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  • Happy Thanksgiving 2015

    By Ilana Angel

    1 day ago

    Thanksgiving is a time to say thanks and be grateful for the blessings in our lives. It is a special holiday because we are all being grateful together and at the same time. Since this is my 49th Thanksgiving, I am going to share 49 things I am grateful for. In no particular order,...

  • How to avoid the Thanksgiving food coma?

    By Elana Horwich

    2 days ago

    Eating less is NOT the answer this chef will give you!

    Try these three tips, and they will totally change your holiday experience.

    1. My secret weapon: Digestive Enzymes. They support your belly’s digestion so you will feel less full and bloated, and will have more energy after...
  • Paleo Pecan Crust Sunshine Pumpkin Pie

    By Elana Horwich

    3 days ago

    Because it tastes like the sunshine.

    Your guests do not want to look at their watches waiting for the right moment to make a polite exit so they can go home and sleep away the culinary burden of the night. Lighten up the load. Add sunshine.

    A little labor intensive to use fresh...

  • Thanksgiving: Vegan and vegetarian dishes

    By Judy Zeidler

    3 days ago

    In some ways, I’m pretty traditional when it comes to my family’s Thanksgiving Day meal: I like to plan a lot of old-fashioned farmhouse food for the holiday. 

    Who doesn’t enjoy a handsome bronzed turkey with lots of stuffing, an appealing array of relishes and a lavish dessert...

  • The 24-Hour Girlfriend Getaway

    By Ilana Angel

    3 weeks ago

    I write about everything going on in my life. I share the good, bad, sad, funny, beautiful, and ugly. It is my job, my therapy, my legacy, and a pleasure. I love this job and I am honored and humbled so many come here to read what is going on with me. From my love life, to...

  • Confessions of a Jewish Atheist

    By Mindy Leaf

    July 6, 2015 | 11:45 am

    We were seated at a round table at our local Jewish Community Center, awaiting our tax-dollar-funded senior meal, when the man at my left began a conversation (or, shall I say, confrontation). "You know, the first monotheist wasn't Jewish," he bellowed. "He was an Egyptian king who...

  • Shavuot: Bridging the Unbridgeable Chasm

    May 15, 2015 | 12:28 pm

    Shavuot is a short holiday – one day in Israel, two in the Diaspora. There is no special mitzvah connected to it. And, at least in theory, it has no fixed date. Shavuot is completely dependent on Passover, which precedes it, and is celebrated only after the counting of seven weeks....

  • My Passover Prayer

    By Ilana Angel

    April 3, 2015 | 7:38 am

    I wish you all a very Happy Passover. May you have peace, health, and joy today and always. Passover is a time for family and since I am unable to be with my family in Canada this year, I have spent two days cooking all my mother’s holiday dishes and now my home smells as if she is...

  • Decoration Expiration

    By Deena F. Greenberg

    December 14, 2014 | 11:42 pm

    I don’t put up many holiday decorations myself, but I appreciate it when others do. At this point, I know which houses in my neighborhood are going to have witches and pumpkins up in October and shamrocks and leprechauns up in March. I can almost use their displays like calendars....

  • The magic of the Jewish holiday season!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 23, 2014 | 8:37 am

    Israel is a Jewish and Democratic state. Most of the year, this definition is complicated and disrupting, but during a few weeks every year – it is beautifully simple and unifying all religious streams on the Judaism scale. It happens during the Hebrew month of Tishrei, when we...

  • Capturing the Israeli summer holidays

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 11, 2014 | 9:54 am

    This past month, we celebrated three major Israeli holidays: Israel's 66th Independence Day, Lag Ba'Omer and Shavu'ot.

    Lag Ba'Omer is a Jewish holiday celebrated on the thirty-third day of the counting of the Omer (six weeks from Passover to Shavu'ot.) For most of us secular...

  • Celebrating Shavuot, partying with The Rolling Stones and more…This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 9, 2014 | 8:20 am

    Celebrating Shavuot at the Kibbutz

    Last week, we celebrated the Jewish holiday of Shavuot. It is celebrated on the sixth day of the Hebrew month of Sivan, and it marks the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai. It marks the conclusion of the Counting of the Omer, seven weekd from...

  • Mulled Spiced Pears [Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    December 23, 2013 | 9:00 am

    Making desserts has gotten a bad rap. We are convinced it will be a lengthy process that requires flour getting all over the kitchen and some type of custard that requires needle-point precision. But who cares about that when desserts scream out the “f-word” -fattening- so loud...

  • Santa, the Easter bunny and raising a Jewish child

    December 19, 2013 | 1:30 pm

    Last spring, I found myself averting my eyes when my 4-year-old mentioned something about the Easter bunny in front of my dad.

    We were at my parents’ home in Michigan for Passover and my son said, “When I get back to Brooklyn, the Easter bunny is going to bring me a basket!”


  • Modeh Ani, connecting thanksgiving and light

    November 25, 2013 | 4:59 pm

    When people ask me to describe the God I believe in, I often start by using the image of a flame. We are taught that each of us has a divine spark within us. That divine spark at times burns brightly, often in the moments of our lives when we find ourselves in balance and in tune...

  • Holiday preview calendar

    By Laura Donney

    November 25, 2013 | 4:34 pm

    MON | DEC 2

    HA HA Hanukkah

    If you like to laugh and hear happy Chanukah songs, then this is the show for you. It will be a special night of funny people, including Stephanie Blum, Jimmy Brogan and Mark Schiff. Hosted by Kenny Ellis, who has long made it a mission to marry the...

  • Chanukah: Filling our lives with an ancient light

    November 22, 2013 | 1:57 pm

    When we are children, Chanukah often seems the most important holiday -- after all, we get gifts and chocolate coins.  As adults, we learn that Chanukah commemorates a military victory as well as the miracle of the everlasting oil, and that it signifies our commitment to filling...

  • Chill Out, It’s Just A Dinner Party

    By Elana Horwich

    October 17, 2013 | 9:00 am

    The notion that one person, usually a woman, is responsible from start to finish for a perfect dinner party performance plagues my students with worry. Many cook really well but are too scared to have anyone over to eat! They fret: How can I make sure the dinner party will be...

  • Time to shop for Thanksgivukkah

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    October 2, 2013 | 4:57 pm

    Now that the parade of Jewish holidays has passed, it’s time to start planning for the impending arrival of an unprecedented hybrid: “Thanksgivukah” is coming! 

    This year, the first day — and the second night — of Chanukah falls on Nov. 28, which also happens to be Thanksgiving....

  • Making the sukkah beautiful

    September 17, 2013 | 3:26 pm

    I built my first sukkah three years ago. It was your typical sukkah in a kit — a metal pole and tarp structure, stark white and generic. As I decorated it, I realized that no matter how many plastic fruits and vegetables I hung from the sides and ceiling, they seemed to get lost in...

  • Rosh Hashannah dinner challenge

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 4, 2013 | 11:42 am

    Rosh Hashana, my favorite holiday! It is a time of relaxation, listening to classic holiday songs on the radio, enjoying beautiful weather and spending quality family time. The only question is, what family? This complicated political question has been in peoples’ minds for...

  • Summer Vacation, Motherhood & Anxiety

    By Ilana Angel

    July 29, 2013 | 7:05 am

    Summer vacation is a stressful time in terms of motherhood.  My son is home, which is wonderful, but there is a certain amount of anxiety that comes with summer.  He is home everyday, hanging with his friends everyday, and needing money everyday.  A 17 year old kid with a car is an...

  • Save the self-pity, choices abound for Passover meals

    March 26, 2013 | 11:44 am

    For the many who feel overwhelmed by Passover because of the demands of cooking without leaven, a word or two: That should not be an obstacle.

    After all, on this most celebrated of Jewish holidays, we are allowed to eat fish, meat, poultry, eggs, nuts, fruits, most vegetables and...

  • Purim in Israel [SLIDESHOW]

    By JewishJournal

    February 22, 2013 | 10:10 am

    Israelis celebrate Purim in full costume throughout Israel. 


  • Feb. 23-Mar. 1

    By Ryan Torok

    February 20, 2013 | 8:13 am

    SAT FEB 23

    PURIM (Saturday through March 3)

    From the San Fernando Valley to Hollywood, West Los Angeles to the Eastside, synagogues and organizations celebrate one of the year’s liveliest holidays, which begins Saturday night. Highlights include Nashuva’s megillah rock...

  • Purim: Beyond the playfulness, a time for examination

    February 15, 2013 | 2:13 pm

    The central character of Purim is Esther, whose name means hidden. The story is full of things hidden, and waiting for the right time to be revealed. Vashti refuses to expose her sexuality to the drunken men of the King’s court, and chooses instead to be hidden. Esther hides her...

  • Not feeling the candy hearts and kitsch? How to turn around 50 shades of abysmal gray

    February 14, 2013 | 3:24 pm

    It’s that time of year ... chocolates, flowers, jewelry. Sappy advertisements and red and pink store displays. There are reminders everywhere. It’s Valentine’s Day.

    Sure, it’s a bit commercial (understatement) but it’s all good. We know that. It’s beautiful to celebrate love.

  • Megillat Esther — The book of the exile

    February 12, 2013 | 2:01 pm

    Purim is an extraordinary festival in the Jewish calendar.  It can be distinguished from all the other festivals by the character that it was granted in later generations, but mainly by its most primary source -  Megillat Esther itself.

    The different nature of the Purim customs...

  • A Purim directive: Laugh it up!

    February 11, 2013 | 11:30 am

    Little kids will laugh at anything. The simplest knock-knock joke or a tickle fest -- even the threat of one -- can so easily end in hysterics. They laugh because they are surprised by something unexpected in a world they are constantly discovering.

    If only that kind of laughter...

  • London Report Part 1

    By Ilana Angel

    December 26, 2012 | 5:31 pm

    After three months of talking, writing, and dreaming about it, we are finally in London.  After nine months of dating, with never more than three consecutive nights together, the Englishman and I will be spending the next two weeks together.  After almost seventeen years of my son...

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