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Apr 15 2013

How to Paint Your Nails for Israel Independence Day

By at 3:25 pm

israeli flag nail art yom ha'atzmaut israel independence dayTomorrow is Yom Ha’atzmaut, aka Israel Independence Day. It celebrates the anniversary of the creation of Israel on May 14, 1948 (or, according to the Jewish calendar, the 5th of Iyyar in 5708).

In Israel, it’s celebrated with fireworks, barbecues, and public concerts. In America, it’s celebrated with a manicure (or at least it can be…)

Yael Buechler, the fabulous rabbi behind Midrash Manicures, in which she creates nail art for each weekly Torah portion and holidays, has offered up this great tutorial for how to do your own Israeli flag nail art in celebration of Yom Ha’atzmaut. It’s pretty simple and will look super cute on adult and kiddie nails alike. Here’s how it’s done. You can use a toothpick to do the finer details.

israeli flag nail art tutorial midrash manicure

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Apr 26 2012

On Yom Ha’atzmaut, I’m Longing for Israel

By at 1:49 pm

israeli day parade new york cityWhen I was young, Yom Ha’atzmaut meant one thing: the Israeli Day Parade in New York City (and hot pretzels. So two things.) Even though the parade was always held weeks after Israel’s actual birthday, that delayed celebration was nothing short of ecstatic. From the time I was a wee Jew I’d dress in blue and white and proudly march down Fifth Avenue, singing along to old folk songs from the 70s and waving an Israeli flag. At some point, the synagogue or school group I was marching with would break out into circles and we’d do a quick dance to Od Lo Ahavti Di. Read the rest of this entry →

Apr 23 2012

Celebrating Israel

By at 4:33 pm

israeli flag wavingIt’s no coincidence that Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day, occurs just shortly after Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Memorial Day. After all, we Jews are a people who deeply understand that the cycle of life brings both sadness and happiness. Naomi Shemer, an Israeli poet and composer, wrote a song called Al Kol Eileh about how we learn to taste both the bitter and the sweet.

And so it’s time to move from sadness to happiness. What better way to celebrate Yom Ha’Atzmaut than with a whole bunch of your closest friends at a huge party? Israelis in Brooklyn is putting together a celebration on Thursday, April 26 at 6:00 pm at Congregation Beth Elohim. There will be music, singing, delicious food from the Hummus Place (if you live in NYC and have never been there, drop everything and GO NOW, it’s that good), and a DJ at the end of the night for a serious Israeli-style dance party.

And after all of the interesting press that Brooklyn has gotten recently (did you see The Daily Show?), the idea of coming together as a community to celebrate seems even more wonderful. RSVP to, and there’s more info here.

Did I mention that it’s free? See you there!

If you can’t make it to Brooklyn, bring a little bit of Israel to your home with our favorite Israeli recipes…yum!

May 10 2011

Eating Like You’re in Israel

By at 9:12 am

The fruit and vegetables are so fresh in Israel that I even like eating things like fennel and beets.

I’m no world traveler, but I have spent a fair amount of time in Israel. And it’s a pretty amazing country. From the history beneath your feet to the vistas of the desert to the food. Oh, the food. I spent a summer in Israel and went to the shuk (outdoor market) almost daily–buying fresh vegetables and fruits to eat for dinner that night, eating just-baked pita bread as I wandered through. I don’t think I’ve ever loved vegetables the way I do in Israel–they’re just so fresh, and once you’ve bargained with the guys at the shuk to get them down a shekel, you feel like a million bucks.

Today is Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel Independence Day. It’s like our Fourth of July, but supposedly with a lot more Silly String involved. I’m not going to make it to Israel this year for the celebration, but in honor of Yom Ha’atzmaut, I’m going to make Israeli food like it’s going out of style. You can too–just check out these excellent recipes. Enjoy!

Baba Ganoush (a creamy, eggplant-based dip that goes great with pita bread or fresh vegetables)

Falafel You may want to break out the deep-fryer for this one, but oh man, these chickpea balls are delicious!

Hummus Kids love to eat it, and it’s easy to make too. Spread it on bread with some sprouts, tomato, and cucumber for a delicious and nutritious sandwich.

Israeli Breakfast Recipes In Israel, breakfast is filled with salads, vegetables, and dips–not at all like the carb-loaded breakfast here in the States. These healthier recipes will give your breakfast a whole new flavor.

Pita The flatbread of choice in Israel. You haven’t really tried it until you’ve tasted it hot from the oven. mmmmm.

Sabich Admittedly, I’ve never tried this sandwich. But with hummus, fried eggplant, Israeli salad, and hard-boiled eggs, how could you go wrong?

Schnitzel Basically a fried chicken cutlet. I like to eat them with ketchup.

Shakshuka consists of eggs poached in a thick tomato sauce. You’ve got to sop this one up with pita bread. (And if you don’t feel like cooking yourself, and if you’re lucky enough to live in Brooklyn, NY, like I am, you can have this made for you at this local restaurant.)


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