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When Everyone in Your Town Ignores Jewish Holidays

Posted on October 22nd, 2017
BY JULIE GERSTENBLATT for Kveller


When I moved with my husband and family from Scarsdale, New York to Barrington, Rhode Island four years ago, I knew I’d be making a lot of changes.

I didn’t realize that questioning my entire sense of Jewishness would be one of them.

The first inkling that I wasn’t going to fit in easily anymore came early in September, just as Rosh Hashanah did that year. My fourth-grade daughter came home from school and announced that her classmate was having a birthday party.

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Top 10 Jewish Words to Teach Your Kids

Posted on October 15th, 2017
BY AMY DEUTSCH for Kveller


I love the way certain phrases, sounds, and words add up to a special family vocabulary. I’m pretty sure my kids think I don’t know the word “head” because I only ever call it by the Yiddish word keppe (especially when I’m giving it a kiss!). My husband’s go-to name for a pretend person is Chaim Yankel. My son has taken to calling me Ima instead of Mommy because it feels more special to him. All of these together create our own unique family language.

If you’re looking to add a few Jewish words to your family’s lexicon, look no further than this list, featuring my absolute favorite Jewish words.

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Origami Torah

Posted on October 8th, 2017

From JTeach.org


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Citron Sun Catchers for Sukkot

Posted on October 1st, 2017
This article is featured in our Sukkot & Simchat Torah Guide. For more articles, recipes, crafts, and ideas, visit here.
 
By Brenda Ponnay for ToriAvey.com


The citron is a fragrant citrus fruit, similar to a lemon but with less pulpy juiciness. In Hebrew, it’s called an etrog. The citron is an ancient fruit. It has been used as a Jewish blessing since Biblical times, and it’s one of the Four Species for Sukkot that are mentioned in the Torah.

Citrons are not really used for food in their natural state– they are really dry and sour– but they are sometimes candied at the end of Sukkot and for Tu B’Shevat. Citrons are pretty rare, and can be somewhat difficult to obtain here in the states, so I thought it would be nice to represent the citron in a craft instead.  These are fun little sun catchers that would look really pretty decorating your sukkah. They’re also really easy to make!

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Humor Is Your Secret Parenting Weapon

Posted on September 24th, 2017
BY CARLA NAUMBURG for Kveller


Sometimes I put a pair of cotton princess underwear on my head before I wake up my daughters in the morning. Sometimes I recite their breakfast options in a ridiculous French accent. I smear bubbles across my face while I’m giving them a bath and tell them absurd stories about the day their father and I selected them from the discount rack at The Baby Store because that’s where babies come from.

I open my mouth to yell at them and end up launching myself across the living room with a loud TRA-LA-LAAAAA ala Captain Underpants. (Speaking of which, we do, in fact, make our fair share of Uranus jokes around here.) I activate Mommy Robot Procedures and make loud beeping noises while I press the moles on their arms to change them from Grumpy Mode to Happy Mode and, most nights around 5:30 PM, to Sit Your Tushy In The Chair and Eat Your Dinner Mode.

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