Tag Archives: Kiddish

LOVE AND HAPPINESS

When I peek back at my Jewish memories, I see candles, smell chicken soup, taste brisket, crave challah, laugh with my cousins, drink grape juice, eat kugel, and surround myself in love and happiness.   As my mom and bubbe lit candles, my heart would swell, the warm light would usher in the peace of Shabbat. We sat, we washed, ... Read More »

ROCKIN’ JUMP

When it comes to finding a place where all types of people can go to for fun, Rockin’ Jump should be at the top of everyone’s list. Located in Santa Ana, Calif, Rockin’ Jump is an indoor trampoline park that is 25,000 square feet and has been part of the community since 2015. Everything about Rockin’ Jump is hygienic, exciting ... Read More »

Celebrate Shabbat Together

The High Holidays, Thanksgiving and Chanukah are over. Tu B’Shvat, Purim, Passover and Shavuot are not quite yet here. What’s a Jew to do during this interim time when there are no holidays looming? The answer is quite clear—celebrate Shabbat! There is no better way to bring you back into the folds of Judaism, to spend time together with your ... Read More »

Be a Light

Be a light unto the nations.” —Isaiah When a child sees the parent and runs into her arms with the biggest smile on his face, the child’s unmitigated happiness and the parent’s full heart shines a light unto the nations. When a relative from another country comes to visit, walks through customs and up the ramp to see you waiting ... Read More »

Lessons in Chill

So often we verbalize our frustration at the little inconveniences that life brings us. The car who cut us off while merging into the next lane, the lady who is in front of us at the grocery store with an overflowing cart, the customer service rep who needs to pass you on to his supervisor. Our children witness our frustration ... Read More »

Coming Down the Mountain

It comes to reaching the top of Masada, the ancient remains of King Herod’s fortress built in 30 BC on a plateau overlooking the Dead Sea, you are either among the “trammers” or the ‘“climbers.” The trammers pay to take the enjoyable cable-car. It’s a 2:23 minute relaxing ride up. The climbers are the ones who take the Snake Path ... Read More »

ROSH HASHANAH

“WHEN I WAS a kid, that phrase was my older brother’s sneaky way of securing his place as the coin-flipping champion. After months of never winning, I involuntarily secured my place as the coin-flipping loser. Until…. One day, I took the time to think about the meaning of my brother’s phrase. Then, I realized with satisfaction that I had not ... Read More »

GUARDIANS OF THE EARTH

WOW! IT’S ALREADY Rosh Hashana. Another start to a fresh new year. Really? How can it be? It’s still so hot. In fact, it continues to feel like summer. Don’t the High Holidays normally come in the Fall? In Bereishit, Genesis, The Torah tells us that, “The Lord took man and put him in the Garden of Eden, to tend ... Read More »

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