Monthly Archive: September 2011

Rosh Hashana: The deeper meaning behind the shofar, apples and honey

AS WE APPROACH ROSH HASHANAH, let us explore some of its customs and laws in order to glean an insight as to how to tap in to the day’s energy. We are commanded to blow the Shofar on Rosh HaShanah, (Num.29:1; Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 585).  One dimension in understanding this Mitzvah is as follows: …

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Bee-utiful Crafts for Tiny Hands

Looking for a Rosh Hashana craft project to keep the little ones occupied while you cook up a storm? Or perhaps you’re all done and want to enjoy some fun quality time with the kids, or even get creative and make your own decorations!  Either way, here are some fun and easy crafts, courtesy of …

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The Weinstein Vault of Secret Recipes

Shhh…..let’s just keep this between you and me, for here are treasured recipes which few have encountered. It’s the flavor of out-of-this world apple crisp, the moistest apple cake ever, and pastel de patata, a meat and potato dish spiced with Moroccan heart and soul. (This is in tribute to my mother and mother-in-law, from …

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Countdown to Rosh Hashana: Glancing Back to Look Ahead

One thing about Jewish holidays is that they are either early or late, but never on time. (Sound familiar?  About the late part I mean.) Not that this will change things, but I’m thinking it seems pretty unanimous that this year’s timing of these holy days is the best. During August, we were busy with starting …

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A Seder Plate for Rosh Hashanah?!

Some people actually have 2, or even 3, seders each year! Most people know about the Passover seder, few know about the Tu B’shvat seder, but many are now having Rosh Hashanah seder plates. The Rosh Hashanah seder is actually one of the holiday’s oldest food traditions — and now it’s one of the newest trends in …

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Childcare in Israel: Adoption, Foster Care and Orphanages

Illustration by Tim Bower

Adoption in Israel People often ask about adopting a child from Israel. The short answer is: You can’t. Israel, like many other countries, does not allow their children to be “adopted out” to foreign countries. Adoption in Israel by non-Israeli citizens is rare and is possible only through the Israeli Central Agency for International Adoption. …

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Rosh Hashana Honey Cake


An impressive cake with a lot of easy steps; but no one has to know how easy it really was to make! If you have the freezer space make this now and enjoy it later (Rosh Hashana is in 15 days!).  Just be ready for a lot of gasps of awe when you do serve …

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Why Give Charity?

I have a question about giving to charities: I was always taught by my parents to give 10% of my earnings to synagogues, charities, the poor, etc. I have no problem doing this, and most financial experts recommend giving away a portion of what you earn anyway. But, to be honest, I don’t know why …

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