Sephardic Hagaddahs for Your Seder

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Sephardic Hagaddahs for Your Seder

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If you are a Sephardic Jew, or are attending a Sephardic Seder here is a great

selection of Sephardic Hagaddahs as well as other Passover items and gifts.

The top two images are content  images from the Sephardic Illuminated Hagaddah.They are designed, painted and handwritten in watercolor by Benjamin Hassan. The design are inspired by architectural details from synagogues around the world.Each copy is $500 and is a limited edition of 613 copies.

The Hagaddas pictured pictured below are much more affordable at prices ranging from $9.95 and up.


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No Cost Instant Calm #3

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No Cost Instant Calm #3

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A freebie. No cost instant calm.

Excerpts from the soon to be published  The Calm Book , by Tzirelchana,mom and writer devoted to promoting world calmness.

Where ever you are, you can always breath, not unconscious automatic oxygen inhalation, but real breathing. A cleansing breath, a yogic breath which studies say can even lower blood pressure.

Today, I was out racing around  town in a mad dash to collect the endless jigsaw puzzle of stuff that my family seems to require to get to this holiday. I started out energized, excited. Shopping does turn me on, but at some point in the spree, I could feel my mind, my heart and ever other part of me were in overdrive.

When I finally over a fast food lunch with the kids (yes, I know that  fast food isn’t exactly tofu and herbal tea, but the kids were starved and I aint perfect) I closed my eyes and treated myself to a couple of good deep breaths whispering my favorite mantra.

‘Breathe in Hashem… Breathe out fear… Breathe in Hashem… Breathe out fear”

I did this and over for two or three minutes until I could feel the calm pouring into me from some mysterious relaxation center hidden deep inside my brain.

Instant calm. Instantly accessible. No cost.

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The Best Kids Passover Books Ever

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The Best Kids Passover Books Ever

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We’ve scoured Amazon.com for the best kids Passover books on the market.

Buy them as Seder gifts, or just to make someone you love feel special.

Win the book of your choice by commenting below!

Just tell us which one is your favortite!!

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No Mess Fish in Parchment Paper

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No Mess Fish in Parchment Paper

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This gourmet- practically fat-free recipe will be a hit with your family or for entertaining on the holidays. Because you dont even need a pot, its a no-brainer for weeknights. If you use this recipe for Passover, make sure your parchment paper is marked Kosher for Passover, as some have an invisible coating of flour on top.

Recipe Ingredients:

    1. Any flat fish such as fillet of sole or dover sole.
    2. Assorted vegetables such as  cherry tomatoes, french string beans, radishes, red peppers.
    3. Kalamata olives add great flavor.
    4. Lemon zest- check out the video for tips on zesting
  • Pour 1 teaspoon of olive oil on a 12″ round piece of parchment paper and spread with a brush.
  • Place fish skin side down
  • season with salt and pepper
  • surround with vegetables
  • add lemon zest on top
  • seal pouch  beginning from end that is toward you. Watch how Adam does it!
  • Make sure its an air tight seal.
  • Place on a sheet pan in a pre-heated 425 degree oven for 10-15 minutes.
  • It should be brown and puffy Enjoy!
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The Calm Book- Daily Meditations for a Jewish Mom

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The Calm Book- Daily Meditations for a Jewish Mom

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Excerpts from the soon to be published  The Calm Book , by Tzirelchana,mom and writer devoted to promoting world calmness.

We recently started a new year. Yes, according to the Mishna, Rosh Hodesh Nissan, the first day of the month of Nissan is the new year for festivals and kings and aren’t all we Jews royal, all of us Jewish women princesses. To me, the idea of starting the year during the spring  feels intuitively right.

Aside from Pesach cleaning, a great way to celebrate is to de-clutter. . De-cluttering is like dieting except you can eat as much as you like while your house loses the weight. And you find such interesting stuff. Calendars from 2006, and 5 and 4, math tests, going back at least a decade, and not to mentional ties of any size, jackets with shoulder pads to fit a linebacker, expired medicines…

Right now, I’m preaching but I’m not practicing. Decluttering just doesn’t seem so royal. Does Queen Elizabeth go round Balmoral or Windsor filling giant hefy bags? Still I  know its what I need to do and though the prospect makes me yawn—I’d rather be writing or painting, So here’s a start. A procrastinator’s prayer.

: Dear G-d, make we want to get the junk out of my house and out of my soul. And then help me to do it.Amen.

The Calm Book- Post #2

You heard it through the grapevine, that your niece or sister or first cousin became a Kallah or a mother…None of the baalei simcha the primary parties, who happened to be your very closest relatives actually  phoned to inform you..

Though  you are  happy, your primary emotion is hurt.  You sulk. You feel sorry for yourself. You may even speak badly of the people who didn’t tell you—what kind of a family is this anyway? And how did you end up in it?

You know that you have to give them the benefit of the doubt so you think up excuses, reasons why they didn’t call, the time difference, telephone troubles, too overwhelmed, but the hurt has settled in your heart. You can’t seem to pry it lose.

You unload to your journal or your therapist or your friend and you have a good cry.

Families. We have expectations. Of how things should be. Of how we should be treated..

Lets reframe. Consider, really consider that the ba’alei simcha aren’t out to get you. That they have good reasons for not phoning yet.

Before my own nieces’s shidduch was finalized. I heard about it through a third party. I figured that my brother didn’t care about me enough to call and  I  hurt, needlessly.The shidduch wasn’t final yet. He didn’t want to tell anyone until it was a done deal and he was quite right to keep quiet.

Now, I’m going to do teshuva,. Whenever something like this happens, I will just keep still and wait. More shall be revealed.

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Peanut Brittle

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Peanut Brittle

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perfect after dinner treat

Need a quick gift to bring to the seder?

There’s no need to run out to buy a last minute gift! Peanut brittle is an american classic that is loved by all. This recipe is inspired by the book, Sweet Tempation by Nicki Trench.

What makes it extra easy is that all you need is:

2 cups of sugar,

2 tablespoons of corn syrup,

1 cup of any kind of nut-roasted lightly

finely grated zest of an orange (optional)

Directions

1-Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2- Put sugar and corn syrup in heavy saucepan and heat with low flame until sugar has dissolved and reaches 270 degrees on a candy thermometer stirring continuously. (Honestly- I didnt have a candy thermometer handy so I just heated it till it was caramel consistency). Remove saucepan from flame and stir in nuts (and optional orange zest).

3-Pour syrup into a jelly roll pan and flatten with a spoon. Let cool.

4-When solid, break off pieces and store in an airtight container or wrap in cellophane bags and tie with a decorative ribbon or raffia.

-NOTE -This recipe contains corn, which is permissable for Sephardic Jews. Please consult with your rabbi.

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An Afikoman Bag to Make With Your Kids

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An Afikoman Bag to Make With Your Kids

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Its easy to get wrapped up in Passover planning and forget the real purpose of the holiday. Our kids. The memories we create year by year are what they carry with them forever. So, as I started planning my Passover menu, I put down my pen and said to Sarah, “Lets make a Pesach craft.”  Inspired by Kaboose,we gathered some

    • watercolor paints
    • watercolor paper
    • ribbon or raffia
    • hole punch
    • watecolor pencils
    • stencils
    • kosher salt
  1. Cut  a large piece of watercolor paper into 2 large pieces- about 11×13 inches.
  2. Mix your watercolors paints with water to create the colors of your choice.
  3. Spray or spread a thin layer of water on top of the watercolor paper. Blot it slightly with a paper towel so its not too wet.
  4. Paint and splatter paints onto the watercolor paper to your hearts content, letting the colors bleed onto each other.
  5. Sprinkle some kosher salt on top of the colors, the effects are fun to watch.
  6. When dry, stencil the words afikoman in English or Hebrew on a separate piece of watercolor paper using watercolor pencils. Watercolor pencils are fun to use. After drawing your design, wet the design with a brush and watch a mere colored pencil drawing turn into a watercolor design.

  1. You can also stencil flowers or any other design on a separate paper.
  2. Punch holes approximately 2 inches apart along the perimeters of both pages along 3 sides of the pages in order to leave an opening for the afikoman.
  3. Make sure the holes on both pages line up!
  4. Thread a ribbon or raffia through the holes- its a great sewing lesson for little kids!
  5. Make a knot or bow at the end.
  6. Glue the Afikoman words, and your other stencil embellishments onto one of the painted papers.
  7. Enjoy your child’s masterpiece!
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