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Challenging Times

As I write this article, an entire suburb north of NYC has been placed under a mandatory quarantine. They are contained, enforced by the National Guard. Food and medicine is being brought in. Our children aren’t immune to what they hear on the playground, overhear on the news, or pick up from adult discussions. Large gatherings have been canceled or ... Read More »

A Modern Seder

As we sit down to the seder this year, let us remember to talk about the Passover Seders we have had before. Let us share stories of our grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends and let us pay tribute to those who brought us to this place, but are no longer with us to share in the seder. It is ... Read More »

Celebrate Each Day!

“It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.” —Nelson Mandela Waking up every morning is cause for celebration! A brand new day, filled with sunshine (or inclement weather), food, human interaction and often, love. We are truly blessed to experience the beauty of each new day, to ... Read More »

Purim 101

There are four commandments to be fulfilled on Purim. These are in addition to the custom of disguising ourselves in costumes in commemoration of how G-d concealed himself when orchestrating the miracle of Purim (G-d’s name does not appear in Megillat Esther). The four commandments are: Reading the Megillah (Kriyat Megillah) On Purim, Jews gather to read the story of ... Read More »

Healthy Kids!

What’s for lunch? How can I encourage my child to eat more vegetables? Everything I buy is prepackaged with tons of sugar. What should I do? We all know how challenging it can be to develop a nutritional diet that works for children. Many families with busy lives face similar challenges and it has become too “easy and convenient” to ... Read More »

Tu B’Shevat Reading List

According to Jewish tradition, all trees share the same birthday on Tu B’Shevat. Although it’s a lesser known holiday, observance of Tu B’Shevat is growing due to the rising importance of Earth stewardship. Her are some suggestions of some great books to share with your family. Dear Tree Doba By Rivka Weber Recommended for ages 2 to 3 years Synopsis— ... Read More »

The History of Tu B’Shevat

In 2020, Tu B’Shevat falls on Sunset of Sunday, February 9 through Sunset of Monday, February 10. The letters of the word “Tu” are equivalent to the number 15, and Shevat is the name of a month in the Hebrew Calendar. So, Tu B’Shevat means the 15th day of Shevat. It usually falls in January or February in the secular ... Read More »

Saying “Goodbye”

My father Leonard (Lenny) Weinberger (89) had been in and out of the hospital over the past year for congestive heart failure. We got the call early Tuesday morning October 22. There is often a need to delay a U.S. funeral for arriving relatives from Israel due to the long travel time, but my father’s situation was an exception: He ... Read More »

Spark Some Memories

Growing up, our local fire department got to know our family well during Hanukkah: if it wasn’t a grease fire from splattering latke oil, it was our dog who went to fetch his new stuffed dreidel toy, knocking over the table full of menorahs causing the curtains to catch fire. Fortunately, no serious damage ever resulted from these incidents and ... Read More »

Barnyard Bubbe’s Hanukkah

Little ones will love the mystery, rhyme and repetition in Barnyard Bubbe’s Hanukkah, an entertaining read-aloud board book written by Joni Klein-Higger and Barbara Sharf with colorful and sweet illustrations by Monica Gutierrez (Kar-Ben Publishing; $5.99, Ages 1-4). Seven different farm animals show up on seven consequent nights knocking, tapping, rapping, swishing, thumping, rat tat tatting and scratching on Bubbe’s ... Read More »

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