Get Nutty And Fruity On Tu B’Shevat

At Tu B’Shevat, the New Year of the trees, people eat fruit and nuts saved from Sukkot, the harvest season. These fruits also are often used for Purim pastries as well as haroset at Passover. Trees and crops are judged and blessed for a “fruitful” year. Some synagogues offer small packages of dried fruits and… Read More

Tu B’Shevat Tips

Put reminder signs up at every light switch: “Last one out…turn off the light!” You can save nine gallons of water every time you brush your teeth by turning off the faucet while brushing. Clean water is a vanishing precious resource. The average American consumes over one million gallons of water each year. Change some… Read More

A New Beginning: Simchat Torah

It’s time to march, cheer, act a little crazy, jump up and down—and it has nothing to do with sports. Simchat Torah marks our completion of the reading of the Torah, and this is indeed cause for celebration. So get ready for a night of singing and dancing. Please accept this invitation to the big… Read More

A Tale Of Two Holidays

Ask anyone Jewish to tell you about Chanukah and you’ll hear the whole story of Judah Maccabee and the oil and the miracle. No problem. Ask anyone Jewish to tell you about Pesach and you’ll hear all about the Jews leaving Egypt in a hurry and the matzoh and the plagues and the four sons… Read More

Make An Israeli Flag

Supplies: long cardboard roll large sheet of white paper blue crayon, marker, or paint scissors glue

Fun Ways To Celebrate

It’s traditional to make a flag for Simchat Torah, then wave it throughout the evening during the celebration. But instead of decorating your flag with the usual designs like Stars of David, why not create one that shows what about being Jewish is most important to you?

Making Flags For Simchat Torah

Make Simchat Torah flags for your children to march with in synagogue. You will need: felt glitter glue thin wooden sticks, or chopsticks if you have them.

Rejoicing In The Torah

Tishri 22, the day after the seventh day of Sukkot, is the holiday Shemini Atzeret. In Israel, Shemini Atzeret is also the holiday of Simchat Torah. Outside of Israel, where extra days of holidays are held, only the second day of Shemini Atzeret is Simchat Torah. These two holidays are commonly thought of as part… Read More

Voodoo Priest Halts Gaza War?

A voodoo priest in the African republic of Benin performed ritual sacrifices and offered prayers for an end to the conflict in Gaza, according to reports. High priest Dah Aligbonon slaughtered a rooster as an offering to the deities and ancestors, and cast cowry shells to divine the future at the peace ceremony held at… Read More

No Cake For Hitler

A New Jersey supermarket last month refused to print the full name of a 3-year-old boy named Adolf Hitler on a birthday cake. The boy’s parents, Heath and Deborah Campbell, are upset that a ShopRite would not print the name and are accusing the store of being intolerant, The Associated Press reported.