7 Effortless Ways to Incorporate Your Jewish Faith Into Your Busy Life

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7 Effortless Ways to Incorporate Your Jewish Faith Into Your Busy Life

When life feels busy Jewish faith can be relegated to another item on our to-do list.  

Even with the best routines and intentions, going to synagogue, studying and talking to your children about what they’re learning and experiencing in Hebrew school can fall by the wayside in the face of work pressure, or unexpected emergencies.

And yet, it is when life is busy that we can best honor our Jewish faith through small daily acts.

During this season of life, I find comfort in the ways I can incorporate Judaism into my daily life that are modern, feminine and simple.

Following are 7 ways I have found to stay connected to Judaism no matter how busy I get.  

Indulge memories

Take the time to remember how Judaism has shaped who you have become.  It could be remembering older family members, the Jewish holidays of your childhood or thinking about how your parents responded when you came home and asked them “Who is Jesus”?    

Eat a Vegan Meal

Enjoying a simple vegan meal means eating a meal that is meat and dairy free.  The good news is that this is also a kosher meal. So enjoy!  Here is a simple vegan meal guide to help you get started.

Passover Pesach Vegan Plant Based Jewish Holiday Recipe

Watch Jewish Videos

We live in a time where there are Jewish videos for all ages and on endless topics. For me, I watch Bimbam with my daughter every week before Shabbat.  This meaningful weekly screen time is something she loves and I feel good about because she is learning about Judaism.

Display a beautiful Jewish object in your home:  

Intentionally place a beautiful Jewish object on display in your home.  Whether it be a menorah, a kiddush cup, a ketubah or a letterpress Jewish holiday calendar is up to you.

Jewish Holiday Calendar

Pin Jewishly

There’s something about being quiet with beautiful images and allowing yourself to curate an ambiance that is relaxing and creative.  This is true for when we are looking for inspiration for remodeling our kitchens, what we will cook for dinner or the clothes we will place on our wish list. It is also true for our relationship with Judaism.  We can curate our own experience of Judaism on Pinterest.

Jewish-Pinterest-JewishFoodHero

Do something kind

Acts of kindness (a.k.a doing a mitzvah) towards another person is something we can do anytime and in our own way.  It can be as simple as writing a letter to another person who needs some support right now, buying a colleague a cup of coffee, or taking extra time spend time with to your child today.

Take a 25-hour break from technology

Powering-down our computers and phones (and other electronic devices) for specific and routine periods of time during our week can rejuvenate us and allow us to reconnect with ourselves and the people around us.  Shabbat is a perfect time to take a weekly technology break.  


In the comments, I’d love to know: What modern, feminine and simple ways do you connect to your Judaism?

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  1. I work with a jewish employer.im happy because they’re very nice and understanding family.im not jew but my religion also observes shabbat and im lucky to be here in israel..

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      Myra: It is so nice to hear about your positive experience with your Jewish employer and that you feel lucky to live in Israel. Thank you for commenting and sharing with us.

      1. There are countless examples of wonderful, heartwarming memories of my
        sweet Jewish childhood. I had no desire or need to ask who Jesus was. This example is inappropriate; it does not belong in your article. Stick to your nice concept and helpful information. Also, why must our actions be effortless. The step-wise process, the effort if you will, provides opportunities for beautiful experiences.
        Shanah Tovah!

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          Dear Diane: Thank you for taking the time to comment. No, all of our actions need not be effortless and it feels nice when some of our actions are so natural that they require no effort. A healthy mix works. L’Shanah Tovah

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  2. I really enjoy your blog and your loving approach to Judaism. In response to your question of ways to express my Judaism, this is the Year of Hakel, the ingathering of Jews all over the world . How to achieve this? Plan an online class with friends from other countries, plan a party for your birthday (have it take place on the Hebrew date), plan an event with Jewish women and enjoy some games and music together. In our city, we have a night of Jewish music and art by local female musicians and artists. We invite women from all denominations to share their talents. Or do a buffet of vegan meals with friends and family.
    chanaperelman@gmail.com

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      Chana: Thank you for your nice words about Jewish Food Hero. Your ideas are inspiring. I am personally looking for an on-line Jewish class. And of course a vegan buffet is a wonderful event! Save my seat. Thank you for commenting here and sharing your ideas with us.

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  3. How can I see a clearer pic of your Jewish year poster? I’d love a copy!! Thx!!

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      1. I agree! It’s lovely! Any chance you would offer one without dates? Or with a tiny summary of what each holiday is? I’d love to have a copy to display for years (and not seem “outdated” :))

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  4. I light the Shabbat candles and sing the blessing over the daughters in Hebrew to my daughter, who sings it in English to HER daughter. Then we sing Shalom Aleichem. Even if we do nothing else to observe the day, we always do that.

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      Hello Li’el: I love reading about your tradition. One time I was at a Shabbat dinner and an older woman told me that the most important thing was to be consistent with your traditions in your home. It sounds like this is what you and your daughter are doing. The Friday night Shabbat blessings and singing sounds like a highlight of the week.

  5. Thanks for sharing these wonderful ideas! I am an artist and my work encompasses Jewish universal themes of peace and understanding, 36 righteous people in the world, Jewish identity, and connection with Israel. I will be speaking on the subject with my artwork at various locations.

  6. Thank you for sharing these great ideas! I am an artist and my work deals with Jewish universal themes of peace and understanding, 36 righteous people in the world, Jewish identity, and connection to Israel. I have exhibited and will be speaking on the topic in the near future at different locations.

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      Renne – It sounds like your work is a way that you connect with Judaism. Me too! Thank you for taking the time to read this post and keep in touch about your exhibits.

  7. Thank you so much for sharing this wisdom, it is so important now more then ever to show love to others and to keep our faith!

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  8. There’s something about being quiet with beautiful images and allowing yourself to curate an ambience that is relaxing and creative.

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  9. Thank you so much for writing this post! I am about to start living on my own and wanted to know how to incorporate judaism into my daily life.

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  10. I only have one Jewish friend but he is an amazing knowledgeable person who has shared the Pesach Seder at my church and invited me to his home for one as well. Nothing moved me as deeply as the Seder, I was crying and everyone thought it was the horseradish. I’ve been on a wonderful journey back to the roots of my Christian faith since. I’ve visited Israel for 11 days, I have Jewish items in my home I make Challah on Friday afternoon and light Shabbot candles. Oh you have a wonderful culture.

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      Bonita, thank you for your heart warming comment. It sounds like you had a good experience with your Jewish friend, at the Passover Seder and in Israel. It is always good to hear positive stories such as yours.

  11. I pray every morning, Friday night, or Saturday morning. I often visit shul on Saturday morning. I read the Jewish Press and go onto websites like Chabad and A I s h . I send tzedaka to Hadassah, the local Chabad Houses, and Rabbi Baal Harness and I keep several charity boxes in our house. I also read kosher recipes and experiment in the kitchen.
    My oldest close friend is in Israel but I don’t like to fly so I play back videos of her grandchildren that she sends to my cell.

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      Hi Betsy:
      I like your idea of having several charity boxes in your home. I currently have one and after reading you, I think it might be a good idea to get one more.
      Thanks for taking the time to share and comment. Sincerely, Kenden

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