We are pet sitting for my sister in law and we found out that her puppy is confused by dreidels!
Christmas may be the most beautiful and festive holiday ever. It is impossible to deny that there is something special in the air. Every store, park… public place is gleamy with the spirit and glow of the holiday. So… why can’t Jews just get off their high horse and celebrate Christmas? Good question. This was the very question my Christmas-celebrating mother asked me over the phone only a few days ago. My only reply to her is that I thought about it and once you think about it, Jews can’t really celebrate the birth of Jesus. It is a beautiful holiday if you are Christian or even nonreligious, but for a Jew, I feel that something contradicts. That does not mean however that I can’t appreciate the fun and festivities, I just don’t really PARTAKE myself… And it certainly doesn’t mean I can’t post adorable vintage Santa pictures =) Enjoy.
B”H this was an amazing year. We were able to buy our first house–an adorable one story, 4 bedrooms, and an amazing backyard. As we were touring our soon-to-be home, all I could think of was…I AM GOING TO GET A SUKKAH THIS YEAR! So, here we are, right before the holiday and it’s time to get started.
Originally, my husband and I thought we would buy fence pieces and just nail them together… But then we remembered that we don’t have a truck to get these things home. Plus, it’s a lot of work! So we continued our search through lowes and came across these popup gazebos:
So our idea became, make the gazebo, and take the top off. Then, we’ll get bamboo mats to make the s’chach (roof). The s’chach needs to be made of natural, organic materials. Stay tuned for the finished product!
Do you ever wonder how religious families afford such large seforim? Me too! Many religious families have HUGE Jewish book collections. They must spend thousands of dollars on books. I have been slowly making a collection searching on amazon and ebay for used Jewish books and sometimes I get a great deal and other times I can’t find anything. I recently found a website that looks like they have a large collection of great orthodox Jewish books for cheap. They don’t seem to have everything but you might find some really interesting things if you do some searching on their site. Let me know if you find anything good! http://www.jewishusedbooks.com/