Here’s Passover! And Easter! For people who are doing both there is a thankful bit of time between First Seder on Friday night and Easter Sunday. If you are doing both I would love to hear from you HOW you are doing them? Some people will be at a big family Seder on Friday and…Read More »
Have a dirty, good time for Tu Bishvat!
My mouth fell open when I opened this page from JewHungryTheBlog! A dirt cake! Made of chocolate and more. I remembered that I had a friend years ago who made “dirt” cakes. She put hers in a clean flowerpot and poked gummy worms under the plastic flowers she used on top. My friend made her…Read More »
Turkeys for God
Rabbi Milder of Beth Emek in Pleasanton sent out this delightful message to his congregants. I simply HAD to share it with you. There are so many great things in it. 1. There’s a lovely blessing to say at your Thanksgiving table. (Below in italics) 2. There’s the delightful learning about the meaning of a…Read More »
Can loved elements of Christmas be adapted to a Jewish environment?
Here come the holidays! I love warm colors. I prefer gold to silver, red to blue. So you can imagine how much I want to change up the “traditional” colors of Hanukkah. Years ago I bought some gorgeous gold and red Hanukkah wrapping paper at my synagogue’s gift shop. It hit me – I don’t…Read More »
Where are all the Jewish home crafts?
Holidays – especially Christmas – bring out the craft ideas. This young woman wrote looking for a craft connection to Jewish holidays. Dear Dawn: I have always loved Christmas, especially the crafts that I make for the holiday. I create home decorations from candles to toys to table centerpieces, and I also love to make…Read More »
Shavuot around the SF Bay Area
Beginning tonight at sundown is Shavuot. This holiday is a bit quirky. It is one of the three Biblical pilgrimage holidays, so very important, and yet doesn’t have the foods, actions and traditions of the other two big festivals, Sukkot and Passover. My Jewish Learning has a lot of good information and you can delve…Read More »