Tag: holidays


Seeking Forgiveness In A Facebook World - GrokNation

Recently, I wrote an article for Mayim Bialik’s website GrokNation on forgiveness and Yom Kippur. I am so thankful to now have the opportunity to stretch my writing muscles since I am self employed (and thankful to have friends who encourage it! Ahem-EstherK-ahem). This piece sort of came out of nowhere and everywhere at once. I was searching for a topic that was Jewy but not too Jewy and a post popped up on my Facebook feed… then another one. All of these asking for forgiveness. I thought back to how many......

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An Ode To Parsley
Judaism |
April 13, 2016

An Ode To Parsley

I know, I know… don’t yell at me! I haven’t been writing in forever. I promise that you are back on my to do list, bloggie! Life has been a bit busy with my adorable little guy and moving and etc etc… To tide you over until I am back, here’s a little piece I wrote for Mazeltot.org – As a child, Passover was always a big affair. Growing up as the granddaughter, niece, and daughter of rabbis, we always hosted large Seders. Generally, the first night was the Seder at shul......

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Homemade Prune Filling

It is will great disgrace that I realize I haven’t blogged in a year. But it’s been a rough year. We know it’s been at least a Jewish calendar year since my last post was about Hamentaschen. I just wanted to share again, the amazing Prune Butter recipe I found last year from Tori Avey. You can find her Lekvar Plum Butter recipe in full, with stunning pictures, here. This year, I felt comfortable enough with the consistency and idea of the recipe to freehand it a bit. I also did not......

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Great Hamentaschen Bake Off of 2014

I know this post is late. I know! But how can you have a Great Hamentaschen Bake Off before Purim! And then I was a slacker. I admit it. A friend of mine and I decided to have a bake off. My recipe can be found here – We Put The Mon in Hamentaschen. This year I made my own plum filling from a recipe I found at The Shiksa In The Kitchen. Here is her recipe. I will give you Megan’s recipes for the dough and the insides as well as......

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BR: Sponge Cake For Passover

This is the first in a new series we are calling Baboushka’s Recipes (BR for short). Baboushka, or ба́бушка in Russian, means grandmother. In this series we will explore and save the recipes our grandparents brought with them or inherited from their parents. Kosher Hubby’s family is from Ukraine and Belarus and my family is from Poland, Ukraine, and Germany… so Baboushka seemed pretty appropriate. Okay! Here we go, our first vintage recipe. This is my great-grandmother’s Passover sponge cake recipe. I dug it out today (yes, Sunday, the day before Erev Pesach)......

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How does our garden grow?
Family, Judaism |
September 28, 2012

How does our garden grow?

In March, a friend asked me if I would be interested in meeting a guy friend of hers. “He’s a really nice guy and very cute,” she told me. “Sure,” I said, “send me a picture?” She did and man, was this guy cute. We spoke for the first time in the beginning of April (2012). Halfway through our first date, I texted my roommate, “This is the man I am going to marry.” Our dating experience could have been typical… dinners out, movies, etc. But our romance was far from that.......

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I’m wearing a tichel!
Judaism |
March 18, 2012

I’m wearing a tichel!

I am pretty sure that half of my readers just said “huh?” to themselves and another chunk are about to comment “Mazal tov!” 🙂 For the first group: A tichel is a head scarf married Jewish women wear. For the second group and now the first who are in the mazal tov category: No, I have not gotten married. 🙂 Recently we celebrated the Jewish holiday of Purim. My personal favorite holiday of the Jewish year (maybe because I was born on Purim and it is my Hebrew birthday). Purim is NOT......

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L’Havdil – This Week’s Separation and New Year’s

Tomorrow night we will celebrate two important milestones. They both have a similar shoresh (root) but they are different. Tomorrow night, at approx 72 minutes past sunset (click here to get the exact time), we will say baruch hamavdil ben kodesh l’chol… and a few other brachot by the light of a braided candle. We will be doing havdallah. We will be creating a separation between the sacred and the everyday. On Shabbis (Shabbat, Sabbath) we hold our actions to a higher standard than usual. Whether that means you don’t drive or......

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As The Candles Gutter Out

Today is the last day of Chanukah. Last night we lit our last candles of this holiday. With all the hype that led up to Chanukah, it’s hard to imagine that it is over. I can’t image what it feels like for Christians who have (I feel) an even bigger build up to their holiday and then only one night and one day Xmas. With all this holiday spirit and war on Xmas talk… what are we, as Jews to feel when we look at our lit chanukiah? Our chanukiah brings light......

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Chanukah  A Time For Re-Dedication

I work for the Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado and being a Jewish organization, we begin every meeting with a bissel Torah (a bit of Torah learning). We call them d’vars (though, the correct way to make d’var plural in Hebrew would be Divrei). A d’var is general a talk on a section of Torah. More often than not, our divrei are on current topics in Israel or America or relating to holidays or a teaching we recently heard or saw. This is the d’var I gave at our all staff meeting......

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