Category: Holidays

On grief and Jewishness during the holiday season

I’m not going to lie – this Christmas season was hellish for me.  For one, I obviously don’t celebrate the holiday and when it’s shoved down my throat everywhere, I get irritated. Anyone who says there’s a “war on Christmas” and that people don’t… Continue Reading “On grief and Jewishness during the holiday season”

Yom Kippur reflections – and check out our Judaica shop!

Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) is a long day. Like, really, really long. Services start at 10am and they end around 6pm (this is for our shul (synagogue), many others will have different schedules), with small breaks in between. Those who are able… Continue Reading “Yom Kippur reflections – and check out our Judaica shop!”

An update for the (Jewish) new year

I’ve been really terrible about blogging lately. To be honest, I’m not sure anyone cares about anything I have to say, so I wonder why I continue to maintain this blog. Granted, I’ve had it for ten years, and I always hope my life… Continue Reading “An update for the (Jewish) new year”

Leaking roofs, leaking eyes, and Christmas annoyances

We discovered a minor leak inside the Winnebago the day after Thanksgiving. It’s in the spot where the coach and the cab meet and it’s midway down in a corner area. Since we’ve only owned it for a month, even though it’s 12 years… Continue Reading “Leaking roofs, leaking eyes, and Christmas annoyances”

It’s hard to say goodbye to the High Holy Days

I love the Jewish High Holy Days. While we have a lot of holidays on the calendar, I’ve been practicing Judaism long enough to know that Yom Kippur is my favorite holiday. Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, is joyful and celebratory, and Yom… Continue Reading “It’s hard to say goodbye to the High Holy Days”

Becoming Jewish: the Christmas conundrum

Lately, my conversations with my mom have gone a little like this: Mom: “I sure would love to come out and visit again.” Me: “I’d love for you to see western Washington in the fall.” Mom: “I’d really love to come out and celebrate… Continue Reading “Becoming Jewish: the Christmas conundrum”

Diabetic-friendly Ambrosia Salad

We got invited to a 4th of July picnic this afternoon and our host is diabetic, so I scrambled to come up with something that is both yummy, pretty diabetic-friendly, and doesn’t require me to turn on the oven. (We’re having a heat wave… Continue Reading “Diabetic-friendly Ambrosia Salad”

Merry maudlin Christmas!

Merry Christmas!  To anyone that reads this, I hope that your Christmas (if you celebrate it) was beautiful and completely free of stress. As for us, we couldn’t have asked for a more low-key holiday.  Honestly, as the sun slips away and darkness arrives… Continue Reading “Merry maudlin Christmas!”