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Teaching the Four Questions to young children

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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 […]

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Guess what’s Kosher for Passover (this will change your life.)

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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 […]

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Why I love the New American Haggadah (and it’s not just because I got to have a martini with Nathan Englander.)

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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, […]

Best Hamentashen Ever, even better. And, a Purim opera.

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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 […]

Edible Purim baskets. And, introducing…the cookie fairies!

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My very favorite Jewish holiday tradition, bar non, is the mitzvah of mishloach manot – preparing and delivering gifts of homemade goodies to friends and neighbors on Purim day. This is a mitzvah which embodies so much of why Judaism is […]

What are your favorite Purim books?

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The Hebrew month of Adar begins next week, which means that Purim is only a few weeks away. (Which means that Passover cleaning begins in only…..oh, never mind.) Over the next few weeks, I’ll be writing about some of the […]

Eshet Chayil – a woman of valor

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Last week I bought a beautiful bracelet on Etsy for my mother for her birthday, with the words Eshet Chayil spelled out in silver beads. It prompted me to finish a post I started a long time ago about this […]

Wordless Wednesday: Happy Tu B’shevat

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Even More ideas for Tu B’shevat. Three, to be precise.

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Recognizing that it can be hard to find meaningful ways to celebrate trees in the middle (or, depending on the Groundhog’s prediction, almost-the-end of) winter. Last year I posted 15 Other Things to Do for Tu B’shevat. I don’t have […]

Fresh-baked challah, one-week old

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One of the few consistent parts of our family’s observance of shabbat is to have at least one delicious challah on our dinner table. Before I went back to working full time, it was relatively easy to whip up freshly […]

Teaching our children about Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream

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Another glimpse from my kindergarten class at a Jewish day school: This week, the Gan has been learning about the lives of Martin Luther King and several other key figures in the civil rights movement. We began the week by reading […]

Book reviews: The good ones, the bad ones, and the good bad ones.

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Believe it or not, I like bad reviews. The good ones, anyway. I appreciate criticism of my writing that helps me become better at what I do. The review of Mezuzah on the Door that I quote most often is […]

Our cupcake menorah

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We definitely aren’t the first family to celebrate the eighth night of Hanukkah by making, lighting and then eating our menorah. Google “cupcake menorah” if you don’t believe me. But, that doesn’t mean I’m not going to blog about it. […]

Celebrating Hanukkah at home (shuling)

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Last night, I had to exaplain to Zoe that our plans to make jelly dougnuts were put on hold because her sister was running a 101 fever. She was none too thrilled by this information.  “We don’t really do anything […]

Hanukkah art projects – no cookie-cutters allowed

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Now that I teach full time, a lot of my best “parenting’” work happens with other people’s children. I’m not sure what that might mean for the future of homeshuling (school-shuling just doesn’t have the same ring to it) but […]

Best Jewish children’s books of 2011, if I do say so myself.

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So, I’ve been working on a post of recommended books to buy for Hanukkah gifts. Procrastination rarely pays off, but in this case Marjorie Ingall posted the same column on Tablet. She recommended many of the same books I was […]

The Miracles of Hanukkah – an interview with David Adler

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There are a lot of Hanukkah picture books (and no, not all of them were written by Eric Kimmel.) But there actually aren’t a lot of books for young children that tell the story of Hanukkah – the narrative of […]

What do George Carlin, Evangelical Christians and this Jewish mother have in common?

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It’s not too often that I find myself in agreement with the Christian right when it comes to politics. But this week, when RIchard Land, Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, called on Newt Gingrich to address and apologize for […]

December dilemma or December opportunity? (featuring an interview with Anita Diamant about Hanukkah and Christmas!)

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It’s November. Christmas is almost a month away. But even before the Halloween clearance candy was actually cleared, tinsel and plastic Santas were popping up at the ends of the supermarket aisles. “Why are they playing Jingle Bells already?” asked […]

Why I send my children to a Jewish Day School – the Thanksgiving edition

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One of the many things I’m thankful for is that my children love school. There’s never a battle in the morning to get them out the door (or if there is, it’s because I HATE THESE SHOES.) We are reminded […]

Creating ritual objects for the Thanksgiving table

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When I set the table for  Shabbat or Yom Tov, my children immediately recognize that this is no ordinary meal. It’s not just that the piles are cleared off the kitchen table (we don’t have a dining room), and that I’ve […]

Is there a right way to praise your children?

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Many years ago, when I was studying at Drisha, a women’s yeshiva in New York, I was involved in a traditional women’s tefillah (prayer) group. During our services, women would chant from the Torah, and there was some controversy over […]

Challah shortcuts – bread machine and no knead

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Over the course of Tishrei we went through an awful lot of challah with our holiday meals. I had a chance to experiment with a few time-saving recipes, and wanted to share my findings. While my all time favorite recipe […]

The Shabbat Princess is coming – will you be there?

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Next Sunday I’ll begin a month of travel to Jewish book fairs around the country to share my new picture book, The Shabbat Princess. If you live nearby, please come and introduce yourself! Sunday, October 30 Springfield, Massachusetts Springfield Jewish […]

Why I send my children to Jewish day school, part #4

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My daughter, Zoe, and her fifth-grade buddy beating willow branches on the ground  at their day school’s Hoshanah Rabbah assembly: Here’s part #1, part  #2 , part #3, and part-i’ve-lost-count, not necessarily in that order. Chag Sameach!

Our lame sukkah, and the friends who made it (almost) all better

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On Friday night, our family huddled together in the sukkah for the first time. We hovered over the table because the furniture was too soaked to sit on. The fabric walls were threatening to blow off in the wind. The […]

Mourning a pet. Without a road map.

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Nowhere is ritual more useful than in times of loss. When a loved one dies, it’s comforting to be part of a tradition that tells us what to do and what not to do, what to say and what not […]

Make Love, Not Kapparos

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Most sensible Jews (and all left-wing poultry) are opposed to kapparos, the High Holiday tradition of transferring one’s sins to a live chicken by twirling it over one’s head. I agree that it’s a practice that ought to be retired, or […]

You don’t have to be Jewish….to write a great Yom Kippur children’s book

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This summer I had the chance to meet my number one author crush, Kevin Henkes. He was the keynote speaker at the Summer Institute for the Teaaching of Writing that I attended this summer at Teacher’s College, and while I […]

The best Yom Kippur break fast recipe. Really.

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Leave it to us Jews to focus on food even on a fast day. Am I the only one who has spent significantly more time this week making plans for the break fast than preparing myself for the real work […]

All Together Singing in the Kitchen – we have a winner!

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The winner of the book is Katherine, who wrote My daughter loves to sing lots of songs. But she insists on Itsy Bitsy Spider and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star most of the time. Whenever we mention stars or spiders. She […]

Rosh Hashanah Seven Vegetable Couscous – a recipe and a story

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I’m sitting in my kitchen right now, with a pile of cookbooks in front of me. Odd, because I rarely use cookbooks anymore. I almost always go straight to the internet to find my recipes. But, I’m feeling the need […]

All together singing in the kitchen. Or at the shabbat table.

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When my husband and I got married, I always imagined we would become a musical family. Not a performing musical family, like the Von Trapps, mind you, but a family that sat around and played music together. It was a […]

Festival of Eden – are you going? (ps, I can get you a discount)

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What are you doing on the Sunday before Rosh Hashanah? My kids and I will be making kosher sauerkraut and cheese drumming on recycled household items tie dying hiking the Appalachian Trail climbing trees composting watching “veggie puppetry” (whatever that […]

A great book for interfaith families, or anyone living in an interfaith world

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I teach Kindergarten at a Jewish day school, and although we are affiliated with the Conservative movement, our children come from a wide range of backgrounds. Some come from homes that strongly identify as Jewish, and some come from homes […]

9/11 and the sounding of the shofar – one Jewish day school teacher’s experience

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Beliefnet bloggers were asked to contribute our memories of 9/11 for a collective piece called “Where were you on 9/11?” My piece can be found there, shortened to 200 words or less. Here’s the original. On 9/11, I was a […]

Rosh Hashanah in Western Massachusetts

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Wondering might be going on for the High Holidays in my neck of the woods? Check out my latest column on the wonderful blog Hilltown Families. You’ll notice I’m leading tot services in Northampton. Maybe I’ll see some of you […]

We have a winner

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And the winner of the Rosh Hashanah card package from minted.com is……Stefani! Thanks to everyone who entered and to random.org for choosing our winner. Keep your eyes peeled for some more exciting giveaways in the next few weeks.

Craft projects for Rosh Hashanah

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Are you crafty? I’m not. But, because of my parenting deficits, you should suffer? Here are some links to a variety of projects scattered across the interwebs: You don’t really need to look much further than Creative Jewish Mom for […]

Praising our children, loving our children. (An encore performance)

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a re-post. because i’m really into recycling. Do you know that sinking, slightly nauseous, feeling you get when you and your kids return from a hot, lazy day of swimming and spitting watermelon seeds, only to find a back-to-school sale […]

Rosh Hashanah Card Giveaway

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As someone who made her wedding invitations on her home computer, I’m not the kind of person who orders professionally made Rosh Hashanah cards. But you? You might be! And if you are, I’ve got a deal for you…. I […]

A story for my kids – the sweetness of missing each other

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This summer I spent a week in New York City taking a class at Teacher’s College about setting up successful writing workshops in classrooms. I was alone. Did I mention that my kids weren’t with me? It was hard for […]

First days of school, first days of Elul

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Today is the first day of Elul (although Rosh Chodesh began yesterday for reasons that are, well, complicated. For me and my daughters, it was also the first day of school. I’m exceptionally thoughtful and deliberate at the start of […]

Preparing for the High Holidays – blogging the month of Elul

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Today is Rosh Chodesh Elul, the celebration of the new moon and the new month. The Hebrew month of Elul is a time for reflection, repentance, and preparation for Rosh Hashanah, which is now one month away. My e-friend Phyllis […]

Joseph and the Sabbath Fish, or I love Eric Kimmel part two

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I few months ago, around the time of Purim, I had the great honor of interviewing the children’s book author Eric Kimmel. Since then, he’s been kind enough to friend me on facebook and even write a nice blurb about […]

Scenes from an interfaith wedding, nine happy years later

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Thursday night, my husband and I went out for dinner to celebrate our ninth anniversary. We were married in July, but had to delay our night out for a number of reasons (named Ella and Zoe). We ended up celebrating […]

Shabbat Princess giveaway, and some nice reviews

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Hi all. Kar-Ben is giving out a free copy of the Shabbat Princess this week over at her Facebook page. All you need to do to enter is post a link to a favorite summer shabbat recipe before Friday at […]

Think globally, blog locally

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With all the kvetching I do about the lack of quality family programming in our Jewish community, I’m acutely aware that I have an obligation to try to make a difference. (In fact, I used to have a bumper sticker […]

Can you take a vacation from keeping kosher?

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I’m fairly restrictive about what foods can come into our house. It’s not just that we don’t eat unkosher meat or shellfish; I also don’t buy any foods with high fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oils, artificial food coloring, or […]

Blessing your tween

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My older daughter, Ella, only recently turned eight, but she’s already showing signs of tweendom. She’s always been a very affectionate and sweet kid, and while she’s still like that about 80% of the time, she’s also become increasingly self-conscious […]

The Shabbat Princess is on Facebook and Twitter

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My new picture book, The Shabbat Princess, will be released on September 1, but you don’t need to wait that long to tell her how much you like her. Visit her new facebook page or follow her tweets @shabbatprincess – […]

Homeshuling’s Top 10 Jewish Rituals Your Family Will Love

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I’m on vacation until August 1, and will be back with all new material. Until then, here’s a favorite from last summer. New Year’s is a time for resolutions – do more yoga, eat fewer sweets, spend less time on […]

Inspiration from the garden

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  To be a Jew means to wake up and to keep your eyes open to the many beautiful, mysterious, and holy things that happen all around us every day. Rabbi Lawrence Kushner ps, We didn’t grow this, they did. I […]

Homeshuling’s first *ask* – support small town Jewish education

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I’m a lousy fundraiser. We have a $1,500 fundraising obligation each year for our daughters’ day school, and every year we end up paying almost the whole thing out of pocket because I hate asking people for money. Even for […]

America the beautiful – talking with my kids about our country, warts and all.

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I’m not a flag-waving, my-country-love-it-or-leave-it-bumper-sticker-toting, red-white-and-blue wearing kind of American. But I absolutely love my country. Yesterday, on Independence Day, I thought it was important to take a few minutes to tell the girls a little bit about why our […]

What’s Jewish about competitive eating? (an encore presentation)

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There are many wonderful ways to celebrate the Fourth of July as a family – parades, cookouts, beach vacations, camping trips, and of course, fireworks. (Watching them, not setting off your own, if you have any brains at all.)  While […]

Out with the princesses, in with the Shabbat Princess

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I have two daughters. When they were born, I imagined they would be tomboys. They would climb trees and love to get muddy. They would wrinkle their noses at Disney Princesses, and consider Barbie dolls something to operate on, not […]

Summer wish list: A Jewish Mama Meme

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Inspired by my prolific and generally impressive friend Sarah, who blogs over at Standing in the Shadows, I’m creating a summer wish list. I originally had titled this post “A summer to-do list” but that sounded like way to much […]

Jewish day schools never looked better

posted by Homeshuling

Today was my last official day of work for the school year, although every teacher knows that we never really stop working. (In fact, I haven’t even finished cleaning my classroom.) At our final staff meeting for the year, we […]

Invite the Shabbat Princess to your summer camp

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If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that I have a new picture book coming out in the fall – The Shabbat Princess. I hope to be visiting some Jewish book fairs around the country in […]

photo-opp fail

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This was supposed to be the new photo for my blog header. It’s great, isn’t? I mean, who wouldn’t want to learn more about Jewish parenting from a mother who looks like she is about to kill her children while […]

Graduating from PJ Library – suggestions?

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My daughter Ella is turning eight this summer, and will not be receiving her monthly PJ Library fix much longer. She’s also beginning to  consider herself too old for picture books. And while I disagree (I’m 43, and I still […]

The last day of school, or, what to do with all that stuff

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Today I sent my kindergarten students home with a shopping bag full of their creations – lots of drawings, quite a few stories, some paintings, some collages, and prints, and, yes, a few math and spelling worksheets for good measure. […]

Bless your children well….

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This past Friday night I organized a shabbat dinner for the families of my kindergarten class. It was primarily a social event, but also a chance for parents to experience what the children have learned about shabbat over the course […]

What do I want them to be when they grow up? Sisters.

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Tonight I did something I haven’t done in a long, long time. I went to a show at the Iron Horse Music Hall, an intimate music venue in the center of town that I frequented a lot in the days […]

Our shavuot sleepover

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My friend Alicia Jo Rabins, of Girls in Trouble fame (but more importantly to me, from “played fiddle at my wedding” fame) was interviewed on Tablet about the tradition of the Tikkun Leil Shavuot, staying up all night to study […]

Thou shalt not commit what?

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With Shavuot on the horizon, I feel obliged to teach my kids about the ten commandments. I’m fine with that – they’re good rules. After all, who wants their kids stealing? Or murdering? And that honor your mother and father […]

Eden Village Camp – even better than homeshuling

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This past weekend, my kids had the opportunity to spend part of shabbat with the wonderful folks at Eden Village Camp during their first family camp of the season.  I love sleepaway camp, and I especially love Eden Village. For […]

Rainbow Day – Noah’s dead and it’s our turn to save the earth

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We all know the story of Noah. We might even be a little sick of it, especially if we’re parents. There seem to be hundreds of picture books on the topic, at least three of which my kids have received […]

In which I pretend to be a real author

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Yesterday I played hooky from my real life. Instead of a kindergarten teacher and mother of two young daughters, I was an author presenting my new book, The Shabbat Princess, at the Jewish Book Council event in New York City. […]

Rapture, and my anniversary

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Yesterday marked the anniversary of my first post on Beliefnet. Perhaps it was the rapture, perhaps it was shabbat, but somehow, the whole thing slipped by unnoticed. I starting writing this blog in early 2009 because I thought I might […]

Stamp out hunger, stamp out sloth

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I recently wrote a piece for Kveller.com about the struggle to get my kids to do their chores. We’ve made progress in some areas (setting the table) and virtually none in others (putting away their laundry.) While i want these […]

Grover learns (a little bit of) Hebrew

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Yom Ha-atzmaut was sort of a wash for my family. My older daughter, Ella, woke up with a fever, and I stayed home from school with her. So, no bopping anyone on the head with a plastic hammer…..I wonder if […]

Mother’s Day – You can’t always get what you want, but it helps to ask

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There was a time in the not-so-distant past when I would wait quietly for my family to surprise me with gifts, cards, and special activities for Mother’s Day and my birthday. My husband would approach these days the way he […]

Mother’s day giveaways for Jewish (or Jew-ish) mothers

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Mother’s day is the one holiday I’m not in charge of. The reason I’m not in charge of it is because after our first child was born, I gave some explicit instructions to my husband. “You realize,” I said, “that […]

Pomegranate Popsicles – for Passover or any time of year

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I was offered some free samples of Pom pomegranate juice this year – they wanted to promote their Kosher for Passover status and I was pleased to add something, really just about anything, new to our Passover repertoire. When I […]

Postcards from a peaceful interfaith marriage

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My friend Molly has a great blog, Postcards from a Peaceful Divorce, in which she writes about how she and her ex-husband have gone from being bickering spouses to good friends and harmonious co-parents. Her stories are ,by turns, funny, heartbreaking […]

The seders and what I cooked

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I am not a creative or innovative cook, but I am a very competent cook. Essentially, this means that I know how to pick a good recipe, I know how to follow a recipe, and I can pick which recipes […]

Counting the Omer – how sweet it is

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Zoe has already asked me five times today whether it’s time to count the omer.  Yes, it’s a mitzvah to count how many days have passed from the second day of Passover until Shavuot, and yes, it’s true that according to […]

Tea-soaked eggs for Passover

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I spent a sleepless night surfing the internet for creative and beautiful ways to prepare eggs. While nothing tops these beautiful huevos haminados prepared by Ima on the Bima, I didn’t have it in me to track down piles of […]

An interfaith family at Passover – what matters? (a re-post from last year)

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I was scrolling through last year’s Passover posts and found this. We’re not going to my mom’s this year, but the issues we confront are the same every year. More about this year’s solution, and how we maintain a loving, […]

Jewish children’s books that stand the test of time

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I write a lot about contemporary Jewish children’s books. It’s a topic I care a lot about as a parent, a teacher and an author. I think the quality of these books has, overall, increased enormously since I was a […]

Shalom Sesame, or, is Jake Gyllenhaal really Jewish?

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My kids didn’t watch Sesame Street when they were little. But last year, they received the entire run of the Muppet Show on dvd. So, it’s not surprising that their favorite parts of Shalom Sesame‘s It’s Passover, Grover feature those […]

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

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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

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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

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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)

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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…..it’s complicated. I’m here primarily because I get paid to write a monthly column […]

More Passover Magic

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I wrote a Passover piece for Kveller, the mother of all Jewish parenting sites. It’s nominally about the book Passover Magic, but more about how each family makes its own magic through family traditions. Kveller published all the parts about […]

How to bake matzah (sort of)

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Poke it with a fork.

America’s (Kosher) Test Kitchen

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Over the last few years, I’ve imposed a rule on myself. No more buying cookbooks. Even though I already have a cabinet overlflowing with my dog-eared, stew-stained favorites, when I’m looking for a recipe I find that I always go […]

An Interview with Eric Kimmel

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I love Eric Kimmel. You probably think I mean that I love his books. And I do love his books. But I also love him. I had the opportunity to interview Eric a few weeks ago about one of his […]

Eco-friendly mishloach manot containers (that are nice to look at and cheap, too)

posted by Homeshuling

In one week, we’ll be preparing our deliveries of Mishloach Manot, gifts of at least two kinds of food that are traditionally delivered to friends and family on Purim. What goes in our mishloach manot? Hamentashen, of course, and if […]

We have another winner!

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I’m delighted to announce the winner of the most delicious homeshuling giveaway ever. Random.org has selected Ima2Seven as the winner of the mishloach manot basket of natural and organic products from Israel. Mazel Tov, Rachel. Please send me an email […]

Tell me about your seder

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Yes, I know we only recently celebrated Rosh Chodesh Adar, the first days of the month in which Purim falls, but I’m always (or at least occasionally) thinking ahead about future blog posts. I’ve already posted this on facebook, but […]

A Knitter’s Home Companion – announcing a winner!

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And the winner, chosen at random by the aptly named random.org, is….. Ruby G, who wrote: March 5, 2011 9:07 PM Lovely review of what sounds like a book to read and savor. Wish I could knit better; maybe I […]

Why I send my children to Jewish day school, part I’ve-lost-count

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I teach Kindergarten at the day school in our town, where my children attend Kindergarten and Second grade. On Tu B’shevat, we began a science unit about trees. As a culminating activity, this week we tapped two sugar maple trees, […]

Natural and Organic Purim Baskets from Israel and a Giveaway!

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I’m excited to share this guest post and giveaway from Tanya Tolchin. Tanya is a manager at Israeli Harvest, a farmer at Jug Bay Market Garden, a writer, an environmentalist and most importantly a mom. She has a new blog: […]

A Knitter’s Home Companion – a giveaway!

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A life story can be told through a variety of motifs – golf courses played, loves lost, songs heard on the radio – but none is quite so cozy as a life measured in skeins of yarn. Michelle Edwards, author […]

Nosh, Schlep, Schluff: Babyiddish

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There’s an inherent problem with board books, those little book-ettes made entirely of hard cardboard. Generally, babies will fixate on one (often the one you hate the most) and ask for it again. And again. And again. But once they […]

Bagels, with love: a guest post (by my mom)

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Thank you to my mom, Judy Meltzer, for this glimpse of her life as bubbe par excellence There are many times when I find myself rejoicing at my good fortune – that I am Jewish and can enjoy the great […]

When did I become *that* mother?

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Some of the “strategies” I used to try to get my girls to come to shul with me this morning: “There will be no computer time this weekend if you don’t come.” “If you come with me this week, I […]

Shepping Nachas

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My five and seven year old daughters both started receiving an allowance a few months ago. Zoe gets $1 a week and Ella gets $1.50, one quarter of which goes into their tzedakah boxes. So far, neither of them has […]

Pretzel Challah

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I blogged recently about my foray into pretzel rolls, which were a big hit. I began wondering, if you can make pretzel rolls…..why not a pretzel challah? A google search confirmed that a bakery in Los Angeles offers this delicacy, […]

Cornflake Cookies and Pretzel Rolls, or, the snow days and what I baked

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As you may have heard, there’s been a lot of snow around here this week. What better way to spend two snowbound days than to do a little baking? (Also a lot of writing, though not for the blog. I […]

And the winner is……

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Miriam, who wrote “Ooh this looks like a sweet book to share with my two year old son! I don’t remember how I stumbled across your blog. I think I may have heard about it at a Shabbat we spent […]

Best. Burger. Ever.

posted by Homeshuling

I stopped eating meat in my early teens, for reasons that I can no longer clearly recall. I know I was influenced by the “veggies” at my labor zionist summer camp, and that saying that I didn’t eat meat simplified […]

Tu B’shevat Art Project – A day late (or so) and a dollar (or so) short

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Thanks to the aptly named Creative Jewish Mom for this project. I made these trees with my Kindergarten class and they served as centerpieces for our Tu B’Shevat seder at school. Zoe’s is now proudly displayed on our windowsill. Here […]

Jewish children’s books for grown-ups. And a give-away.

posted by Homeshuling

There are some topics that want, or feel I ought, to teach my children about, but I just don’t know how. Maybe I don’t know where to start, or what language to use, or what information is developmentally appropriate to […]

15 other things to do for Tu B’shevat

posted by Homeshuling

Tu B’Shevat, also known as the New Year of the Trees, (also also known as “the Jewish Arbor Day,” as if anyone even knows what regular Arbor day is…) falls on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat. […]

The best Jewish children’s book of the year – says who?

posted by Homeshuling

On Monday, the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee announced this year’s winning titles. This annual award, named for the author of the beloved All of A Kind Family Series (who also was kind enough to be my occasional pen pal as […]

Northampton, Massachusetts: Is it good for the Jews?

posted by Homeshuling

I grew up in Pikesville, a predominately Jewish suburb of Baltimore. There were many advantages to growing up in a large Jewish community, but by the time I was a senior in high school, I knew I wanted out of […]

After Christmas Sales Contest – A Homeshuling Tradition

posted by Homeshuling

My family was a little confused when I brought these home from the supermarket today. Why would I buy miniature Christmas trees at all, much less on the day after Christmas? Because they were on sale, of course!  These four […]

The Blessing of Head Lice

posted by Homeshuling

For the last two months, we have been battling the plague of lice. First Ella. Then Zoe. Then Ella and Zoe. Then Zoe again. Now Ella. We’ve tried the Lice Lady‘s Pantene method and the Cetaphil Method. We’ve used the […]

Vegetarian Pot Pie

posted by Homeshuling

Despite recent evidence to the contrary, this is not a cooking blog. But I like to cook and when I stumble on something as delicious as this pot pie, I like to share. Even if my ungrateful brats lovely children thought […]

How to make the best bagels ever

posted by Homeshuling

I live in a town with many redeeming qualities. Unfortunately, a good bagel shop* is not one of them. As a native of Baltimore, and a former resident of Manhattan, I know a good bagel from a roll-with-hole, and I’d […]

And on the seventh day, God stayed in pajamas

posted by Homeshuling

Shabbat is many things, but relaxing is not always one of them. Even if all the food preparations have been completed before sundown on Friday, eating three seudot (meals), hosting guests or just being guests, and trying to get a […]

Israel – a book for children that doesn’t take sides

posted by Homeshuling

While working on my first piece for Kveller.com about Jewish books, I came across this old piece, written for The PJ Library that never made it to my blog.  When I was a child, the very first stories I read about […]

Hanukkah is over, but there’s still light to be found

posted by Homeshuling

Have you had a chance to look up at the night sky recently? You may have, since it seems to be getting dark at about, say, noon these days. The new moon emerged a few days ago, as it does […]

Sufganiyah-ya-ya

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Homemade Menorah Project – an experiment in bling

posted by Homeshuling

I’ve come up with some terribly unsuccessful menorah making projects as a teacher. There were the self-hardening clay menorahs that crumbled almost instantly, and the Model Magic menorahs that caught on fire, to name but a few. This year I […]

Hanukkah – to light or not to light?

posted by Homeshuling

No, I’m not questioning whether or not to light one, or several, menorahs tonight. That’s the essence, after all, of the mitzvah of pirsumei nissa, publicizing the miracle of the holiday. But today, as I prepare for the first night […]

Haveil Havalim #293 – The it was just Thanksgiving and now it’s almost Hanukkah Edition

posted by Homeshuling

It’s my pleasure and honor to host Haveil Havalim for the first time; I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to step up to the plate. I did my best to include everyone’s work (but only three submissions per blog.) […]

(More) Truly Divine Hanukkah Gelt

posted by Homeshuling

Re-posted from November 2009 Chocolate production doesn’t much resemble the magical world portrayed in Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. No chocolate rivers, no trained squirrels, and sadly, no everlasting gobstoppers. However, there’s one very unfortunate similarity – the […]

Hanukkah gift ideas for kids

posted by Homeshuling

You’re probably looking for great ideas for Hanukkah gifts for your children. And maybe you don’t want to spent $37 on alef-bet blocks like the folks over at Kveller. So, here’s a list of gift ideas bound to keep your […]

Getting ready for summer camp. In November.

posted by Homeshuling

A few days ago, I wrote a little about my own experiences at sleep away camp, at Habonim Camp Moshavah, in the late 70’s and early 80’s. I have so many cherished memories of these years, and I have no […]

And the winner (this time) is……

posted by Homeshuling

The winner (chosen by random.org) of Feivel’s Flying Horses is Anne, who commented   “My birthday tradition is that I share the birthday with my stepmom. I love that we share the date. My sister and daughter also have a shared […]

We, or someone, sang that at camp

posted by Homeshuling

As solstice approaches and the days grow colder, shorter and just plain dreary, who doesn’t long to be magically transported to a warmer, greener and happier time? So yesterday seemed like the perfect time to finally crack open the review […]

Happy Birthday to me, free books for you!

posted by Homeshuling

It’s erev my birthday on the secular calendar. (Wondering when your birthday is on the Hebrew calendar? You can find out here.) Tomorrow I’ll be something-something. No, actually I’ll be 43. After spending the weekend with a bunch of young […]

Jewifying our local co-op

posted by Homeshuling

I love many things about living in the Pioneer Valley, not the least of which is the number of people who share my values. In most homes I visit in Northampton I can ask “where do put your compost”, rather […]

Thank you, mikveh lady

posted by Homeshuling

Just a brief post about a sweet moment. Earlier this week, after my first immersion in the mikveh since the night before my wedding, the rebbetzin hugged me and said “may this mitzvah bring many blessings to you and your […]

And the winner is……

posted by Homeshuling

Laura Lee will have a boker tov (good morning) when she finds out she is the winner of Joe Black’s book and cd Boker Tov! Laura, please email your address to homeshuling at gmail dot com. Everyone else, stay tuned […]

I’m coming to New Haven. Won’t you join me?

posted by Homeshuling

On Sunday, November 7, I’ll be at the New Haven JCC book fair, reading from my first book, A Mezuzah on the Door. After the reading, there will be a craft activity making mezuzah cases. The details about the event […]

Boker Tov!

posted by Homeshuling

If your family is like mine, your children will be up too late tonight, and unable to fall asleep when they do finally get home from celebrating that holiday-which-shall-not-be named. But, because the pagans didn’t have the good sense to […]

And the winner is……

posted by Homeshuling

Me! For all of your amazing and thoughtful comments. But, that’s not what you came to find out, is it? The other winner, chosen by random.org is Mary Ellen, who wrote: I was raised Catholic, and I loved Christmas. What’s […]

Hanukkah Art Workshop with Homeshuling

posted by Homeshuling

Mahatma Ghandi once said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” While I fall woefully short of fulfilling this mandate, I do tend to be the Jewish education I want to see in the world. In the […]

Christmas for Jews – and no, this is not a post about Chinese Food

posted by Homeshuling

As I’ve written before, my girls are fascinated by Christmas. I don’t blame them – it’s sparkly, sweet and mysterious, and it’s practically everywhere, at least after the Halloween decorations come down. As part of an interfaith family, I used […]

Book Giveaway – making Cheshvan just a little less bitter

posted by Homeshuling

There are approximately six weeks until Chanukah. We are currently in the month of Cheshvan, often referred to as bitter Cheshvan because it is the only Hebrew month without a holiday. While that might sound like a gift, after the […]

A Mitzvah for Me

posted by Homeshuling

Most of my Jewish life revolves around my family, and in particular, my kids. I put a lot of energy and thought into creating ritual experiences that work for them. And I’ve pretty much left it at that. As with […]

I am that mean old lady

posted by Homeshuling

As I’ve written before, our shul has a bit of a problem with hallway behavior. There are kids who run noisily through the halls, and who kids who somehow manage to run noisily in and out of the offices. They […]

Parsha for Kids – an update

posted by Homeshuling

Thanks for all of your suggestions. I have yet to come across a really good summary of the weekly parsha that meets the criteria I blogged about a few weeks ago. A few people suggested the archives of URJ Family […]

Wordless Wednesday, or, what you get when you let a five year old decorate the tzedakah box

posted by Homeshuling

A very shabbos-y shabbos

posted by Homeshuling

I set my mind to making shabbat really feel like shabbat this week. Which meant that we had candles lit by sunset (though not by official candle lighting time.) Dinner was fully prepared by that time, and the rest of […]

Why is that baked potato wearing a tuxedo? A guest post from Edible Torah.

posted by Homeshuling

Thanks to Leon Adato for this guest post about a creative way to explore the weekly Torah portion with friends and family. It seems like a lot of Jews today are looking for a way to connect with their religious […]

Wordless Wednesday

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Mayyim Hayyim – my guest post

posted by Homeshuling

Reprinted from my guest post last week at The Mikveh Lady Has Left the Building. I’ve gotten some flack for the title of my blog, Homeshuling. Why, people (most of them Rabbis) wonder, am I discouraging people from going to synagogue? […]

Parsha for kids – got any leads?

posted by Homeshuling

Each year at Simchat Torah, we start reading the Torah from the beginning, once again. Of course, when I say “we” I’m not referring to myself. While learning, especially Torah learning, is probably the part of Judaism that’s the most […]

Wordless Wednesday from Eden Village Camp

posted by Homeshuling

Kveller.com is up and running and even though they didn’t ask me to write anything you should still go.

posted by Homeshuling

OK, I admit I’m no Mayim Bialik. I’m no Anita Diamant. I’m not even a Marjorie Ingall. (Hi, Marjorie!) I am, in fact, an unknown blogger who gets a measly five thousand hits a month on my Jewish parenting blog […]

Show me your sukkah!

posted by Homeshuling

Please post your pics on the Homeshuling facebook fan page – I can’t wait to see where you’ve been dwelling. (It was so hot here, I actually put a fan in the sukkah.)  If you aren’t on facebook, but want […]

Searching for schach in all the wrong places

posted by Homeshuling

Living in a semi-rural New England community, you don’t see a lot of sukkahs with bamboo mats for roofs. We’re proud of our agriculture, and the abundance of gardens and farms. We’re not just locavores (or should I say locafressers), […]

Choosing Jewish day school – not the only ones anymore

posted by Homeshuling

Written for the October PJ Library enewsletter In this month’s PJ library selection, The Only One Club, a young girl discovers that she is the only Jewish child in her class after being asked by her teacher to help decorate the […]

Make love, not kapparos

posted by Homeshuling

Most sensible Jews (and all left-wing poultry) are opposed to kapparos, the High Holiday tradition of transferring one’s sins to a live chicken by twirling it over one’s head. I agree that it’s a practice that ought to be retired, or […]

I have missed the mark. And chewed the tail off a horse.

posted by Homeshuling

       My most reflective moments this Rosh Hashanah did not take place in shul. They did not place during a holiday meal. They did not take place during tashlich at the park (although those were pretty good too,) […]

Tashlich at Turtle Rock

posted by Homeshuling

       When I named my blog “homeshuling”, my intention wasn’t to imply that synagogue isn’t important or can’t be meaningful. My goal was simply to show that Jewish life in the home is important and can be incredibly […]

The Birthday of the World, an encore presentation

posted by Homeshuling

One of these days I’m going to have time to blog again. Tomorrow is the first day of school, and I’ve hardly had a moment to breathe, much less parent, so I’m posting a piece I wrote about Rosh Hashanah. […]

High Holiday services for young children

posted by Homeshuling

This year, against my better judgement, I’ve agreed to lead the tot Rosh Hashanah services (up to age six) at our synagogue. Gratned, I’ve agreed to do them in other years, but this year I was really, really, going to […]

Baxter, the Pig Who Wanted to Be Kosher

posted by Homeshuling

Move over, Wilbur. Step to the side, Freddy. Make room for a new pig on the bookshelf – Baxter, the Pig Who Wanted to Be Kosher, a new children’s book by my friend Laurel Snyder. And yes, it’s about a pig. Who wants to […]

Thinking about the unthinkable

posted by Homeshuling

This past Friday I attended a memorial Mass for my college roommate’s nine year old son, who lost his courageous battle with cancer earlier in the week. I suppose there is no more faith-shaking event than the loss of a […]

Homeshuling’s Top Ten Jewish Rituals Your Family Will Love

posted by Homeshuling

written for The PJ Library September e-newsletter New Year’s is a time for resolutions – do more yoga, eat fewer sweets, spend less time on facebook…..sometimes we follow through; more often we can’t, or don’t. Fortunately, those of use who […]

Interfaith, same sex, and every other kind of marriage is holy to someone

posted by Homeshuling

There’s been a lot of talk in the news this week about weddings and marriage. It seems that almost everyone has an opinion about who should be allowed to marry whom, how and when certain groups of people should mark […]

Back from vacation, again.

posted by Homeshuling

Even though I am back from vacation, I guess I’m still on vacation, since I can’t come up with a new blog post. I’m reposting last years piece about our vacation, since it really was almost the same vacation. Just […]

Bible stories for children – does the Torah belong in picture books?

posted by Homeshuling

My very first classroom teaching position was at Beit Rabban in New York City. The school was founded by Dr. Devora Steinmetz, a brilliant and inspiring educational leader. My own philosophy of Jewish education was so deeply influenced by hers […]

Borei Pri Ha-adamah

posted by Homeshuling

Blessed are You, Eternal our God, Ruler of the Universe, Creator of the fruit of the earth. But we helped a little bit too. As you can see, we are very proud.

Celebrating my mixed marriage

posted by Homeshuling

Tomorrow, my husband and I will celebrate our eighth anniversary. Our wedding was, without a doubt, the happiest day of my life. (Yes, having children brings me at least as much joy as having a husband, but after two c-sections, […]

Let’s go to a carnival!

posted by Homeshuling

The Jewish Blog Carnival, that is. Hosted this week by my friend, Rachel, aka ima2seven, Haveil Havailim is a roundup of all that went on this week in the Jewish blogosphere. There are no rides and no cotton candy, so […]

Praising our children, loving our children

posted by Homeshuling

Written for The PJ Library  August e-newsletter Do you know that sinking, slightly nauseous, feeling you get when you and your kids return from a hot, lazy day of swimming and spitting watermelon seeds, only to find a back-to-school sale […]

Something more, or just different? Explaining Orthodox Judaism to my children.

posted by Homeshuling

Last week, just before we left for Cape Cod, I explained to my daughters that the family we were about to visit were Orthodox Jews. “Do you know what that means?” I asked. They both shook their heads no. I […]

What’s Jewish about competitive eating?

posted by Homeshuling

There are many wonderful ways to celebrate the Fourth of July as a family – parades, cookouts, beach vacations, camping trips, and of course, fireworks. (Watching them, not setting off your own, if you have any brains at all.)  While […]

Is localism a Jewish value?

posted by Homeshuling

Over the past few days I’ve been thinking a lot about how much I love our town. No longer spending more than half of my waking hours at work, I’ve had time to rediscover one of the reasons I fell […]

Experiential Jewish Education. With cake.

posted by Homeshuling

Last night, my daughters spent several hours acting out an ancient Jewish tradition, completely of their own accord. They gathered up ritual objects, recited brachot, bandied about Yiddish and Hebrew terminology, and mimicked practices described in the Talmud. When I […]

Summer reading for Jewish families

posted by Homeshuling

Summer is here in all its humid glory (at least in my neck of the woods.) The ceiling fans are on overdrive, we’re gobbling up strawberries and sugar snap peas by the quart, and we’ve hit the local reservoir almost […]

Long distance relationships. With grandparents.

posted by Homeshuling

Written for The PJ Library July e-newsletter  Abby was in tears. Her mother and father were in tears. And so was Grandma….There were hugs and kisses and all too soon they said their good-byes. And Grandma went home. Alone. Thus […]

For Father’s Day you can have your steak and cut it too

posted by Homeshuling

In a few hours, my husband will be opening his Father’s Day gift – a set of four Henckels steak knives (Did you click on the link? Such a bargain, right?) I imagine that steak knives are a fairly typical Father’s […]

Homeschooling is not the same thing as homeshuling

posted by Homeshuling

Yesterday was the last day of school for my first grader, who attends a Jewish day school. Although I’m a Jewish educator by profession, I count on her school to do most of the education. Granted, I was her teacher this year, […]

To kvetch is human, to act, divine.

posted by Homeshuling

This is the one bumper sticker I have on my car. And while I don’t consider myself divine, I do pride myself on doing more than kvetching. I try to put my energy into change (or has that word lost […]

Keeping children away from bad influences. In synagogue.

posted by Homeshuling

Yesterday, my daughter Ella went to shul with me to attend a bat-mitzvah. (My younger daughter, Zoe, was home with 102° fever.) I wanted to see the bat-mitzvah girl read from the Torah, so we arrived significantly earlier than usual. […]

Hatikvah or not hatikvah. That is the question.

posted by Homeshuling

Last night, I attended graduation at the day school where I teach, and where both my daughters will (God willing) eventually receive their diplomas. It was a very moving event, especially when each of the upper-grade teachers spoke at some […]

Apology!

posted by Homeshuling

I thought I had set up this blog to send me an email every time someone posted a comment. Apparently, I did not do this correctly, and today I discovered a dozen comments that I had not published, because they […]

Of course we’re staying for kiddush. We just got here.

posted by Homeshuling

While writing a check tonight for dues to the synagogue I kvetch about, I came to a realization. The best reason to belong to the synagogue is that I don’t feel guilty when we show up five minutes before kiddush. Hey, […]

Helen Thomas – what would her mother think?

posted by Homeshuling

My daughters, who are very good friends, and are heartachingly kind to one another about 87% of the time, occasionally say insulting things to one another. (“Your tushy smells,” for example. Or, “I’m never going to be your sister again […]

Shabbat dinner – behind closed doors

posted by Homeshuling

While the grownups were sitting around the kitchen table on Friday night, drinking homebrew and eating chinese takeout (a real treat for me, after spending the afternoon digging a garden), here’s what the kids were up to. I wouldn’t have […]

Judaism comes to my garden (once again)

posted by Homeshuling

When I was a student in a Jewish day school in Baltimore, about a million years ago, we had a sixth grade teacher, whom I’ll call Rabbi P, who required us to memorize verses from Pirkei Avot (when he wasn’t […]

Making Memorial Day meaningful

posted by Homeshuling

In Israel, Memorial Day is known as Yom Hazikaron. It’s a far cry from our Memorial Day – instead of sales and barbecues, much of the country shuts down for twenty-four hours, and the entire country truly does shut down […]

The Sabbath World comes to visit. I wish she could stay.

posted by Homeshuling

On the second day of Passover, a curious time for a show of interest to the Jewish community to be broadcast, I happened to turn on Fresh Air with Terry Gross when she was interviewing Judith Shulevitz about her new […]

Observing shabbat – it’s all good

posted by Homeshuling

My level of religious observance has gone through many phases. I was raised in a minimally observant, but highly Jewishly identified, home. I went to Orthodox day school, Labor Zionist sleepover camp, and a Conservative synagogue, followed by a mostly […]

Homeshuling, or, Jewish parenting in the comfort of your own home

posted by Homeshuling

If you’re new to Homeshuling, welcome! And if you’ve been reading my blog for the past year on its old home on wordpress, welcome to the All-New-Version-of Homeshuling! (Well, mostly all new. This post, not so much.)   Admittedly, the […]

Shavuot is here, or, oh crap.

posted by Homeshuling

We’ve been counting down the weeks and days to Shavuot and it’s finally here – we know, because we are out of jelly beans. Apparently seven weeks wasn’t quite enough time for me to think of anything really creative to […]

Thinning

posted by Homeshuling

every garden needs a little pink Right after Passover we planted sugar snap pea and lettuce seeds in the chilly soil of the backyard. About seven weeks later (we know, because we’ve been counting!) we have what must look to […]

Moving on

posted by Homeshuling

My brothers and I in front of our house. Can you guess the decade? My mother sold her house a few weeks ago, during those last frenzied days of the $8,000 tax credit. I moved into the house when I […]

Stamp Out Hunger

posted by Homeshuling

Last night at dinner, Ella, my six year old, asked “Do grown ups ever lie?” “Yes,” I said. “There are grown ups who do all kinds of bad things.” “Do they steal?” “Sometimes,” I answered. “But it’s wrong.” Zoe, newly […]

Home-shuling vs. Shul-shuling

posted by Homeshuling

Last year, in honor of Lag B’Omer, I held a backyard picnic/campfire for Ella’s class and lots of other friends. We roasted marshmallows, sang songs, kicked around the soccer ball, and played with toy bows and arrows. Everyone hung around […]

Birthdays, part 2

posted by Homeshuling

Zoe celebrated her fifth birthday last week and really, really wanted a birthday party. So much so that she began planning it sometime around December. So far, we have celebrated the girls’ birthdays with a family get together, or a […]

Birthdays

posted by Homeshuling

Today is my (ohmyGodwhendidshegetsobig) five year old’s birthday. This year, it happens to fall on the same day as Israel’s birthday, Yom Haatzmaut. For us, celebrating one birthday is quite enough, and since I’m sure Israel won’t cry if we […]

A mama tracht, und Gott lach*

posted by Homeshuling

While my two girls are the best of friends (when they’re not busy never playing with you again for the REST OF MY LIFE) they couldn’t be more different. Despite nearly identical upbringings, one of them eats everything, and one […]

Omer advent calendar, version 2.0

posted by Homeshuling

I know the Omer is supposed to be a time of mourning, but around here, it’s a time for jelly beans. I may not have made counting the Omer any more meaningful (I have been counting for much of my […]

Something old, something new….

posted by Homeshuling

The girls and I spent most of Passover at my mother’s house in Baltimore, where we also visited with a wonderful woman whom I met through this blog. (She was already friendly with my mother from shul — it wasn’t […]

Surprisingly decent Passover cookies

posted by Homeshuling

The kids and I are in Baltimore for most of Pesach, which means that I get to raid my mother’s recipe box. You know, the kind that’s jammed packed with stained 3 x 5 cards and newspaper clippings, all bearing […]

Last year’s omer counter

posted by Homeshuling

Reposting from last year, since I haven’t done anything creative this year. Yet. from April 2009: With all things Passover pretty much packed up until next year, we’ve been experiencing something of a denouement around here. I’ve been wondering what […]

What matters?

posted by Homeshuling

“What matters?” Zoe likes to ask, her arms held up in the universal child-asking-a-question gesture. She thinks it means “what’s the difference?”  To me, she sounds just like Yenta in Fiddler on the Roof whenever she says it, most often […]

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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 made from disgusting ingredients such as cottonseed oi

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Why I love the New American Haggadah (and it's not just because I got to have a martini with Nathan Englander.)
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Best Hamentashen Ever, even better. And, a Purim opera.
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