Parenting By Parsha: Shemot

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This week, Jews around the world will gather to hear the first verses of the book of Exodus, or, in Hebrew, Shemot. Exodus is the second book of the Torah, and (spoiler!) the main event is the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt in chapter 20. Actually, the whole book is full of action-packed moments, […]

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Israeli Treat Taste Test

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Several weeks ago, I asked my 9-year old what she wanted for Hanukkah. I was surprised that one of her requests was “treats from around the world.” What a wonderful and different response than the one I thought I would receive. But wait, from where and what exactly? Lucy knew exactly what she wanted – […]

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Jelly Donut Trifle A Twist On A Hanukkah Staple

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Nine years ago a magazine featured an article about trifles for the holidays. Not one of the recipes was inspired by Chanukah. I felt Chanukah was made for this type of dish, with its jelly donuts and gelt! So that was the year my family started our own Jelly Donut Trifle Bar, and we have […]

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‘Hamilton’ Star Daveed Diggs Drops Family-Friendly Hanukkah Rap

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How many ways are there to rhyme with Hanukkah? If you’re Daveed Diggs, the Tony Award-Winning co-star of Hamilton, there are plenty. Diggs’ Puppy For Hanukkah song and video dropped just in time for Hanukkah to start next week. It’s a fun journey to find out if the kids in the video get what they […]

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Jewish Geography & Road Trip Rites Of Passage

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A universal code exists when taking a road trip with members of the tribe (MOT). When I was growing up, my family didn’t feel a city was properly visited unless three rites of travel took place: 1. We shopped at the local mall; 2. We ate lunch at a deli; 3. We figured out whether […]

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Looking for Kavanah at Yom Kippur on Zoom

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The concept of kavanah was first introduced to me in a Jewish education class as a translation of ‘intention’ while in prayer. I understood it to be about being moved and being actively part of the experience. I’ve experienced it plenty of times, in a dark booth while running a perfectly timed show. Sometimes it’s […]

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