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Shabbat opening on Christmas Eve (sort of)

As quietly as rising challah, Jews prepare for Christmas.

Slipping a favorite DVD into the player, then popping open a take-out carton or two of Kung Pao something, we make ready for a quiet December’s eve.

But before you get shluffy from all that MSG, let me recommend a film to consider for a Christmas Eve from my personal collection of imaginary films. It’s called “When Malka Meets Santa.”

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Oreo Cheesecake for Shabbat

Shabbat is a festive Jewish observance where families and friends join together for a special dinner. Make your Shabbat dinner extra special with this Oreo Cheesecake recipe from aish.com. I’ve tried preparing this and believe me, this is a really yummy treat.

For this recipe, you need 2 cups of crushed Oreos, 2 tablespoons of butter, ¼ cup of brown sugar, 2 lbs. of softened cream cheese,1 …

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Spanx may make panty lines invisible, but can’t smooth over feminist critique

… Goldman. Teitell  reports :

Goldman, 48, also had no VPLs, as she calls them — or any lines, for that matter. “I’m wearing four Spanx,’’ she said: An “On Top and In Control’’ shirt; the back-fat-banishing “Bra-llelujah!’’, a “Skinny Britches Thong,’’ and “Tight-End Tights.’’ Her jacket was Dior; her skirt, heels, and handbag were Chanel. “But I’m most proud of my Spanx.’’

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Make Plastic Crafting Elements From Recycled Ice Cream Container Tops

Recycled ice cream container top crafting? Why yes, and I’m just stopping by for a moment to share a little recycled crafting insight I thought of as I was about to reluctantly toss a pile of stray plastic container tops. I had them in my hand and I said to my daughter, “Wouldn’t these be great frames for some project?” I was actually thinking mosaic or something, since our tops tend to be oval shaped. And then it occurred to me that the plastic could be used unto …

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Using Our Brain to Drive on Shabbat

… the technical halachic (Jewish legal) minutae surrounding the permissability of using the Amigo Shabbat Scooter from the Israeli-based Zomet Institute. The Shabbat Scooter is made by Michigan-based Amigo, founded by Allan Thieme, which began making the Jewish Sabbath-approved scooters six years ago.

But now there’s something even more impressive on the horizon that will further push Jewish legal scholars to determine if its use is acceptable for the Sabbath.

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Make Some Fun Doodle Frames—A Passover Craft For The Whole Family!

… these cute little doodle frames, since they may just come in handy during and after the cleaning! How’s that for some crafty justification for that which is really procrastination? And of course some readers have started to ask for Passover crafts, so this meets their needs as well, since I really can’t bear to let down my gracious readers!

These cute little doodle frames will hang on the doors of each room in our home and hopefully be filled with messages like “Clean and Ready …

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Shabbat Scenarios: Kotev and Mochek Part III

Can you zip or unzip a sweatshirt with words on it on Shabbat? A problem arises with bringing together and breaking apart letters on the shirt much like a book with wording on the side. Therefore, it should be avoided if possible. One can be lenient in cases of necessity as per the Mishna Berura.

Jigsaw puzzles that are meant to last may not be put together on Shabbat.  Wooden picture puzzles where pieces are fitted into corresponding …

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Shabbat Scenarios: Kotev & Mochek Demonstrations

Can you play Scrabble on Shabbat? The Chayei Adam’s view is that any game that requires keeping score and would normally involve writing should not be played on Shabbat.  The standard Scrabble games which is simply bringing together and distancing letters without affixing them to a permanent surface do not pose a problem with Kotev. However the deluxe editions, where the pieces are affixed to a groove, …

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Shabbat Scenarios: Sewing Science-Tofer/Koreah Part II

In order to violate the Torah prohibition of Koreah, tearing, one must do so for the sake of Tofer, sewing. This law is derived from the times of the Mishkan. Moths would eat circular holes into the curtains. These holes were hard to mend. They needed to be torn into a kind of line to be sewn up.

This is an example of destructive action that is transformed into constructive action. Most …

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Shabbat Scenarios: Sewing Situations – Tofer

… noticeable.

·Brooches are normally inserted once and are therefore permitted according to both opinions.

·Gluing or sticking two pieces of paper together is similar in effect to sewing. Therefore, it is prohibited on Shabbos in the category of sewing.

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Shabbat Scenarios: The Prohibition of Tofer-Sewing

… in a permanent way. The classic example is sewing two stitches and then making a final knot to hold the stitches in place.

·      Opening and closing a button, zipper, or Velcro tab is    permitted because it is not a permanent binding.

·      Pulling a loose thread tighter on a button is prohibited.

·      Stapling and taping may not be done on Shabbat.

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Things that make you go pshhhh!!!

… are many instances when people feel like going Pshhh…I wonder shclock rock will take that title for an album – or will it be copyright infringement?

Getting called to the Torah

When you read a good devar torah

When someone good gets up to daven

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See you on Shabbat!

Positive aspects to Diaspora living: A Jew can find kosher food and a sympathetic environment almost everywhere around the globe. A group of young Americans led by Rabbi Benzion Klatzko of Ohio, decided to take advantage of the Diaspora reality and use it for a one of its kind hospitality program – the Jewish version of couch surfing.

The Shabbat.com website gives Jews the opportunity to stay as a …

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Reheating Food on Shabbat

Chazal forbade putting fully cooked food on the fire on Shabbat because one could come to stoke the coals. Additionally it is mechzi k’mevashel, it appears as if one is cooking. However, if one satisfies five requirements, then bishul becomes chazara and is permitted l’chatchila.

The five conditions are,

1.      the flame must be covered,

2.      the food must be fully cooked,

3.      it must still be warm, …

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What Do You Eat On Shabbat?

What Do You Eat On Shabbat?

We all know that food plays an important role in our Shabbat routine. We know that we have a halachic obligation for three Shabbat meals. Many of us know that the Ari emphasized a kabbalistic importance to these meals. And many of us are very much set on a particular menu for Shabbat.

This is not a deep post. Yet the Torah we live encompasses all aspects of our personal and communal culture; and so this, too, is relevant in some way. …

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20 Jews from Tunisia make aliyah

The overthrow of the Tunisian government last week led 20 local Jews to make aliyah to Israel this week. The six families, which decided to immigrate to the Jewish state following the fearful situation in Tunisia, were brought over in a complex operation involving many bodies, including the Jewish Agency, Absorption Ministry, Foreign Ministry, Interior Ministry and several different countries.

The new olim arrived to Israel via a third country and were …

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What is the Meaning of Tragedies?

Question:

Why do we need horrific tragedies to make us aware that we need to strengthen our achdut? What can we do as individuals or as a community to rectify this?

Answer:

This is a terrible reality. I have seen chesed break down barriers in a tremendous way. The people who do bikur cholim, those who serve lunch at soup kitchens, and the families that open their homes on Shabbat are all people who do not have big barriers …

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New Year’s On Shabbat

The solar system doesn’t want me to party. It doesn’t want you to party either. If it did, it would somehow avoid putting New Year’s Eve on a Friday night.

It’s been worse. I’m sure many of you Shomer Shabbat people remember that the new millennium was brought in on Shabbat. This is also known as the only time the TV was ever allowed on in my house on Shabbat ever (we turned it on before and didn’t change the …

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Tips in Planning Your Shabbat Menu

Tips in Planning Your Shabbat Menu

Shabbat or Sabbath is one of the most popular Jewish observances. Shabbat is observed a few minutes before sunset every Friday until a few minutes after the first three stars appear in the sky on Saturday night. This Jewish observance is considered a festive day and a festive meal are traditionally eaten. Here are some steps to preparing a traditional Shabbat menu:

Plan your menu days before …

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Make Hanukkah Decorations With Tissue Paper!

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Tonight is the last night of Hanukkah, so why not make some more Hanukkah decorations to keep things festive after seven days of partying? And infact, the 8th day of Hanukkah which is called zot chanukah happens to be a very important day spiritually— a day in which one may pray specifically for refuah shelaima ( healing of the sick ), parnassa (livelihood), and children for

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The cholent sucks here

The cholent sucks here

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When I first moved out here I didn’t mind the green kiddush much, some chips and salsa, veggie sticks, guacamole and several varieties of cookies seemed alright to me – but I’ve been here a year and this is one of the true sides to living in the west.

I’m sure there are shuls in LA that know how to throw a kiddush, but here in the Bay Area and several other west coast …

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Chanukah The Inner Battle

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Chanukah comes from the root word chinuch. It is a time of rediscovery of self and a time to explore what we really yearn to achieve.  There are thirteen parshiot in the Torah that discuss the Mishkan because this pivotal concept teaches us how to bring Hashem into our world.

Hashem says, “Make for me a sanctuary and I will dwell within you.”  The Ramban maintains that …

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Having A Hanukkah Party? Make A Mini-Dreidel Bunting!

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Make your Hanukkah gathering super cute with this Hanukkah mini-dreidel bunting! Generally used on a cake, mini buntings are popping up all over the place, so I really don’t know who was the originator of this adorable idea…..I made this one today to adorn my husband’s birthday cake, my first mini-bunting, and I’m sold!

I’ve been using decorated skewers for cake …

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Make Hanukkah Gelt Bags From Tulle!

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Here’s a simple yet great looking way to make gelt bags or gift bags for Hannukah. Tulle obviously isn’t just for weddings right? And while crocheted gelt bags or felt gelt bags might be wonderful too, these little tulle ones take only a few minutes and would be great for making party favors when there’s more than just a few kids (or adults, of course….) And with all the …

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Honorable Mentchen II: Appropriate Criticism

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In his Shabbat Shuva drasha, Rav Chaim Brisker would say, “Chaim is speaking to Chaim, but if you wish you can eavesdrop.” A very productive way to give criticism is to accept part of the blame and admit that you too have the same problem. This makes the perpetrator far less ashamed of doing wrong, and moves him towards rectifying his flaws.

Confine your criticism …

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Handmade Holiday: Make A Beautiful & Simple Rosette With Crocheted Trim!

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Isn’t this sweet? If you know how to crochet (and I really hope you do!) you can whip up a bunch of these rosettes in no time from just a piece of crocheted trim that you can make yourself. They look great attached to a ready made headband, as a pin, or even a napkin ring. And I think they’re a bit of fresh air after all the fabric flowers we’ve been seeing everywhere, …

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Leftover Cholent: A new frum blog with some potential

Leftover Cholent: A new frum blog with some potential

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I generally don’t read blogs, heck I schedule most of my blog posts, tweets and other goodies so I don’t have to spend valuable outdoors time keeping up with this wonderful online community that has been outgrowing this blog and forcing some fans to even meet each other in real life.

I find that every few days, I get an email from someone asking me to add their blog to my …

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Make Vegan Kosher

Make Vegan Kosher

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The other night, I went out with my roommate to a local Rastafarian vegan restaurant. We had an awesome time, partially by the fact that they give out free alcohol (you know, to get around the whole not having a liquor license thing). But mostly because the most expensive thing on the menu is $4.50.

This got us thinking. Why aren’t more vegan restaurants kosher? They are …

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The Allure of Kosher Food for the Jewish Holidays

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Sue Fishkoff is the author of Kosher Nation: Why More and More of America’s Food Answers to a Higher Authority. She will be blogging all week of the Jewish Book Council and My Jewish Learning’s Author Blog.

When I’m invited to a Shabbat or holiday meal in a Jewish home, I always bring kosher wine. Not just that, I try to make it Israeli.

It’s not because I keep …

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Quick and Easy to Make Hanukkah Dough Balls

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Celebrate Hanukkah with these special dough balls that your family is sure to enjoy. Serve it together with other traditional foods of the season like latkes, sufganiyot, blintzes and fritters. Here’s an easy to make Hanukkah dough ball recipe:

Prepare the following for this dough ball recipe: a cup of apple juice, four ounces of margarine, cooking oil for frying, one cup of …

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