Judaica For Home and Body (Artwork, books, recipes and more)

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Tradition (an Original Painting)

TRADITION is an original painting by Claudia Ravel.  Not a traditional look, but certainly a traditional activity.  I really like it, how about you? Submitted for Wordless Wednesday.

matzo ball recipe

My Favorite Matzo Ball Recipe

It was always an on-going debate, what makes the perfect matzo ball recipe?  Should the balls be small and hard, or big, soft and fluffy? Personally, I like them soft, the way my grandmother used to make them. Her chicken soup was also perfect.  And her secret recipe, well sadly it remained a secret.  We […]

bagel recipe

Our Boiled Bagel Recipe

Do you know what makes a great bagel? It’s boiling A great bagel is boiled before it is baked, and after several revisions, I believe we have perfected a boiled bagel recipe. I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and people there knew how to make bagels.  Now I live in New Zealand. I […]

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Hamsa (Hand of God) for Peace and Protection

Hamsa, the hand of God, sometimes thought of as the Hand of Miriam, is one of my favorite symbols. Thought of as a symbol of protection, it is popular in both the Jewish and Islamic religions. It is an commonly seen as an amulet shaped like a hand, frequently worn on a chain as a necklace. Hand […]

Travel Destinations

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The Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, Czech Republic

It is estimated that the Old Jewish cemetery in Prague has 12,000 visible tombstones, with up to 100,000 burials. The cemetery was active from the early 1400s until 1787. It is sobering and surreal at the same time. It is quiet. People walk around in wonder, and respect. The small space was all that was […]

Star of David

Do You See a Repeating Star of David in this Floor in Spain?

Sometimes I see patterns that others don’t. When I look at this courtyard tile mosaic in Alcazar of Seville Spain,  I see a repeating Star of David. I wonder what was on the mind of the tilers when they laid the floor. Was it the pattern they intended for me to see, or is simply […]

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Inside a Jewish Synagogue in Marrakesh Morocco

Last week when I featured the Sukkah in Marrakesh you asked for more.  The Sukkah was in this courtyard just outside of a small Jewish synagogue in Marrakesh.  The curtains surrounding much of the courtyard offer some privacy for the Jewish people who live in this tiny, close knit community.  From the main road, there was […]

Beit Shemesh Women’s Flashmob

Beit Shemesh Womens Flashmob in Israel

This Beit Shemesh womens flashmob took place on the morning of Jan 6th, 2012. Approximately 250 women, all residents of Beit Shemesh came together in this mass public dance in the city square as a from of protest and to raise awareness against the exclusion of women from the public domain. The Beit Shemesh women’s […]

Jewish Humor

Jewish Hieroglyphics

Jewish Hieroglyphics (a joke)

Written across the wall of the cave were the following hieroglyphics symbols: It was considered a unique find and the writings were said to be at least 3000 years old! The piece of stone was removed, brought to the museum, and archaeologists from around the world came to study the ancient symbols. They held a […]

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Things a Jewish Mother Would Never Say

Things A Jewish Mother Would Never Say “Aw, just turn these undies inside out. No one will ever know.” “I don’t have a tissue with me — just use your sleeve.” “Well, if Timmy’s Mom says it’s okay, that’s good enough for me.” “Of course you should walk to school and back. What’s the big […]

Sayings of the Yiddish Buddha

Sayings of the Yiddish Buddha

Just for fun, if the were a Yiddish Buddha, he just might say these things . . . Sayings of the Yiddish Buddha If there is no self, whose arthritis is this? Be here now. Be someplace else later. Is that so complicated? Drink tea and nourish life; with the first sip, joy; with the […]

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A Joke About a School Play

A little Jewish boy excitedly came home from school and told his mother that he won a part in the school play. The Mother, pleased with her son’s enthusiasm asked, “What part will you play, Saul?” Saul responded, “I shall be the Jewish husband.” The mother replied, “Well, you go right back to that teacher […]