My Five Tips for Mindful Shopping

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My Five Tips for Mindful Shopping

As Chanukah approaches, many of us are feeling the pressure of shopping for our loved ones.

It’s interesting how, especially in the U.S., gift giving for Chanukah feels like it is growing in intensity, both what we are expected to give others and what we expect to be given from others.

In fact, buying gifts is perhaps more (if not entirely) a reflection of the consumerism culture in which we live than an expression of the Chanukah narrative meanings or spirit.  

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Chag Notebook: Ruth Messinger

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Chag Notebook: Ruth Messinger

Ruth W. Messinger is president of American Jewish World Service (AJWS), the world’s leading Jewish organization working to end poverty and realize human rights in the developing world.

I first discovered American Jewish World Service during a talk on Shabbat at Congregation Bonai Shalom in Boulder (immediately after, I applied to be a volunteer and was accepted and served in Chennai, India!).

The thing I most admire about Ruth is the way she has taken her social justice values into public service to help so many people. Let’s get to know Ruth and learn from her.

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Building Community: My Practice of Inviting Non-Jewish People to Shabbat

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Building Community: My Practice of Inviting Non-Jewish People to Shabbat

When I moved overseas in my 20s, I willed myself to start having Shabbat dinners. I knew that repetitive action changes behavior, and I wanted to get better at creating community.

There was only one (admittedly big) challenge: There often weren’t many Jewish people in the places I was living.

Faced with the choice between isolation and community, I chose to start a practice of inviting non-Jewish people to the Shabbat table.

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Self-Support Practice: How Eating Solo Benefits Your Family

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Self-Support Practice: How Eating Solo Benefits Your Family

Life with children changes many of your routines, and one of those is how you experience mealtime.

(As a disclaimer, I feel very blessed to be at a place in life where I enjoy sharing meals with my family. My French husband has been the mealtime anchor in our family, and we do have beautiful and nourishing routines. A topic for another post!)

As a mother, you’re often focusing more on what your child(ren)’s experience is… Is their food too hot? Is the food cut into small enough pieces? Do we have everything on the table? Is everyone happy? Does anyone need my help?

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Chag Notebook: Tilla Crowne

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Chag Notebook: Tilla Crowne

Tilla Crowne is an artist who works primarily with living and biological materials. Her largely autobiographical work engages with themes of home, trauma, belong, and regeneration. I discovered Tilla through a magazine feature that I found when I was at a playground with my daughter in Phnom Penh last Pesach. I went to her website and immediately connected with her art and work. Let’s get to know Tilla and learn from her.

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