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Did you know that there’s a new Jewish parenting podcast?

Posted on February 11th, 2019
From Kveller

It’s true: Kveller.com just launched a shiny new podcast, Call Your Mother.


Hosted by all-star writers Jordana Horn and Shannon Sarna, Call Your Mother offers a sharp, sassy take on all the ups and downs of parenting while Jewish. Each episode includes an interview with a notable Jewish mom — including comedian Judy Gold and celebrity chef Einat Admony — who will shed new light on everything from addiction and anti-Semitism to sex and the Supreme Court.

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Parshat Terumah

Posted on February 4th, 2019
By Rafael Kushick from BimBam.com 

 

Make family time fun time by watching Torah parshiot (portion) videos together then discussing them at the dinner table, at bedtime, while driving, or whenever.

 

Even the Torah has something to say about design and architecture.

 

Parshat Terumah asks the question, what would YOU build to house your most precious possessions? Who would you hire as the architect? Furniture designer Rafael Kushick helps us understand the divinely architected blueprints for the holiest – and most confusing – building project ever attempted.

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Terrific Toys

Posted on January 28th, 2019
Leah Reisman for Mishpacha


There are so many toys, and so many favorites, that there is a museum dedicated solely to kids’ favorite toys and games


The National Toy Hall of Fame, which is situated in the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York, features the world’s most popular toys and games from classic oldies to the latest fads. Every year since 1998, the public is welcome to nominate their favorite toys. A group of educators and historians are then tasked with choosing the winners for the year. Over the years, a wide range of toys and games have been featured, from board games to jump rope to dolls. This year there were 12 nominees, including some familiar choices, such as the American Girl doll, chalk, Chutes & Ladders, a sled, Uno, and Tic-Tac-Toe. The winners were recently announced on Thursday, November 8 and...they...are... Uno, Pinball, and the Magic Eight Ball. Do youthink those toys are winners?

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Button Tree Art for Tu BiShvat

Posted on January 21st, 2019
From Simply Designing


This article is featured in Jvillage Network's Tu B'Shevat Guide. For more articles, recipes, crafts, and ideas, visit here. 


This fun button art craft is sure to be a hit for kids of all ages (just keep a close eye on younger children who might be tempted to put them in their mouth!)!


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Super Easy Chocolate Bark for an Easy Tu B’Shevat Craft Project

Posted on January 14th, 2019

This article is featured in Jvillage Network's Tu B'Shevat Guide. For more articles, recipes, crafts, and ideas, visit here. 

 

From Chai & Home


You know if it’s after Hanukkah I’m looking to melt some Hanukkah gelt! Like I’ve written before, there is something about melting gelt that makes it taste so much better. When in gelt form, the chocolate is so dry and flavorless, but when melted it tastes like the finest Belgian chocolate. No fooling. You tell me if I’m wrong. Anyway, this year the kosher candy store where I  buy my gelt only had pareve gelt, much to the disappointment of some kids at my Hanukkah party (yes, I refrained from “In my day, we were happy to get any gelt at all” even though I was very tempted.) In previous years I’ve made 4 fruits bark, fondue, and used it as icing, but this year I was feeling particularly woodsy so I was just going to melt it down and make it bark-like with a bit of texture. It is super easy to do and makes a great Tu b’Shevat craft project.

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