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Whether you’re a vegetarian, a vegan, or you’re just trying to cut back on your carnivorous habits, Impossible Meat and Beyond Meat are pretty darn close to the real thing. They look like meat, have the same texture and are almost indistinguishable from their authentic counterparts. These two meat substitutes,...
Portugal may be a small country in terms of area, but it has so much to offer visitors that you may end up like me with plans to return time-and-time again. The southwestern European country was on my radar for many years, and I finally visited for the first...
There is SO much to do in San Francisco it would be impossible to fit it ALL into one trip, no matter the duration. Between the various hikes for all levels, the insane culinary scene and lists of restaurants to visit, and all the touristy spots, you can’t go...
Sourdough: It’s what all the cool kids in quarantine are doing. But what exactly is it, and what’s involved? This article will explain all of that, plus I’ll introduce you to Olivia and Amy, my sourdough starters. Maybe by the end of this article, you’ll be convinced to hop...
As the vibrant capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires is the most visited city in Argentina. While the capital city is pretty much my boyfriend abroad (if cities could be significant others), there’s another Argentinian city in that I also hold very near and dear to my heart - Bariloche. Neighboring...
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We’ve all been there, looking at yourself in the mirror for hours wondering, “when did this spot show up” or “where did this line come from?” Being concerned about an aging face is a tale as old as time, but you don’t need to torture yourself with plastic surgery and...
A city that never sleeps needs a specific recipe for success. Luckily, Israel has all the right ingredients. Whether that recipe includes its boisterous nightclubs on the pier, its hidden bars, or its unique and savory restaurants, you can always find something that will keep you up until it's...
July 4th is this weekend, which means that it’s time to share some red, white and blue recipes. Whether you’ll be spending Independence Day enjoying a barbeque with family in your backyard or relaxing poolside with friends, these refreshing, healthy and easy frozen treats will contribute to your chill...
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It’s officially been seven months as of April 2020, since I moved alone from NYC to Tel Aviv. The transition has been a rollercoaster with the first three months proving to be some of the hardest of my life. COVID-19 hasn’t made the past two months the easiest either....
If the words “meal-prep” cause your brain to boil more than a pot of water pre-pasta, you’ve come to the right place. Welcome to the page that is going to be your go-to resource for all things meal-prep. If you don’t know what meal-prep is, that’s okay too, because...
Every year, I always make grand plans for my birthday. For obvious reasons, this year was a tough one to plan. Before the coronavirus rained on my special day, I had plans to throw myself a party at my favorite karaoke bar in Tel Aviv - the one and...
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It’s obvious to everyone that now is the time for change when it comes to equality. We as a whole have been silent for too long, and it’s time to show our support for the black community and the Black Lives Matter movement; be that through a social media...
Traveling provides many opportunities. Being fortunate enough to travel to new places (both near and far!) allows for an exploration of a new place, culture, the opportunity to meet new people and most importantly try different types of food!  One of the best ways to explore a new place is...
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Social distancing has us quarantined in our homes for nearly a month at this point. It’s really put a haul on our normal lives. So many things that should be carrying on as usual are pushed off or canceled completely. People are canceling vacations, working from home, and even losing...
Shavuot is approaching, which is perfect because it’s a great time to put the cooking skills you’ve worked on throughout quarantine to the test. Due to the traditional Jewish diet containing a lot of meat, many feel lost when it comes to cooking for Shavuot, since it’s customary to...
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To Color or Not to Color, that is the Question. At some point during this quarantine, admit it, you’ve thought about changing up your hair. If you’re like most people on the internet, you’re probably so bored in quarantine that you’re willing to do just about anything to keep you entertained....
Some mothers send stuffed teddy bears and chocolates to their stressed children in college. Others pack a doubled nine-by-thirteen aluminum tin with crispy-top-rich-center potato kugel and hand it to their daughters’ friends to transport the 230 miles from Long Island to College Park. My mother falls into the latter...
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While we have all made major adjustments to our lives due to COVID-19 which has necessitated what is sure to be a lengthy period of social distancing, we are now challenged to try to make the most of a bad situation. Clearly, this won’t be easy, and we all...
Zoey Deutch has been one to watch ever since she first appeared, aged 15, as a Sprouse twin’s love interest on Disney’s The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. Now, after movies including Vampire Academy, Flower and Set It Up, she’s finally arrived. With the Netflix series The Politician...
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Challah is one of the most important – and delectable – foods in the Jewish culture and religion. We eat it not only on Shabbat, but on holidays, at weddings, and any other events we want to make extra special. While we love even a basic challah (let us just...
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Our names are what make us unique. They give us an identity and hopefully portray our best personality traits with their meanings. When it comes to Judaism, Hebrew names are especially important. It is said that they embody your unique characteristics as well as your God-given gifts, and channel “spiritual...
We all know that exercise is a great way to keep your spirits up when you’re hunkered down at home. But what do you do when the gym is no longer open, and it’s impossible to practice social distancing at your local park?  The comfort option Not so long ago, home...
To be completely honest, I’ve been venting to my mom about how I’m dreading Passover for the past three weeks. In the past, Passover, like most Jewish holidays, has brought families together. However, now it comes at a time when it’s best to be apart. Combine that with the...
It’s that point in the fashion cycle when all eyes are on the new season campaigns. With some of the most stylish members of the tribe being tapped for major ad campaigns this season, here are the Jewish icons to look out for.  Marc Jacobs for Givenchy https://www.instagram.com/p/B8pAf6roElV/ One of America’s best-known...
A few weeks ago, talk of a potential “global health crisis” was just that: talk. Many of us quickly dismissed all discussions of the worst possible situations, as this mystifying virus did not affect us personally as young people. Much has changed since then. Streets are empty, restaurants have started...
My grandfather always told me you can tell a lot about someone from the shoes they’re wearing, but what if they’re wearing no shoes at all? This question never crossed my mind before; it was a given that everybody had shoes. Then I went to Ethiopia. The city of...
Bosnia & Herzegovina is not a country that comes to mind first when thinking about Europe or places to visit. However, it should be. I had the opportunity to spend a day in this beautiful country when visiting Croatia and it’s one of the most popular, yet under-discovered, day...
Purim is here and with that usually comes a lot of nosh, candy, and generally unhealthy eating and habits. Consider these five tips to make this already happy holiday a whole lot happier -- and healthier, too! Build a Nutritious Mishloach Manot I’m not telling you to send your friends green...
Cancun, Hawaii, Tahiti, Bermuda. What do all these places have in common? Along with being beautiful, serene spots, they are some of the most frequented destinations for honeymooners. While you’d love to sit on the beach sipping Mai Tais at some point, you’d rather go somewhere a little more...
Singer, actor, director, and enduring LGBTQ icon, Barbra Streisand lives her life at such a constant pitch of fabulousness that she could be our Jewish Fashion Icon of the Month every single month of the year and it would always be richly deserved. But the Streisand stardust feels particularly...
If you knew that you were having cookies for breakfast, you’d probably get out of bed a lot faster. Hopefully that will be your new reality after you try these recipes! Though having a sit-down breakfast is a nice thought, it’s not always realistic, since mornings tend to be...
Cheers to a new year, and cheers to a new decade! 2020 does not only mark the beginning of a new decade; it marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Roaring Twenties. That's right, we're going back to a prosperous era in American history when Jazz was...
Snow’s on the ground, hats are on our heads, and hot cups are in hands. Yup, it’s officially winter. If you plan on -- gasp -- leaving your house this season, you know that you’re going to need a coat that will do more than just keep you warm; you...
Riga, Latvia is often skipped over on European trips but as it was largely untouched in WWII, this Eastern European Baltic city should not be missed. It does get cold in the winter so plan your trip accordingly and make sure not to miss these must-dos and check out...
How are you hoping to get organized this year? If your strategy includes a pristine new yearly planner, a stack of pens and some stickers, and possibly even an Instagram account, then mazel tov: You’re all set for a productive (and meaningful) year of journaling. Journaling is the wellness trend...
On January 27, we commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Back in November, I had the privilege of hearing a Holocaust survivor speak at the historic Sixth & I synagogue in Washington, D.C. This was now the second time that I’ve had the honor of talking with a Holocaust survivor and...
There’s nothing I love more than a good road trip. And on my post-army backpacking trip in South America, one of the many highlights was the Carretera Austral highway in Chile. For the typical post-army Israeli, this highway is a must on their adventures. Most do it through hitchhiking...
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When Chanukah came around, were you the first person in your friend group to buy the “It’s Lit!” interactive sweatshirt? Will you refuse to leave the house until you can find the necklace you bought at the shuk in Jerusalem? If so, you’ll want to add this kitschy Jewish...
Imet Ran (pronounced Ron) Nussbacher back in 2017 while producing a food and wine variety show in Washington, D.C. He brought samples from Shouk, his plant-based fast-casual restaurant located just outside of Chinatown in Northwest DC. We got to talking, and I learned he was Israeli. I wanted to know...
My years in the travel industry has taken me to many corners of the world, but none of these travels prepared me for the incredible country of Portugal. About the size of Maine or Indiana, this country is not only beautiful but friendly, affordable and unpretentious. While not typically one...
There’s no doubt about it: This is Scarlett Johansson’s year. The highest-paid actress in Hollywood for the second year running (and the highest-grossing star of the decade), she’s about to hit the awards circuit thanks to her standout turn in Marriage Story. With a Golden Globe nod already in...
If the 60s were all about the mini skirt and the 80s awash with shoulder pads, what will come to define the decade of fashion that’s just passed? Here are a few of the contenders…  Athleisure If any one trend influenced what we wore in the 2010s, it was this one....
The Yacht Week is a week-long trip during the summer with a ton of different routes and options through Croatia, Montenegro and Greece. You spend the week living on a yacht with a group of people (either random or chosen in advance) and traveling with multiple yachts (when I...
It’s common for people to eat more than they’re comfortable with on Hanukkah. A reason for this could be because potato latkes, which are rich in carbohydrates, tend to be the star of many Hanukkah meals, while little attention is often given to the vegetable or protein food groups....
Before any great vacation can begin, you've got to get packing! I’ve found myself to be traveling a lot within the past few years. Between visiting friends, family, holidays, and vacations there are a lot of places to go and people to see. Whether I’m leaving for a week, two...
For years, Jewish comedians have dominated the industry. From Jerry Seinfeld to Jackie Mason, Joan Rivers to Gilda Radner, Jews have had a monumental impact on stand-up comedy, movies, and TV. Now, newcomers have shown up and been passed the funny baton. These funny humans are carrying on the legacy...
It’s almost winter, and we’re here for it! Cozy up with these easy, hearty soups that will fuel you through the cold weather. You can prepare your soup on a Sunday to enjoy throughout the week, or freeze it to enjoy later! Soup is one of the most efficient...
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Going to Israel is a magical, life-changing experience … and one that can come with a steep price tag. You can easily spend over $1,000 on an El Al flight from the United States to the Holy Land, and, not to mention, the room and board and food there...
Remember a time before music streaming and e-books, when people actually used to go out and buy CDs, paperbacks and all the rest? It could be that a full-to-bursting closet will soon feel as outmoded as a media shelf groaning with DVDs. Renting your wardrobe is suddenly a thing —...
The Netherlands. An example to the world when it comes to public transportation and urban design. In 2014, 36% of the citizens in the Netherlands said that the bicycle was their most frequent mode of transportation on a daily basis, just behind cars at 45%. The Netherlands are unified by an...
As a vegetarian, I understand how Thanksgiving can leave those who don’t eat meat feeling excluded. It can be hard to sit around the table watching everyone around you feast on turkey and other meat-containing foods. However, Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be difficult. Whether you’re a vegetarian or not,...
Ahhh, Instagram. It’s the place where you can find great recipes, cute dog videos, and the latest fashions modeled by some of the best-looking people in the world. It’s also where you can get in touch with your Jewish culture and follow some truly inspirational, interesting, hilarious, and entertaining...
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There was much goodwill and rejoicing in mid-October this year, when it was announced that there’s to be a new Catwoman in town — and she’s a member of the tribe! Playing opposite Robert Pattinson in the upcoming movie The Batman, it’s our Jewish fashion icon of the month,...
Europe’s third most populous city, Madrid, trailing London and Berlin, has a population of 3.2 million within the city limits and nearly seven million in the metro area. Located in the heart of Spain, Madrid is a perfect starting or endpoint for a visit to the Iberian Peninsula. Upon...
Okay, I’ll be the first to admit it. I’m a New York snob even though I’ve lived in Minnesota for years. Not about everything, of course, as there are many aspects of life here that are far superior to those of my hometown. But when it comes to food,...
Does the thought of going out to dinner with a stranger make your heart sink? You’re not alone. If you’re planning a first date, you’d better close that restaurant reservation app right now. Matchmaker and dating coach Lori Salkin, senior matchmaker for http://www.SawYouAtSinai.com and http://www.YUConnects.com, doesn’t actually recommend going out...
While some of 2019’s film festivals are already behind us, many more are coming up. As is often the case, there’s a superb collection of new Israeli-made and/or Jewish-themed flicks to enjoy this year. Whether you’re lucky enough to view one, or several movies, at a popular film festival...
Fancy going bespoke but not so keen on schlepping to Savile Row? Sharp-dressed New Yorkers are now heading out to Williamsburg instead, where the tailoring house of Tiefenbrun is causing a stir. It’s perhaps not the most obvious place to get measured up for a suit — but then,...
You love your dog. And you love to show off your Jewish pride. So why not combine the two with some adorable Jewish clothing for your pup? From costumes to sweaters and collars to religious doggy gear, here are some items to stock up on that’ll delight you and demonstrate...
Las Vegas is a neon adventureland for adults, a place where anything and everything is possible. Naturally, I was ecstatic when my friend called about taking on a girls’ trip to Vegas in honor of her birthday. As an East Coaster who has never ventured out to the opposite...
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Deciding to convert to Judaism is a serious matter. The conversion process can take years of studying and engaging in rituals like celebrating the holidays and Shabbat, eating kosher, and learning Hebrew. Depending on what religious stream you are converting to in Judaism, the process can entail different things...
Fashion trends can be really unpredictable. For example, who would have ever seen tie-dye making a comeback this summer? Knowing what’s in and what’s out is the key to being fashion-forward. Everything influences the way we dress, and the past decades play a big role in today’s fashion choices. Lucky...
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Whether you live in New York City or are planning to visit, one of the most enjoyable things about this great metropolis is the 30,000+ restaurants from which to choose. And in this most diverse city on the planet, there are many more cuisines to consider than just pizza,...
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Sukkot, also known as the Festival of Booths, is the perfect time to flex your creative muscles and show off your decorating skills. This year, go big or go home with some interesting and unique decorations that will be sure to create a magical vibe in your hut and...
With Yom Kippur approaching, I think it’s safe to assume that you’re looking for ways to make your fast go by faster. Here are some fasting tips and clarifications that will help you focus on your prayers rather than your stomach! Prepare Your Body Early Though the fast is only one...
When you look to the southern region of France, you’ll find the city that the French refer to as Nissa La Bella, Nice the Beautiful. My travel pal Joe and I stopped there on our way out of Italy. We took a four-hour train ride from Genoa along the southern...
Beanie Feldstein is so perfectly now that if she didn’t exist, you might have to invent her. Lighting up front rows and red carpets fresh from her star turn in Booksmart, the actress previously known as Jonah Hill’s little sister is the fun, inclusive style icon the fashion world...
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Since college football and the NFL are returning, let's take a look back at Sid Luckman, a Jewish sports legend who had an incredible and long-lasting impact on the game of football. Luckman grew up in Brooklyn, New York and was a highly sought-after football recruit. He spurned better and...
You just spent the last four or five years of your life sitting in a classroom, partying in your dorm, and working hard at internships in your field. Now that you’re officially done with undergrad, you’re not sure if you’re quite ready to enroll in an advanced degree program....
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Are you looking for new recipes this Jewish New Year? Here are some that feature Rosh Hashanah symbolic foods, or simanim, such as beets, carrots, pomegranates, dates, and ­– of course – apples and honey. Enjoy these tasty and nutritious recipes on Rosh Hashanah and beyond! Beet, Carrot and Cucumber...
It’s time to update your wardrobe, but this time with our tribe fashionistas' collections! We gathered the top four influencers that created their own fashion brand with a variety of clothing from swim to workout wear, and so much more! We Wore What https://www.instagram.com/p/ByDYrOxJ1H2/ Danielle Bernstein AKA WeWoreWhat is such an icon...
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Life is all the more enjoyable with a cold beer in hand. And there are more beers than ever to choose from, given the craft beer explosion in the U.S. that also arrived in Israel a few years ago. While long-time staples such as Budweiser, Miller Lite, Michelob and Coors...
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Troye Sivan entered the cultural zeitgeist in 2007, when he began making singing YouTube videos performing covers such as “I’m Yours” and “Crazy Love.” The young star, though, was propelled into the spotlight when his 2015 album, “Blue Neighbourhood,” came out – and as did he, just two years prior,...
Jewish women are renowned for being strong figures and trailblazers, all the way back to Biblical times. Today, Jewish women are making their mark in many areas of business and having a major impact on the world. Check out these amazing Jewish female business leaders that are changing the very...
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With only about 24 hours in Bangkok, a city used usually as a transportation stop before heading to the North or the islands of Thailand, you can really get a feel for the city and see all of the main spots if done efficiently. Bangkok gets a bad reputation because...
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It all begins with the touch of a button. One click, one scroll, one like -- and suddenly you’re sucked into a wireless black hole that is extremely hard to escape from. In what seems like mere seconds, endless scrolling can result in hours of wasted time. Slowly but...
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Fashion fans will be glued to their TV screens on November 12th to catch the debut of Very Ralph, a new HBO documentary about Jewish fashion legend Ralph Lauren. Unbelievably, this is the first documentary portrait of the designer, who’s been in the business for over 50 years, but...
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After a long day at work, or perhaps on a lazy weekend afternoon, you’re definitely up for a good binge-watch. You’d like to watch something funny, or perhaps dramatic and action-packed – you’re not quite sure. What you do know is that you’d like to find something with a...
You rush into your apartment, dropping several shopping bags (and their contents) onto the floor as you catch your breath. There’s one hour until Shabbat, and you still have to clean your room and bathroom, make several pre-Shabbat phone calls, shower (and somehow make yourself look presentable), catch up...
Traveling is fun. Weddings are joyous. When you combine those two, you are in line for something truly special. I had the honor of attending the wedding of Britt and Steve. Steve was someone who I went to high school with, though he was a couple of grades ahead, and...
It’s summer in the northern hemisphere and it's time to enjoy the last weeks of sunshine. Whether you'll be at the beach or in the mountains, we’ve discovered eight gadgets to complete your summer. Mobeego We’ve all experienced the frustration of having our mobile phone lose power when we’re at the...
How do you feel when you’re fasting? Does going without food make you feel more mindful — or is the whole thing just an agonizing slog as you count down the hours until you can eat again? If it’s the former, you might just be onto something. With Tisha...
Summer is here and that means wedding season is in full swing! For anyone who has ever been a bridesmaid, you know there’s a lot that goes into looking absolutely picture-perfect.  Being a bridesmaid can be so fun and rewarding, but it’s not always easy.  Whether it’s your sibling, roommate,...
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Brunch in Tel Aviv is a whole experience of its own and my list keeps on growing of the best brunch spots to visit in Tel Aviv. When someone asks me where to go on their short four or five-day trip to the city, I actually have a hard...
Any dermatologist will tell you that proper suncare is non-negotiable — and not just when you’re on vacation. But there’s a difference between knowing what to do, and actually doing it. A recent poll found that while 70 percent of millennials in the US are concerned about sun damage,...
The Tuscany region of Italy is known for many great things. It is the central region of Italy and is home to some of the most famous cities in Italy. Florence, Siena, and Pisa to name a few. Well, this story isn’t about any of those places, it’s about a...
Summer is here, and with it comes open windows, chirping birds, light breezes and beautiful sunny days. It’s the perfect season to grab a new book and escape from this crazy world we live in. That, of course, is if you’re a reader of fiction, where talented authors weave...
If you’re getting married soon, then you’re going to have to start searching for a ketubah, or a Jewish marriage contract. Today, couples have many options for the designs of their ketubahs. They can keep it simple with a pre-made, laser-cut ketubah, or hire an artist for a custom-painted or...
A city that lives its life on the beach, Tel Aviv knows a thing or two about swimwear — and Israeli brands are sizzling right now. Hotel pool or sandy cove, wherever you’re planning to spend the summer, here’s how to add some Tel Aviv beach culture to your...
Are you brave enough to try these Israeli dips? Watch as these eight Americans try various Israeli condiments for the first time and consider offering them at your 4th of July cookout.
Did you know that Jews created the American comic book industry as we know it? From Action Comics #1 to Maus, the contributions of Jewish graphic novelists and comic book artists are too big to be ignored. Max Ginzberg and Harry L. Wildenberg released the first comic book in 1934,...
July 4th is just around the corner, which means it’s time to invite over some friends and fire up the grill. However, you want to make sure you’re having a cruelty-free holiday, complete with meat alternatives and vegan sides. Whether you’re trying to incorporate more meatless meals into your life...
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What makes a fashion icon? Sure, what you wear is important — as is how you do your hair. But these days, mastery of social media (even when you don’t actually do Instagram) counts for a lot, too. That's why this month’s Jewish fashion icon is Mila Kunis. Those divorce...
The sun beat down on the masses. The air was thick with humidity, shouts of joy, streams of water from supersoakers, and rainbow banners. June is that time of year. The time of year the biggest party in the Middle East (and technically Asia) comes to Tel Aviv, Israel. Pride...
Pride month has evolved into a celebration not just for the LGBTQ+ community, but for those who promote love and acceptance among any and all people. Though not a part of the LGBTQ+ community, I’m definitely a supporter! One of the many ways to show your support and celebrate...
Summer is here! And for millions of New York City residents, that means it’s time to get outside and enjoy the seemingly endless activities that Coney Island has to offer. While Coney Island was once a real island, the waterway that separated it from Brooklyn proper, known as Jamaica Ditch...
From mountain vistas in the north and bustling Tel Aviv to Jerusalem’s history and Eilat’s reefs, Israel offers unforgettable summer experiences. Did you need a reason to visit Israel this summer? Here’s 12: Your plans won’t get rained out Because summer is Israel’s dry season, you never have to worry that...
One of the perks of constantly traveling between the US and Israel is that between the two countries there is so much to discover in Europe. As I traveled back to Israel from Boston I applied my recently discovered travel hack (see this article) to save a bit of money...
Though it might have failed its lunar landing at the last second, for a while there SpaceIL’s Beresheet spacecraft had us all transfixed. At the same time, a recent picture of a young Jewish scientist was going viral. Hands clasped over her mouth, eyes dancing in delight, Dr. Katie...
After surviving the grain-free holiday of Passover it’s time to celebrate no restrictions and mostly dairy food AKA Shavuot. As every Jewish holiday consists of lots of food, Shavuot is no different. This holiday theme is Dairy, and we are up for the task. Here are some of the best...
When I started writing this, I had no idea whether Bette Midler was going to be a guest at this year’s Met Gala on May 6. (Although she’d certainly been before, attending as Marc Jacobs’ date in 2016). But given the theme of this year’s exhibition and fundraiser —...
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There are plenty of phenomena that you just can’t explain to an American, but the Eurovision Song Contest might well be the most difficult of all. If you’ve never devoted a Saturday night in May to watching a succession of local superstars emoting for their country, followed by a...
To date, only a handful of nations have ever made it to the moon. The United States sent humans to the moon in 1969. The U.S.S.R. actually beat the U.S. to the lunar surface when they sent an unmanned mission in 1959. And China has also sent unmanned missions...
Jewish deli food is apparently always in demand. In fact, our last "Best Delis" article is the single most popular feature we've ever published. Since you can't get enough of a good thing, we're updating our list of the best Jewish delis in the U.S. just for you. Because...
Sure, plenty of designers make clothes you might like to wear, but how many of them have the wit and charisma to sustain your interest across a movie, a memoir, or their very own cabaret show? Meet our Jewish Fashion Icon of the month, and possibly the only fashion...
When you think about yoga, you’re probably not imagining plyometrics (jumping) or elements of tribal dance. But that’s exactly what Bizzie Gold introduced into the mix when she founded Buti Yoga in 2012. After being discovered by the likes of Julia Roberts, Buti is now taught by 6,000 instructors...
Whatever your Passover plans, they're probably not as amazing as the Passover celebration on offer from Wilderness Torah, an organization that celebrates Judaism’s earth-centered traditions. The experience is so appropriate that it borders on genius: a four-day trip to California, where you build your own village and find freedom...
Passover is fast approaching, and with it comes a lot of cleaning, shopping, and prepping for the holiday. In years past, you might have gone to your parents, in-laws, or your local Chabad or Hillel, but now it’s time to host one on your own. Putting together a normal dinner...
If you think Kosher wine is only good for dripping on your plate while you count the plagues, have I got some good news for you! Israel produces some really nice selections that might surprise you. Here are four finds you can pick up locally and proudly serve at...
So I hope you haven’t gone full Marie Kondo yet, because you know all those sleep-away camp tees you couldn't quite bear to throw away? They’re back. For spring/summer 2019, the fashion world is heading back to the Summer of Love (or, possibly, a shared cabin in Northern California...
For a digital nomad like me, life is lived on planes, trains, and automobiles. In the two years I have lived in Israel, I've done my fair share of traveling back and forth to the U.S. Usually, when you book international air travel, you try to book the shortest route...
The Rainbow Tour
Meet Slav Adam Leibin, 32, who was born in Belarus. His journey as an emissary of The Jewish Agency (shaliach) gave him the strength to come out and inspired him to start Rainbow Tour – an organized excursion that takes visitors to important LGBTQ sites in Tel Aviv. Finding the...
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Who doesn’t love a good coffee cake? A cake disguised as something you can eat for breakfast — brilliant if you ask me. The only problem is it’s often loaded with refined sugars and unhealthy fats. These things are fine in moderation, but why not have a...
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When Jews hear that Purim is coming up soon, many think of what costumes they’ll wear, alcoholic drinks they’ll consume, or what they’ll put in their mishloach manot baskets. But put down your hamantaschen for a minute and remember that it's all about how much Queen Esther sacrificed...
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It might be Spring, meteorologically speaking, but is your face still saying “Winter”? I feel you! Here are five simple ways to bring some of the fresh looks of the season into your beauty regimen. Back to brown [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JaetUihn0Vs%5D The 90s are back — and...
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Feeling creative? It’s nearly time to flex your costume-making muscles, because sunset on March 20th marks the beginning of Purim — aka Jewish Halloween. At least, that’s how it sometimes feels in the US. In Israel, Purim is something more akin to a Jewish version of the...
March 17th isn't just St. Patrick's Day. Did you know it's also National Corned Beef Day? Corned Beef isn't just for the lucky Irish though; it's arguably the most popular Jewish deli meat of them all. But why is called corned beef and how is it made?...
Pixie Cut
Lately, I've found myself texting my family pictures from the Prada Fall 2019 Menswear show in Milan and asking, “Should I get a pixie cut?” The cropped hair on the Prada runway was a trick of the eye — styled to look like a...
Fashion month? Boring! Turns out the style heroine we all need right now is nowhere near the international runways; instead, the fashion world is going gaga for a sassy Jewish New Yorker with a mop of red curly hair, a cigarette permanently clamped to her lips, and a habit...
Whether you’re a dipper or a dunker, whether you eat cream first or cookie first, everyone loves Oreos; Nabisco says they are milk’s favorite cookie. Who am I to say otherwise? If you’re looking for an excuse to eat them (or just happy to add a cookie-based...
Lentil Bowl
I try to pack as many veggies as I can into my meals, especially lunches. I love huge salads for lunch – nothing better than a ton of veggies, some protein, and fresh homemade dressing. They're delicious, fill me up, and leave me energized during the day. But...
Some of my fondest memories of growing up in New York City revolve around food. For many like me who have moved away to other parts of the U.S., there’s an ongoing search for the true New York City style Jewish delicatessen. They are all over the...
Thirdlove Bras
What was the first thing you did when you got home today? If you took off your bra the minute you walked through the door, then chances are you have yet to discover the joy of wearing ThirdLove — a San Francisco-based brand well on its way...
D id you ever wonder what Virginia Woolf’s private parts would look like as a dinner plate? What about Georgia O’Keeffe’s? No, me neither. Natalie Barney Test Plate #2, Evidently, artist Judy Chicago has given this much thought. Two pieces representing these famous...
Who doesn’t love a good kindness story? If you can’t get enough of those viral videos where the kindergarten children surprise the janitor with a gift, or everybody in the workplace chips in to buy one of their co-workers a car, then February 17th is the holiday...
Awards season is in full swing — and while it’s great to see so many Jewish nominees and winners (mazel tov, Michael Douglas, Justin Hurwitz and Patricia Arquette!), it’s really all about the frocks. Never mind Bohemian Rhapsody versus A Star Is Born... for many of us...
Should Jews celebrate Valentine’s Day? It feels more problematic than Christmas somehow — partly because it’s associated with a Christian saint, but also because there’s isn't another holiday in the Jewish calendar that falls around the same time. We actually do have our own version, but unlike the...
When people think of Chicago dining options, their minds go instantly to Chicago-style pizza, or hot dogs sprinkled with celery salt and sport peppers. And of course this is true. You will find unrivaled deep-dish pizza and Chicago dogs in the Windy City. But in the last few decades,...
This year's big winner was decided before the Oscar nominations had even been announced. The coveted winner of the Red Carpet Grand Slam — the starlet whose fashion choices during Award Season catapult them to a whole new level of fame — is a nice Jewish boy from New...
No pressure, but did you get engaged yet? “Engagement season” is in full swing, and you’ve only got until Valentine’s Day to pull it off. Starting at Thanksgiving and lasting through February 14th, these three months see 40 percent of all engagements in the US. Of course, there's...
2019 is in full swing and everyone is talking about the breakthrough resolutions they made for themselves. They proudly declare how they are “giving up” chocolate, or how they are going to go to the gym 5 days a week. Don’t get me wrong, I think self-improvement...
Is your New Year off to a healthy start? Eating well has never been easier, with new and old food trends popping up on lists and recipes everywhere. I've rounded up my favorite food trends for 2019 -- I'll be exploring each of these in more detail...
With gift-giving season behind us, there's no time like the present to remind you that every gift, no matter the size, requires a thank you of some sort. Call me old-fashioned, but quickly shooting off a text message or email doesn’t quite cut it. Here are 6...
Looking up at the forest
Even as minor Jewish festivals go, Tu B’Shvat has always felt particularly tiny. Hanukkah has candles, donuts and gifts; Purim is basically a Jewish carnival. For Tu B’Shvat (New Year for the trees) we're asked to do little more than eat a few nuts and commune with...
Travel is great for so many reasons. New sites, sounds, places, and people. But it's really the local cuisine that can change the complexion of a long afternoon, a day of walking around, or even bad weather. Food has that power, and while traveling across countries, for me...
It’s been a big year for Jewish style (isn’t it always?). From the unexpected trends to fabulous celebrations and the wedding of the year, here’s how the face of fashion changed in 2018. The trend ...
Anytime you go on a long trip where you’re bouncing from place to place among different countries, destinations can start to run together in your mind. When that happens, it's time for a change of scenery.  Photo by Harry Ehrlich.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg working out
The collars! The frankly astonishing workout routines! The merch! Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has become a full-fledged pop culture icon, and this winter the Notorious RBG is more relevant than ever. The Hollywood biopic If this summer’s documentary, RBG, and the new...
Barre Class
Nutcracker season is over — and while Disney’s cinematic version didn’t quite set the world alight this year, plenty of us are still reliving our annual dose of live ballet at the theater. The grace, the strength, the beautiful bodies... Feeling inspired to work out like a dancer?...
Amsterdam aside, the Netherlands is a country full of unique cities that are worth seeing; Rotterdam is the lesser known of the two Dams, and our visit there was a true travel exploration! More than just another Dam
As midwinter looms and the nights draw in, is there anything more tempting than a good soak in the tub? Lowering yourself into a delicious hot bath is such an obvious no-brainer that I can’t believe anyone felt the need to go out and prove it; nevertheless,...
Holiday travel is everyone’s favorite nightmare. On the one hand, everyone is especially excited to leave work/school for a week and go on vacation, but the thought of the airport/train station or any other public transportation during the holidays is absolutely terrible. New York City is in...
When we think of some artists, we can't help but think of the themes they return to throughout their careers. Claude Monet created more than 250 oil paintings of the water lilies in his home garden. Paul Gaugin painted scores of Polynesian women. Degas had...
Jewish Christmas. Yes, it's a thing. Traditions aren't only for Christians; were off work and hanging out with our families too. We just do different stuff. Looking for ideas for this Christmas? Here you go. Food Photo...
Snickerdoodles
Anyone who knows me knows I can't pass up a good dessert. I've learned to embrace my sweet tooth over the years, and instead of restricting myself, I do my best to manage the quality of ingredients I put into my baked goods. I love developing recipes made with real...
Hanukkah, Hanukah, Chanukah -- however you spell it, its finally here! If you're wondering what to do every night, here's a guide full of fun ideas: Play Cards Against Humanity - Jew Pack Hanukkah is a great opportunity to play a game that requires lots of players, like Cards Against Humanity....
The Nanny
Feather trim. Fanny packs. Leopard print — oh, and snake print. Looking at the fall/winter 2018 collections, you could be forgiven for thinking there was only one fashion muse in town: everyone’s favorite makeup-salesgirl-turned-babysitter Fran Fine, as played by Fran Drescher in the 90’s sitcom The Nanny. Right now,...
Not warm these days, is it? Still, one of the joys of winter is cozy knitwear, and there’s no shortage of Jewish inspiration. From destination knits to stripes and teddy bears, meet your new sweater icons. Sonia Rykiel   View this post on Instagram   It’s officially Christmas time ! Let’s warm up with...
Dog in stroller
This Hanukkah, I will mainly be buying gifts for other people’s dogs. Every day, it seems, another friend succumbs. “We did it!” says the inevitable Facebook post, accompanied by yet another picture of an adorable ball of fluff, as one more Jewish mom goes over to the bark side. At...
Red lipstick
If it’s the holidays, it must be red lipstick time. Chances are, you already know where you stand on this. Red lipstick is one of those things that you either wear every day or not at all: for some women, it’s their signature; the rest of us can’t remember...
Ghent Belgium
T he best part of travelling is the unexpected adventure that starts by connecting with new people. My memorable visit to Ghent started with a casual conversation in a bar in Rotterdam, Netherlands. As my friend Joe and I drank local beer and played cards, “travel tired” from a great...
Ess-a-bagels
Some people think that the best bagels can only be found in New York City, and they might be right, even after the tragic loss of H&H Bagels. But while New York does have more than its fair share of amazing bagels (something to do with the tap water), there are...
Chanukah comes early this year (like, December 2nd early!) which means you have less time than you think to track down gifts for your friends and family. But with a little inspiration, combined with online shopping and free shipping, you should be able to snag some great new gadgets...
Project TEN is an international development program run by The Jewish Agency for Israel that brings together Jewish young adults from around the world for volunteer work and cultural exchange with local communities. Programs are currently running in Ghana, Mexico, Uganda, South Africa, and Israel. Project TEN encourages participants to...
We've been following Jewish stories in period films since movies began. Who hasn't sung along with Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof or cheered the efforts of Oskar Schindler in Schindler's List? But not every Jewish story has to take place in the shtetl. Plenty of Jewish film and TV characters capture...
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina is making its way to the top of everyone’s American bucket list and it’s easy to see why. A charming little southern city with mild weather and an amazing food scene — what's not to love? It’s a perfect weekend destination — or a place to...
Cinque Terre at golden hour
Cinque Terre, (in Italian, "the five towns") are nestled in the northwest corner of Italy, close to France. With crazy vistas, bomb beaches, and pasta up to your eyeballs, the Cinque Terre region is a true jewel of Italian travel. The towns of Cinque Terre (Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and...
My friends always look at me like I’m crazy when I tell them I am visiting a whole city, or even worse, a bunch of cities, all by myself. I personally enjoy traveling alone and think it is a great way to learn more about yourself and immerse yourself...
Chagall Four Seasons Mosaic
Marc Chagall, one of the most famous artists of all time, brought his Jewish aesthetic to everything he did. The artist famously declared, “If a painter is Jewish and paints life, how can he help having Jewish elements in his work! But if he is a good painter, there...
It’s so great being Jewish over the holidays. There’s no pressure surrounding Christmas; just a bunch of fun stuff (office parties, gingerbread latte) if you happen to feel like it, and some other bits (eggnog, I’m looking at you) that you can safely ignore. And from mid-November onward, a...
Jews in America have always had a special love for baseball. Newly arrived Jewish immigrants embraced the all-American pastime as part of their integration into a new society. Everyone knew the basics of the game; its close relative, stickball, was one of the few organized games Jewish kids could play...
Krav Maga
Krav Maga is a self-defense system that was started in the 1930s as a technique for fighting fascists. It was developed and formalized for the Israel Defense Forces and is taught today as part of IDF training. This unique and always-evolving martial art takes the best of a collection...
Hannukah donuts
Olive oil, donuts, even elephants: the story of Hanukkah is packed with beauty inspiration. So this year, instead of socks and pencils, why not give gifts that are useful and contextual? Here’s my round-up of gifts sure to please the beautiful people in your life. One little candle… Scented candles have...
Jewelry store
From the Crown Jewels to Big Ben and the London Bridge, the UK's capital offers many infamous tourist destinations. But the world-class shopping is so fabulous that it would be silly not to at least do some poking around. (Even if it means skipping out one of the classic...
Sure, you can always pull out last year’s trusty black dress, or play it safe with jeans-and-a-nice-top. But 2018 is turning out to be a banner year for glamorous party wear: If the sequins don’t get you, this season’s one shoulder dresses will. Here’s how to sparkle for all...
Gratitude in the leaves
Can you train yourself to be happier in just five minutes a day? That’s the promise of the gratitude industry, a burgeoning school of thought that ascribes all kinds of benefits to feeling thankful — and not just at Thanksgiving. Various studies have shown that gratitude can help you...
We all know and love the many classic Jewish musicians who have dominated the scene over the years. From Bob Dylan and Barbra Streisand to Leonard Cohen, Billy Joel, Lou Reed, Simon & Garfunkel and Bette Midler, we’ve heard some incredible music from members of the Tribe. And the...
Jeff Goldblum
There was really only one name in contention to kick off our Jewish Fashion Icon of the Month series. Did you see Jeff Goldblum’s zebra print pants and sweater on Instagram last week? My daughter and I spent all afternoon WhatsApping each other about it. We are obsessed, and...
Memorial Candles
As a site dedicated to celebrating the GOOD things in Jewish life, the horrific shootings at The Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh have left us all bewildered and saddened. While it is nearly impossible to find anything good here to celebrate, one silver lining is the way Jews...
Winter Skincare
The high holidays are a fading memory; Chanukah’s on the horizon, and holiday gift sets are starting to drop in stores. Yes, according to the beauty calendar, winter has officially begun. Here’s how to prep your skin for the season. Change Up Your Moisturizer When temperatures drop outside and the thermostat...
The bar at Messa restaurant
I am pretty sure I was born to live in Israel, since I am obsessed with every type of food that comes out of that country. I hate eggplant in the US, but in Israel, it is one of my favorite foods. The way the food is seasoned and...
One of the things I am always asked when people want to know about eating less animal products and more vegetables is, what dishes do I recommend people try? This recipe is one of them. Veggie chili -- yup, made without meat -- can be delicious, and it's an...
Katz's Delicatessen Pastrami on Rye
Jews love food. We love to eat it, we love to talk about it, and we love to argue about who makes it best. And of all the foods Jews love to debate, nothing is quite like authentic Jewish deli. Whether you're getting together with family and friends, or...
For the past 17 years, Israeli Hanoch Greenberg has spent his summers in the American south, where he serves as a Specialist Supervisor and self-proclaimed “ambassador of fun” at URJ Camp Coleman in Georgia. Greenberg is the Director of Operations for The Jewish Agency’s Summer Camp Shlichim -- Shlichim are...
The Sephardic Legacy at The Contemporary Jewish Museum
With our long history of surviving attempts to erase our culture and stories, Jews are understandably proud of our accomplishments and determined to never forget our past. There's no better way to get in touch with the universal elements of Jewish culture, celebrate our shared stories, and honor those...
Kitchen prep work
Israeli cuisine's popularity is on the rise, from upscale dining experiences to addictive street food. These seven authentic Israeli recipes will have you serving up delicious dishes that taste like they've come straight from the land of milk and honey. Shakshuka Recipe courtesy of Dr. Shakshuka Ingredients: ¼ cup of canola oil ...
Lulav and Etrog
I’m serious when I say this: I love Jewish holidays that are very physical, require tons of preparation and take hours upon hours of work to pull off. Sukkot, which is on the 15th day of Tishrei, is one of my favorite Jewish holidays. Each year, right after our Yom Kippur...
Do you feel a bit verklempt when our fellow Jews make it to the top? I do. I take it to an extreme -- I'm like everyone's proud Jewish mom bragging about her kids. But really, each one of these impressive Jews has had an impact on the world in their...
The Band's Visit
"Jewish Film" is hard to pin down, exactly; it is as broad and diverse as the culture it reflects. As a category, it cuts through all genres – comedy, drama, romance, action, documentary – and tells the stories of Jews of all eras and backgrounds, from the shtetl to...
Jewish Designers
The glorious month of September is upon us, complete with pumpkin spice lattes, cooler evening temperatures, and of course New York Fashion Week. The weeklong fashion event, which kicked off September 5th, 2018, showcased designers premiering their Spring/Summer 2019 collections.   Fashion has always had deep-seated Jewish roots and while many...
Paris is one of the most famously romantic cities in the world, and one of my favorite places to photograph. It's a city that combines the best of culture, architecture and culinary delights. Every iconic spot is worth visiting in the day and at night as well --  the city...
Happy, angry, sad, bitchy, too good for anything, in love, dramatic -- I literally have a playlist for each of these moods and more. Music should align with your current vibe, and mine is constantly changing. When gathering my Top 20 Israeli pop songs I made sure to keep...
Jewish women have always dominated the comedy scene, from stand-up legend Joan Rivers to the dark and hilarious Sarah Silverman. Funny femmes like Gilda Radner, Lisa Kudrow, and Bette Midler have paved the way for the Jewish female comedians of today, and they're taking over the road. This next generation...
As a frequent traveler, I've learned that there are some things I just won't leave home without. Whether it’s a weekend escape, 4-day beach trip or 2-week adventure, I always have my staples. These necessities have helped me stay organized and saved me from mishaps and more. You can...
Avocado toast
Brunching in NYC is my favorite weekend activity no matter what. I love brunch food and am always looking for the next "best" brunch restaurant to call my new favorite. You can check out some of my favorite boozy brunch places near the Flatiron district. Keep reading below to find...
According to my birth certificate, being Jewish is my race, my religion, and my nationality. I like to call it the “Kosher Trifecta.” While I speak English without any sort of accent, something about my my physical appearance must tip people off to the fact that I'm not third...
Despite the high summer temps that most of the country is still experiencing, next season's fashion is already dropping in stores. From plaids to prairie dresses, here's a look at the top pieces trending this Fall and how to wear them IRL (in real life). And if you're saying "this...
Every August, Edinburgh, Scotland becomes the arts and entertainment capital of the world, bringing more than 50,000 shows to the picturesque ancient town. There are comedy, dance, theatre, circus, kids, and music shows happening at venues, big and small, all across town. A number of Jewish artists perform at...
Jerusalem, Israel
Friday in Israel is the best day of the week. The weekend is off to a start and there’s plenty of time to explore. This suggested itinerary will leave you feeling like a local. If you're starting the day in Jerusalem, start your day early. It’s an amazing feeling to...
Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
Over the last few years, Iceland has become a destination hotspot both in summer and winter. Just a 3 hour flight from NYC, this entirely different world is remarkably easy to get to.  Whether you want to see the Midnight Sun or Northern Lights, there are spots you cannot...
I have always loved the High Holidays. My mother is an incredible cook and entertainer, and Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur were two of her biggest and  best "parties" of the year. Her traditions ran deep, from the special china that she used to her homemade bite-sized sticky buns,...
Scrolling through Instagram or Facebook, it appears as if every blogger, model, and Jane Doe is frolicking on the beaches of Capri or making friends with the white walls of Greece. In reality, the majority of us are working at our desks, chasing kids around trying to keep them...
The air was thick with love and celebration as the 20th Annual PRIDE Parade took over the city of Tel Aviv. The parade, the largest in Asia, brought in a bevy of international tourism, as people of all races, creeds, colors, and sexual orientation flooded the streets to celebrate...
I was in a sleep-deprived haze, similar to all first-time mothers who bring their newborns home, when I received the call from my daughter’s pediatrician stating, "something popped up on her newborn screening test and a genetic counselor would be following up with me within the next few days." I...
As record summer heat rolls across America, air conditioners and fans are working double time. But if you're still sweating the heat, here are some simple tips to help you cool down. Stick with 100% cotton Although there are all sorts of new-fangled moisture wicking materials, nothing breathes and keeps you...
Growing up, I was always told two things by my traditional Jewish immigrant parents - I must become a doctor and marry a nice Jewish boy. So like most obliging daughters, I enrolled at Brandeis University and majored in Neuroscience. I dated really nice Jewish boys (Hi Ariel, if you’re out there)...
I wasn’t always the insane, detailed planner that I am today. I didn’t understand how important or how strong my desire to travel was when I was younger. My parents remind me (often) that I almost didn’t even see the David when I lived in Florence for a month...
Los Angeles is home to more than 600,000 Jews – so there's no shortage of amazing Jewish food here. From shawarma and shakshuka to ghormeh sabzi and gefilte fish, you can find any Jewish cuisine from the Persian, Israeli, Sephardic, and Ashkenazi cultures in La La Land. Here are some...
If your family is anything like mine, we start talking about our next meal while we're still eating the current one. Lately, there's been a lot of discussion about a host of modern Israeli restaurants that are delighting taste buds around the country with fresh ingredients, contemporary techniques and...
“Where should I go for seafood when I visit New Orleans?” That's everyone’s favorite question to ask me when planning a trip. True story: I lived in New Orleans for 4 years and never tried crawfish. Or oysters. Or alligator. Or gumbo. Or jambalaya. Also true story: I believe...
The beauty benefits of the minerals from the Dead Sea are known far and wide, and thankfully there are an array of skin care products that make those benefits portable. So, if you can't make it to Israel, no worries, these products will transport you and your body. MUD MASKS...
Welcome to So Tov, a lifestyle blog that aims to connect millennial Jews everywhere to one another and to Israel, through a shared zest for life and an appreciation of the “good” or “tov” things from great food and inspiring travel to the latest in fashion and the arts and...

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