20 Prompts for Reflection for Rosh Hashanah (+ Free Download)

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20 Prompts for Reflection for Rosh Hashanah

The High Holidays are busy and our best intentions to connect with the spirit of the holiday can fall to the bottom of our to-do list.

Before the holidays begin, it is possible is to carve out a little time to myself and focus on reflecting on the last year and setting intentions for the year to come.

Here are the 20 prompts to support you.

If you crave time for yourself where you have space to think, feel, and pray, this is for you. 

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From the Jewish Food Hero Kitchen: Twice Baked Sweet Potato Tzimmes

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Twice baked sweet potato Tzimmes

A new twist on classic tzimmes: a twice baked sweet potato version.

Tzimmes (sometimes spelled tsimmes) is a traditional Ashkenazi Jewish sweet stew typically made from carrots and dried fruits such as prunes or raisins, often combined with other root vegetables.

Tzimmes is often part of the Rosh Hashanah meal when it is traditional to eat sweet dishes.  (Good to know that it can be served for Pesach/Passover too as it meets all the kosher for Passover requirement.)

I’ve adapted a traditional tzimmes recipe with healthy ingredients that are all plant based.

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Returning to Self: A Feminine Approach to Teshuva

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Returnin to Self: A feminine approach to Teshuva

With the High Holy Days approaching, I’ve been thinking about Teshuva and how I want to observe a day of atonement this year. However, all the guides and resources for this process I’ve come across feel distant, hard to relate to, and lacking in empathy. In other words, not great.

I’m seeking a more supportive, feminine Teshuva experience.

Teshuvah in Hebrew means to repent and chet means to sin. Looking deeper into the etymology and literal meanings of these words, a more nuanced story emerges.

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Chag Notebook: Leah Penniman

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Chag Notebook: Leah Penniman

Leah Penniman is an educator, farmer, and food justice activist from Soul Fire Farm in New York State.  She is committed to dismantling the oppressive structures that misguide our food system, reconnecting marginalized communities to land, and upholding our responsibility to steward the land the nourishes us. I am honored she agreed to share her thoughts with us

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

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Chag Notebook: Andrea Grinberg

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Andrea Grinberg is the co-owner of Wrapunzel, a business that sells beautiful head coverings for the global Jewish community. Earlier this year I was browsing YouTube, looking for inspiring Jewish media, when I found Andrea’s channel. She instantly charmed me. I was touched by how much meaning she’s found in Judaism and how her business is in service to our Jewish female community.

Her work aligns with my desire to create more beautiful Jewish objects for women, so I was excited when she agreed to be interview for this series. Let’s get to know Andrea and learn from her.

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Satisfying Your Summertime Sugar Cravings

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Summer is the perfect time to enjoy sweets, and getting creative with healthy desserts is one way to meet this desire. There is an abundance of fresh produce, and the warmer temperature incentivizes lighter options.

Plant-based eating carries over to dessert, too. As a reminder, plant-based eating includes vegetables, fruits, tubers, whole grains, and legumes (and excludes meat, dairy, eggs, and highly-processed foods).  

This means that there are SO many options for healthy desserts based on a plant-centered approach. Serving healthy desserts is a way of giving your family and guests food that is good for them while still satiating their craving for something sweet.

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Once Upon a Time

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Once upon a time there was a Jewish woman who was living in a kingdom without many other people like her.

Before many of the Jewish holidays, you would find this woman at her computer, Googling “Sukkot dates in 2015” or opening her digital calendar to reference Hebcal. It was the same process month after month, year after year.

She felt frustrated with the options available for tracking the Jewish holidays. None of them were inspiring, and certainly none of them added beauty or nourishment to her life.

So this woman decided to go on a quest to create the thing she most longed for—a work of art that also kept the Jewish holidays in the front of her mind.

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Writing a Letter to Your Child at Jewish Summer Camp (+ Prompts)

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Jewish summer camps are an institution. They’re a place for children to connect with one another, learn more about Judaism, and PLAY.

One of my favorite childhood memories was getting a letter from my mother every day while away at Jewish camp. At home she had a drawer where she kept all sorts of cards and stationery, and she would write me daily notes from home. I still cherish and remember this well, and my mom still has the letters that I sent back in reply.

It got me thinking about the pleasure inherent in writing your child a note while they’re away at summer day camp or overnight camp for both the parent and the child.

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