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Steps to Dancing the Horah

Horah is a traditional dance in Jewish weddings, bat mitzvahs, and bar mitzvahs. Many Jews refer to it as the unofficial king of the Israeli folk dances. The Hora is originally a Romanian folk dance and was brought from Eastern Europe by Jewish immigrants. In the past Hora was danced in the Kibbutzim and small […]

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How to Bake Sufganiyot for Hanukkah

Together with latkes and rugelach, sufganiyot is a favorite Hanukkah treat. Sufganiyots, also known as Hanukkah jelly doughnuts are usually ball-shaped and are deep fried then filled with either jelly or custard. This doughnut is topped with confectioners sugar or cinnamon. Many bakeries sell sufganiyots but nothing beats a fresh homemade sufganiyot for Hanukkah. Here’s how: Mix the dry […]

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How to Play the Shofar

A Shofar is a ram’s horn traditionally played on the month of Elul (last month in the Hebrew calendar) and on the first ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Shofar is blown in synagogues to indicate the end of  the Yom Kippur fast and in four occasions in the prayers of Rosh Hashanah. The sound […]

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How to Act Properly When Attending a Jewish Wedding

Jewish weddings are typically full of rituals representing the importance of the relationship of husband and wife and their obligations to a Jewish lifestyle.  As a guest, it is of much importance to understand the basics of Jewish weddings and to behave properly. I have listed below some tips on how to act appropriately when attending […]

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How to Bake Kugel (Jewish Noodle Pudding) for Shabbat

The Jewish Noodle Pudding, also known as Kugel is an absolute favorite during Jewish celebrations. It is usually made from egg noodles and potatoes although some variations are made from spinach, broccoli, cranberry or apples. Kugel is usually served as a side dish during Shabbat. Boil 1/2 bag of egg noodles until tender. Drain the […]

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How to Make a Jewish Beef Brisket

Jews love brisket. Brisket is a favorite entree in many Jewish holiday meals. In traditional Jewish cooking, brisket is prepared as a pot roast. Here are some tips in preparing a Jewish brisket. Choose a good quality of brisket. Brisket is a meat cut from the lower chest or breast. The term ‘brisket’ refers to […]

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How to Choose a Father’s Day Gift for Your Jewish Dad

Wondering what to give to your father on this special day when he’s got almost everything? There are a wide variety of Jewish gifts that you can give to Dad. You can also make Father’s Day more special and fun by crafting your own gift. One thing to remember when picking a gift for your Jewish Dad is […]

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Greeting Jewish Family and Friends on Passover

Passover is a widely celebrated Jewish holiday. It is a holy day commemorating the story of Exodus in which ancient Jews were freed from Egypt. A seder is a part of the celebration. The Passover Seder is when the family gathers together and enjoy a festive meal. It is also a great time to catch up and […]

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How to Make Matzo (Unleavened Bread) for Passover Seder

It is customary to serve Matzo (cracker-like unleavened bread) during Passover Seder.  Matzo is the substitute for leavened bread during Passover. Eating chametz (leavened products) are prohibited during this Jewish holiday. Matzo is eaten during Passover to commemorate the ancient Jews exodus from Egypt. Matzo is a symbol of redemption and freedom and serves as a reminder […]

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Things to Consider When Planning for a Jewish Wedding

Planning for a Jewsih wedding can be exciting and stressful at the same time. Aside from the usual wedding details, the bride and groom need to consider important factors with regard to the wedding ceremony. Whether you’re planning for an Orthodox, Conservative or Reform wedding, the list below will help you plan for a beautiful […]

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Celebrating Passover Seder with Children

Hosting a Passover Seder for kids is very easy. It is a fun way to celebrate Passover and bond with your family at the same time. Here are some tips in holding a Passover Seder for kids. Look for a special Haggadah created for kids. This type of Haggadah are colorful and contain pictures that […]

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How to Observe Passover

Passover is one of the most important Jewish holidays. It is during this time of the year that we celebrate the freedom that God gave to ancient Jews from slavery in Egypt through the prophet Moses. Passover starts at sundown on the 15th of Nisan and ends on the 22nd.  It is an eight days celebration but […]

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How to Organize a Tu Bishvat Seder

A Tu Bishvat Seder is a fun way to celebrate Tu Bishvat. This is similar to the Pesach (Passover) Seder. This tradition started during the Middle Ages. The concept of Tu Bishvat Seder is to eat ten specific fruits and to drink four specific cup of wines in a particular order. Tu Bishvat is a […]

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How to Observe Tu Bishvat

Tu Bishvat is a minor Jewish holiday celebrated on the 15th day of the month of Shevat occurring on late January or early February. Also known as “New Year of the Trees,” this holiday is often observed by planting trees, eating special fruits and nuts or participating in a Tu Bishvat Seder. Mark this day by eating fruits, especially those […]

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How to Follow Jewish Customs During Tisha B’Av

Tisha B’Av, also known as the “the Ninth of Av,” is one of the fasting days in Judaism. Fasting is done to commemorate the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem. This Jewish holiday falls on the ninth day (Tisha) of the month of Av in Hebrew calendar. Fasting on Tisha B’Av lasts […]

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Basic Guide to Observing the Tenth of Tevet

The Tenth of Tevet, also known as Asarah b’Tevet is a Jewish holiday which is observed as a Day of Fasting. Fasting begins at dawn and concludes by nightfall. The Tenth of Tevet marks the onslaught of the siege of Jerusalem by the King of Babylonia,  Nebuchadnezzar. Ancient Jews were exiled for 70 years, which led to […]

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Gift-Giving Guide for Hanukkah

In old times, a gelt or a small amount of money was given to children during Hanukkah. Nowadays, many Jews have expanded the gelt-giving tradition to gift-giving. This is probably due to the fact that both Hanukkah and Christmas are celebrated the same time each year. These days, gift-giving is no longer restricted to kids. […]

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How to Remove Melted Wax Out of Your Hanukkah Menorah

Hanukkah, a fun-filled Jewish holiday is celebrated with festive meals, singing songs, playing dreidel and most importantly, lighting the Hanukkah Menorah. Each night, a candle is left to burn for half an hour leaving your candelabra dripping with melted wax. What’s next after Hanukkah? Cleaning your menorah! Getting rid of melted wax is so easy. It will […]

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Observing the Eighth Night of Hanukkah

Many Jews consider the 8th night of Hanukkah as the most significant. It is during this night that Jews greet each other with “Gmar chatimah tovah,” or “may you be sealed totally for good.”  Below are some tips to observe during Zot Hanukkah. All eight candles of the Menorah should shine brightly. Light the chanukiah […]

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Simple Rugelach Recipe for Hanukkah

Along with latkes and sufganiot, Rugelach is a traditional dish prepared during Hanukkah. Rugelach or ‘little twist’ are buns originally made by Jewish people in Poland. There are numerous ways to bake a rugelach. Its dough is made up of sour cream or cream cheese. The filling can vary from jam, chocolate, raisins and nuts. […]

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How to Make Latkes (Potato Pancakes) for Hanukkah

Latkes or potato pancakes is a main entree in Jewish parties especially during Hanukkah. Latkes are made from onions and potatoes and are usually served with applesauce or sour cream. Here’s how to make them. Wash the potatoes and peel them. Slice the onions thinly. Grate the potatoes and onions and put them in a […]

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Setting Up the Hanukkah Menorah

Lighting the Menorah is a Jewish custom that is observed during Hanukkah. Setting up the Hanukkah Menorah is one of the many traditions followed in celebration of this festive season. Here are some tips in setting up the Hanukkah Menorah. The Menorah is traditionally set outside the front door of your home. Nowadays, you can […]

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Decorating a Hanukkah Bush

Make your Hanukkah more special by creating your very own Hanukkah bush. A Hanukkah bush is a small tree decorated with ornaments. A Hanukkah bush is similar to a Christmas tree but reflects the Jewish tradition. Choose a bush. Some people use bush shaped plants, while others pick a full size tree. Artificial Hanukkah trees […]

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Tips on Hosting a Great Hanukkah Party

Hanukkah is the perfect time to host a party for your family and friends.  People gather during this time of the year to enjoy the festive meal, exchange gifts, recite blessings and to light the Hanukkah Menorah. Hosting a Hanukkah party is as easy as 1..2..3.. with these party planning tips. Hanukkah is a celebration […]

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How to Play Dreidel for Hanukkah

Dreidel is a traditional Jewish game usually played during Hanukkah. Its name is derived from the four letter letters found on its four-sided top. It is a Hebrew acronym for ‘Nes Gadol Haya Sham’ which means ‘a great miracle happened there,’ when translated to English. Playing Dreidel is easy. Here’s how: Gather some people to […]

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How to Say the Three Hanukkah Blessings

Lighting the Hanukkiah (Hanukkah Menorah) is the highlight of the Hanukkah celebration. The Menorah is lit every night during the week-long celebration of Hanukkah. This ritual is done to commemorate the ancient Jews’ victory and the miracle of the oil that burned for eight days in the temple. All family members should be present when […]

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Tips in Decorating for Hanukkah

Hanukkah is an important Jewish holiday. It is the time when Jews commemorate the rededication of the holy temple in Jerusalem and the miracle of the lamp that burned for eight days. All Jewish families celebrate this holiday and decorate their homes. Some basic Hanukkah decorations are the Menorah and dreidel. Below are additional decorating ideas to give your […]

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How to Observe Hanukkah Traditions

Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights has a number of traditions observed by Jews. These traditions add more meaning to the celebration of Hanukkah. A Menorah is lit on every night of Hanukkah in remembrance of the ancient Jews’ victory over the Syrians. Light the Shamash (center candle) on the first night of […]

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Lighting the Menorah for Hanukkah

Lighting the Menorah is a primary ritual done during the celebration of Hanukkah or the Festival of Lights. A Hanukkah Menorah is a candelabrum with nine branches. It is mitzvah (commanded by God) to light a Hanukkah Menorah each night for 8 days to recollect the Maccabees’ victory and the sacred oil that lit for […]

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Breaking the Yom Kippur Fast Safely

Yom Kippur is the day in which Jews ‘afflict their souls,’ and one way to do this is to abstain from eating and drinking. The fast starts at sundown, at the eve of Yom Kippur and ends the following night. After fasting for a day, it is best to eat a light meal.  Returning to […]

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