chasing after two-year-old grandsons, now, is it?), yet thought-provoking enough to initiate lots of good discussions, especially with fellow m-i-l’s and bubbies! Perfect as a gift for those fellow m-i-l’s and bubbies, too, by the way!

So, congratulations on your new status…Mazel Tov! It’s a Bubby!

And here is a description of the book:

Mazel Tov! It’s a Bubby! (released by Israel Bookshop Publications September 5, 2012), is about grandmothers and grandchildren, and about how I, a relatively new mother-in-law and grandmother navigated my new roles.

I have enjoyed, laughed and learned through the ups and downs of my interactions and relationships.

I began to write about my grandmother experiences when my oldest son and daughter-in-law were expecting their first child. That was five years ago, and since then, I have written articles for Binah Magazine, a woman’s weekly. Mazel Tov! It’s a Bubby! is a collection of those stories plus many more.

Mazel Tov! It’s a Bubby! appeals to an audience spanning several generations. It can be enjoyed by daughters-in-law and mothers-in-law; grandmothers — new ones and old timers — and adult children. It may be given as a gift by a daughter-in-law to her mother-in-law; OR, it may be given by someone to a friend who is about to become a grandmother. It is a book that can be enjoyed by anyone who is open to life, learning, and laughter.

Rather than a “tell me,” advice, or self-help book, Mazel Tov! It’s a Bubby! is a “show-me” book. It is a “follow me along and watch what I did” book. It is my hope and prayer that after reading Mazel Tov! It’s a Bubby!, one will have a lighter view of life, and a clearer view of the potential to bridge generation gaps and maintain peace with family members and oneself.

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