If my kids remember anything about their childhood once they’re grown, I hope they remember the pizza. In our family, Friday night is pizza night — and it’s our non-traditional version of…Shabbat dinner. Every Friday, as the week winds down and we attempt to exhale and regroup, my husband, my 7- and 10-year-old daughters and I pile into the car and drive three minutes through our small slice of suburbia to the local pizza joint. (Yes, it seems inescapably cliché to use the word “joint,” but… >> Read More
"One of my friends said to me, 'Come on, we're going to go to Wendy's for Shabbat,'" says Roberta Mahler, 87. "I said, 'Wendy's? Shabbat?' I couldn't believe this."
So begins Wendy's Shabbat, a…delightful short film about a group of elderly Jews in Palm Desert, California, who gather at the fast food restaurant every Friday night for Shabbat dinner. Directed by Rachel Myers, the charming four-minute film profiles this remarkable group that's thinking outside the bun — er, box. (Wait -- that's a Taco Bell slogan. Let's just say… >> Read More
I hate going out on weeknights. After a long day at work and a seemingly endless commute home, I start preparing dinner almost immediately after I hang up my coat. My children have homework to…finish, then they argue over sharing Legos or what they want to watch on TV. Bath time immediately follows dinnertime, and then — finally! — bed time. By the end of the whole process, the last thing I want to do is get back in my car. But once a month, I leave my two young daughters… >> Read More
Set the table for dinner. That’s all I asked. It was a Friday morning and there was no school. I came home and found out that my three wise offspring had convinced our nanny that they didn’t need…to set the table for Shabbat. Why? Because, after all, we were just going to come home from synagogue and eat cereal and bananas or challah and butter. I immediately went into my internal Chicken Little “the sky is falling” routine. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NO04VXBIS0M I had grown up with this valued tradition of Friday night dinner… >> Read More
Mila Kunis has admitted to giving her 3-year-old daughter wine "since she was born." Kunis, who is starring in “A Bad Moms Christmas," recently revealed that she celebrates Shabbat with her family…— and lets her little girl, Wyatt Isabelle, have a sip of wine during celebrations. The mom of two, who is married to Ashton Kutcher, opened up in an interview with People about how she and Kutcher make Shabbat a tradition. In the interview, she spoke alongside her movie co-star Kristin Bell, who admitted that her neighbors have seen… >> Read More