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sand animation

Sand Animation – Kseniya Simonova

I never expected a story animated in sand to so completely grab a hold of my emotions. I had never even heard of sand animation before watching “You are always nearby” by Kseniya Simonova. It is a powerful, captivating and mesmerizing story of a young couple who were separated by WWII. This sand animation is […]

Jewish Tombstone for Wordless Wednesday

A beautiful Jewish Tombstone This beautiful artwork is a photograph of a stunning Jewish Tombstone by photographer Terry Shuck. What an amazing piece of art, so different from traditional Star of David found on so typically on a Jewish Tombstone.  Who would have thought I would ever call a tombstone “beautiful.” Submitted for Wordless Wednesday.

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 […]

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, […]

Travel Destinations

Holocaust Memorial Berlin

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  stelae, arranged in a grid pattern on a sloping field. The stelae are 2.38 m by 0.95 m and vary […]

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 […]

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 […]

Chai on the street

Chai on the Street in Toledo Spain

As we travel, we encounter some interesting Jewish decor, like this tile containing a Chai on the street in Toledo Spain: We carry Lonely Planet Spain. Submitted for Wordless Wednesday.

Jewish Humor

Kosher Aprons

A Bit of Kosher Apron Humor – Kibitz Spot

Do real men wear aprons?  Sounds like I am starting a joke, but actually it is just a question.  Hubby just had a birthday and picked out his own gift – a shiny new stainless steel BBQ.  (We need the stainless as the last one rusted through – a small price to pay to see […]

coffee jokes

A Coffee Joke About a Man and Wife and a Cup of Coffee

Coffee Joke A man and his wife were having an argument about who should brew the coffee each morning. The wife said, “You should do it, because you get up first, and then we don’t have to wait as long to get our coffee”. The husband said, ” You are in charge of the cooking […]

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 […]

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?