Shabbat with the Kiddos

I posted before about wanting to do Shabbat more often and have been more-or-less successful at doing that, especially for the past few weeks. My older children seem to enjoy it, despite it being foreign to them. I'm suprised at how easily they have embraced Shabbat traditions. It's been harder for me to get in the routine than for them, really. But they love it - special plates and a special dinner, lots of bread, usually some desserts, lighting the candles and praying over the wine (or grape … [Read more...]

….But You Eat Ham, Right?

So, my mom called me the other day. The conversation unfolded like this:Mom: "Hey, I have a question for you.""Okay.""Do you eat ham? "My mind immediately jumped to my inner desire to go vegan. How'd she know? I backtracked...better ask why.Me: "Um yeah, I eat ham. The kids like it too.....why?""Oh, we were trying to decide between ham and turkey for Christmas and since you were converting to Judaism we wondered if you were eating ham."...aha. So we went from not talking about … [Read more...]

Five Ways to Celebrate Thanksgivukkah

Image sourced from thisreidwrites 2013 is a pretty special year when it comes to kicking off the winter sprint of American holidays, because this year Thanksgiving and the start of Hanukkah occur on the same day. It's being dubbed everything from "Thanksgivingukkah" to "Thanksgivukkah". I prefer the latter, but I've seen it all.ThanksgivingThanksgiving is annually celebrated by Americans on the fourth Thursday of November. Its status as a national holiday did not occur until … [Read more...]

How Elmo is Helping Me Convert to Judaism

Once upon a time when it was way too late for 18 month-olds to be awake, my son sang gleefully from beneath the covers. "Elmo's world!" he said as he tapped my phone with fingernail. His feet kicked happily.You see, he's become quite attached to the show since he discovered it on Netflix. Since then, it's been the go-to show alongside a few other PBS favorites (Dinosaur Train, better known as "Grr! Roar!" to my toddler, is one such show) when we need a safe distraction for our rambunctious to … [Read more...]