THREE THINGS TO NEVER FORGET ON A JEWISH MOTHERS BIRTHDAY

‘What's the difference between a Jewish Mother and a Rottweiler? …Eventually the Rottweiler lets go!’ People have been making jokes about Jewish Mothers for as long as the world has been circling the sun. Yet for all our joking around, you’d be lucky to have a Jewish Mother in your life, whether you’re Jewish or not. Yes, the Honoury Jewish Mother is a thing. The stereotypical Jewish Mother can be pushy, over protective and over bearing and can guilt you into doing things but all for your own good, of course. She will wonder why you don’t pick up the phone to tell her you got home safely, even when you’re in your forties and she will feed you incessantly even when you are not hungry. You kno

CHANNUKAH GIFT IDEAS FOR YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY

It’s that time again, the Festival of Lights has arrived and we’re again thrown into utter confusion working out how to spell the word Channukah. Go ahead, Google it, you’ll find at least five variations. In the lead up to Hanukah most of us battle with our sense of reasoning because we suddenly panic and feel guilty about the amount of calories we’re about to consume and yet, relenting to our rich traditions we end up indulging in way too many latkes and donuts and feeling sick and guilt ridden afterwards. Channukah is considered by many people as the Jewish equivalent of Christmas, probably because it involves eating lots of food, giving gifts, spending time with family and friends and obv

BAR/BAT MITZVAH PLANNING AND CHECKLIST

Bar & Bat Mitzvah's bring so many happy memories for years afterwards, but yes, they can be hard work too! You needn’t dread planning them though, even if you’re not organised by nature it should be enjoyable, so long as you plan ahead and let your creative side come to life. After all the planning stage should be fun, try not to get too stressed. When else do you get to spend so much money in one go? My Husband and I did 3 Bar Mitzvahs in the space of 5 years and it was such a brilliant time, not for the bank balance but definitely for the memories it has left us all with. WHEN PLANNING YOUR BAR/BAT MITZVAH THERE IS ONE QUESTION YOU MUST ANSWER FIRST. MONEY MONEY MONEY Before you go off da

HOW MUCH MONEY SHOULD YOU GIVE AS A BAR OR BAT MITZVAH GIFT?

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Gifts – Should you give money and if so, HOW MUCH SHOULD YOU GIVE??!! People are always asking how much money is okay to give for a Bar/Bat Mitzvah gift. Firstly, a Bar/Bat Mitzvah is the celebration of a Jewish child making the transition into Jewish Adulthood. Rather than sending money, you might decide to send a symbolic gift such as Jewish Books, Shabbat Candlesticks and so on, or something useful for the child as they grow older such as travel luggage. You needn’t send money at all. But if you have decided to give money for the Bar/Bat Mitzvah gift…. The question is: HOW MUCH MONEY SHOULD I GIVE? THE JEWISH SYMBOL OF LIFE (18) CHECK OUT THE TABLE BELOW. So, we have a lo

THE MYSTERY OF JEWISH CHICKEN SOUP

I want to understand the magic of Kosher Chicken Soup. Why is IT that Jewish Chicken Soup is so legendary? Not just in Jewish homes but globally. I switched on #ITV two weeks ago to listen to #SharonOsbourne talking about #Matzoballsoup on the #XFactor and Adam Sandler named his dog after the legendary Kneidel (Matzo Ball). It is so much more than just SOUP. Whether you call it Jewish Penicillin, Matzo Ball Soup or simply, Jewish Chicken Soup you'll be hard pushed to find any chef in the world who hasn't tried to crack the secret recipe and try their hand at the Alchemy. It's not just Jewish Chefs either! Jamie Oliver also had a punt at it but I kind of feel he missed a trick by not using a