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.
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
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
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
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
Shabbat in Hebrew or the Sabbath in English is the seventh day of the Jewish week and a day of rest in Judaism. Shabbat is observed from sunset on Friday night until Saturday night. It is a festive day free of labors of everyday life and is a time to contemplate the spiritual aspects of life and spend time with family.
Many activities are prohibited on Shabbat according to halakha (Jewish law). They are mostly activities that are creative or that exercise control over one's environment....more