AHAVA’S BLOG

How Do I Count the Omer?

HOW do I Count the Omer? 1. Some begin with a meditation that states one’s intention to fulfill the commandment. This serves to focus the individual on the task at hand and to remind him/her/them of the biblical basis of the commandment: “Behold, I am ready and prepared to...

Is Passover 7 Days or 8 Days?

Passover begins March 30th with four questions, and ends with a fifth… Why is April 6th different from all other Passover nights? Answer: Because for some Jews April 6th is the eighth night of the holiday, and for other Jews Passover is over and pizza is on the menu!...

Free Jewish Books for Kids

It’s February, and what better than to put on warm, soft jammies and curl up with a good book? For those who have young children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, or friends, you should know about an amazing organization called PJ Library. PJ Library selects and sends free, award-winning books that...

Spiritual but Not Religious

In this week’s Torah portion, Terumah, God tells Moses to request donations from the people in order for the Tabernacle to be built. “[Y]ou shall accept gifts for Me from every person whose heart so moves him … let them make Me a sanctuary that I may dwell among...

A Wedding in Jerusalem … and Honeymoon Israel

What an exciting month for my family! My nephew was married in Jerusalem on December 24th, and most of our extended family was there! It was a wonderful, amazing experience that I will remember and cherish always. My nephew and new niece are religiously traditional, as was their wedding...

Chanukah Fun Facts

Dreidels in Israel are different than dreidels outside Israel… The four Hebrew letters on a dreidel – nun, gimel, hay, shin – stand for Nes Gadol Hayah Sham, or A Great Miracle Happened There. The four Hebrew letters on a dreidel in Israel – nun, gimel, hay, pay –...

A Thanksgiving Message

Modim anachnu lach. We are grateful unto you. Our brains are wired, for survival purposes, to focus on the negative. And without question, the stealthy lion approaching us out on the tundra required us to focus on the negative! But a slow-moving grocery line does not require such focus....