When I was growing up, “Shabbat” meant Shabbat dinner. We didn’t do it every week, but I loved it when we did: I reveled in the exotic beauty of it all: the golden braided challah, the scent of…my mother’s chicken soup. I enjoyed the novelty of eating in the dining room for a change, and relished the magical moment when my mother would light the battered silver candlesticks her grandmother had brought over from Poland. Years later, I recalled the beauty of those Friday nights when I learned the famous Midrash that… >> Read More
My mom always told me that I could go anywhere in the world, enter a synagogue and feel a part of the Jewish community there, through familiar Hebrew prayers and songs.
When I arrived in New Delhi…at the Judah Hyam Synagogue, I felt her presence as we began saying the Shema. I noticed that, Eli, the Indian Jewish young man who was leading our service, covered his eyes in a way I had never seen before. He made the letter “shin” on his forehead by folding his thumb and pinky and… >> Read More
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