Kosher Style Food – Authentic Or Not?

Kosher Style Food You know the difference between Kosher food and Kosher Style food? Some people think that Kosher food means generic food of any culture which is prepared with Kosher ingredients according to Jewish Law. Kosher Style food then would mean ethnic Jewish Kosher food like kugel, gefilte fish, cholent, kishke and it’s North […]

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Jewish Airbnb? Not on Pessach!

Jewish Airbnb? I recently got an email inquiring if there is a Jewish version of Airbnb. For the uninitiated, Airbnb is a site for finding vacation rentals and travel accommodations in private homes worldwide. They claim to have arranged lodgings for over 25 million people in 190 countries in private homes and even in 600 […]

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If Abraham Had Traveled in the 21st Century #2

For Lack of Money In last week’s post, If Abraham Had Traveled in the 21st Century, I wrote that God promised Abraham three things to convince him to go on a journey; reputation, money and kids. As Rashi explains, these three factors are negatively affected during long-term travel. If Abraham had gone on a trip today, […]

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If Abraham Had Traveled in the 21st Century

The First Jewish Traveler In this week’s Parasha, Lech Lecha, God commanded Abraham as follows: And God said to Abram: ‘Get out of your country, your birthplace and your father’s house, unto the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and .make […]

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Is It Safe For Jews To Travel?

Antisemitism on the Rise? Yesterday we had a terrible tragedy. A three-month old baby Chaya Zissel Braun הי”ד was killed in a terrorist attack in Jerusalem. It’s not the first attack we’ve experienced in Israel lately and probably not the last, Chas V’Sholom. As Jews we are suffering in Israel and across the world as […]

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The Three Days Yom Tov Challenges

Three Days Yom Tov Challenges As I was sitting with my kids in the Sukkah on the first day Yom Tov, they remarked that having two days of Rosh Hashanah followed by Shabbos, was difficult enough. How in the world does the rest of world Jewry (outside of Israel) cope with three sets of Three […]

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The Halacha of Sukkot On The Go

It’s Tuesday night before Sukkos, 2:00 AM and I’m trying to get another post launched. I could delay writing till Chol Hamoed but I’d prefer not to deal with my blog during the festival. And besides, this is post #50 and it feels good to get it done on time… Sukkos is my favorite festival; […]

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Sukkot Travel Guidelines

Living in a religious neighborhood in Israel I take it for granted that on Sukkot everyone will be walking around and traveling with their Arba’as HaMinim. When you are crossing international borders, though, or even flying within continental USA, you might come in contact with officials who are less sympathetic to your strange agricultural products. […]

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Is the One Bag Solution Good For Jews?

Jewish One Bag Solution A while back I wrote about the OneBag.com website and the one bag solution, showing how to pack light without checking in your luggage (Life is a Journey – So Pack Light). It occurred to me at the time that however you try to minimize your belongings, there are a few […]

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Uman Rosh Hashanah – Not For Me

Uman Rosh Hashanah Every year before Rosh Hashanah, tens of thousands of Jews make an annual pilgrimage to the grave-site of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov in Uman, Ukraine. Not only Breslov Chasiddim make the trip but also Jews from all walks of life, devoutly religious along with traditionalists, Chassidim and Misnagdim, Sefardim and Ashkenazim. The […]

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