Monthly Archives: March 2009

Just In Time For Passover: Susie Fishbein’s Passover By Design

kosherbydesignSusie Fishbein, author of Kosher By Design will make our Passover easier this year with her Passover By Design book available now. Go to artscroll.com and save 20%. This book also includes over 130 gluten-free recipes which makes this a must have for those on a gluten-free diet.

For more information on Susie Fishbein and upcoming live appearances, go to kosherbydesign.com

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Passover And Why Matzah Matters

I spent Shabbos relaxing and enjoying The Jewish Press when I cam across an article ,  “Loud, Obnoxious And Shallow: Hollywood’s Portrayal of Jewish Women”, by Rabbi Simcha Weinstein, and I couldn’t agree with him more.  This past January, Susie Essman promoted her role in “Loving Leah” the mother of a Torah observant woman that marries her non Torah observant brother-in-law on “The View”. She insulted the dress of chassidic women on national television. She plays a Jewish wife and mother on “Curb Your Enthusiasm”, now we know what she really thinks. If you’re not familiar with her character, she is the shallow, status conscious Jewish wife to Larry David’s agent and best friend. This is just one of the many negative stereotypes Jewish women have portrayed on large screens frequently around the world. I must admit, before I was a BT (Baal teshuva), I also thought that Jewish women (excluding those in my family) were like Susie Essman’s character on “Curb Your Enthusiasm”. That changed when I participated in a Shabbat meal in Tsfat, Israel (part of Livnot U’lehibanot).  I met the kindest, put-together, non-judgemental, Jewish mother, and wife I’ve ever met.  I was so inspired by her demeanor that I was like, “I’ll have what she’s having”. This is the kind of Jewish experience my Neshama (soul) craved. And her husband, a real mensch, full of respect for his wife. It was love at first site, I wanted that relationship and respect in my marriage.

It is exactly that experience that made me so thankful to be a Jewish woman, and potentially a wife and mother. Baruch Hashem, I went back to Israel and studied full-time at She’arim, Har Nof, Jerusalem, and the rest is history. I am now, Baruch Hashem, a wife, mother, and Torah Observant Jew. My home is always open to people who need a meal, both Torah Observant and Non-Torah Observant men and women. I want them to experience what I had at that Shabbos meal in Tsfat ten years earlier.

I hope this article will reach the unreachable and open their eyes to the Jewish mothers and wives that speak without shouting, do without expecting, and give without taking. Jewish women have a lot to be proud of (Esther, Sarah, Rachel, Rivkah, etc.) It’s right here in our DNA, after all, the Jewish people “are a light unto the nations”.

As we embark upon Passover, the most celebrated Jewish holiday, Jewish families should remove the (Chametz) dough from their homes and consume only unleavened dough (Matzah) for eight days.  Yes, it is flat, but the spiritual benefits are bountiful. How can this be possible? In a post from chabad.org, the signifigance of eating Matzah on Passover is because, “The characteristic of leavened dough (Chametz) is that it rises and swells, symbolizing pride and boastfulness. A Matzah, on the other hand, is thin and flat, suggesting meekness and humility. Passover teaches us that Chametz – arrogance – is the very antithesis of the ideal of Torah”.

As we bite into our Hillel sandwiches and devour the Afikomen this Passover, let’s remember where we came from and how we were brought out of our enslavement. Let’s free ourselves from Jewish stereotypes in the media, and the world will see our true essence.

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Cover Your Hair $75 Hair Accessory Giveaway

 Once the last crumbs of hamentaschen have been swept up, most of us will minimize if not completely omit any flour in our home until after Pesach. We always save the kitchen for last, so every last cheerio embedded in my carpet or 2 year olds socks, you’re outta here!

After all that Pesach cleaning and scouring, wouldn’t it be nice to have $75 worth of new hair accessories? You just might. CoverYourHair.com is giving away $75 box of surprise Hair Accessories in recognition of all your hard work.  All you have to do to qualify is visit www.CoverYourHair.com and write into my blog which items you would love to have.

Each of these gives you one additional entry:
 
1. Follow coveryourhair on Twitter and then write that you are following them into my blog. 
  
2. Twitter about this contest. Please leave me your username so I can verify. Or use something like this:
 
RT @sheitelstroll is giving away a  $75 box of surprise Hair Accessories http://tinyurl.com/bv8n72
3. Subscribe to this blog using either my email or RSS feed
You have until Sunday, March 29th to enter this contest. Enter today.

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Jewish Roots Grow Into A Blossoming Torah Observant Lifestyle

A short video of a Jewish woman who took her Jewish roots and grew into a Torah Observant life.  A story of inspiration from a former student of Neve and She’arim. View more videos of inspiration at Jewishmom.com

For more information and music by this women, go to MoranSabbah.com   

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4 Weeks Until Passover

If you’ve avoided the topic of cleaning for Passover, your local grocery retailer will remind you. Yes, they’ve arrived, Kosher for Passover food products, and they’re on the shelves right now.

Jewish people aren’t the only ones excited about this, in fact, most people with an appreciation for natural sweeteners will fall in line with the rest of us. Why? There has been a lot of buzz about the Kosher for Passover coke   Social media sites like Twitter and Facebook have shared and tweeted Kosher for Passover because, it’s healthier? Yes. If you  are not a fan of HFCS (HighFructose Corn Syrup) this coke was made for you.

So why is the coke we drink on this night different from all other nights? Corn and anything derived from (HFCS) it is not acceptable during Passover.  Hence, only Coke made from real sugar would be permitted during Passover.

Keep up to date with more Kosher for Passover products at the OU (Orthodox Union) website, Kosher for Passover food. Excited about a certain Kosher for Passover product that taste better during Passover, please leave a comment below.

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Shabbos Guestiquette Or Leave It

It was so nice to have our friend, an amazing single woman, stay with us for Shabbos. There is nothing better than having a Shabbos guest act more like a member of the family. She helped clean up, make a salad, change diapers, and read stories to the girls. She is quite the catch! Even though we could go for months without being in touch, the minute she enters my home on Shabbos, it’s like she never left. Do you like to host Shabbos guests in your home? Is this something you are comfortable at doing or do you grind your teeth until Havdalah?

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