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

Yiddish with Dick and Jane

Yiddish with Dick and Jane

See Jane schlep. . . Schlep, Jane. Schlep. Do you remember Dick and Jane? This version with a Yiddish twist is hilarious (and made for adults). I learned to read with the original. It was a long time ago, but I still remember: See Dick. . .See Dick Run . . .Run Dick Run Really, […]

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 […]

Do It Yourself: Canning Kosher Foods

Guest post by Jessica Wiener. DIY Canning Kosher Foods Whether you’re a seasoned or novice home canner, you love making treats for yourself, your family and your friends. Home canning is especially handy during the holiday season. But when giving edible gifts, you need to be aware of dietary restrictions. Make sure you have special jar […]

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 […]

Travel Destinations

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 […]

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 Refugee Museum

Jewish Refugee Museum in Shanghai China

Today we visited a powerful museum – the Jewish Refugee Museum of Shanghai, China. While much of the world turned a blind eye, Shanghai offered refuge to the Jewish people during WWII, saving about 23,000 Jewish people. A quick bit of history as posted on the walls of the museum: 1933: The Nazis came to […]

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 […]

Jewish Humor

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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) […]

Two Funny Hanukkah Jokes and a Great Quote

Two quick Hanukkah jokes for Silly Sunday and a great Quote from Golda Meir: Denominations A woman goes to the post office to buy stamps for her Hanukkah cards. She says to the clerk, “May I have 50 Hanukkah stamps?” The clerk says, “What denomination?” The woman says, “Oh my God. Has it come to […]

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 […]

Jewish mother

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 […]