I’ve recently become a little obsessed with hygge (pronounced HOO-gah). In case you haven’t heard about hygge, loosely translated it’s the Danish concept of finding well-being and satisfaction…through coziness and simple things. A more complete definition is that, “it’s a holistic approach to deliberately creating intimacy, connection, and warmth with ourselves and those around us,” according to “The Cozy Life” by Pia Edberg. I initially began reading about hygge because I really hate winter and thought it might be the spin I… >> Read More
“Why do we keep the Sabbath?” my 5-year-old asked me last week. The Orthodox Jew in me could have answered because we are to emulate God, who created the world in six days and rested on the…seventh. Or I could have answered because we are following our biblical obligation to do so. But I really wanted to answer: so that I can talk to you. Yes, in 2017, Shabbat exists so that parents can talk to their children. So that spouses can look at each other. Today, it would serve families… >> Read More
Brush off the car and find that missing mitten, because we’ve got 18 ways to get out of the house and entertain the kids this winter. There are crafts, volunteer opportunities, story times,…concerts, and lots of other ways to keep the whole family happy and busy when it’s cold outside. Need a night out? Book a babysitter and start planning, because we’ve got a whole list of things for grown-ups too. January CRAFTS Room – Recycled Materials Bring the family and get creative using recycled materials. The… >> Read More
Happy 2017, Kvellers! The holiday season may be over but there is still so much to do with kids in New York. There are new sessions of classes starting, Tot Shabbats all over, and a bunch of havdalah…programs where you can say goodbye to Shabbat in your pajamas, with ice cream, pizza, or crafts. We know it can be tempting to hibernate indoors during the winter months, but trust us—it is worth bundling the kids up and heading out to one or more of these events. Brought to you in partnership with PJ… >> Read More
In sickness and in health. Those words aren’t actually part of any Jewish wedding ceremony. They’re implied, sure, but they’re never said out loud.
When we got married 12 years ago, it never…occurred to me that we’d be faced with so much sickness so soon. I had a strong, strapping husband who could bench press me. His shoulders are easily twice as wide as mine and he towers over me, even now when he leans on a cane. What could go wrong? Well, quite a lot apparently.… >> Read More