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Make Your Own Croutons


It’s the first rainy day in a long time, and all I feel like doing is making soup and maybe some of these super easy super yummy croutons.

Candy Torah Scrolls

Looking for a way to keep your “little hands” busy before Simchat Torah or Shabbat? Ask your kids to make these “Torah Scrolls.” The “covers” can be decorated with sparkles or stickers. Better yet, your kids can turn these Torah treats into place-card holders – ask them to write each guest’s name on the outside, and maybe a sweet message on the inside.

Showing Appreciation this Sukkot

To me the holiday of Succot is all about appreciation. According to our Sages, eating in a Sukkah for 8 days demonstrates our faith in God and His benevolence. We show God that we are willing to leave the security of our homes and live under his protection. We let God know that we appreciate all He has done for us to sustain us everyday.


I stumbled upon this great website, www.talesofjewishsudan.com that offers beautiful insights, stories and recipes from the Jewish community in Sudan. With their permission, I’m sharing their recipe for shorek, a delicious cross between challah and brioche.

Surviving Yom Kippur with Young Kids at Home

25 hours may never seem so long! Juggling kids, prayer, and perhaps some self-reflection is pretty close to impossible. Here are some of our tried and true tips to surviving Yom Kippur. Please add your own tips below:

Hasselback Baked Apples

Just in time for Rosh HaShana, Cooking Light magazine offers up this delicious recipe. (It looks so good I may even make it tonight!)

Apple Caramel Fondue

This delicious snack will help get your kids ready to celebrate a sweet New Year!

TableTalk: Ki Tavo

In this week’s Parsha, Ki Tavo, we are given the text that the person bringing bikkurim, the first fruit, must recite. Read this recitation in Chapter 26 verses 3-10 and you will notice that it is a short history lesson. Why is this moment of offering first fruits, of all times, an appropriate time to be recounting history: how we got to Eretz Canaan and what we’ve been through as a people?

Parsha Craft: Shoftim. Handprint Trees

In this week’s parsha, Parshat Shoftim, we learn that during a war, it is prohibited to destroy any of the city’s fruit-bearing trees. Included in this commandment is the famous expression (Deut. 20:19) “Ki haadam etz hasadeh,” sometimes translated as “for the tree of the field is man’s life.”

TableTalk: Shoftim

At the end of this week’s parsha, we have a very intriguing mitzvah referred to as “eglah arufah,” a term which means “baby calf who is killed at the back of its neck.”