Bubbles tickling your nose and fizz tingling on your tongue are two of the hallmarks of cheery flute of champagne or sparkling wine at your special event, whether you’re thinking about the wedding toast or New Year’s Eve. In this edition of Shabbat shalom we’re giving you some tips on choosing sparkling wines. Seems like a good plan for a Friday, right? Making Sense of Sparkling Wines Champagne: Despite the country-specific naming requirements for sparkling…


Thanksgivukkah sounds like a novelty holiday, made up for a prime-time sitcom. Festivus, anyone? This year is the once-in-77-millenia time when two of our favorite fall food holidays, Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, will coincide. There is no shortage of great ideas out there for celebrating Thanksgivukkah with a wink and a smile. Even the most stalwart Thanksgiving purist can find a few ways to create a Jewish fusion with the Festival of Lights. If you haven’t…


One of the best things I saw this week was this sweet video from Paula Abdul discussing why she lights the candles each Shabbat. Paula made this video about three years ago as part of Chabad’s Friday Light project, and I vaguely remember seeing it when it premiered. Her lovely thoughts on the mitzvah of candle lighting resurfaced this week because Abdul, now 51, is currently on her first trip to Israel, where she’ll celebrate…


It happens every year The High Holidays come (either early or late but, never right on time), football season starts (Hook ‘Em Horns), the kids go back to school (one left for college this year) and the evaluation begins. Where was I at this time last year, what did I accomplish, where did I fail and where do I want to be at this time next year.   Of course recent events are the easiest to…


Wow!  What a week it has been. I admit it doesn’t happen often.  Usually, by Friday morning I am anxiously awaiting Friday afternoon as the time to turn off my email box and its not so subtle reminder of all there will be to do come Sunday.  But, on the rare Shabbat–like the one that begins tonight-I will take a deep breath, and sigh with happiness at how much I’ve managed to learn, grow and…

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