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

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 […]

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.

Chocolate Toffee matzo recipe

Chocolate Toffee Matzo Recipe

A chocolate toffee matzo recipe that is simple and delicious – what a special Passover treat! Especially for me, a believer that everything tastes better covered in chocolate. Matzo is no exception. Chocolate Toffee Matzo Recipe Contributed by Jennifer Hazen Ingredients 1 box matzo (15 pieces) 1 cup (2 sticks) butter (for Parve, use margarine) […]

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

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 […]

Hebrew Carved On Barcelona Walls

Why Are Letters in Hebrew Carved Into Barcelona City Walls?

On first glance, the stones walls around the main courtyard in the medieval Jewish Quarter of Barcelona look similar to any other stone wall. Close inspection (pointed out by our guide) shows that some of the stones have letters in Hebrew carved into them. Once pointed out, it is quite easy to spot the Hebrew carved in […]

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 […]

Jerusalem synagogue in Prague

Jerusalem Synagogue Is Outside Prague’s Jewish Quarter

As you walk down the narrow Jerusalem Street approaching Jubilee Synagogue (often called Jerusalem Synagogue) you are suddenly struck by her beauty.  Approaching from the side, she is just another unassuming building, but from face on, a vision with a middle eastern flair. Although outside of the old Jewish Quarter, Jerusalem Synagogue is Prague’s largest. First […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Jewish Guilt Will Get You Everywhere

An elderly Jewish man in Miami calls his son in New York and says, “I hate to ruin your day, but I have to tell you that your mother and I are divorcing; forty-five years of misery is enough.” “Pop, what are you talking about?” the son screams. “We can’t stand the sight of each […]