Monthly Archives: September 2011

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Do you have your Rosh Hashana checklist? 2

Don’t worry, I’ve got it! Complete with a list of the simanim, things to do, and space for the candle lighting time. Find it here: RH checklist I’m got a big batch of challah to make today, a few other odds and ends to prep, and my kitchen to clean, but I’m mostly done thanks […]

Rosh Hashanah is tomorrow night!

  Rosh Hashanah is tomorrow night! What are you doing today to get ready? Here’s my list so far (it always seems to grow, doesn’t it?): Tuesday, September 27, 2011 Extra Tzedaka Last minute shopping: buy flowers, lamb, and lasagna noodles Laundry, including hand towels and kitchen towels Sweep and mop kitchen, living room, dining […]

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Get your bargains now!

Now is the time to stock up on things you use year-round. Grape juice, matza ball soup, gefilte fish, and other traditionally Jewish foods are on sale, often a really good sale NOW. This kind of sale really happens twice a year: before Rosh Hashanah and before Pesach (although sometimes “Jewish food” goes on sale […]

Menu planning Monday (including a 3 day Rosh Hashanah!)

This week, thing are a little crazy. We have Rosh Hashanah from Wednesday on! I am cutting down on prep by making double the mashed potatoes: some for leek patties, which we eat on Rosh Hashanah, and some for dinner on Tuesday.  Most of my dishes are served twice here, too, to cut down on prep […]

Rosh Hashanah countdown: 2 days to go

  Ok, we’ve done shopping, some cleaning, some food prep. Here are some additional things for my Monday’s to-do list. Monday, September 26, 2011 Extra Tzedaka Find machzor for everyone and set aside Rosh Hashanah prep with kids: what they can expect, review tefillot, etc. Clean the family room and straighten porch Check tablecloths/plastic lining […]

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Leek patties (Keftes de Prassa)

  Great for Rosh Hashanah and Pesach, these leek patties are a Turkish/Sefaridic tradition! Serve with lemon. This recipe makes about 20 patties, depending on size. I doubled it to serve at both dinners (as one of the simanim) and as a veggie for a lunch. Leek patties (Keftes de Prassa) (modified just a little […]

Leek patties

Beresheit: Ideas and resources

We made it around again, and here we are – back at the very beginning! In this parsha, the first in the Torah, we start with nothing but Hashem. Then, Hashem creates the world in 6 days and rests on the 7th. The people Hashem created sin, and are forced from the Garden of Eden. […]