holidays

It's always almost my favorite holiday.

As soon as we observe or celebrate the one we are in, I start getting excited about the one coming next.

And there are SO MANY WAYS to get into them!

Rabbi Goldhar's explanation of the Jewish concept of time and holidays really resonates with me. He teaches that Jewish time is cyclical and each year as we come into the time-space of a holiday we experience the holiness of the past meeting up with the present. I love that. I also love finding and creating vibrant ways to bring each holiday to life. 

 
 
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tu b'shevat

Creating my own Tu B'Shevat Haggadah transformed our seder. Original photos, text from our tradition, contemporary analysis, and communal participation bring the promise of renewal and growth to the coldest, darkest Minnesota winder day.

I'm currently exploring the possibility of making this haggadah publicly available.

A Tu b’Shevat seder is a gathering to celebrate the birthday of the trees, with lots of food, people, and laughter. Amy’s Tu b’Shevat seder raised the bar for a Tu b’Shevat seder in every way. This seder was exceptional, with learning, tradition, gaiety, and fun! Amy’s knowledge of Jewish life and community, and her ability to coordinate gatherings is what made her Tu b’Shevat seder great!
— Maya Shapiro, 5th Grade

Passover

In our home, we've been journeying from slavery to freedom with Noam Zion's A Night to Remember Hagaddah for several years. Beginning with burning the last of the chametz in the backyard fire pit, starting our seder with a walk down the sidewalk, and adding in fresh issue-relevant resources and readings, and plenty of songs.

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esther's feast

Several years ago, my wife asked me to create something for Purim that would allow for serious study of Megillat Esther before the holiday, but also be fun and joyful and our Esther's Feast was born. Similar to our Tu B'Shevat Haggadah, I created the text and am working on polishing it up for publication. 

 Of course, not everything Jewish is formal and serious!    With three members of the Apter Family, photo by Ana Apter

Of course, not everything Jewish is formal and serious! 


With three members of the Apter Family, photo by Ana Apter

 Chanukah is all about bringing more light into the world.

Chanukah is all about bringing more light into the world.

 Birthdays are definitely also chag (holidays). Some birthdays call for pink cake!

Birthdays are definitely also chag (holidays). Some birthdays call for pink cake!

 When friends who are Karen and who have lived in a refugee camp in Thailand for 20+ years are coming for Thanksgiving dinner, it makes absolute sense that Pad Thai should be on the menu!

When friends who are Karen and who have lived in a refugee camp in Thailand for 20+ years are coming for Thanksgiving dinner, it makes absolute sense that Pad Thai should be on the menu!

 Sukkah building is THE BEST with lots of friends.

Sukkah building is THE BEST with lots of friends.

 



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