Sep 4 2013
A few days ago I was busy in my kitchen preparing a double batch of honey cakes for the upcoming Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah. In between measuring out cups of honey, sugar, and flour, I found myself thinking about the traditional blessing for a happy, healthy, and sweet new year that Jews around the world wish each other in the weeks and days leading up to the holiday.
Mostly, I rattle off the words without much deeper thought as to what I am actually saying. Naturally I want my loved ones and the Jewish people as a whole to be blessed with health and happiness. Sweetness sure sounds like a good thing, too. But, as I peered down into the bowl of gooey cake batter, I started to wonder what type of sweetness I was talking about and whether it was such a good blessing to be doling out after all. Read the rest of this entry →
Sep 3 2013
I saved the best of my Rosh Roundup posts for last. Dessert! I don’t even have to tell you how happy I am to plan holiday desserts that involve FLOUR and minimal chance of coming out of the oven looking (and tasting) like crusty tires. Feast your eyes upon this mix of traditional and fun desserts that will be the perfect ending to any holiday meal. Actually? Who needs a meal when you have dessert, am I right?
1. Chocolate babka via Smitten Kitchen
2. Vanilla Noodle Kugel via Shiksa in the Kitchen Read the rest of this entry →
5774 is right around the corner and I’ve already been making my resolutions. I always love “The Jewish Holidays.” Yes, I know there are about a million Jewish Holidays, but my family (and I’m sure many others) dubs Rosh Hashanah/Yom Kippur time THE Jewish holidays.
While Passover will always be my favorite (call me when you’ve got 10 plague finger puppets, Tu Bishvat) THE Jewish Holidays are always special. In our family, it’s all about the FOOD. As with any holiday (or special occasion, or a Tuesday), when my mom is at the helm creating the menu you know that everyone will be overfed the most delicious food. And Rosh dinner is no exception. There are essentially three staples:
Staple 1: Mushroom and Barley Soup Read the rest of this entry →
Looking for one more way to get your kids involved and excited about Rosh Hashanah? Our friends at G-dcast just released a new, free app that features an interactive story all about Rosh Hashanah.
The coolest part? Children and parents will delight in actually blowing into their devices to sound the shofar and bring the story to life in colorful animations created by best-selling illustrator Laura Huliska-Beith with narration by Randi Zuckerberg (yes, as in Mark’s sister).
The very coolest part? It’s free!
To download the iOS app from iTunes, click HERE
To download the Android app from Google Play, click HERE
To learn more, visit www.g-dcast.com/wakeupworld.
Have you heard the one about the young Jewish couple who have a kid while living in a big city and find themselves searching for community around the high holidays?
You know, the couple who decide to pony up for synagogue membership at a large congregation in their city neighborhood, and then subsequently become involved through the synagogue preschool, the young sisterhood, and various holiday events? This couple basks in the warm glow of baking challah and attending Tot Shabbat services. They introduce their kids–first the one kid, then two–to more Judaism in five years than either of them had been exposed to in over 25. And they enjoy it! Never before had they yearned for Jewish connection and yet here they are, singing the prayers, making Jewish friends, teaching their kids Hebrew. Then, as the creep of Kindergarten approaches, said couple feels the need to find a new home in the suburbs. As a consequence, they leave their big warm city shul and head east (or in this case, north).
Do you know what happens next, in this all-too-familiar-tale? Read the rest of this entry →
Aug 30 2013
Preparing a meal for Rosh Hashanah is hard work, but serving it to your guests seated around a table filled with holiday ambiance is above and beyond what is expected. Here are some amazing tablescape ideas that will really WOW this Rosh Hashanah.
1. Maine Apple Orchard via Daisies & Pearls Merrymaking
2. Harvest Tablescape via Holiday & Hearth Read the rest of this entry →
Aug 29 2013
Shiksa in the Kitchen’s coloring sheet necklace.
Are you the type of person who spends months pinning fun craft ideas for the holidays only to realize the holiday is tomorrow? Pinterest should have an alert button or something. Well here is your reminder: Rosh Hashanah begins next Wednesday night, so it’s time to stop pinning and start crafting!
I have found with my preschooler that crafts only keep his interest for about 30 minutes tops (sometimes five?) and extra bonus points if the craft involves getting messy. OY! I’ll admit while he has probably received three different sets of finger paints I have yet to embark on finger painting at my house (I’m also the Mama who has a little silent freak-out when my kid mixes Play-Doh colors).
Here are some fun Rosh Hashanah crafts for tiny fingers that actually only require one color and minimal mess. Read the rest of this entry →
Aug 26 2013
This is a cute–if not hard to watch–reminder that this Rosh Hashanah, you don’t actually have to dip all your Apples into honey. Unless your resolution is to cut back on technology.
We live on the third floor, and have a little balcony. My 4-year-old has taken to throwing things–toys, couch pillows, books–off the balcony. It’s really not OK, and he knows it. He also knows that if he throws toys he won’t see them again for a while, and that there may be some other consequence, to boot. But he’s 4, his impulse control is not so hot, and he’s testing boundaries.
This morning, I asked him to share the toy he was holding with his little brother, so he ran halfway across the apartment in order to throw it off the balcony. It was a clear f-you: If I can’t have it, nobody can have it. It was the last straw of a frustrating morning, and I yelled at him, really shouted, as I put him in a time out.
There are a lot of reasons why I don’t want to raise my children in a home with yelling. I have a pretty firm commitment to raising them to feel loved, safe, and not afraid in their own home, and a screaming adult is terrifying to a small person. So to have slipped in a way that’s human and understandable but still, well, urgently not where I need to be–it’s a terrible feeling. This morning, I failed my son and I failed myself. Read the rest of this entry →
Aug 22 2013
In her beautiful post about her sons’ Jewish identities, Tamara mentioned getting her first Rosh Hashanah book from PJ Library, and then pulling several more off the shelf.
That’s right, folks. It’s time to start thinking about the High Holidays. Rosh Hashanah starts on SEPTEMBER 4th. Once you’re done freaking out, you might want to think about getting some books of your own to read with the kiddos. Here are some of my favorites, courtesy of PJ Library and my local library:
1. Classic Symbols & Themes
If you’re looking for books specifically about the symbols and themes of Rosh Hashanah, you might want to check out Engineer Ari and the Rosh Hashanah Ride by Deborah Bodin Cohen or Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur by Cathy Goldberg Fishman. The first book is a fun story about a conductor taking his train on its first trip across Israel during Rosh Hashanah, and the second one explores the traditions of both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur through the eyes of a young girl. Read the rest of this entry →