Purim is almost upon us. It starts the evening of March 11 and ends the evening of March 12. This basically means it's that fun time of year where you and your kids get to dress up, eat candy, and…give a mishloach manot (Purim gift basket) to your friends and family. Oh, and think about dictatorial oppression, state-sponsored racism, and different ways of resisting that oppression of course. (Boo, Haman.) Because of the costumes and carnivals, Purim paraphernalia is some of the most out there of all the Jewish holidays. So to honor that spirit,… >> Read More
Valentine's Day is coming up, AKA: that annoying Hallmark holiday that has no real value. However, many people still celebrate it in some way, even if it's just giving that special someone a card…and some chocolate (or you know, treating yourself to a massage and having a party for one). Well, it's about time we reclaim the day in a way that feels authentic with these funny (and Jewish!) Valentine's Day cards. (And if Valentine's Day really isn't your thing, you can keep this bookmarked until Tu B'Av.) Come… >> Read More
Hanukkah is not over yet--which means there's still time to watch more hilarious videos about what Hanukkah is all about. It's easy to forget the history of the holiday, especially when…you're worried about getting gifts and actually doing fun activities with your kids for those eight crazy nights. This is why you can't miss this hilariously epic rap battle between Yehudah and Antiochus. The video was originally made for Congregation Anshe Chesed for Hanukkah this year--Rabbi Joshua Hess stars as Yehudah Maccabee, while Dave Ben-Yshay is Antiochus. This is definitely a video… >> Read More
With my daughter’s 6th birthday party, Hanukkah, and Christmas all falling in a brief seven-day window, the holidays felt extra-stressful this year for my little interfaith family.
Of course,…some of the stress is self-imposed. Like most moms, I tend to put way more pressure than necessary on myself in an effort to make the holidays memorable, when in reality, my kids are thrilled to be home in their jammies with their mommy and daddy for a few days with nothing to do but… >> Read More
Salad fix-ins? Check.
Menorah, candles, and dreidels? Check, check, check.
My husband, kids, and I were headed to family dinner at our dear friends’ house. Though she and…her husband aren’t Jewish, my friend is a history teacher who loves learning about and sharing multicultural traditions. Since she’d never lit a menorah before, she asked me to bring ours—and I was more than happy to oblige. For good measure, I also brought some dreidels and—because our kids ate all our gelt the first… >> Read More