Being Jewish in December

I took my youngest, G, to the doctor today, dragging almost-four-year-old S along for the ride. The doctor was trying to engage S by asking him if he's made his list for Santa yet. S didn't seem to know what the doctor was asking, but he also didn't know what to say in response. I quickly jumped in and told the doctor that S's birthday is coming up, which prompted the doctor, who apparently also has a December birthday, to commiserate about getting only half the gifts, because you get combined birthday and Christmas gifts....more

Holiday Noshing With Gluten Free Canteen

The holiest days of the Jewish calendar year, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, are just around the corner. Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins September 16, and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, begins September 25. Though Yom Kippur is a time of fasting and reflection, Rosh Hashanah is a time to celebrate with a warm and wonderful holiday meal. ...more
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A Personal Recipe For Yourself on the Jewish New Year

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A Fabulous Minute Steak Recipe for the Jewish High Holidays

When making our Rosh Hashanah menus, it's easy to get overwhelmed by the thousands of kosher recipes on many other sites. Here at The Jewish Hostess, I really try to sort through all of the wonderful kosher Jewish holiday recipes out there, and I try to publish the ones that I would make for my own holiday dinners. This minute steak recipe is delicious and takes about 15 minutes to prepare. It's a no brainer....more

Being the Only Jewish Kid in Your Class

I grew up going to public school, but where I lived, there was a large enough Jewish population that we didn't feel totally excluded. People knew what Jews were and what we believed (roughly), and we got the first day of Rosh Hashanah and the day of Yom Kippur as official school holidays, and Hannukah and Passover were included in the school curriculum alongside Christmas and Easter. Roughly. I grew up assuming that that was my lot in life, to be the "other" religion that has holidays around the same time, and isn't it great that everyone gets a day off while I sit in synagogue?...more
@BlogHerMoms having just moved from Hollywood to a suburb we are in a bit of culture shock. I ...more

THE JEWISH WOMAN’S GUIDE TO MAINTAINING SANITY ON PASSOVER

http://thejewishhostess.com      Dear Hostesses,Meet Alice Chera, a very talented and inspirational woman in our community. This post isperfect timing as the pressure mounts to the PASSOVER COUNTDOWN! Sit back, take a deep breath, and absorb Alice’s valuable advice to surviving a daunting holiday that looms ahead….. Marlene...more

Queen Esther's Metallic Touch- Inspiration For Your Purim Table

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How I Set My Purim Feast Table On a Budget

Hi! My name is Marlene Mamiye from The Jewish Hostess and I would like to share with you a little about my Purim table setting preparations from Purim 2011. First, a little Purim history.......more

Actual J-Date E-Mails... OY!

 These are J-Date e-mails that I received when I was on the site, looking for a man. To amuse myself, I commented on the e-mails, but I never sent them....more

Virtual Reality

I don’t love exercise, but I accept the fact that it’s good for me, for all of us.  Especially for us over-40 people.  Not only does it help us control our weight and tone our body, exercise gets that heart pumping and makes us sweat out all that cholesterol, or something like that.  Actually, I read recently that hard core exercise that elevates our body temperature may help to ‘melt’ the plaque in the brain that causes Alzheimer’s Disease.  I’m all about that (my mom had Alzheimer’s), so I exercise.  But, I still h...more