Whole Wheat Sugar Cookies

Don't kid yourself. There's nothing healthy about sugar cookies, even when they're whole wheat. But Chanukah without sugar cookies isn't complete. Live a little. Since whole wheat flour is all I ever have in the house, I'm always in search of a recipe that tastes good and has the right texture. This one from Genius … Continue reading Whole Wheat Sugar Cookies

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Returning Home after 16 Years

Every so often in life, if one is fortunate enough, comes along an opportunity that feels like winning the lottery. It’s an experience that's both monumental and nearly missed--as if an arrow was shot from long range and landed exactly in the middle of the target that is you. It is the path you nearly … Continue reading Returning Home after 16 Years

Whole wheat challah for Rosh Hashanah

This 100% whole wheat challah has a secret ingredient that makes it as soft and fluffy as white flour. Only, I'm not sure which it is. I've managed to narrow it down to two, though: a cup of gluten or davening. And I'm pretty sure it's a combination of both. That's right, davening is one … Continue reading Whole wheat challah for Rosh Hashanah

A Letter to My Children

Dear R, A, Z & C: We Jews have a history of writing letters to our children, from Yaakov to the Ramban to Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks. I can't pretend to impart nearly that level of wisdom, but when a friend and past colleague asked that I write my own version to you, I decided … Continue reading A Letter to My Children

Your 4-Part Plan for Passover Sanity

There are lots of four's prevalent in this upcoming holiday--four sons, four questions, four cups--you get the idea. And in that spirit, I present your four-part Passover survival guide. Don't get me wrong, this holiday is one of our favorites, but it's not easy. There are a few too many meals and a total overhaul … Continue reading Your 4-Part Plan for Passover Sanity

Lessons Learned in Silence

Today marks the first day I can talk after two weeks of post vocal chord surgery voice rest. It was hard, it was frustrating and above it was all annoying. Try figuring out Purim costumes for four kids, including a teenager, without talking. You know those late talking, two year olds who act out, hitting … Continue reading Lessons Learned in Silence

Purim Bannontashen

Once upon a time there was a buffoon of a king who had a tremendous amount of money. He also had a big ego, so he was convinced he was, like, a really smart person. Despite his foolishness, many of his countrymen loved him, and even some Jews attended his bigly party. He ruled over … Continue reading Purim Bannontashen