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Five Favourites for 31 Days (Day 9) – Chanukah favourites

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At the time of writing this, there is 1 month, 2 weeks and 4 days till Chanukah. Yes, that’s right: Chanukah begins the evening before the US Thanksgiving Day this year. That means we are already in full Chanukah preparation mode.

As a lover of Etsy, here are some favourites that I’d love for Chanukah!

1. Oy to the World pendant.

Source: http://www.etsy.com/shop/instile

Source: http://www.etsy.com/shop/instile

Also check out the other glass tile pendants in this shop. They are lovely! Witty! Funny! Beautiful! Cute!

2. Chanukah Stockings

Source: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ModernFair

Source: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ModernFair

I’ve been drooling over these stockings for a year now. Especially the burlap one. Can you imagine 21 of these hanging over our AC unit if it goes like this fireplace?

3. Ahava – Love necklace

Source: http://www.etsy.com/shop/DestinyAccessory

Love in Hebrew. The Star of David. Chai-Life. What else would be just a beautiful testament of love during this Chanukah season?

4. Western Wall (Kotel) Chanukiyah

Source: http://www.etsy.com/shop/MiriamsKiln

Source: http://www.etsy.com/shop/MiriamsKiln

Those who know me, or follow this blog know my intense love for Jerusalem, and more specifically of the Western Wall, also known as the Kotel. I’d love this chanukiyah (Chanukah menorah) in my home.

5. Chanukah Card

Source: http://www.etsy.com/shop/theBirdandtheBeard

Source: http://www.etsy.com/shop/theBirdandtheBeard

The ultimate card for your geeky Jewish friends!

I’d like to recommend that you check out other items in these Etsy shops by clicking the images. They are creative, fun, and not all of them Jewish themed! Who knows, maybe you find something to go beside the Chanukiyah, under the Christmas tree or with a birthday cake!

For other 31 Days posts, click here. For a collection of Hebrew and Yiddish words used in these posts, click here.

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1. Castle is back! Oh my gosh, I couldn’t wait to find out what Kate would say! And now I’m loving the most recent twist. I have a spoilerish theory. (If you are reading my blog just highlight the text to read it. If you read a feed, skip the next paragraph if you don’t want to know.)

What if this really is the last season and from now on they take on a format like 24 and Castle really dies at the end of the day? Not very likely, because there is always a way to ditch death for him and Kate, but hey, it could be interesting. 

So Castle aired Monday evening in the US, but because of various reasons I had to wait to see it. This morning Kevin and I were surprised by Bella and Nirel with breakfast in bed, so I got to watch Castle while eating the best omelette in town.

2. Look at the new Kindle Fire Family!  The “old” Kindle Fire HD now costs the same as a Paperwhite. Nathan, if you are reading this and still wonder what to bring back, I think that’s a pretty good deal. Not that I have ever had a Kindle Fire. I’d be tempted to get one only to get this case.

As I said I never had a Kindle Fire, and only briefly saw one, because the only person in the family who has one is one of our soldiers, and he usually doesn’t use it when he is home, but they use Android and I love Android. Actually since I upgraded to iOS7 my affection for Android has increased. So I’m sure Kindle Fires are great. And they have cute covers!

3.  Jo Nesbø. I started reading one of his Harry Hole novels to fill the gap between finishing the fourth Nikki Heat novel and the publication of Deadly Heat. Boy, I fell in love with the Harry Hole books, too! Reading Norwegian crime novels sits really well with loving Swedish and Danish crime shows and Wallander! Between those two series and all the new-to-me Derrick Storm books, I am set till at least Pesach.

4. There is a 50% sale on Malmö 2013 items at the Eurovisionshop! Buying a hoodie, a lanyard and a few Israel related items… I can’t wait for the Denmark 2014 things.

5. Educating my kids at home. It has been easier so far than I thought, and my kids seem to actually like to learn things. Some of them learn better in blocks, and are halfway through a certain subject for this year just by doing the work for “fun”.  Part of their education included Star Trek: Into Darkness. Don’t ask. But they are writing essays.

 

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1. I’m home! After being gone five and a half months, my biggest favourite for the week is being with my family, in my home, and adjusting to normal. This normal, however, is different, a new normal. Many things have changed in the nearly half year that I was absent from my family’s life, and not only the bedroom arrangements and wall colours. But it’s home. It’s eating together, it’s reading books to my children, it’s a dog always under foot, and two aloof cats ruling us all. It’s bento boxes to prepare, it’s curly hair to comb, it’s worrying about what happens when the USA strikes Syria, it’s baking honey cakes together with my children, it’s home.

2. Rosh HaShana! The Jewish New Year, 5774, begins tonight! Shana Tova! May you be inscribed for a good year!

3. With Rosh HaShanah come sweet things. Currently I’m very much in love with honey. And apples. One of the traditional foods of this holiday is apple slices dipped in honey. We already started snacking on them.

4. The nullification of vows. This morning we went to synagogue as a family, and it was a great service. We will be back for an Erev Rosh Hashanah service in the evening, after dinner. It was so nice to reconnect with the community, and be able to participate in hatarat nedarim. In this little ceremony, some vows that we couldn’t fulfill, but at the time of making them couldn’t know we wouldn’t be able to fulfill, are nullified, so we don’t start the new year and go to the day of atonement with the sin of unfulfilled vows.

5. Ivri Lider. After the concert on Saturday, I’m still on an Ivri Lider high.

Five Favourites – Poland Edition

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This weeks Five Favourites come to you from Poland!

1. Jasna Gora in Czestochowa. We had a lovely visit yesterday, as the two Catholic members of our travel party went to Mass, the rest of us walked around the monastery and the town. It’s one of my favourite pilgrimage sites to visit, even though I’m no longer Catholic. It has a lot to do with the paintings of Jerzy Duda Gracz I mentioned previously. Jasna Gora is one of the few remaining Pauline monasteries, and important to Hungarian pilgrims/visitors because the Paulines originate from Hungary.

lengyelorszag_2006_012.jpg - Windows Photo Viewer2. I found this lovely little shop in Czestochowa.lengyelorszag_2005-07_215.jpg - Windows Photo ViewerOne of the purposes of this trip is for my Grandma to meet members of the family that helped her and my grandpa after their liberation in Auschwitz. When they were leaving Oswiecim, the father of the family  gave my grandpa his possibly most valuable possession, a Doxa wrist watch. My grandfather used that watch till it was damaged in the Six-Day War of 1967. From that time on Grandpa didn’t wear a watch, till he could get it restored in 1993. Then he used it again till his death. In his will he wanted it returned to the Pawlik family, but so far they had no opportunity to meet up. And now… it’s happening. I bought some watches for some of my kids, I’m sure they’ll appreciate!

3. This region of Poland is not famous for its coffee, it’s famous for its hot chocolate. Some of my friends visited Kraków in the spring, and they suggested we try the pastries, cakes and hot chocolate at the Nowa Prowincja. We did. This morning we had breakfast there. Most excellent choice!

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4. Taking a few minutes to make the mundane special:

lengyelorszag_2006_064.jpg - Windows Photo ViewerThe same breakfast we have almost every morning. Added ten minutes to the prep time. Yes, so worth it, making this Wednesday morning feel special.

5. Not strictly Poland related, but I’ve been listening to this song on repeat:

And on Saturday… Ivri Lider concert!

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Wow. Haven’t done this one for a while. So here come 5 of my recent favourites.

  1. The August 20 Fireworks!
    Source: szeretlekmagyarorszag.hu

    Source: szeretlekmagyarorszag.hu

    Click the photo for more pictures!
    August 20 is St. Stephen’s day in Hungary. He was the first king of Hungary, as well as the first Hungarian saint (along with his son), canonized in 1083. He was also canonized in the Orthodox church in 2000. Several things have been celebrated on this day in the past, and since 1926 (I think) part of the celebrations included fireworks. Traditionally the great fireworks display of the year  is over the Danube, and it lasts about 30 minutes. In recent years special music is written to accompany the display, and this year I really liked it! The television broadcast can be seen here. We watched it from one of the hotels on the bank of the Danube. Very pretty, indeed.

  2. István, a király.
    istvánIf it’s August 20, I’m watching István, a király. It’s a Hungarian rock opera about St. Stephen of Hungary. It will get a more detailed entry soon, because I can’t just let pass the 30th anniversary production without a post why it was brilliant. Till then, here is a song from the 25th anniversary production from 2008.
  3. Jerusalem a Cookbook is another thing that deserves its own post.
    IMGP2537Tomorrow there is a food fest at the therapy centre, and I’m cooking two things, both aubergine (eggplant) based, and both of them will be made using recipes from this book.
  4. Szamos marcipán. I am a big fan of marzipan, and Szamos is an awesome brand. They also have cafés and sell lots of cakes, but their marzipan desserts are the best. Since I ate my piece fast, there is no photo of  it. So here is Theodore at Szamos, holding a Hungarian flag.
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  5. Harel Skaat as Aladdin. 🙂

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