Author: Revital Belz

Seven for Sukkos Fun

Sukkos has always been my favorite holiday.  As a child, I would wait eagerly for my father to come home from work and put up the sukkah.  It was a magical place to live out all my fantasies. I was in my element making paper chains and hanging up the ever-growing collection of decorations.   I want to keep up the fun with the kids throughout the holiday to keep their interest so I came up with a list of fun activities in the Sukka. I put my head together with my loved ones and came up with seven fun ideas.   My neighbor came up with this idea.  They play, I spy, with the decorations.  One player goes out of the sukkah and the rest of the players choose one small part of a decoration.  The player comes back and has to ask questions and find where it is. A similar game would be to hide something small in the sukkah and play a game of hot and cold.   My personal favorite Sukkos activity is to build an edible sukkah with the kids.  We take plain wafers and stick them together with a mixture of melted chocolate and peanut butter.  For the roof, we use long pretzels and stick them with the same chocolatey mixture.  There are a variety of jellies in shapes to decorate the sukkah....

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Rosh Hashannah Lessons

Rosh Hashanah is supposed to be the day we coronate the King of the World.  It can be rather humbling and sometimes we fail in our mission… but sometimes we don’t. When I had a few young kids, I also wanted to sit with the congregation and hear the shofar being blown.  I wanted connection.  Connection with the holiday, connection with my family and connection with my community.  Our congregation had very strict rules about quiet when the shofar was being blown.  No noise.  Period.  I knew the rule and I was sure my young boys knew them too. Or at least I thought so. The proud mother that I was, I had my boys dressed up in their best finery.  They wore matching navy shorts, neat tucked-in shirts with adorable vests and bow-ties.  Adorable enough to make any mother glow.  We reached the synagogue a few minutes early and waited outside.  The boys began to squirm. (me and the boys on our way to celebrate Rosh Hashanah ) “Hold on everyone,” I pleaded.  “We will go in inside in a minute.”  I was saving their prized lollypops to keep them quiet during the shofar blowing. I peeked my head in to see where the prayers were up to.  It seemed the right time to enter.  With my finger to my lips, I silently led the little jumpy boys into...

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Jewish Women Are Crazy

“You know Jewish women are crazy?” my friend Rita said to me recently. We were standing in the aisle of the supermarket with loaded down carts each.  I gave Rita a questioning look.  I never thought I was crazy but Rita persisted. “I bet you are shopping for some big family get together, aren’t you?” she said eyeing my bulging cart. I hemmed and hawed because I was planning a summer get together. “And I bet you also worked at least a few hours today…” Well I did have some deadlines to meet, I thought honestly. “The boys are on vacation, right? Did you take them somewhere today? To a pool, a park, the beach?” I thought in my mind that I had driven the boys to the pool but they would take the bus home.  The only problem was that my second youngest son had hurt his foot and wasn’t interested in being in a pool and so he was boooored.  After too many phone calls, I found an equally bored friend who was home.  I dropped my half of the boring duo off while I did the shopping.  I would then go home and set things up for the get-together.  It’s not meant to be fancy; just fruit, cake and snacks. Rita wasn’t giving up.  “Have you started with the school supply shopping yet? And what about...

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Vegan Chocolate Chip Cheesecake for Shavuot from our Guest Blogger the Jewish Lady!

If you’re still wondering what to cook for Shavuot, here is a great recipe that everybody will love and that your Vegan guests will be able to eat. The following guest post was contributed by Victoria Fisher, who’s the creator of the popular blog  TheJewishLady.com. Passionate about Judaism and Zionism, she also writes about secular issues like cooking, style, and books. When she isn’t busy blogging, she enjoys spending time with her family. Vegan Chocolate Chip Cheesecake for Shavuot     Most of us look forward to eating lots of dairy delights on Shavuot. Foods like cheesecake, ice cream sundaes, and...

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AshkeSfardi Passover Seder Madness!

“Ima!” cried 3-year old Noam the night before Passover last year. This night is known as Leil Bedikat Chametz where we hide 10 pieces of chametz in various (utterly obscure) places in the home and search for them with a candle and a feather. Guess what? Noam forgot where he hid his piece of chametz. Rest assured that he promised, guaranteed, vowed that he would not forget. I learned from that little episode that I must get every family to write down their hiding place on a scrap of paper (or dictate it to me) immediately prior the searching...

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