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Spring Cleaning

My mother-in-law is an avid reader of The Jerusalem Post and awaits its daily delivery with great anticipation. As she peruses it, however, she becomes increasingly angry at the consistent chareidi bashing. I often wonder why she doesn’t simply cancel her subscription but suppose that she uses it as an outlet [...]

April 13 2010 | Posted in Jewish Blogs | Read More »

I Could Be An Adjunct Professor

This morning I was reading in the UK’s Jewish Chronicle about Footsteps, a Chasidic “recovery” house in New York where those who have left sheltered religious communities get schooled in the ABC’s of secular life:
Footsteps was set up in 2003 by Malkie Schwartz, a young woman from the Lubavitch community who, [...]

April 13 2010 | Posted in Jewish Blogs | Read More »

The Tea Partiers and Us

The Passover break gave me an opportunity to catch up on some reading, and I came across an article in Commentary Magazine (by Andrew Ferguson, a senior editor at the Weekly Standard) about the NY Times’ Caricature of the Tea Party Movement. It is an interesting read, exploring the methodologies employed [...]

April 12 2010 | Posted in Jewish Blogs | Read More »

Craft Schooling Sunday!

It’s Sunday and that means it’s time to put the spotlight on my readers around the world! This week I’m trying out a new linking software that allows photos of the projects on the list, which I think is definitely a plus for my parties. I’m grateful to McKlinky.com for all [...]

April 12 2010 | Posted in Jewish Blogs | Read More »

Stuff Yeshivish People Like

There are lots of things that Yeshivish folks like and don’t like. I suppose the goal of this series will be to pick some
random isn’t that isn’t so obvious. Don’t worry folks, this is the first of many posts in the Stuff Jewish People Like series
and I will get to the other [...]

April 12 2010 | Posted in Jewish Blogs | Read More »

Traif: Williamsburg Restaurant devoted to pork and shelfish

Traif is a new restaurant that says it is going to celebrate pork and shellfish and I find it really funny, some of you may find it sad that a Jewish guy is opening up a restaurant devoted to his favorite foods which happen to be the farthest from kosher you can [...]

April 12 2010 | Posted in Jewish Blogs | Read More »

Holocaust Memorial Day: Remembering the Unspeakable.

Today I won’t be posting any craft projects, because I’ve got something much more important on my mind, and weighing heavily upon my heart. Today is Holocaust Memorial day in Israel, and around the world.
In Israel a siren is sounded and the entire country pauses for one minute and stands in memory [...]

April 12 2010 | Posted in Jewish Blogs | Read More »

Re-Hametz-ification

I still haven’t broken Passover. And I’m kind of cool with that.
(Okay, I sort of promised myself as I sat down to write that this wasn’t going to turn into a my-Passover-was-cooler-than-yours post. I’ll try to keep it that way. But it still might.)
A few years ago, when I was living in Israel, [...]

April 9 2010 | Posted in Jewish Blogs | Read More »

Happy Bird Day Cake Decor: Birds From Styrofoam Balls!

Here’s the cake I promised to share with you yesterday! Isn’t it just amazing what one can do with some styrofoam balls
and a few pipe cleaners one (well, me anyway) has sitting around? I must say, I even surprised myself, especially since
when I started making these birds for the party I [...]

April 9 2010 | Posted in Jewish Blogs | Read More »

Two days without phone or internet or chometz

I was on the internet for about 10 minutes after Yuntiff on Wednesday night, I
immediately logged off and about 10 minutes ago I logged on and found a filled up email
and facebook waiting for me. Yuntiff was a good break, but there is nothing quite like a
complete break from internet and [...]

April 9 2010 | Posted in Jewish Blogs | Read More »

“Life Is Not One Big Afikomen Gift”

That’s the takeaway line from Marjorie Ingalls’ thoughtful column “Kids These Days,” and it pretty much sums up how I feel about Passover.
Ingalls writes about dichotomous wish have the seder be accessible and “fun” for the kids while at the same time teaching the complex meaning of the meal. (You, with [...]

April 9 2010 | Posted in Jewish Blogs | Read More »

What Not To Do At The Shabbat Table

The Broodo family of Dallas, Texas is now a well-established Orthodox family. They’re leaders and role models in their community. However one event during their first Shabbat experience almost derailed their teshuva journey. If it was not for the quick thinking of their hosts, their lives might have been very different [...]

April 9 2010 | Posted in Jewish Blogs | Read More »

How To Write A Proper Petition

Find attorneys who know the case, inside and out. Consult with frum attorneys, who know how words are taken by the people expected to read the petition, and what impressions about the Orthodox community will remain years later. Speak to a cross-section of community leaders.
Read More: @ Cross-Currents

April 8 2010 | Posted in Jewish Blogs | Read More »

The Pushke App

The pushke, or charity box, may well be a relic of the past to many members of the younger generation of Jews. In fact, promotional materials for eCharityBox paint the small tin can as a PC in a world of Macs — not only old school, but also a barrier to giving [...]

April 8 2010 | Posted in Jewish Blogs | Read More »

Letters to Jackie

If you’ve watched CNN, CBS “Sunday Morning,” or the PBS “NewsHour” in the past month, you have probably seen grainy, black-and-white clips of President Kennedy’s funeral. The historic footage has accompanied reports on Ellen Fitzpatrick’s powerful new book, Letters to Jackie: Condolences from a Grieving Nation. A collection of about 250 [...]

April 8 2010 | Posted in Jewish Blogs | Read More »

Synagogues and Settlements

Rabbi Elie Kaunfer is the author of Empowered Judaism: What Independent Minyanim Can Teach Us about Building Vibrant Jewish Communities. He’ll be blogging all week for Jewish Book Council and MyJewishLearning’s Authors Blog series.
It’s strange to write a book about independent minyanim when you don’t even attend one anymore.
Independent [...]

April 8 2010 | Posted in Jewish Blogs | Read More »

Treif Your Baby

I don’t have a kid, and I’m a vegetarian, but that doesn’t stop me from loving this bacon-flavored baby formula I found online.
As parents, we are always looking for a competitive edge for our children. Research about the importance of high protein/high fat diets for early stage infant brain development recently [...]

April 8 2010 | Posted in Jewish Blogs | Read More »

Despite Much to Kvetch About, They’re Happy

My husband and I celebrated our first anniversary earlier this year. This occasion marked the end of our shana rishona, the yearlong “honeymoon” period that our rabbis warn us is anything but. It’s a time of solidifying the relationship, learning to compromise, and adjusting to a spouse’s idiosyncrasies. For Orthodox couples, [...]

April 7 2010 | Posted in Jewish Blogs | Read More »

A Break From Drinking

It’s funny how Passover hits you in different ways. When I was a kid, I would absolutely dread the holiday. I just hated eating matzah.
But the idea of eating matzah for eight days is actually much worse than the actual eating of it. It’s like going to the dentist. You think they [...]

April 7 2010 | Posted in Jewish Blogs | Read More »

Honorifics and Honor

This year, the yahrtzeit of Rebbetzin Zahava Braunstein, the 25th day of Adar, fell out in the thick of the recent brouhaha over an Orthodox rabbi’s conferring of a rabbinical title on a woman.
For anyone who knew Rebbetzin Braunstein, or even of her, the coincidence carries a lesson.

Read more: @ Cross-Currents

April 7 2010 | Posted in Jewish Blogs | Read More »

A Spring Bird-Themed Party: Quick & Cute Decorations For Each Place Setting!

Two weeks before Pesach at one of the busiest times of the year, one of my sons has a birthday! Birthdays in my home are always about handmade decorations rather than presents, and some attempt at a homemade cake by Mom. This year I was particularly busy but fortunately found just the [...]

April 7 2010 | Posted in Jewish Blogs | Read More »

What do you think of Public affection?

I was walking in Times Square a few months back and I saw a happy Chassidish couple holding hands and it brought joy to
my heart. I have heard so many stories of arranged marriages, people not finding love and all sorts of horrors from the
ultra orthodox world that seeing a couple [...]

April 7 2010 | Posted in Jewish Blogs | Read More »

Beyond The Rabba-Rousing

Dina Najman, rosh kehila (head of the congregation) at Kehilat Orach Eliezer on the Upper West Side, spends a majority of her day answering halachic questions, teaching classes expounding upon Jewish texts and counseling couples and individuals who are having personal difficulties. Her male rabbinic colleagues often [...]

April 6 2010 | Posted in Jewish Blogs | Read More »

Geulah and Responsibility

Two Pesach motifs, each one individually difficult to understand, become even more strained when considered together.
Chazal tell us that Bnei Yisrael had to be redeemed, in a sense, just then. They had descended to the 49th level of tumah. While many assume that this mean they were in danger of slipping to [...]

April 6 2010 | Posted in Jewish Blogs | Read More »

Giving Up the Struggle for Life – Second Thoughts

She had become a palliative care physician, having survived a bout of cancer herself. She had helped her patients utilize the most effective means of managing pain, and she also encouraged them to accept the reality of their imminent death, and give up part of the fight for life in favor [...]

April 6 2010 | Posted in Jewish Blogs | Read More »

Rose Pastor Stokes: Jewess with Attitude

On April 5, 1905, J. Graham Phelps Stokes —Yale graduate, businessman, scion of one of New York’s “Four Hundred” families, social worker at the University Settlement on the Lower East Side, dabbler in progressive politics — announced his engagement to Rose Pastor — Russian Jewish immigrant, cigarmaker-turned-journalist, self-identified girl of [...]

April 6 2010 | Posted in Jewish Blogs | Read More »

Make A Felt Birthday Chair Slipcover!

What can you do with some pom-poms, felt yardage, and sequin trim, that can create happy memories for your family for years to come? Wouldn’t you like to have some ready-made decorations on hand, to honor birthdays or other important milestones? Have you ever had a guest who suddenly announces that [...]

April 6 2010 | Posted in Jewish Blogs | Read More »

My first days of pesach were awesome

My nose was filled with sweet cologne as two men sat in back of me, I could smell them as soon as the door to sanctuary swung open, before they proceeded to sit down and insult my nose with their overdone cologne and rapid fire whispered Hebrew I could tell they were [...]

April 5 2010 | Posted in Jewish Blogs | Read More »

Matzah: It’s What’s For Dinner. And Lunch. And Breakfast.

So about now you’re probably entertaining thoughts of gooey crust pizza and Wonder Bread sandwiches, am I right? Eight days is a loooong-ass time to not eat bread or any other poofy pastry, but I figure it’s not nearly as hardcore as running away from Egypt and wandering around a desert [...]

April 5 2010 | Posted in Jewish Blogs | Read More »

More Passover Memories

The other day I blogged about celebrating Passover on my great aunt’s dairy farm outside of Baltimore. I sent the link to my aunt and uncle (on the other side of the family). They read the latest books on their Kindle and have digitized all their old LPs, but it didn’t [...]

April 5 2010 | Posted in Jewish Blogs | Read More »