Emunah With Love and Chicken Soup

Henny Machlis – The Brooklyn-born girl who became a Jerusalem legend

The Machlis family hospitality is legendary. Every Shabbos they fit 150 or more people in their small Jerusalem living room. Brooklyn-born Henny Machlis was at the heart of this amazing weekly adventure. But, as author Sara Yoheved Rigler discovered as she interviewed Henny’s fourteen children, relatives, students, and friends, the Shabbos hospitality was just one glowing facet of the multi-faceted diamond that was Rebbetzin Henny Machlis.

A master of prayer, a virtuoso in chesed, an adept in childrearing, a wise Torah teacher, an expert at working on middos, and a successful matchmaker, Henny Machlis regarded a life of Torah and mitzvos as a great treasure that she was eager to share with everyone.

And her emunah, her faith in G-d’s love and providence? That was where her light shone the most brightly. She lived on the Planet of Emunah, a place where miracles were everyday occurrences, because she knew, really knew, that only Hashem is in charge and He can do anything. And, for Henny, He often did.

Like a steaming bowl of chicken soup, this book will satisfy you. Comfort you. And heal you — in a way that only Rebbetzin Henny Machlis could. Sip it. Savor it. And be inspired and transformed.


“It doesn’t matter if you were one of the tens of thousands of people who once ate a Shabbat meal in the Machlis home or if you never heard of her before now. Emunah with Love and Chicken Soup will inspire you to see how much good one person can do with the life she or he has been given.”

—Jerusalem Post Magazine

Readers say:

“I have been riveted by your stunning, inspirational, and magnificently-sculpted biography of Rebbetzin Machlis, a”h. Your skillful and seamless organization of the vast amount of research which you collected is pure artistry.”

“This is incredibly inspiring. You created a picture of a true heroine in the war on being mediocre, and made it possible to see that I too could do so, just by showing us how one works on character flaws in a very practical way.”

“My husband just got me this book for our anniversary. It is among my most cherished possessions I own and will ever own.”

“It just so happened that I was going through an ordeal when I started reading this book. I was so depressed and angry at Hashem and I found this book to be my drug. I couldn’t put it down. “

“I don’t think that I have ever read a book as inspiring as this one!”