Honor Your Woman of Valor or Eshet Chayil

Don’t get left behind without a gift for your mother on Mother’s Day. A great way to honor your mother is with a framed print of the Eshet Chayil or Woman of Valor biblical poem which is traditionally sung every Friday night before Kiddush. Eshet Chayil is a song of praise for the Woman of Valor of the home.

Art that incorporates the Eshet Chayil poem makes a great gift for your mother, whether it is for Mother’s Day, her birthday or just because. Mickie Caspi offers 3 different Woman of Valor prints. Each one is unique in its own right.





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Hamsa Lucky Ring

The Hamsa Lucky Ring is now available and makes a great gift. The ring is gold plated and decorated with cubic zircon stones and is designed to fit the entire lower part of your finger.

The hamsa hand is an old amulet to protect against the evil eye. The word hamsa actually means “five” and refers to the digits on the the hand. Hamsas have become very popular among many artists.

The Hamsa Lucky Ring has a very whimsical feel and makes a great Mother’s Day gift for the mother who likes unique and artsy pieces of jewelry.



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The Perfect Mother’s Day Gift- Woman of Valor Print

There is no better present for your mother on Mother’s Day than a framed print of the biblical Quote from the Book of Proverbs. The words are traditionally sung at the Shabbat table to a mother and wife by her children and husband. Many artists have taken the words of the Eshet Chayil- A Woman of Valor and created beautiful pieces of art. One of our favorites is a print by the artist Mickie Caspi that takes only a few lines of the quote and surrounds it by a beautiful arrangement of roses. The print is finished off with a regal looking gold frame. The frame measures 11in x 15in x 2 in.



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Don’t Get Left Without a Menorah on Chanukah

Chanukah is just around the corner, December 14-24 to be exact so this is the time to start thinking of buying a menorah. One of our all time favorite menorahs is the VW Bus Wheeling Groovy menorah. This is certainly a throw back to the 60’s. This menorah makes the perfect Chanukah gift or nice addition to your own menorah collection.

VW Bus Wheeling Groovy Menorah


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Calling all Lego lovers!!!

Your Lego obsessed son or daughter is going to love this new mezuzah by Jewdads. There are 10 different Lego characters that are available as mezuzahs- Darth Vader, Hello Kitty, Superman, Spiderman, Ironman, Chewbacca, Obi-wan Kanobi, Woody from Toy Story, Batman and Yoda. The Lego pieces for each mezuzah are glued together to create the mezuzah. These mezuzahs make the greatest gift for the young and the young at heart who spend hours upon hours building and creating with Lego.

Lego Mezuzah Superman Lego MezuzahYoda Lego Mezuzah

To view all available Lego mezuzahs click the link below.


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Seder Plate by Jillery… & dinner tonight.

I fell in love with this Seder Plate the minute I saw it. The seder plate is decorated with Jill Fagin’s trademark bead work. It has a very whimsical feel to it. The middle of the seder plate has the word “Pesach” spelled out in metal beads. The seder plate also includes a separate glass bowl for each of the different symbols.

They seder plate measures 13″ in diameter and sells for $98.

Seder Plate by Jillery


Moving on to Dinner: Homemade Pizza and Roasted Brussels Sprouts

If you just started reading my blog you are probably a little confused as to why I am discussing my dinner menu. As mentioned in a previous blog I find what to make for dinner to be the hardest challenge of the day. From what I hear from other people I do not seem to be alone. So while I am writing about the last cool Judaica Gifts, I thought I would also share what is cooking in my kitchen.


While Pizza should not be uttered in the same sentence as Seder Plate, it is what my kids requested for dinner. So tonight it is going to be home made pizza. The minute people hear the word “homemade” I think they get a little nervous. The truth is that the amount of time it takes to make pizza at home is the same amount of time it takes to order a pizza and have it delivered. The one difference is that the homemade pizza is 10 times better. I usually make a wholewheat pizza crust so the pizza is on the healthier side.

To make the pizza crust I use Fleischmann’s Pizza Crust Yeast and use the recipe on the back of the package. The only change I make it that I use 1 cup of regular white flour and 1 1/4 cups of wholewheat flour.

Fleischmann's Pizza Crust Yeast

Pizza Crust Recipe


This is the recipe for the pizza crust. You could also find the recipe at www.pizzacrustyeast.com .

After I make the pizza crust I roll it out and top it with whatever tomato sauce I have and then grated mozzarella cheese. Sometime I add sautéed onions or frozen corn which is a favorite of my kids.


The whole pizza making process takes about 20 minutes. After getting the pizza prepared I bake it in the oven at 475 degrees for about 15 minutes or until the cheese is a little bubbly and the crust has a light brown color.

While the pizza is cooking I prepare the brussels sprouts.  There is nothing easier than roasting brussels sprouts. I open up a bag of shredded brussels sprouts from Trader Joe’s, mix it with a little olive oil (about 1-2 tbsp), spread it out on a baking sheet with parchment paper and roast the brussels sprouts in the oven at 475 degrees for about 20 minutes. After  the first 10 minutes I mix the brussels sprouts so they cook evenly. After they come out of the oven I sprinkle them with a little salt.

Shaved Brussels Sprouts

You will be surprised but you will actually be able to say that your kids love brussels sprouts!!!

Happy Eating!

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The Hamentaschen Gragger…. And Dinner Tonight

Drown out Hamans name in style with this paper mache gragger in the shape of a hamentaschen. You will surely turn heads if you bring this gragger to synagogue as opposed the metal ones we all grew up with.

Purim Gragger

Paper Mache Hamentaschen Gragger

Don’t forget Purim is March 16.

What is for dinner?

So now that I have shared with you the awesome hamentaschen gragger I thought I would move on to what I am making for dinner, which is always the biggest challenge of the day.

So tonight it is going to be Shakshuka. I just learned that this is a Tunisian dish and in layman’s terms it is eggs cooked in a spiced up tomato sauce. There are many great recipes for Shakshuka but decided to follow the one I found on the “The Shiksa In the Kitchen”.  Here is a picture of one I have made in the past. (It is half eaten because my kids got to it before I could snap a shot.)





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