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Hello dear readers, As many of you may know, my husband and I have very different approaches to packing a suitcase. Aryeh travels a lot for business, and he prefers to pack everything into a carry-on bag so he doesn’t have to check his suitcase under the plane. Even when he’s not traveling for work ...

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Hello dear readers, In preparation for our upcoming Sukkot kosher vacation, I was looking through some old family photos from previous Sukkot experiences. I saw a really cute photo from the first Sukkot after we were married: It’s a picture of my husband juggling three etrogs (it was a few days after the holiday was ...

Hello dear readers, Some holidays on the Jewish calendar can feel slow and internal. The yamim noraim (Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur), for example, can feel very claustrophobic and cramped. Hanukkah is a joyous occasion, but it’s in the dead of winter and a lot of times you’re trapped indoors while a snowstorm rages outside ...

Hello dear readers, My family’s upcoming kosher Sukkot vacation got me thinking about performing the mitzvah of sukkah when you are on the road. Specifically, what are you supposed to do if you want to do an overnight trip on chol hamoed, are you allowed to go somewhere if you won’t have a sukkah? It’s ...

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Hello dear readers, I was thinking about similarities and differences between pesach and Shavuot, and one thing I thought of was pesach’s special emphasis on children. The youngest sing mah nishtanah, and we talk about the four sons, and there’s a focus on asking questions and giving answers and educating our children about this pivotal ...

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Hello dear readers, As you know, this year we won’t be at home for sukkot. We’ll be enjoying a kosher sukkot vacation in Italy! This means we won’t be building a sukkah at home, and I have to say, it’s been a good while since I didn’t have to build my own sukkah! So let ...

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Ciao cari lettori, (That’s Italian for, Hello dear readers.) Sukkot is fast approaching, but it still feels so far away. Of course, we still have all of Elul, and Rosh Hashanah, and Yom Kippur, and lots and lots to do before we get to lulav time, but still, October 4th is right around the corner! ...

Hello dear readers, Our trip to our sukkot hotel in Italy is still months away, but one family member is already excited about visiting (and performing) in a new country. That little performer is, of course, little Reuven, age 10, and the performance is juggling at “simchat beit hashoeva” or “rejoicing in the house of ...