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Five Meaningful Purim traditions: How Jewish people celebrate

Five Meaningful Purim traditions: How Jewish people celebrate

The Jewish Holiday Of Purim Purim is the Jewish Holiday that commemorates the saving of the Jewish people from a plot to kill them by Haman, a royal minister in the ancient kingdom of Persia. It is a joyous holiday for adults and kids alike […]

The holiday of Purim

The holiday of Purim

Tonight starts the celebration of Purim, the Jewish carnival. But the day is way more than just a regular carnival. Every ritual is laced with meaning and infused with spirituality. We are fasting today; the fast of Esther. If you know the story of Purim, […]

Pidjon Haben-redemption of the firstborn son.

Pidjon Haben-redemption of the firstborn son.

A pidyon haben, or “redemption of the firstborn son,” is a ceremony wherein the father of a firstborn male redeems his son by giving a kohen (a priestly descendant of Aaron) five silver coins, thirty days after the baby’s birth. -chabad.org For the exact reasons […]

Tu-b’shvat: New year of the trees

Tu-b’shvat: New year of the trees

As it’s 30 minutes before sabbath, I can only write extremely briefly about this holiday. The Holiday which celebrates the new beginning of the fruit-bearing cycle begins tonight. It’s the 15th of the Jewish month of Shevat. It’s our custom to celebrate it by eating […]

G-d knows what’s best for us.

G-d knows what’s best for us.

I just reread my last blog entry. I remember that night. The heartfelt prayers by the holy candles, wishing for clarity and a solution. I’m so glad to be able to tell you that our prayers have been answered. My son was accepted into a […]

My prayer for the 8th night of Hannukah

My prayer for the 8th night of Hannukah

It’s the 8th night of Hannukah. It’s written in our holy books that on the last night, you can ask G-d for anything you need. It’s an auspicious time for prayer and prayer requests. I am sitting by the menorah, together with my husband and […]

My complicated thoughts on the election

My complicated thoughts on the election

(disclaimer: some of it is religious in nature) This is a tough time to be American. I’m sure glad I don’t live there right now. Passions are running high, everyone has an opinion. Some are grieving, some are ecstatic. My facebook feed is a mix […]

Why do Orthodox Jews sit in a hut on the festival of Sukkos?

Why do Orthodox Jews sit in a hut on the festival of Sukkos?

Our next holiday is upon us. The High Holidays are over, we hope we are all inscribed in the book of life and that we will merit a good, sweet year. Sukkos: a major Jewish festival held in the autumn (beginning on the 15th day of […]

Happy New Year-Shana Tova!

Happy New Year-Shana Tova!

Tonight is the Jewish New Year. Wishing all of us a Happy New Year, a year filled with love, light, health, happiness, riches and Nachas (If you follow this page, you should know what it means 😉 This year was tough on many levels. Personally, […]

The first day of school

The first day of school

The first of september….bringing a thrill to parents everywhere. (Well, almost everywhere, I only found out recently that not everyone starts school at the 1st of September) My daughter started third grade today. Doesn’t matter which class they go in, there is always the anxiety […]