The month of Tishrei is really busy with Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Hoshanah Rabba, Shemini Atzeret, Simchat Torah…and there are 3 sets of 3 day Yom Tovs this year. That means that things get a little crazy around here! How can you and your family stay sane in the […]
As the fast stretches on, what should you do with the kids on Yom Kippur? The faithful video player, so useful in minor fasts, is useless. So are arts and crafts, coloring, and playdough, some things that always bring a smile and some precious industrious buzz as they get to […]
May you have an easy and meaningful fast. May we all be sealed in the book of life!
This week, Yom Kippur throws off a normal Shabbat rhythm. Instead of regular Shabbat meals, there are two meals before Yom Kippur and one to break the fast on Saturday night. Those meals shouldn’t be spicy, salty, or too sweet to help us fast well. Plus we are just coming […]
Should be an easy cooking week, right? Except…the tradition is to eat more than normal on erev Yom Kippur. Two complete meals. And it should be like a yom tov for food. So what’s on your menu? Traditionally, both meals should be easy to digest and protein based (often fish […]
Starting a few days BEFORE the fast, DRINK! Get as fully hydrated as possible. Spiritual preparation: ask forgiveness from those you have wronged, forgiving those who have wronged you, doing teshuva, and giving extra tzedaka Clean/prepare white or light clothing for each family member, including kittel if it’s dh’s tradition […]
What do you do while preparing for the chagim? One thing that I like to do is listen to shiurim- it’s preparing (spiritually) while you prepare (physically). It seems like the live ones in my area are never at a good time, but I love the ones you can download […]