The 5778 Jewish Holiday Calendar Release

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The 5778 Jewish holiday calendar will go on sale on 1 August, 2017.   You can read more about the calendar here.

This is the forth year that we offer this modern and beautiful calendar.

Here are a few pictures of it.

Framed in a simple white wooden frame:


A close up of the top and Yom Kippur holiday icon:

A close up of the Chanukah and Purim holiday icons:

A close up of the Shavuot holiday icon:

If you are already on our mailing list, you will get a special offer in your email inbox on 24 July 2017.

If you are not on our mailing list yet, you can sign up here (and get a free guide too).

Your turn:  Share this post with a friend you know will love this Jewish holiday calendar.


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The One Jewish Food Tradition You Need to Bring Back

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In my kitchen, I keep The Book of Jewish Food by Claudia Roden on my shelf. This book offers recipes (some of which are vegetarian) and tells the story of Jewish cooking in Sephardic and Ashkenazi communities.

One recipe introduction caught my attention.

In the introduction to a lentil soup recipe, Roden writes:

Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentils. Lentils are often mentioned in the Talmud and the Bible. They have always had an important place in the Sephardi diet. For centuries they sustained the poor communities – often mixed with rice or cracked wheat or noodles, or eaten as a salad with an oil-and-lemon dressing. In several communities they were an obligatory part of the Thursday-night evening meal, which was often meatless.

To repeat the Jewish food tradition:

The Thursday evening meal was often meatless.

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From the Jewish Food Hero Kitchen: Vegan Oil-Free Red Lentil Soup

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Lentil soups is delicious, simple to make and healthy for us. Red lentils in soup make a dairy-free creamy base for the soup, they cook quickly and I feel they are very easy to digest.

Added to this is that it is endlessly versatile in that you can prepare it with only salt and pepper or add different spices.  Below, I have given the basic bare bones recipe (when you want to eat a simple taste) plus two of my favorite spice options for the soup.

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Chag Notebook: Luciana Carmela Friedmann

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One of my goals with the Chag Notebook series is to tell stories from our global female Jewish community.

This year, I have a personal goal to feature Jewish women who live outside of the largest Jewish communities (i.e. United States and Israel). To help me reach this goal, I contacted the Joint Distribution Committee, which works to help build Jewish life and leadership all over the world. They connected me with Luciana Carmela Friedmann, a Jewess from Timisoara, Romania.  Luciana is a journalist by profession, and since 2010, the leader of the Jewish community she grew up in.

Let’s get to know Luciana and learn from her.

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Do You Make this Mistake When You Eat Salads?

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I can’t tell you how many times I have sat across from a woman eating a huge salad for lunch or dinner and thought to myself, “How soon is she going to need to eat again? That’s not a filling meal!” Western culture has drilled into our heads that the best possible meal is greens, raw vegetables and some salad dressing, and that salad eating is the ultimate path to weight loss and health.  This is actually a myth.

I think we all know this. That is why people often add high fat foods to their salad: nuts, dried fruits, cheese, meat, rich salad dressings. Adding these high fat foods is an effort to make salad satisfying, but it’s not the healthiest way to eat (for more information on this, see 5 Simple Ways to Cook with Less Oil). There is a better way.

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Interview with Personal Organization and Decluttering Expert: Rebekah Saltzman


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It has long been a fantasy or mine to hire a personal organizer. I know you might be thinking that this is paying someone for something that I can do myself. True, and yet here are the reasons I still dream about working with a professional.

Somehow, I wonder what the benefit would be to do it alone. Organization and decluttering seem to get pushed off my to-do list and I want to learn new ways of organizing and decluttering better that I can mainstream into my work and home life.

In a recent conversation with a friend, a digital marketer living in Israel, I mentioned this dream and she told me about a personal organizer and decluttering expert based in Haifa who focuses on zero waste and getting rid of physical and emotional clutter. I knew I had to talk to Rebekah Saltzman and that you, my readers, would enjoy hearing from her as well.

Let’s get to know Rebekah and learn from her.


11 Beautiful and Modern Mezuzot


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A mezuzah is a piece of parchment (often contained in a decorative case) inscribed with Hebrew verses from the Torah (Deuteronomy 6:4-9 and 11:13-21 – the Shema). Many people incorrectly believe that the mezuzah is a good-luck charm or that it is connected to the story of the Exodus from Egypt; however, its true purpose is to serve as a constant reminder of G-d’s presence.

Mezuzahs are handwritten on parchment scrolls and placed in a case, which is then affixed to the right doorpost. Some people place one only on the entrance to their home, while others have one on every door frame.

Here are 11 beautiful and modern mezuzot to inspire and delight (in alphabetical order).


Interview with Dairy Detox Expert: Michelle Cehn

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Michelle Cehn is a filmmaker on a mission to make vegan living enticing, easy, and fun through gorgeous photography and visual storytelling. She is the founder of World of Vegan, co-author of The Friendly Vegan Cookbook and a YouTube personality who has reached millions through her creative, relatable and engaging vegan videos.

Let’s get to know Michelle and learn from her.

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5 Surprising Places to Find Spiritual Inspiration


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How would you define spirituality?

To me, it means a search for meaning in life, for something bigger than ourselves. Everyone searches for spirituality, and we’re not all looking in the same place. Some of us look for it in religious institutions and rituals, while others get in touch with their spiritual side through quiet reflection, meditation, yoga, private prayer or a walk in nature.

As Pierre Teilhard de Chardin said, “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”


Carbs: The Best Ones and the Healthiest Ways To Eat Them

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When I moved to Southeast Asia in 2012, I had a nutritional ah-ha moment. How could it be that I was seeing people eating a diet of 60-80% percent rice (and white rice!) that were within a healthy weight range? Living in Asia transformed how I thought about carbohydrates and how I eat. I read this book and then took this plant-based nutrition course.

Sadly, Cambodia is in the throes of a fast paced nutritional transition whereby the traditional Cambodian diet is being replaced by processed foods, more meat and dairy products.

When I travel to the US every year, I am struck by (and often hungry because of) how little carbs people eat.  People are stuck in an idea that carbs will make them fat.  Americans only get about 40% of their calories from carbs. When people do eat carbs they are usually not the good ones! It’s important to eat whole food sources of carbs and avoid refined carbs as much as possible.

Healthy carbs and how to eat them

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