Skype-ing Chanuka ceremony!

Skype will bring our family together this year for the Chanuka candle-lighting ceremony. Again. For the fifth year in a row! :)

Mom and Dad in Montreal, cousin Jennifer in Ottawa, brother-in-law Jose in Bogota, cousin Ilya in Moscow and uncle David in Georgia.
Oh, yeah, and us in Elad, Israel!

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Hot Staff Jewelry Picks

Price, selection and meaning. Those are aJudaica’s claims to fame.

Our vast array of Judaica jewelry is simply breathtaking.

Jewish and Israeli jewelry is always appreciated as a Bat Mitzvah gift, wedding gift, Necklace - Star of Davidanniversary gift, birthday gift- even a housewarming gift! Ranging in pricemfrom $4.99 to over $500, we’ve got a necklace, ring or bracelet for every budget.



And the selection! From the everyday simple Jewish star pendant, to an ultra-exotic necklace featuring stones of turquoise, chrysocolla, howlite blue and Chinese turquoise, our selection is unparalleled.

Are you looking for a gift for a man? No worries- we’ve got it!
Golan Studio’s masculine Kabbalah pendants are perfect for a strong man, while HaAri and Gali’s have created trendyleather bracelets that can be worn alone or layered. Judaism-inspired cufflinks are also available in bold Choshen, flower and star of David designs.
For Pandora style jewelry lovers, we’ve got a huge selection of Jewish and Israel inspired charms, such as pomegranates, Stars of David, Chais, hamsas, menorahs, Israeli flags and Jerusalem scenes.

We even stock Kabbalah charms with inspirational messages engraved in Hebrew.

Personalized Hebrew name pendants and rings are always favorites, especially as Bat Mitzvah gifts. Think of the young girl’s surprise upon receiving a stunning silver
or gold necklace laser cut with her Hebrew name! The prices here range from $23.99 to over $100, so you really can’t go wrong.

Israeli army jewelry is always fun, meaningful and versatile! Wear an IDF dog tag and bullet pendantssense your pride in Israel overflow. Our shiny gold M-16 bullet pendants adorned with silver colored Jewish and army symbols make a striking first impression.




Our seemingly endless selection of hamsa necklaces are appealing to old and young alike. Silver, gold, gold-filled, rhodium, opal or brass backings adorned with Swarovski crystals in every color imaginable, beads, silver balls, paint and print designs.

If you love displaying your strong connection to Israel on your ears, we’ve got just the pair Hamsa earringsof earrings for you! From flamboyant Swarovski-bedeked hamsa earrings in the boldest of hues, to subdued pearly polymer clay earrings, you will always have just the right match for any outfit!

Are you spiritual, ever-searching for the truth? Golan Studio and HaAri Jewelry design the most original, truly breathtaking Kabbalah jewelry.

The 72 Names of G-d can be found on leather and silver bracelets, as well as pendants and rings. Red thread braided bracelet lovers will find one adorned with a dangling silver Star of David. ‘Ben Porat Yosef’ is hand-etched on a round silver and opal pendant. An engraved Tree of Life necklace etched with Kabbalistic Hebrew letters set with a green emerald gem, the heart stone, enhances growth, abundance, purity and harmony.

My favorite method of shopping on aJudaica is to curl up on my sofa with a warm throw, sip a cup of herbal tea and peruse the hundreds of gorgeous jewelry items on my iPad.
It’s relaxing and a no-brainer!

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I really feel the need for a Rosh Hashanah

I love Rosh Hashanah. May seem a strange statement.

Who loves this solemn day of the year with most of the day spent in the Synagogue, praying and listening to the unremitting Shofar sound?

But I still wait for Rosh Hashanah. In fact, almost as soon as the two-day festival ends, I am waiting for next year’s Rosh Hashanah. Rosh Hashanah means New Year and as I girl looking asidelearned in Hebrew school years ago, we are judged on this holy day for our resolutions, the beginnings we plan, he failures we regret, the slip-ups we wish would never have happened, the star-ups that will bring us the personal feeling of accomplishment for which we all strive. If we want to be good, we are judged favorably.

I really feel the need for a Rosh Hashanah. Every machine needs to be evaluated from time to time to see if it is up to par. The best human plans are examined at intervals to see whether adjustments need to be made. For me, this is what Rosh Hashanah is all about. Can you imagine what our lives would be like without this special day? We would be frenziedly rushing through life like a racing car running along the highways without a driver.

Rosh Hashanah gives me an opportunity to refresh relationships with loved one in my immediate family – am I making them happy? As a good Jewish mother, am I contributingCandlesticks to their welfare, caring for their physical, emotional and spiritual needs?

What about that annoying neighbor who barges into my home just when I want a bit of quiet and privacy?

And my friend – at least I thought she was my friend until I discovered that the private Facebook message I sent her went viral. My mother-in-law is another one who
needs a Rosh Hashanah for me to decide to be kinder and more considerate and to call her more often.

What about those work colleagues? Some of them I gave a cool shoulder to because I was sure they were talking about me behind my back. On Rosh Hashanah, I decide it is time for me to
take the initiative and be nice to them.

I try to vary my New Year resolutions each year but one of them keeps reoccurring with steady regularity – to greet every person with a cheerful smile even when you are feeling miserable.
Said one great man – your face is public property. Treat it accordingly!

For me as a home lover, the best way to get sailing on the renewal feeling is to treat myself to something new for the home in honor of Rosh Hashanah and the “new” spirit of this Festival.
Often, I get a new tableware item. My family knows already that Rosh Hashanah is the time when their Mam brightens up the table. I love to browse through aJudaica’s fantastic selection.
They have a fantastic choice and I always find something that makes the “new” point. Some years I take a honey dish, others a new Challah cover and this year I am daring and have treated
myself to a Kakadu Lazy Susan.

So, whichever way you choose to celebrate the newness of the New Year, I wish you all a heartfelt Shanah Tovah, a good sweet year filled with lots of good resolutions that will keep going
for a full twelve months.

Le’hitraot next Rosh Hashanah.

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Why Our Shofar Gift Set is the Perfect Gift

Looking for a uniquely creative, totally unforgettable Rosh HaShana gift?

Our new Shofar Gift Set is impressive and makes for a completely attractive set.
Featuring a polished ram’s horn shofar, velvet shofar bag, information pamphlet,Shofar
Shofar Odor Neutralizer spray and attractive gift box, this Shofar Gift Set is striking, yet affordable.


Our four shofar gift set options include: a Natural Ram’s Horn Shofar, a Polished Ram’s Horn Shofar, a Natural Black Shofar and a Polished Black Ram’s Horn.
Each option is offered in two sizes: 13”-15” and 16”-17”.

What’s your earliest memory of hearing the sound of a shofar? Did you tremble? Were you awe-struck? The shofar evokes memories and yearnings.

Just as the shofar is bent, so too should a person strive for humility, bending his ego. The haunting cry of the shofar, the three unique blasts, beckon, summon us to return to our Creator.


Jerusalem- city of gold. World-renowned Judaica designer Yair Emanuel’s Jerusalem shofar bag is as creative as it is inspirational. The holy Western Wall is embroidered in shofarbold shades of beige, orange and copper, front and center. Beside it proudly stand a maze of walls, gates, domes, trees and staircases.
Truly an impressive bag for your kosher shofar!



Never again will you suffer from an unpleasant odor emitting from your shofar! Being that a shofar is infact a horn that was cut off a ram, its odor may be
reminiscent of the ram it originally came from. With our unique Odor Neutralizer spray, just spray the inside of the shofar 3-4 times and voila! No more odor!


This is a great guide that we created to help you maximize your enjoyment of your new shofar. Blowing techniques, explanations of the four shofar sounds and
more interesting facts fill this pamphlet with useful content.

All in all, we are sure that aJudaica’s Shofar Gift Set will be a gift to remember!

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Stop Complaining, Start Doing

I admit it. I’m an addict. Addicted to complaining.
It took me a long time to realize it, but, yes, I admit it and feel so much freer!

So, what do I complain about?

From the weather, to the diapers, to my inability to be perfect, to my childhood, to my education, you name it!children toy

My newest hot topic for complaining, blaming and accusing is the Israeli school system. Did you know that the school day ends at 1pm in girls’ schools?

And my children’s school does not offer extracurricular activities. The kids come home and hang out till they go to sleep at 8 or 9 pm!

Then it hit me- if I want them to go to extracurricular activities and develop their talents, maybe I should do something about it (instead of complaining!)
Like, perhaps I should open a ‘chug’ (an activity group) that my children could participate in. Perhaps I should even try being the instructor!

I slept on the idea and came up with the following list of questions:

1- What are my children’s talents?
2- Which talents/subjects would I like them to develop this year?

Basically, my answers to the questions above went something like:

1- Acting, dancing, singing, directing, fine motor skills
2- Piano, swimming, English, arts & crafts, baking, science & nature

Now that I have some answers, I can take action! I do not necessarily have to be the teacher/supervisor/instructor of each and every activity group for each talent I’d like my
children to develop. Professionals can be hired.

It’s important to recall that most of my neighbors live on extremely tight budgets and do not have the means to invest more than $10-$30 on their children’s activities each month!
So whatever ‘chug’ I would decide to open would have to be highly subsidized (probably by yours truly!)

What do you think of this idea- making an “English Second Language Art & Crafts & Baking Chug” for children aged 5-7? I’ll give it a try and let you know how it goes. Some activity ideas I have in mind are:

1- Decorating a diaper cake. This is a wonderful activity for many reasons, namely, every family here has lots of babies, lots of diapers, and would appreciate receiving a diaper cake stuffed with lots of diapers for their lots of babies! New English words learned: Alphabet, letter, number, A,B,C, 1,2,3

3- Body Tracing & Writing Nice Messages in Each “Body”. I recall body tracing on butcher paper at Maimonides Day Camp as a young girl. What fun! I have not seen Israeli children do such things. New English words learned: Body, soul, nice, talented, friendly, honest, orderly

4- Baking soda Volcanos. This was also one of my favorites in Nature class as a young girl. The children will definitely be surprised to see the ‘lava’ coming out of the ‘volcano’!
New English words learned: Volcano, nature, lava, red, earth.

That’s just a brief list of ideas for a little weekly afternoon chug. Regarding the piano & swimming lessons- I could teach them, but it might be best to just find a private teacher!

What I’ve learned though through this shift from “I’m annoyed” to “I will be the change I want to see in the world” is that I feel more positive and energized in the process. You may just want to try it too!

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“Do me a favor, bro.”

I felt so guilty last night. My mother, aged 63, practically begged me to leave Elad and relocate my family of seven to
Montreal, Canada.

Her and my father left Israel over 30 years ago and desperately want to enjoy some “nachess”, as they call their grandsons. But how could I ever leave Israel…?

With Yom Ha’Atzma’ut around the corner, I’ve been giving much thought to the many shalom signadvantages of raising a Jewish family in the Jewish state.

“All Israelis are rich!” exclaimed my lawyer sister who lives in the Canadian capital of Ottawa.
“What makes you say that?” I wondered aloud.

“They’re always on vacation. I see so many vacationing Israelis in every country I visit!”
That got me thinking… I feel comfortable, not rich… But the fact that Jewish education here is free for the most part, compared to around $8000+ per year per child in Canada and the US allows for much more spending money. And how do Israelis like spending their money? Either by buying more houses or vacationing or both.

The competitive high-tech salaries are another fantastic aspect about Israel. Start-ups sprout here at an alarming rate…
Leaving the monetary advantages aside, the joy of living with other Jews cannot be underestimated. As a friend who is a recent “olah” from France pointed out, “I’ve never felt as safe as I do in Israel.” Even during the waves of terror, one senses a certain Divine protection wherever one goes.

Israelis feel a sense of brotherhood with each other which can be sensed at the post office for example. A line-up (or achaotic mass) of about thirty impatient people has formed around the teller. In walks a young father, babysitting his young twins, looking completely disheveled. Heading straight toward the first person in line, he sheepishly grins and implores, <strong“Ta’aseh li tova, achi.” (“Do me a favor, bro.”) And with that he’s in and out of the post office.

My mom experienced this caring family vibe the last time she came to visit me. She took little Noam, one year old at the time, on a little stroll. Drivers started slowing down their cars when riding past her and motioning to their heads. “What could that
mean?” she wondered. A fifth driver screamed out the window, “HaRosh!” (“The head!”) That was just too strange. Looking down suddenly at baby Noam, everything made sense. He had fallen asleep and his head was tilted to the side… The drivers had all been
concerned about his neck!

Something fun for me personally as a religious woman in Israel is the great abundance of stylish, yet modest, clothing at reasonable prices. Women in Chutz La’Aretz are not as spoiled as I am, with brand upon brand of modest clothing and head scarves
sold in a variety of boutiques near my home. I don’t need to travel long distances, pay exorbitant prices or constantly take my new skirts to be altered, as my US and Canadian friends do. Lucky me!

Here I’ve just given you a little taste of my perspective on the privilege of being a Jew in the Jewish land. Why don’t you come for a visit? I’m sure you’ll love it too!

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My ElAl Costume Fiasco & More

Yes, it’s that time of year again!
Purim is felt in Israel about a month before the actual holiday. It’s great- Dollar Stores (orI_like_Purim_Ajudaica Shekel Stores, as they’re called here) are filled to capacity with wigs, cowboy hats, black hats with peyos (sidelocks) glued to them, Nachman white kippas, and

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The Pacifier Tree

I admit it. My three-year-old is an addict. Yes, an addict.

It’s a bit embarrassing, but true. Know why?!

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Festival of Lights – You can be the one!

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aJudaica is gearing up for the Festival of Lights – Chanukah – and invites you to join the fun!

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The Taxi That Rests

A man in our community passed away a few years ago at the age of 60.
In our day and age, that means that he was at the prime of his life.
Especially in a religious community, where he had recently married off a few children and had quite a few more left.
Recently, a story came up about him that left me with goosebumps…

Aaron Shapiro relates:

“I entered a taxi the other day. I noticed a little plaque in Hebrew glued inside the taxi stating “This Taxi Observes Shabbat”. Aaron, being a veryheart-771011_1280
cheerful guy, clapped the taxi driver on the back and proclaimed, “Kol HaKavod to you that you keep Shabbat! Isn’t it just the greatest day of the week!?”

Somewhat abashedly, the taxi driver exclaimed that it was actually his taxi who rests on Shabbat, not exactly him.

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