The best way to prepare your child for the best year possible is, of course, by preparing.
If you are spending the time in the kitchen, make it worth the effort. Make it taste good. Make it look nice.
In the true desire to cut down on unnecessary purchases, for myself and for others, I have begun asking people directly what they want as a gift.
But how to get sleep when you just can’t relax enough or find yourself waking up at random times during the night?
This summer, why don't we try to do better and cool off without blowing our retirement fund?
In my circles, manning the barbeque is traditionally a male job, but there is a lot more to a successful barbeque than dropping the meat onto the grill.
One summer, I managed to go the entire season without an air conditioner in my bedroom.
Plants calm you, help you concentrate, help you breathe better, they even help with the creative process.
We want the gadgets to do the hard work for us, preferably with minimal cleanup time.
People like to say that dirt isn’t chometz, but as Rabbi Dovid Orlofsky says, if dirt isn’t chometz, how can you tell? Besides, are you really going to take apart the whole closet and then not wipe it down before you put everything back? If you’re not going to clean the mess now, when will you?
Whether you are staying home for Pesach or going away, it is nice to have something new to enhance this special Yom Tov. With rhinestone monograms now so readily available you can turn many household items from ordinary to extraordinary.
In the interest of complete honesty, I will tell you that I have learned most of these lessons the hard way.
The number one way to avoid many of the typical challenges that could delay a child’s success and growth in the coming years is by utilizing a well-thought out routine.
To avoid all this waste and unnecessary anxiety, let’s break the task down step by step and tackle each one at a time.
Don't be afraid to try something different.
Shopping on AliExpress requires some planning.
American Jews have the impression that France, and Paris in particular, is a terribly dangerous place for Jews. However, to my pleasant surprise, I learnt that this was not the case.
When I was first married, a good friend invited us over for Shabbos. Nechuma works multiple jobs, has six children, and always produces the most lavish Shabbos and Yom Tov meals. When I asked her what her trick was, she told me: “A house always looks nice as long as it is clean.”
Make a list of all the things you must do today, number them in order of how much you detest them, and then do the first one on the list first.
As the chat pinged back and forth, a few suggestions arose that seemed worthy of a spot in the obssessives hall of fame.
Yom Tov is about spending time with your family. And while for some families the big once-in-a-lifetime experience is great, for others something low key is the way to go.
Given that this is a consumer column, you can rest assured that I spend countless hours coming up with creative and innovative money saving ideas, but for a change, I am going to try something different and share some of my pet peeves, those moments when you can't believe how much you are paying and how little you are getting in return, when you find yourself shaking your head in disbelief and wondering aloud, "Are they serious?"
It’s tough to catch some glam in an otherwise pretty non-glamorous life. In the 21st century, who isn’t overstressed, overwhelmed and overbooked? The roles...
Whether you decide to go formal and proper or playful and laid back, just remember that Pesach is all about transmitting a powerful legacy from one generation to the next.
He had no doubts, he had no questions; he had the most beautiful emunah p'shuta and perhaps, as a small reward, Zaidy was able to see the revelation of G-dliness in this world.