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Why do I (almost) turn into someone else on Passover?

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I admit that I am fairly uptight about what foods I will serve my kids. We buy mostly organic produce, local dairy and eggs, and absolutely no foods with trans-fats or high fructose corn syrup. The effect on my daughters’ […]

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Overheard

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5 year old: Get OUT of my chair. 3 year old (in tears): You’re acting like Pharoah!

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Home-shuling at Shul

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small, but so beautiful after our ikea-remodel! Our house is very small – two bedrooms, a 13×13 eat-in kitchen, a living room and a sunroom, but no dining room. Consequently, it’s very hard to have more than one other family […]

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This Jewish Life

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did you know he makes great balloon animals? Many years ago, there was a story on This American Life about some guys who attempted to use scientific data to create the world’s most annoying song. Admittedly, I love almost everything […]

Making seders kid-friendly: A contest!

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  i hate these As Passover approaches, I’m seeking your best ideas for making the seder fun and meaningful for children. Last month I wrote a column for the PJ Library about our family’s re-enactment of the Exodus from Egypt. […]

And the winner is…..

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Phyllis, aka Ima on the Bima, whose name was selected from the list by Random.org! Enjoy your Alef-Bet Yoga for Kids poster, compliments of Kar-Ben. Mazel Tov!

Something Jewish about breastfeeding

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I spent the afternoon with my friend Tanya today, who writes a fantastic breastfeeding blog for Motherwear. I promised I would write “something Jewish about breastfeeding” for her.  “The child grew and was weaned, and on the day Isaac was […]

Using up chametz

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Over the next few weeks, we’ll be trying to use up all of our chametz – the wheat, oats, barley, rye and spelt products in our kitchen – to prepare for Passover. (The rye and spelt part will be a […]

Should I stay or should I go?

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A couple of weeks ago I posted a listed of reasons to join a shul. My #1 reason? It’s not going to get any better without you. But what if you’re starting to wonder whether it can get any better, […]

My first give-away!

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  yours won't say sample A few days ago, I received a review copy of Alef Bet Yoga for Kids from my friends at Kar-Ben. I can state unequivocally that this is the most fun I have ever had reading an […]

Trader Joe’s makes me a better Jew

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We’ve been preparing a lot of meals for friends and community members recently. As I posted earlier, it’s a mitzvah I’m always eager to sign on for. But the truth is, sometimes I can barely manage to get a homemade […]

Shameless self-promotion

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Yes, I nominated myself. But will you still vote for me? Please?  Click here:

Here comes the sun

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  don't look directly at this picture All of my favorite Jewish rituals involve observing and/or connecting more closely with the natural world. Waiting for the sun to set to light candles, eating and sleeping lying outside for a little while […]

Nu? What’s for Shabbat dinner?

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My blog has been up and running for a little less than two weeks. I’ve had over 600 views, and an average of 60 odd hits a day. Here’s my first attempt to find out who, besides my mother, is […]

Nothing Jewish about this post

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  I actually can say no to this face 3 year old with an armful of dolls: Can you pretend to be Olivia’s mommy? Me: Not right now, honey, I’m really busy. 3 year old: Can you pretend to be […]

The anti-Halloween

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  The kids were not drinking beer Last year, when John McCain was in Israel, he described Purim as “their version of Halloween here.” It’s not as bad a gaffe as, say, choosing Sarah Palin for VP, but he’s pretty […]

Leads to mixed dancing

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My mother sent my girls an early Purim present – a Haman punching bag.According to the description, “the punching bag is filled with an ugly picture of Haman and the words ‘Down with Haman.’ The adults will love punching Haman […]

and no dead goldfish

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  mac & cheese – the new gragger Today the Hebrew school where I teach held an out of the ordinary Purim celebation. There were no prizes at the carnival – instead, every booth gave out paper “mitzvah money.”  Kids […]

Shul-shuling

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  not our actual shul Today we went to shul. And it was kind of….great. Our first good move was not arriving until 11am, exactly when Tot Shabbat begins. And forget everything I said about starting to outgrow tot programs; […]

Kashering the toothbrushes

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Just before the boiling water hits We’re so frum, we kasher our toothbrushes between dairy and meat. Har har. Actually, Ella had strep and the doctor suggested we boil the toothbrushes. But we do keep a kosher kitchen. At least, […]

That’s what I like about shul…..

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Although we are devout (dare I say frum?) home-shulers, I can’t imagine not being a member of our local synagogue. So today – let’s hear it for the shul! Homeshuler’s Top 10 Reasons to Join a Shul 10. Your mother wants […]

Party Pooper

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I hate party favor bags. Call me a big old stinky-butt (I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before my own daughters do) but I don’t understand why parents insist on sending home a bag of crap every time […]

Even cuter

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“Who made you so cute?” I asked my 3 year old. “God,” she answered. I’m glad she doesn’t know what a rhetorical question is.

Oh my oh, once. Oh my oh, twice.

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  See the milk situated treacherously close to our fleishig soup? We like to live on the edge around here. A friend and colleague was recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She’s about a week out of surgery and starting chemo […]

Why we home-shul

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Admittedly, the title of my blog is a wee bit misleading. We are, in fact, members of a shul. (Actually, we are members of two shuls, if you count my honorary membership at the synagogue where I teach.) And we […]

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Guess what's Kosher for Passover (this will change your life.)
I'm not exaggerating. The bane of my Passover existence has been pareve baking. I cook a lot more meat during the holiday than I do the rest of the year, which means a lot more pareve desserts. Which has, up until now, usually meant margarine ...

posted 5:02:27pm Mar. 22, 2012 | read full post »

Why I love the New American Haggadah (and it's not just because I got to have a martini with Nathan Englander.)
I'm not a haggadah junkie. I know many Jews whose shelves are overflowing with numerous versions of the Haggadah - from the traditional Maxwell House to the not-so-traditional Santa Cruz - and whose seders are an amalgam of commentaries, poems, ...

posted 9:25:37pm Mar. 14, 2012 | read full post »

Best Hamentashen Ever, even better. And, a Purim opera.
This time of year, I'm always excited when I look at my google analytics and see that people have landed at my blog by searching for "hamentashen recipe". I love the idea of people all over the world making my great-grandmother's fabulous ...

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