Just for Fun – Imaginary Jewish Summer Holidays

I’ve told you before that Judaism is old, very, very old. The Jewish calendar still functions as though we are all heading out to tend the herds and the crops each summer. But a couple of writers have come up with some new (humorous) Jewish summer holidays. Here’s one for all of us with kids….

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Published on June 24th, 2013

An Israeli Shavuot Food/Craft

Fun and delicious – make them with friends or children! One of the best ways Israelis enjoy celebrating Shavuot in Israel is to prepare tene bikkurim, a basket filled with greens, fruit and other treats, which symbolizes the first yield of the agricultural year. Children in Israel participate in parades wearing white clothing, each one…

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As with all Jewish holidays, Shavuot begins at sundown. It is one of the three pilgrimage festivals. It is commanded in the Torah and was observed as a pilgrimage in ancient times – all Jews were to travel to the Temple in Jerusalem to offer a sacrifice. It is described in the Torah as a…

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Divvy up Holiday responsibilities

  Do you have holidays that are ‘assigned’ to a particular family member or friend? That is, we’ll all be at Susan’s for Thanksgiving, at Mom’s for Chanukah and we’ll meet the Tanners in the park for our 4th of July picnic. Some years ago I figured out that while I have lots of wonderful…

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Cooking Jewish Whether You’re Jewish or Not: Passover

Passover is the most observed Jewish holiday in America. The central element of the holiday is the seder – a ceremonial meal with symbolic foods. Recipes and rituals come together to build happy memories and strengthen family bonds. Most Jews have warm, fuzzy memories of seders with their family. But not everyone in our families…

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