We all need that couple that helps us believe in love. For me, that couple is, without a doubt, culinary genius Ina Garten and her husband, Jeffrey.
After more than 50 years together, this Jewish…duo seems just as in love with each other as on they were on their wedding day (and those wedding photos, BTW, are adorable). I mean, when your wife writes an entire cookbook for you, Cooking for Jeffrey, you know it's the real deal! https://www.instagram.com/p/BOUc970Bb7t/?utm_source=ig_embed In episodes of Barefoot Contessa and on Ina's Instagram, you… >> Read More
When I was a kid, I eagerly looked forward to Valentine’s Day. After all, it would obviously be the day my true classmate love — whomever that was, who clearly had been pining for me in absentia…— would finally step out of the shadows. Spoiler alert: That never happened (although one year I did receive a very nice stuffed animal anonymously placed in my car, which in retrospect is actually somewhat creepy). But the hope and anticipation of passion — would someone send me a red carnation, that apex of affection?— gave… >> Read More
Roses, expensive necklaces, lingerie, chocolate — these are the globally recognized symbols of the very commercialized Valentine's Day.
It's true that V-Day is definitely not a Jewish holiday…— its origins are believed to be derived from Roman Catholics — and there's actually a Jewish holiday for love, Tu B'Av that's celebrated over the summer. Still, February 14th lends another opportunity to woo your loved ones (and is wooing ever wrong? No.) Perhaps more important, Valentine's Day is particularly great for pregnant women with upcoming… >> Read More
If you’re like me, you’re probably trying to balance how to teach your kids about the big, important things while not petrifying them with the harsh realities of the world. My twin boys are 4.…They want to knoweverything — and sometimes it seems like they do. But I also see them get scared of Antiochus on Hanukkah, or Haman on Purim, or the ever-looming “bad guy” that features in every animated series or movie, from Paw Patrol to Moana. I am reminded of how little they are, and how… >> Read More
What does a Jewish holiday for trees and Martin Luther King, Jr. have in common? A lot, actually.
This year, both Tu Bishvat and MLK Day of Service fall on Monday, January 21. (Hey, it’s no…Thanksgivukkah, but we’ll take it!) The former celebrates the life of trees, and the latter celebrates the life of an influential American civil rights leader. Both holidays are commemorated by giving back to the earth and our communities — so it's a pretty cool opportunity for a cultural mashup and a prime "teaching moment" you… >> Read More