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

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 […]

Judaism for Dummies

Actually, It’s a Book for Smart People: Judaism for Dummies

I am no dummy!  Yet, I love this book. Judaism For Dummies is fun and loaded with interesting, amusing and focused information on what it means to be a Jew. I will admit when I first opened the package and saw that my father had sent me a book entitled Judaism For Dummies, I was a […]

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Moses and the Ten Commandments

This is an 1844 print featuring Moses and the Ten Commandments. I am always impressed by artists who can draw like this.  Happy Wordless Wednesday! 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 […]

Travel Destinations

Old synagague in auckland

Discovering an Old Synagogue in Auckland New Zealand

I was surprised last week to see this “Old Synagogue” sign on one of the campus buildings at Auckland University.  (Surprised because I live here in Auckland and didn’t know that an older Synagogue existed before walking by and seeing it.) Here is the building, now the University House of Auckland University.  You can see the […]

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 […]

Marrakesh synaguage wall

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 […]

Mezuzah in Morocco

Mezuzah in Marrakesh Morocco

A Mezuzah in Morocco.  It’s not really as random as it sounds.  I took this shot just outside a synagogue in Marrakesh, Morocco. A mezuzah is a piece of parchment (often contained in a decorative case) inscribed with specified Hebrew verses from the Torah, and often hung at the door of Jewish family. Mezuzah in […]

Jewish Humor

funny hanukkah pictures

Hanukkah Zebra or Photoshop Zebra Strips

Have you ever seen a Hanukkah Zebra? The real question is has anyone? Is this a naturally occurring rare Hanukkah Zebra, or simply a Photoshop creation? Still want more? Check out The Big Book of Jewish Humor. What do you think – Hanukkah zebra or a bit of zebra photo editing?

School play joke

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 […]

How the JNF Robbed Me Of My Birthday Presents

A guest post by Darren Stein A few weeks ago I gave a presentation to the Sydney chapter of the Bnei Brith Society on the subject of Doomsday Cults.  In gratitude, they presented me with a certificate from the Jewish National Fund (JNF), indicating that they had donated two trees to this environmental agency in […]

mohels

A Bit of Mohels Humor: The Bris Anthem

The topic of male circumcision is serious, however this group found a fun and humorous way to express their views. Let’s call it a bit of Mohels humor that is too funny not to share. It’s a parody of Royals, the hit by New Zealand superstar teen Lorde. Mohels by Kol Ish (The Bris Anthem) […]