April 2011 Archives

Yuvi’s Candy Tree – an interview with author Lesley Simpson

posted by Homeshuling

According the the Torah, we are obligated to teach our children about the Exodus. But try using a picture book to fulfill this mitzvah, and you’ll find that half of the children’s Passover books are about fluffy (or not-so-fluffy) matzoh […]

The Long and Winding Road…that leads to Canaan

posted by Homeshuling

I’ve got a plan. And I need your help. I love the seder. Note the use of the singular. I love one seder. Two? It’s a bit much for me. If you ask me, there’s a good reason that wasn’t […]

Rick Recht thinks BIG

posted by Homeshuling

This week I had the privilege of attending a conference run by The PJ Library. It was great fun – and not just because of the absurdly high percentage of people in attendance who had read my book (although it […]

The PJ Library – what’s not to love? (plus a giveaway)

posted by Homeshuling

I’m writing from the PJ Library conference in Baltimore. When I try to explain my relationship to The PJ Library to the other conference attendees, I realize,well…’s complicated. I’m here primarily because I get paid to write a monthly column […]

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posted 9:57:03am Jul. 06, 2012 | read full post »

Teaching the Four Questions to young children
One of the greatest privileges of being a kindergarten teacher in a Jewish day school is having the opportunity to teach children to recite the four questions. Unlike almost anything else I teach them about Jewish ritual, this is "real work." The candles will get blessed, kiddush will be recited, an

posted 7:36:03am Apr. 01, 2012 | read full post »

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 made from disgusting ingredients such as cottonseed oi

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, and (alas) responsive readings, from these dog-eared, p

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 hamentashen, the same ones my mom made with me and that I mak

posted 7:13:38pm Mar. 05, 2012 | read full post »

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