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 […]


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 […]