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10 Days as a Stay at Home Dad

Rabbi Daniel Wolfe June 1, 2016

My wife recently returned from leading a ten day woman’s JWRP trip to Israel. I was left to tending to the house, my four delicious children, laundry, dirty dishes, dirty diapers, you name it.

Continue reading “10 Days as a Stay at Home Dad”

On Being a Pupil of Parenting

By Dr. Ali Hill May 24, 2016

As a PhD, I know all about studying. I’ve spent a good portion of my life learning, studying, taking tests, writing papers, and jumping through hoops to get to the next stage. This is a process I know well, a process with which I’m comfortable. Continue reading “On Being a Pupil of Parenting”

Following the Platinum Rule as a Parent

By Dr. Ali Hill May 11, 2016

Raise your hand if you’ve ever tried to help someone but inadvertently placed your desires on them instead.

As a parent, this happens all the time. That’s why I try so hard to keep the platinum rule in mind. Continue reading “Following the Platinum Rule as a Parent”

A Twist on a Classic Tale

Every once in a while, there is something that comes across our desks at MazelTot.org that is inspiring for both children and parents. When the Little Engine Couldn’t is a book that does this in a new creative way that will entertain children while also helping parents teach an important lesson. This book campaign was started by a local dad and co-founder of Ekar Farm, Ilan Salzberg, and his sister, Carmiella Salzberg. The book takes a new look at a classic children’s story and shows children that they actually can find and create what they want and need through things that are around them. Below is the description of the book from their Kickstarter campaign.

The chug, chug, chug, puff, puff, puff, ding-dong, ding-dong of the train didn’t come to the city that day. It didn’t come the next day either…. Continue reading “A Twist on a Classic Tale”

Bringing Meaning to Ancient Traditions

Lindsay Cutler April 19, 2016

“Where did you order your KFP (Kosher for Passover) nuts from?”

“Oh. I got a great deal online. What about your berries?”

“Where are you having first night’s Seder?”

“We are hosting 26 this year!”

“Say hello to a week of constipation!” Continue reading “Bringing Meaning to Ancient Traditions”

Brisket = Passover

Kelli Pfaff April 18, 2016

While my family relishes traditions that help us mark and commemorate each major Jewish and American holiday, Passover remains our collective family favorite. Continue reading “Brisket = Passover”

Seder Truffles

Batya Stepelman April 18, 2016

The Seder is held on the first two nights of Passover, which begins at sundown on the 14th day of Nisan, the 7th month of the lunar calendar. It marks the time when Jewish people around the world commemorate the emancipation of the ancient Hebrews from the bondages of slavery in Egypt, several thousand years ago. Continue reading “Seder Truffles”

The Secret Sauce

Natalie Boscoe April 18, 2016

One of my best friends in college was a fiery Persian Jew from Los Angeles; she reminded me of Princess Jasmine from Aladdin, if the princess had a potty mouth and wore less clothing. Continue reading “The Secret Sauce”

An Ode to Parsley

Talia Haykin, April 13, 2016

As a child, Passover was always a big affair. Growing up as the granddaughter, niece, and daughter of rabbis, we always hosted large Seders. Generally, the first night was the Seder at shul with the congregation and the second night was what we called “family Seder.” Continue reading “An Ode to Parsley”

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