I was the only non-English speaking kid in my second-grade class, until, three months later, a red-headed boy appeared in the classroom doorway, with the deer-in-the-headlights look immediately recognizable to fellow immigrant children everywhere. Twenty-four years later, I had the pleasure of making a custom ketubah for Yan and his beautiful wife, Jessica.
He knew she was the one when she was able to pick up on all his pop culture and sci-fi references. For her, it was when he started talking about how much he cared for his family, which includes his pets.
After being a guest at my wedding, and with her own wedding scheduled on the horizon, Shannon bravely enlisted me to make her ketubah – my first official ketubah order. I have to confess -- I was nervous. This was a lot of responsibility! It's one thing to make a ketubah for yourself and your husband (who, let's be honest, loves everything you do), but quite another to create something that your friends will keep in their home forever and pass on to their future children!
I want to extend my deepest gratitude to Melanie Woodrow of ABC7 News for helping spread the word about my efforts to replace ketubahs for anyone who lost theirs in the recent wildfires in California.
While some elements of the Passover story don’t quite sit right with me (Ehem, death of the firstborn), I still love the idea of a whole holiday that celebrates freedom. We kick off the holiday with the Passover Seder during which we perform rituals connected to various parts of the story. Here are 5 ideas for adding a Progressive modern twist to your family’s seder.
Purim is right around the corner, kicking off the evening of March 20th. With Passover the heavy-hitter and sneaking up right after, this super awesome holiday often times gets overlooked. I am here to make the case that Purim is hands-down the most festive and fun of Jewish holidays and we should absolutely not miss it!