Stories of the High Holidays

The Jewish high holidays are a great time to get together with family and friends to tell stories. There is a long tradition of storytelling in the Jewish faith, especially stories with morals or reminders of proper behavior. Spend the 10 days between Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement…
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Telling the Story of Passover

Passover is one of the most important Jewish holidays of the year—and it's definitely my favorite! I enjoy sharing the story of Passover because we are reminded that this is a holiday where questions and interruptions are encouraged. We meet four types of children—the wise, the troublesome, the simple and the child who does not…
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Happy Birthday, Trees!

As I look outside at all the snow covered trees, I am thinking about one of my favorite holidays, Tu B'Shevat, or birthday for the trees, which occurs tomorrow on the 15 of Shevat. Tu B'Shevat, a holiday celebrated in the Jewish religion, started as a way to track fruit for tax purposes, but has since…
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A Family Festival of Lights!

One of my favorite holiday traditions is sitting in front of a glowing menorah with friends and family during Hanukkah. We eat latkes until our stomachs are full of fried food. Then we play dreidel, betting chocolate in this simple top-spinning game and trying not to eat our winnings. These are all classic Hanukkah traditions…
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A Sweet New Year!

My favorite fall holiday is Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year. It’s filled with reflection, sounds of the shofar, planning for the new year and best of all, sweet foods for a sweet year. In my house we begin with a celebratory dinner that includes symbolic foods, like round challah, to celebrate the cycle of the year…
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