Friday, June 09, 2023


Welcoming New Guests

All of us, as a general rule in our community, are accustomed to welcoming guests into our homes.

In most cases they are people that we know from our neighborhood, our shul, our children’s school or whatever possibilities there are of meeting people and wanting to spend time with them.


Guilty Pleasures

March 14 will go down in my personal history book as a day that I never got out of my pajamas. This is unheard of for me. I am always running, doing, working, thinking, strategizing and planning. With all the excitement about the snowstorm that we were expecting on March 14, I was eager to decide how to spend my time with


The Haggadah: A Teaching Tool Throughout the Generations

There’s a wonderful Chinese proverb that, as an educator, a parent and a Jew I always find particularly relevant during this time of year:

If you plan for a year, plant rice. If you plan for a decade, plant a tree. If you plan for a lifetime, educate a child.


GreatFrumTrips Shares Unique  Places for Families This Chol Hamoed

Chol Hamoed is a great time for all, when families get together and make memories, going on trips and taking the time to explore places for which they may otherwise not have time. Courtesy of GreatFrumTrips.com, here is a fabulous list of places to go, unique


Tips for an Anxiety-Free Pesach Seder

Pesach night—or shall we say nights—is challenging enough as it is for mothers, who have spent the greater part of the last week/month (at least!) scrubbing down every nook and cranny of their house for chametz. Then it’s erev Pesach, biur chametz, preparing the matzah and marror, setting the table, making sure there’s


Suburban Scandal: The Afikomen File

A recent investigation by elements in the American Jewish leadership has uncovered some irregularities among many observant families concerning an ancient Passover practice.

The problem has nothing to do with eating egg matzah on Pesach, mixing matzah with liquids (gebrokts), eating


Pesach Cellular Responsa From Rav Shlomo Aviner

Hand matzah or machine matzah: Is there a virtue in using “hand matzah?”

Rav Aviner: For the purposes of “ matzot mitzvah” (the matzot used to fulfill the mitzvah from the Torah of eating matzah on the Seder night(s)—TS), there is a virtue of using matzah that was baked


Remembering Passovers Past

Pesach is coming. It’s time to prepare the kitchen and clean all the pullets to get them ready to make plentiful pots of chicken soup. Out comes the well-worn, inexpensive red tea kettle with the blue cap and yellow spout, the primary colors that matched our kitchen wall covering 29 years ago when our first child was a newborn. I


Cleaning Your PC for Passover and Some Important Reminders

In addition to vacuuming your keyboard and fans for dust, don’t forget to physically clean your screen and fan for Passover.

Neveruse Windex on a LCD screen; the streaks will last forever. Here is a life hack: Use a dryer sheet and Q-Tip to clean your screen and


The Road to Redemption

My publisher informed me that this week would be their “Pesach issue,” and I was racking my brain to come up with something to write about. Since my articles generally follow the pattern that something happens, I think about it and then share a lesson, focusing it to be about Pesach is hard unless I happen to be hit on the head


How the PEYD Team Travels This Winter Vacation

Family of Five to Los Angeles/Disneyland

Part IV

In our series documenting how the PEYD Team traveled this winter break using airline miles and credit card points to offset the cost of the airfare and hotels, we share our insider


Kids of Courage Takes 50 Children  With Serious Illnesses on Ski Adventure

It’s the moment Kids of Courage was waiting for…Ski Madness 2017! As we waved goodbye to a snowy New York on Thursday morning, March 16, we said hello to…an even snowier Connecticut! The first half of the day was spent in SportsCenter Connecticut, eating a scrumptious lunch, playing fun arcade games, winning

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