Mishlei (Proverbs) 31 is a fixture of our Erev Shabbat services. Placed in the midst of the songs and prayers of the evening, Eishet Ḥayil is a beautiful interlude during which men sing to their wives, declaring her before all present as precious, industrious, respected, virtuous, righteous, and praiseworthy. To truly understand all the implications … Continue reading Eishet Ḥayil – Start at the Beginning by Roni Bernstein
Most people view the New Year as a fresh beginning: a time to make a conscious effort for a healthier lifestyle, or to commit to more time with HaShem. For me, this time of year conjures, rather than a list of resolutions, a desire to reflect on the past and get a glimpse of what … Continue reading The Discipline of Devotions by Janet H.
Last night was the first night of Chanukah and Jewish people around the world lit the first candles in their menorahs. We cannot say exactly when the tradition of lighting a menorah at Chanukah started, but the holiday itself was instituted by the Maccabees in 138 BCE and is referenced in many ancient writings. It … Continue reading The Tradition of Chanukah by Jennifer Caracelo
Are you looking for something delicious to serve in your sukkah this year? Rebbitzen Candyce Hyslip shared a beautiful cake that has three of the seven species of Israel in it! Her food always looks lovely, but is also easy to make. Her blog is filled with recipes that will delight your eye and your … Continue reading Date Fig Cake by Candace Hyslip
With the beauty of the High Holidays still lingering in our souls, we awaken to the upcoming joy of Sukkot! There’s a hustle and bustle- buying lumber, gathering branches, and preparing festive foods to wow the eyes and gladden the hearts. We engage in the richness of our culture- some with joy, some with anxiety, … Continue reading The Glory of Wholehearted Connection by Candyce Hyslip