Rosh Hashana menu (2014 / 5775) 3

I’ve started planning my menu for this year’s Rosh Hashana 3-day holiday (yep, more 3-day holidays this year). Here’s what I’ve got so far: Wednesday night for 6 people (meat) Simanim: Apples (Served as is, three colors) Honey (Served as is) Dates (Served as is) Banana (Served as is) Leek (simanim soup) Swiss Chard (sautéed […]


Rosh Hashana planning – 2 weeks out (simanim)

Time to get thinking about Rosh Hashanah more seriously. I have done most of the things on my early prep list. Now it’s time to menu plan! On Rosh Hashanah, we have different minhagim about what foods we eat to make a yehi ratzon (May it be Your will…) on, or simanim. The wishes range from destroying […]


Rosh Hashana shopping resources

It’s Elul, the month before we celebrate all month long (Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot). While there is certainly a lot of spiritual prep to do, I’ll leave that to others (some good starting points are: Chabad’s Elul page and Aish’s spirituality page). There is a lot that needs to be done to prepare our […]


Early prep for Rosh Hashana

Rosh Hashana is just a little more than two weeks away – already! Here is what I’ve done or am planning to do so far this week: order seats for shul pay shul dues (ours have always been due about now for the different shuls we’ve belonged to in our travels) order lulav and etrog […]


Rosh Hashana Menu planning 2014

There is just a little over two weeks until Rosh Hashana. It’s coming quickly! Are you looking for some good recipe ideas? Me, too.  Here are some that I’ve found, focusing especially on the simanim we traditionally serve (Check out this article on simanim): Here’s a spiced carrot salad recipe that is best made ahead of time – perfect for […]


Tisha B’Av resources (Adults and kids) 1

Today is Tisha B’Av, and there are some great resources out there. Here are some links (I couldn’t check all of these out, so please screen them first, but they came from different groups I belong to): Tisha B’Av “camp” for kids: Videos and interactive elements , specifically for kids 3-7 but for anyone who […]


Preparing for Tisha B’Av -fasting

Next Monday is the start of the fast of Tisha B’Av, the day we mourn the for many things, especially the loss of our Temples. This is a 25 hour long fast – it starts at sundown and goes through sundown the next day. It’s during the summer, so the day is often hot in addition […]


Preparing for Tisha B’Av

Tisha B’Av is coming next week (Monday night, August 4th through Tuesday sunset, Aug 5th). Some practical things to consider and prepare: Fasters: Fasting is easier when you are well hydrated and moderately fed. Lessen or stop caffeine ahead of time. Drink lots of liquids, especially water, several days before and up to the fast. And don’t […]


The nine days started today (and meal ideas)

For the 9 days leading up to the fast of Tisha B’Av, we restrict certain things. One of these is food: we don’t eat meat (or drink wine) except for on Shabbat (or a few other circumstances, like a siyum.) (Note: Sefardim may observe these restrictions just in the week leading up to Tisha B’Av, […]


Getting back on track. Again.

I’ve written this post in my head several times, but here goes… Things have been quiet here lately because I haven’t really been feeling too organized. In the past year, I have had a baby, 6 hospitalizations, 1 ambulance ride, 2 international moves as the only adult, and then spent a lot of time helping […]