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 […]


Shavuot menu 2014

Yikes! Shavuot is sneaking up on us! (Although we are still counting the Omer, say it shouldn’t really be “sneaking,” but it just struck me that it’s time to get moving on planning, so I feel like it’s sneaky.) We are still overseas, with very limited chicken available and no beef or lamb, so dairy […]

Quinoa salad

Shavuot is coming! (2014: Evening of June 3rd – 4th / 5th)

Shavuot is coming up quickly. Of course, if you’ve been counting the Omer, you know that! Shavuot is a holiday celebrating the giving of the Torah. In Israel, it’s a one day holiday, and outside of Israel, it’s a two day holiday. It is often a dairy holiday, although many people do a mix of […]


Rosh Hodesh – and some kid-friendly resources

Tishrei’s the time to make us think…So begins the song I learned to remember the order of the Jewish months. (It’s sung to the tune of “Do, a deer…” – find a link here) The first mitzva we were given as a people is counting the calendar based on the moon, and we still do […]


Passover planning

Erev Pesach 2014 checklist

We’re counting down the days! Here’s the super high tech way I planned this last week – a word doc with the appropriate number of columns. Here’s my checklist for being sure I’ve covered everything. I actually write in all the times, add each part of the menu, and hang this on the refrigerator so […]


Passover Superpage! 2

Passover is a BIG deal. Lots of work, lots of prep, and lots of fun. So lots to write about. Here’s the OJH master page of all things Passover! Passover guides collection (find different guides here from this year) Passover projects for kids (ideas and projects for fun and the seder) Making the seder fun […]


10 Good Passover reads (kids’ books)

***********This post is from 2012, but the books have stood the test of time in our household. We just ordered a few more – you still have time to order these from Amazon! I’d love to hear about any you love that we can add to our collection in the comments.**** We have quite a […]