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Passover 2018

  Preparing Peacefully for a Panic-Free Passover Together, we are going into the preparations for Pesach with joyful determination, meaningful mindfulness, and the happy hum of organized, purposeful Passover preparations. Really. Over the next few blog posts I'll be sharing Passover Tips & Tricks, Meditations for those overwhelming moments, and Pesach Checklists galore. I wouldn't call myself a maven.I'm not the best balabusta. But, hey! You know me.I take really good notes.And I've asked the wise and wonderful Jewish women of Facebook to share their best Passover tips, tricks and EASY recipes with us.  I've put all of the lists into a convenient e-book that you can easily download and print, along with a bonus Passover shopping list you'll want...

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What's the Secret of Oy to Joy? [Soul Tips]

Greetings & Blessings My Friend!​​​​​​​  There’s a game my little grandson Tuvya loves to play. It goes like this: I hug him really close and kiss him a gazillion times. Then with my hands underneath him, fully supporting him, I pretend to drop him. Oh, does he giggle! He loves it. Then, up for a big hug and more kisses… And then – whoops! Down he goes with more giggles. Then up again for more kisses. Have you ever played this game with a toddler?   Why do they love this game so much? Why aren’t they scared when we pretend to drop them? Why do they enjoy the "joy to oy" experience so gleefully? They know that our loving hands...

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Shabbat Chazon - The Sabbath of Vision Before Tisha B'Av

Greetings & Blessings! Have you ever had a goal, maybe a project or a change you wanted to make, that seems endlessly beyond reach? You work on it and work on it. You think you’re getting closer. Then another year goes by and it’s still not done?! Yeah. Me, too. I’ll tell you more about that below (That’s why I asked for your encouragement!). And it’s not only you and me. It looks like G-d also has an unfinished project that seems like it’s going on forever (at least from our perspective). It’s rebuilding His home in this world. This Shabbat is the Shabbat before Tisha B’Av, the 9th day of the Hebrew month of Menachem Av [The fast day of Tisha B’Av,...

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The New Month of Menachem Av - Is Something Troubling You?

  Greetings & Blessings! Can you imagine what it would be like to be homeless?Today is Rosh Chodesh Menachem-Av. This month brings with it a deep sadness for our broken world and the things we lack – especially our Holy Temple, the Bais Hamikdash, that is G-d's home in this world. Imagine - the Master of the Universe, Who is everything, and has everything, is homeless in our world! Do you know why G-d even created this world? To build a home here – and now it's smashed in ruins!Have you ever wondered why the chassan, (groom) smashes the glass at the end of the Jewish wedding ceremony? As our holy sages teach us, even in the midst of our greatest...

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Moshiach Seudah - The Feast of Liberation

  Greetings & Blessings! This morning, just before I woke up I had a wonderful dream that I wanted to share with you. I dreamed that it was the last day of Passover. We were sitting down at the last meal, the special Feast of Moshiach (the Jewish leader who will redeem Israel in the End of Days), eating matzah, drinking the four cups of wine, telling stories and singing. Suddenly, we heard the great shofar that signals the arrival of Moshiach! We ran out to the street - everyone ran out of their homes - and that's when I woke up. It felt like a true dream - you know, the kind that will really happen - may it be so! Moshiach's Seudah...

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