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Hello dear readers, If you’ve read this blog before, you’ll know that I love to travel. Sometimes I will travel for work, and sometimes just for fun, but either way I’ve always found it important to have a small travel suitcase ready to go. Inside I have the essentials packed: clothes for three days, three ...

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Hello dear readers, As many of my readers may know by now, I love to travel. When I travel, I always find myself making connections. Sometimes those connections are literal, like when I had only 45 minutes to make a connecting flight, and sometimes the connections are fairly obvious, like when I see Colorado Boulevard ...

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Hello dear readers, Sukkot is always such a joyous holiday; it’s even right there in one of its alternate names, zman simchatenu, the time of our happiness. But am I the only one that sometimes gets another feeling lurking below the surface? A kind of holiday exhaustion, after two days of Rosh Hashana and Shabbat ...

Hello dear readers, Sukkot is one of my favorite holidays, and one of the reasons why is all the time to spend with family. True, there’s a lot of family time in the previous holidays of Tishrei, but Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur just have a different feel to them, you know? During those holidays ...

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Hello dear readers, Every holiday on the Jewish calendar provides a different experience, but in terms of preparations, they’re usually very similar. For davening, there are some things to add or subtract, hallel or a megillah or something. There’s food to prepare, either for before the holiday (like Yom Kippur) or during the holiday (like ...

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Ciao cari lettori, If you haven’t guessed, that’s the official Italian translation of my usual salutation, which is of course, Hello dear readers! (At least, it’s as official as I could find with online translations). I have Italian on the brain because my good friends the Fishbaum family is going to Italy for a marvelous ...

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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 ...