Open your lunch box. Peek inside. Surprise! Mom scribbled you a note and drew you a little picture showing you she cares.
When you clean your house for Pesach, don't forget your drawer full of makeup. Yes, makeup. Your lipstick, lip gloss, foundation and eye shadow may contain wheat and oats that some rabbis say you need to stash away with the rest of your unleavened food products.
In biblical times, long stalks of barley and lush fields of green garlic signaled that Passover was near. The holiday's food was a reflection of the harvest.
In today's industrialized society, where our foods are imported from around the world, seasons and their unique foods often have become meaningless.
What do you get the person who has everything? There is always someone on your list that gives you a hard time, the person who would appreciate something more creative and less generic. The chocolate gift baskets are too businessy and the gift certificate is too impersonal. So what to do? Get the gift that screams Jewish festivity and thoughtfulness; the gift that is kitchy, creative and will surely be a conversation piece at your Chanukah celebration.
Sitting behind a crocheted curtain, I desperately tried to peer through the tiny holes to get a glimpse of the action on the men's side.
Finally, I gave up, and pushed the curtain aside, and saw our chazan auctioning off portions of the services.