I really enjoyed this article by Rabbi Larry Milder. He sent it to his congregation, Beth Emek of Pleasanton. It gives you a nice summary of the rather obscure holiday, Tu B’Av. Why not take his advice and tell someone that you love them, maybe even give them flowers. The Jewish Day of Love Today,…Read More »
Tu B’Av, A good time to express love
This week I had the following communication: Delightful woman: Hi Dawn, I receive your newsletter and am wondering what is the best way to honor my (Jewish) daughter-in-law on Tu B’Av? Me: What a lovely idea you have! Tu B’Av is “observed” to the extend that is it observed at all, as a day of…Read More »
Hands-on Judaism: Jewish Greeting Cards
Are you a crafter? Let’s do something fun and Jewish! DIY Judaism: Jewish Greeting Cards Hallmark shops don’t have cards for Rosh Hashanah or Sukkot. When it comes to the December holidays, can Jews send greeting cards in December? Should they be Chanukah cards? Can they send Christmas cards? What about solstice cards or those…Read More »
Tu B’Shevat Explained
Here’s a handy short description that B’nai Tikvah of Walnut Creek sent out. It’s a bit small but click on it and it will expand.Read More »
Got Christmas Envy? Try a little Sukkot!
A friend of mine who is in an interfaith family recently told me, “I’m jealous of Christmas. My kids absolutely know they are Jewish but they LOVE Christmas and no Jewish holiday can touch it.” It is true that there is nothing we can do about the massive marketing blitz that this country launches…Read More »
Purim shpiels everywhere!
Homemade Bollywood costume Purim is coming! Along with it comes the commandment to Be Happy, Have Fun and Get Drunk! OK, you don’t actually have to get drunk but you are supposed to really whoop it up. Every synagogue is holding a Purim Shpiel – that is telling the Purim story. Many synagogues pick a…Read More »