Author: Revital Belz

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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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, anniversary 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-...

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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 learned 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...

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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! 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...

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