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Boy Oh Boy!

A Mother's guide to the Wonderful World of Boys

by Beily Paluch

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Everything you always wanted to know about raising your son! Shalom zachor and vachtnacht…getting rid of newborn jaundice…garlic, and sugar cubes…cutting those curls…tzitzis, tips for moms…raising your son to Torah and kedushah…going to shul with Tatty—or not?...the Shabbos table, getting white shirts whiter…mind the (education) gap, Tehillim groups and carnivals, boys at play…and, of course, the bar mitzvah. Laugh along with “Footprints on the Wall” from the mouths of boys, sprinkled throughout.

It’s the world of boys as seen by someone who’s never been one: Mom. Fun. Upbeat. And sooo interesting.


  • ITEM #: 6970
  • Dimensions: 6" x 9"
  • ISBN: 978-09888958-2-9
  • Weight: 1.4000 lbs
  • Binding: Hard Cover
  • Published by: Jerusalem Publications

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  • as seen in the Jewish Press Book Supplement

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    • 6/18/14

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    • Naomi Berger

    Finally, a book for mothers of Jewish boys! And not just a handbook, but an engaging, lively read that covers just about every topic that is Jewish and boy-related from bris to bar mitzvah.

    From the first page to the last, Beily Paluch connects to you in her humorous yet down-to-earth style, presenting a seamless blend of information, tips, anecdotes and inspiration.

    Can you help a baby with jaundice have his bris on time? Which homework papers are shaimos? How can you keep track of learning hours over a yom tov and chol hamoed? What should you serve at the vachnacht? Bring along to the pidyon haben? What should a mom know if her son is a bechor? A kohen? A levi? A lefty? At what point is a pair of tzitzis no longer kosher? What are the parameters of peyos? Can you save a yarmulke that’s been through the wash?

    These are just some of the questions addressed in the book, which also includes a full chapter on mothers and sons in the Talmud, as well as segulos for having a boy and for raising righteous sons. Other chapters discuss boys around the year (volunteering at the kapparos center, selling aravos and lulav rings, matzah baking, staying up all night on Shavuos), running a Chevras Tehillim, and organizing a fundraising carnival.

    Interspersed along the way are insights and observations, ideas and ruminations. They resonate in a way that leaves no doubt: the author is a member of our club!

    “That’s really the way I see it,” says Beily. “When I meet someone and we discover that we are both mothers of boy families, there’s an instant connection. We automatically share our laughs and struggles, from our boys’ wacky collections to how to deal with long yeshiva days. To me, the book is an extension of those conversations, like a membership to the ‘mother of boys’ club.”

    For added chuckles, empty spaces throughout the book have been fi lled with a collection of favorite boy moments from mothers near and far.

    Boy Oh Boy! has universal appeal; it hones in on the common threads that bind us, no matter our backgrounds or geographic locations.

    The book is highly informative, yet maintains a light, upbeat voice. As you read, you segue naturally from sections of tips, to paragraphs that clarify halachos, to stories that make you smile. For example, in the chapter entitled “Chagim Uzemanim LeSasson,” you will find all of the following (plus more):

    Mothers of one boy or a dozen, whether they are still young or have fl own the nest, will find themselves in this book; it is at once both a reference... and a friend.

    Get into the spirit by visiting Beily’s new blog, inspired by the book and the wonderful women she’s met since the book’s recent release, at

  • Very Creative - A treat

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    • 2/6/14

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    • Boy Dad

    My wife and I read this book together every Shabbos afternoon. We are almost done and wish there would be more!

  • מחחכים ומהנה

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    • 12/26/13

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    • מירי

    הספר כתוב בכתיבה שוטפת ומהנה מלא ברעיונות ואיפורמציה חשובה
    כיף לקרוא אותו
    מענין שעד היום אף אחד לא חשב על רעיון כזה

  • Great book!

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    • 12/9/13

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    • Mom

    It made me switch from survival mode to laugh-with -them mode!
    I learned a number of new tips=-despite already having 4 boys!
    The author has a nice new

  • Absolutely Adorable Book!

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    • 12/9/13

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    • SecretAdmirer

    Vital info for any Jewish mother of boy(s). Written in a most engaging manner, hard to put down! You'll chuckle your way through it!

  • A must read!

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    • 12/8/13

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    • another friend

    This book is a MUST READ for any mother of any amount of boys.
    It really gives you a chance to understand boys and what makes them tick in their own wonderful world!

  • great book to get when you have your first son

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    • 11/27/13

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    • friend

    A book like no other!
    This is a must have for any parent of just 1 boy, give it as a baby present!

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