Sukkot junior.

Sukkot was fun as a kid, and then it was kinda ok, and then it was fun again with kids. The end. Good job, Bob. Inspection. Self control not to take a bite. Decor'd.

Like the Rabbanut… on Facebook.

A couple months ago, out in Jerusalem, we noticed that kashrut certificates for restaurants seem to have been updated: Hmmm... I didn't even see it at first, but that ubiquitous blue F doesn't stay out of your eyesight for too long. The Jerusalem Rabbanut on Facebook - how kosher can that be? So - would... Continue Reading →

Where I am religiously. Part 2.

So - did you smile? I guess I'm feeling a bit philosophical lately because today alone I managed to get myself into a gun control debate that, ahem, triggered... well... no resolutions for me... as well as a different thread about religious observance, pride, and - yeah - Rashi. Basically, a friend posted the above... Continue Reading →

We’ll always have Jew York…

A new study's findings on the Jewish demographic(s) in New York City is challenging some long-held assumptions/notions regarding... Jews in New York. Specifically: "The study... challenges the entrenched image of Jews as liberal, affluent and well educated. Over the last decade wealthy, Ivy League graduates like those on the Upper West Side have increasingly lost population share... Continue Reading →

Big boy bash, minus hair-band.

Upsherin. Chalaka. Laziness. Whatever you call the tradition of letting a Jewish boy's hair grow till he's three years old, well, we did it. I'm not sure why, to be honest, but here we are one month shy of Koala's third birthday. Because it falls out at a time when (traditionally) we don't cut hair,... Continue Reading →

Segulah this.

Shared with me by an old colleague, I thought it timely to post now after yesterday's  religion rambles and rants. Definition of segulah ranges from folk remedy to supernatural cure. Best Time Tested Segulos Segulah for recovery from illness: Go to a doctor (Berachot 60a, Bava Kamma 46b) Segulah for longevity: Lead a healthy lifestyle (Rambam, Deos... Continue Reading →

Orthodox Jewish dating gone raw.

There's been heightened talk in the last year or so about how the dating practices of Orthodox Jews (not modern Orthodox) - shidduchim, or matchmaking - have gone awry. Connected to that is the issue of hyper-modesty, which has certainly been a volatile topic in the last year and decade, in Israel and outside. The... Continue Reading →

The rain was worth it.

In honor of Tu B'shvat and an actual sunny day, we took a lil stroll in our backyard, the (now green) woodsy hills around Nes Harim. See how green the grass is? Mashiv HaRuach U'Morid HaGeshem. 

I ate the carob.

Remember going to Jewish day school in the States? Remember Tu B'Shvat back then? You were kinda like, wtf is this? But we get to draw trees and make tissue paper flowers, ok. We sing happy birthday to nature and best of all, we get to take home a lil plastic baggie of dried fruit.... Continue Reading →

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