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 The video was originally made for Congregation Anshe Chesed for Hanukkah this year--Rabbi Joshua Hess stars as Yehudah Maccabee, while Dave Ben-Yshay is Antiochus.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
Last Wednesday was a typical school vacation day. Mostly. My husband worked all day, my 8-year-old played outside all day, and my 7-year-old was cajoled into doing something other than messing with…her iPad for some of the day. I took the 7-year-old to an appointment in the afternoon and we raced home when we finished because while this was an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, it wasn’t an ordinary Wednesday night. This was the night Naomi, my 8-year-old, was going to speak in front of our City Council.… >> Read More
The Seinfelds are kind of one of the most adorable families ever--and it's easy to see from their holiday card. The family didn't pose for a professional photo--they just took one on the fly while…skiing. How they took one, of course, warms my heart. Jessica Seinfeld, Jerry's wife, posted the photo on Instagram, writing: “And for one half of a second, they stopped fighting. I am about to lose it. This is our holiday card because I didn’t do one. Happy holidays. If we make it to 2017 it… >> Read More