With just 2 weeks until Chanukah, I think about how different the holiday feels when it is not celebrated at the same time as Christmas. When Hanukkah and Christmas and Kwanzaa all fall together at the same time, Happy Holidays seems to be the generic greeting to all. We do not want to antagonize or make someone else feel ignored. That’s fine with me. I think recognizing every holiday for its culture is a great thing. It is a lesson in diversity that we should be teaching our children.
However, when the holidays are separated by many days, as it is this year, each holiday stands out on its own merit. When I am shopping for Chanukah gifts or foods, I am more likely to hear Happy Chanukah than Happy Holidays and I love that. I love that Chanukah is getting the recognition it deserves as a purely Jewish holiday. I enjoy answering question about the meaning of Chanukah and I feel that people are not so frenzied about their own holiday shopping that they can recognize the holidays of other groups.
I also must admit to enjoying the purely relaxing feel of the Christmas and New Year holidays where I am done with my own preparations and can relax on those national holiday vacation days. While everyone else is scurrying around getting their last minute gifts and cooking their turkeys, I am thrilled not to have to be out in the stores trying to find a parking space.
That said, I still have to cook my own Hanukkah meals. Therefore I have included a link to some great Chanukah recipes. try some out!
We have alot to be thankful for at this time of year. We are thankful for the men and women who put their lives in danger every day for our safety and the security of our country. Without their bravery, America would not be the great country and beacon to the world that she is.
We are thankful for our wonderful and caring family and friends who we are lucky to have in our lives. Whether sitting and shmoozing around the dinner table or skyping across the miles, our loved ones give meaning to our lives.
My wish is that we carry in our hearts these feelings throughout the year and remember how much we have to be grateful for.
As Rosh Hashana draws near, we all try to get a little closer to G-D. We look for ways to see G-D in our lives. Often, its hard to see. However, this year, I think we can all say that the wonders of Hashem are all around us.
First, and most spectacular, was the total eclipse. While I was not privileged to see the actual eclipse myself, the pictures on the news and in the papers are certainly awe inspiring. From friends and family who were lucky enough to be close by, the stories they tell not just of the majesty of the event, but also of the connections they made with people they met along their travels as they looked for a location to see it up close and personal. Total strangers conversing about life and the miracles of the world, without regard to religion, race, ethnicity or social standing. Everyone friendly and open and showing us the true depth of the American people, despite what chasms are reported in the papers.
We then move from the glory and beautiful eclipse to the horrendous devastation from both Hurricane Harvey and Irma. While we do not know how bad the effects of Irma will be, the horror and crippling loss from Harvey give us an idea of the destruction that may follow in the wake of Irma. We only pray it will not be as bad as they are reporting.
But here too we see the hand of G-d. People from all over the country and in fact from all over the world are giving of themselves, their time and their money to help total strangers in need. The generosity of money and spirit prove to us all that people are good, no matter what their circumstances. this display of care and compassion for us is what defines us as Americans.
As we look forward to Rosh Hashana we should take these thoughts to heart and hope they make us better people in the end.
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First, I would like to apologize to our loyal fans for neglecting to post for such a long time. Things have been very hectic around here and I have pushed off doing lots of things, especially cleaning the house!
However, its time to get back to work even if its summertime. Tonight we are making a BBQ and offering our super green pickle relish to go with our hot dogs and hamburgers. I love the crunch and flavor and I know our guests are going to rave about the taste. Our sport peppers are also a hit, its one of the things my husband looks forward to. Making a BBQ is, to me, the easiest meal of the year. My husband does the grilling and all I have to do is make the salad. Add some fresh corn and potatoes and you have dinner that everyone is excited about.
Making a BBQ keeps the heat out of the kitchen, another plus when its supposed to be in the 90’s.
I am taking time out from the usual grind in the office to send kudos to the best baseball team, the Chicago Cubs! The World Series was truly a nail biter for all of us lifelong fans! while it was difficult at times to watch, and I felt physically sick at times, the Cubs played like the true professionals they are and made us all proud!
For those of us who have been waiting decades, our patience has been rewarded!
With Rosh Chodesh Av tomorrow its hard to decide what to think about how this day fits in to our idea of Rosh Chodesh and its joyful inspiration. The following article offers some insights to the day. Interesting reading.
This year the Nine days may start on Friday but the reality of only eating dairy does not really come into play until Saturday night. For all you meat and potatoes fans, its a welcome relief from all that cheese! I have stocked the fridge with lox and salmon, a refreshing change from mac and cheese and a cool choice during these hot days of August. The seasoned smoked salmon we offer is a delicious choice; so easy to serve with no need to turn on the oven and heat up the house.
This is Passover and Easter do not fall within days of each other. It is not that unusual, like Chanukah on Thanksgiving, (once in how many centuries?), but it still a bit disconcerting for me.
For years, our family got together for Pesach and looked forward to family time. One of the most enjoyable things we did was to leave the kids with the husbands and go shopping, just the girls and my mother. How we agonized about missing a day when all the stores were closed for Easter!
This year with Easter almost a month earlier than Pesach, it is not an issue. Besides the fact that Sunday is still Yontif, it is also not Easter. I am taking over my mother’s role; taking my daughter and daughter in law shopping on Chol Hamoed. I look forward to bonding with them both at Nordstroms!
The reason that Easter and Passover do not fall within days of each other has to do with the lunar calendar which is short by 11 days to the calendar with are all familiar with. that means that each year the Jewish holidays fall out at slightly different times. In order to make sure that we do not celebrate Succot in the spring and Pesach in the fall, we add a leap year month every 4 years. This year is that fourth year. Thanks goodness for google search; you check out the dates for all the Jewish holidays years in advance.
That being said, there are no differences in the amount of work, cooking, cleaning, shopping, etc! I am sure that you are looking forward to relaxing as soon as the Dedarim are over just as much as I am!
Have a wonderful and peaceful Pesach from all of us at Kosherbyte.com!
If you are like me, your inbox is rapidly filling up with emails reminding you about Passover, offering you great deals on holiday gifts, foods and religious items, asking you for charity, etc. We at Kosherbyte.com, also send emails with discount codes, new product notifications and articles of interest about the holiday. Most of these emails get deleted; I am not so naive to think people open the massive amounts of mail that is often mostly spam.
However, some of these emails are actually worthwhile! Who doesn’t want to save money on products you were going to buy anyway? I enjoy the cute jokes or comics that appear constantly on Facebook.
But all kidding aside, Passover has become a Holiday not just about Freedom but about family. The seder has turned into a meal that not only commemorates the Exodus from Egypt, but reminds us of the value of family and unity. Parents travel to spend the holiday with their kids, Young adults, married or not, bounce between family to spend quality time with loved ones. Children practice their ma Nishtana to impress with grandparents and everyone talks about their Pesach plans weeks in advance. This year my sisters, their children and grandchild, along with my own will gather together to sped the first days of Pesach with my elderly father. What fantastic memories we will have to hold on to in years to come!
These memories are the reason why I will spend hours grocery shopping, cooking, and cleaning. Did I say hours? I should have said days or weeks!! We all know how time consuming it is to prepare for Passover. But it will all be worth it in the end when we sit around the table and see the extended family together!
For those of you who are looking forward to the same valued time with loved ones, you can always log on to Kosherbyte.com and bring some delicious treats to the table. I can assure you noone will complain!
Lots of people equate the Jewish holiday of Chanukah with Christmas. Gifts are exchanged between family and friends for both holidays. It is not just a one day holiday, but a holiday season. For Christians, Christmas day may be considered the religious day to celebrate, but for several weeks leading up to the holiday and beyond, people enjoy the festive nature of the season. The holiday of Chanukah lasts for 8 days, with candle lighting, holiday foods, and joyful emotions.
To me, the traditions of family dinners and reconnecting with friends are what makes the two holidays so similar. Spending time with the important people in our lives is what brings meaning to our existence. Whether you sit at a table with 10 people or 40, it is the ability to have quality time with those people who you love that is so valued at this time of the year.
Unfortunately, not everyone is lucky enough to be able to spend the holidays with their family and friends. There are many reasons that people are unable to enjoy this camaraderie. Some people may have just moved to start a new job or new school. Others may have work schedules that do not allow them the take the time off or provide enough funds to pay for travel expenses. Family dynamics and non traditional living arrangements may make coordinating the traditional holiday meal difficult.
When you can not be there to celebrate the holiday with family and friends, Kosherbyte.com is available to make your presence known. We have a huge selection of Chanukah gift baskets that remind people how much you care for them. No matter what price range you are looking for, Kosherbyte has a basket that will please your recipients. Because we create each basket from scratch, we can customize your gift to express your feelings at this time of year. Our Chanukah gift baskets all include Chanukah gelt, Chanukah cookies and other holiday themed items.
We also specialize in corporate gifts that make a statement to your business associates and clients. Since all of our baskets are made with 100 % kosher products, you can rest assured that a gift from Kosherbyte.com will be perfect for your Jewish customers. There is no need to worry that your recipients will not be able to enjoy everything in the gift you send.
Let us make your holiday gift giving easier. View our gift baskets online; you will find exactly what you are looking for!