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 meaningful to me and why I’m sharing it with my daughters. First of all, I…

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 baked challah every week. Now that I’m on teacher-mom-writer schedule, it’s not. Usually, I make…

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 is from the blog smitten kitchen (this is the one I prepare with my kindergarten class every…

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 of the Day of Atonement? If you are lucky, like us, some good friends, or…

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ameltzer

I'm a mother of two girls, raised in suburban Baltimore, and transplanted to a small New England town. I teach, write, and try to create a vibrant Jewish home for my family while spending very little time in synagogue. I guess you could say we're home-shuling.

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