Author: Revital Belz

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 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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My Dad’s Super-Embarrassing Superman Costume

Did your dad ever dress up as Superman? Mine did… The most embarrassing part was when he jumped off the roof of the family Chevy Venture in the synagogue parking lot. I’d rather not recall that incident! What’s the funniest costume you’ve ever seen? I’ve seen lions and tiger and bears… oh my! Are your kids dressing up this year? I’m sure there will be tons of little Pokemon GOs running around, alongside Doras and Hello Kittys…In my community, children are encouraged to dress up as biblical figures only. No Haman, no Vashti. Think of it this way- every...

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“Ima!” wails 3-year-old Noam, “My finger has a booboo!” Running towards the kitchen, where I’m chopping vegetables for my children’s snacks for school,he shoves his chubby right index finger in my face. That means that I’m supposed to kiss it. I kiss it. And all is well. Nary a moment passes and 4 1/2-year-old David’s screech can be heard from the bathroom, “Ima, wipe! Wipe, wipe, wipe!” Ok, so we all know what that means… I’m ambushed as I exit the bathroom with David in tow by Avi and Uri who hug me and thank me for preparing their lunches every day. Wow- that was random! Random- but nice.. Back to the red, green and orange peppers before me, I become pensive. It’s almost Family Day in Israel. Let me tell you a bit about this national holiday’s fascinating history:  AN 11-YEAR-OLD CREATED A NATIONAL HOLIDAY Meet Nechama Biedermann, a feisty 11-year-old girl growing up in Israel of the 1950s. Her claim to fame is the serious letter she wrote to the Haaretz Shelanu children’s newspaper, suggesting they create an Israeli Mother’s Day on the date of Henriette Szold’s death. Lo and behold, the newspaper accepted her suggestion and inaugurated the fledgling holiday in the next issue. The final part of the Haaretz Shelanu write-up reads: “Remember, children and fathers: On the second day of the month of Adar...

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