Holiday Gifts for the Home: Judaica, Artwork, Books, and Other Ideas

A Children’s Menorah and Other Hanukkah Gift Ideas for Kids

The wonderment of Hanukkah shines through in the eyes of the young, as the candles light, the dreidels spin, and chocolate is shared. A children's menorah gives a sense of participation and is the … [Read More...]

Noah’s Ark Menorahs: Hanukkah Fun for Kids

The story of Noah's Ark is a classic. And while it's not actually related to Hanukkah, Noah's Ark Menorahs are adored by kids, both young and old. I think our girls were about 2 and 4 years old when … [Read More...]

Electric Menorah Makes Hanukkah Clean Up Easy

Stepping away from tradition, we have an electric menorah for Hanukkah this year. LEDs will count our eight-day celebration, rather than flame. At first, I wondered, will it be the same? The answer is … [Read More...]

Small and Portable: A Travel Menorah Makes A Great Gift

A travel menorah is small and compact. It is the perfect companion when traveling, or it makes the ideal gift for students and frequent travelers.  It can save the holiday. The festival of lights … [Read More...]

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Travel Destinations

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 … [Read More...]

Holocaust Memorial in Berlin

Titled the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin is one of the most powerful places we have been so far.   It is massive, covering 4.7 acres with 2,711 concrete … [Read More...]

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Lost Jewish Belief in the Healing Power of Crystals and Gemstones

I have always been puzzled by the sudden explosion of New Age retailers selling everything from Native American dream catchers to statues of the Buddha.  In particular, I was intrigued by the booming … [Read More...]

Interpreting Jewish Hieroglyphics (a joke)

Whether done by a scholar or a hieroglyphics translator, interpreting the ancient writing is a skill. Did each picture tell a story, or are multiple images actually the use of hieroglyphics in a … [Read More...]

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