What is the “Perfect” Prayer Book?

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Anna-Michelle emailed me the following question:

“I’m a Jew by choice for 3 years now, ever since my husband and I married. Before him, I lived Catholic, raised on NKJV bible. I’m in need of Jewish resources, specially a prayer book. Can you recommend the perfect prayer book for me?”

My reply to her: “No, I can’t, because there’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to prayer.” Some people like to use a bible, some a prayer book, some like to go strictly on feel. Guess what—every single method is equally good and acceptable!

Personally, I use Gates of Prayer. This is also called The New Union Prayer Book and it’s the standard text in Reform temples across America. I received my G.O.P book when I was only 10-years-old and have been using it ever since. At that time, each child in my Hebrew school was given a copy with their name inscribed on the back. This was probably the best Jewish gift I ever received, because long after I forgot every school lesson I learned, I still have the book.

G.O.P has a good mix of weekday, Sabbath, and festival prayers, along with some songs. There is both English and Hebrew text which I find very helpful and all of the important liturgy is included. Some folks do feel it’s outdated, but I still use and love it, probably because it’s what I learned on.

My late Father, on the other hand, never used a book, preferring a combination Torah/Talmud program for the computer. It was very comprehensive, with the ability to add notes for each section. I really prefer to hold something in my hands, but for those who prefer an online method, this could be excellent.

That brings us to the “go on feel” folks. I’ve met so many people, of all different faiths, that say Scripture doesn’t seem relevant. For them, I think just listening to their own heart and expressing their cares/concerns in their own way would be best. Remember: There is no such thing as an incorrect prayer! The Lord has the ability to hear all of them and knows our hearts, anyway. Don’t let a lack of information/fear hold you back.  

 

Do you use a prayer book? If so, which one?

#DreftSpring Giveaway

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This post and giveaway were made possible by iConnect and Dreft. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.

Ah, spring, that wonderful season that brings warmer weather, fresh flowers, and tons of allergens! As we spend more time outside, these allergens can trigger skin irritations, especially for little ones. Cleaning their clothes and bedding with the right products is a great way to help keep them comfortable during this challenging season. (Sensitive skin requires special products, after all.)

My favorite product line to use is Dreft. I love that Dreft works closely with pediatricians, ensuring their products will actually work. One of these pediatricians is Dr. Dyan Hes. As a mom and a doctor, she certainly knows what baby needs and has some awesome tips:

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Choose the right fabrics & care for them properly: When it comes to fabrics, it’s extremely important to seek out gentle and hypoallergenic items to care for the items that touch baby’s sensitive skin. It’s also essential that fabrics be cared for properly. Wash baby’s items with a specially-formulated product such as Dreft, the #1 baby laundry detergent choice of pediatricians to be gentle and hypoallergenic on baby’s skin. Trusted for over 80 years, Dreft comes with a babyhood scent beloved by moms, and it remains safe and hypoallergenic for baby. 

Protect Problem Skin: Heat is a common trigger for eczema and as the weather warms up, there are a few things you can do to help prevent flare ups of such skin irritations. The sun is strongest between the hours of 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. so try to shield baby from direct sun exposure during those times. There are also apps available that can inform you of the hottest part of the day—which can be helpful for parents as they plan any outings with their little ones!

Dr. Hes  (@gramercypeds) and @Dreft will be sharing more tips on May 9th from 9:00 -10:00 pm EST at a Twitter party. RSVP here and you’ll be eligible to win fantastic prizes!

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Want to try these fabulous products? Dreft is generously sponsoring a giveaway, worth $60.00! One winner will receive a gift pack that contains these items:

  • Newborn detergent 
  • Active Baby detergent
  • Blissfuls Scent Booster
  • Gender neutral hypoallergenic blanket

The #DreftSpring giveaway will be open thru 5/17. Good luck!

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Super Savings Saturday – 4/30/16

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Welcome to another edition of Super Savings Saturday!

This week, I skipped a few food deals on account of Passover, but there were many other goodies available. I had a lot of fun rolling rewards at CVS, getting needed cleaning supplies at Target, and picking up moneymaker haircare at Rite Aid.

Target:

3 Cover Girl Clear lipsticks, regular price $3.99. I used a $3.00 manufacturer’s coupon stacked with a 20% off Cartwheel. Total: $0.19 each! (I had no idea what “clear” lipstick was supposed to be. Turns out, it’s just lip balm.)

1 Cover Girl Outlast lip stain, regular price $7.99. I used a $3.00 manufacturer’s coupon stacked with a 20% off Cartwheel. Total: $4.99! (Not the best price ever, but I needed it to make a friend’s birthday gift basket.)

1 Joy Mangano Miracle Mop, regular price $19.99 and 1 Joy Mangano Bucket, regular price $14.99. I used a 40% off Cartwheel offer. Total: $20.99 plus a $5.00 Target gift card! (Excellent product at an affordable price; my only complaint is that this deal came out after Passover. It would’ve been better two weeks earlier.)

CVS:

I did multiple transactions to roll bucks. (There are no pics because my phone died—sorry!)

Transaction #1: 

1 Scope Mouthwash, regular price $3.59. I used a $0.75 manufacturer’s coupon stacked with a $2.00 CVS coupon. Total: $0.84, plus $3.00 ECB!

Transaction #2: 

2 Ocean Spray juices, sale price $1.50. Total: $3.00. I used the $3.00 ECB and earned another $3.00 ECB.

Transaction #3: 

2 Skintimate shave gels, regular price $3.49. I used 2 $1.00 manufacturer’s coupons and the $3.00 ECB. Total: $1.98 plus $3.00 ECB.

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Rite Aid:

1 Garnier Fructis Grow Strong shampoo and 1 Garnier Fructis Grow Strong conditioner, sale price $3.00. I used 2 $2.00 manufacturer’s coupons. Total: $2.00, plus $3.00 Plenti Points.

 

Did you find any freebies or cheapies? Share/link!

Matzo Pizza

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Bland, soggy, gross—that’s how I’ve always described matzo pizza in the past. Every version I tried never came out right, probably because I made the mistake of using a matzo meal crust in place of regular flour. If it wasn’t for some very picky kids, I would’ve abandoned it altogether (since they kept persisting, I felt obliged!). After spending an hour searching tons of recipes and reading reviews, I found something worth making, courtesy of Skinny Taste.

Their recipe for Skinny Passover Matzo Pizza was delicious! Oh, and did I mention simple? Use the cracker as a base, add the toppings of your choice, bake, and serve. 

Matzo pizzas make a good appetizer or can be incorporated into a meal. Mind you, it’s not filling, so lots of sides—I served green salad and orange slices—will be needed.