Author Archives: The Jewish Lady

The Importance of World Water Day

Drinking, bathing, washing, cleaning…can you even imagine a day without using water? I certainly can’t! Most Americans are so incredibly fortunate to have 24/7 access to safe drinking water, but what about those who don’t?

Today, on World Water Day, we need to be mindful of their misery. For so long, this issue was considered to be a Third World problem—limited amounts, polluted sources, etc. The needless, outrageous tragedy in Flint, Michigan has proven that’s not so!

Every person, plant, and animal on Earth needs water to survive, making it a universal issue. Cities and towns must invest the extra money to upgrade systems, perform frequent maintenance and ensure tests are being conducted regularly. Individuals must conserve water and properly dispose of waste. Another thing that we can all do is eat more meatless meals.

Like any problem, it’s not easily solved with a snap of the fingers, but if we work together, it can happen. Just think how scary the alternative would be…

Jewish Holidays in a Box: Fun for the Whole Family

Passover can be a fun holiday for all ages, but sometimes the littlest attendees have trouble following along during the Haggadah reading. (Mine have been known to use the words “Long” and “Boring” to describe it!) 

Growing up, we always had a standard Seder that was honestly quite stuffy. I experienced that same sense of boredom too, so I’ve tried hard as an adult to make it more engaging by incorporating kid-friendly elements into our celebration. Jewish Holidays in a Box has created a fun and clever game that works extremely well.

The Passover Seder Steps Follow-Along includes 5 boards and 5 playing pawns that will delight kids (and kids at heart). The easy to follow instructions make it suitable for those as young as 4, with big, bright pictures and fun challenges like hunting for baby Moses in a basket, frogs, etc. Having both the English and Hebrew is awesome!

As we played the game, I noticed that the kids seemed to be more attentive and asked more questions than they usually do. My youngest, in particular, struggles with reading and is much more of a visual learner, so the game was definitely a hit.

I loved that I was able to teach Torah in a way that connected with them, on their level. As we moved the pawns through the stepping stones, reinforcing the perilous journey out of Egypt, it really seemed to click in their young minds what this incredible holiday symbolizes and why it’s so significant for us as a Jewish People. (We had a similar experience watching The Ten Commandments on tv, so I’m sensing it’s the visuals that make the best impact on youngsters.)

And, from a practical point of view that has nothing to do with religion, I must mention that the game boards are gloss coated. This is a BIG deal for me because we simply can not get through a meal without somebody—or multiple people!—spilling a drink or dish. As a test, I wet the boards with a bit of water and they didn’t warp, stain, or become ruined at all. Perhaps this is because Jewish Holidays in a Box was created by a Jewish Mother and Grandmother who understands that kids can be hard on toys. (Yes, mine break everything!)

In addition to this lovely Passover activity, Jewish Holidays in a Box offers other guides, games, and bundles for Rosh Hashanah, Hanukkah, and Shabbos that are ideal for families and teachers.

We will certainly be trying more of them at my house!

Hateful “Beware of Jews” Sign Displayed in London

In the largest Orthodox neighborhood in London, a peculiar ‘Beware of Jews” sign was recently displayed.

When questioned by the local police, the creator claimed it was a work of art. Obviously, he is lying, delusional, or just evil, because any logical mind knows this isn’t art, it’s a hate crime—plain and simple!

2017 has been a record year for anti-Semitism and we’re only 3 months in. Between the repeated bomb threat hoaxes, cemeteries destroyed, swastikas painted on cars, and now this London mess, it’s enough to make me want to cry (and scream!).

I don’t know what is prompting such insanity. It is very troubling and hurtful. But I am not discouraged because good people around the world are also reacting with outrage, going all the way up to the Vice President.

Throughout history, anti-Semitism was actually encouraged by members of the Gentile community. No longer! Because of increased awareness and tolerance, only the sickest, most despicable people think Anti-Semitism is ok.

By continuing to expose and denounce these vile acts, we are chipping away at the hate and hopefully encouraging the love. I, for one, wish we could all come together as one people, the Human Race, and do what’s best for everyone.

Hate, even when it’s disguised as “art,” is NEVER acceptable!

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