The seasonal holidays are one of the most enjoyable times of the year. Whether its the spiritual vibes, the food, or the family time, there is something in it for everyone. Be sure to check out what we have to say in order to help you live your Best Israel Life.
Any Yom Tov can be overwhelming… but Sukkos is in its own overwhelming category. Shlepping everything outside, upstairs, downstairs, and back in requires planning, organization, and shopping in advance. Liveyourbil.com has amassed a comprehensive shopping list to help take the stress out of shopping. This list has everything you may need for Sukkos, including items for the sukkah. Use this list and be confident in your organizational skills! Wishing you a happy and meaningful Sukkos from the Liveyourbil.com family!
Lockdown over Sukkos?? Don’t worry! We have you covered! Here are some ideas for Chol Hamoed activities. Also, check out our article on how to make Yom Tov in quarantine, as well as our comprehensive Sukkos shopping list!
- Paint Night: order a DIY paint night and break out the canvases!
- Scavenger Hunt: Look online for all sorts of Grocery store scavenger hunts. Try to find exotic items or Sukkos themed stuff!
- “Chopped” Competition: Use any leftovers or interesting ingredients for a competition. You make up the rules and may the best food win!
- Socially Distant Sukkah Hop: Visit neighbors or anyone within radius for a socially distant sukkah visit.
- Crazy Walk: Go on a walk but make up some fun rules! Examples: only go down streets that have certain colors on it; go down any street that looks empty; make a right and left every couple of feet, no matter where you are! Be creative!
- Game Night: Monopoly is not just for kids! Borrow, buy or find any games that are available. Make some popcorn, drinks, and play the night away!
- Kumsitz: Open your windows, turn up the music, and belt out those tunes with your neighbors!
No matter what you end up doing, realize that it’s all part of the fun! Even if this year is the first year without going to the zoo, fun can be found anywhere!
Click below for helpful shopping lists for Sukkos. One list is a shopping list by store and the other is a shopping list by item.
Get Your Pomegranate
By Malka Levin | September 10, 2020
Rosh Hashana is fast approaching which means pomegranate season is around the corner! Luckily for us in Israel, this country is very holiday-oriented and symbolic. Whether you shop for your pomegranates in newly added bins at your local makolet, or from the teenagers yelling “Rimonim! Rimonim!” in the Shuk, you’re bound to end up with some of the land’s finest. Pomegranates play a big role in this auspicious time. You really feel the difference in this delicious Jewish country. Maybe you casually hear the shofar being blown through a Shul window as you pass by in the morning, or your child is coming home from Gan with familiar songs and projects. Either way, you can feel a serious tone take over. Rosh Hashana is coming and we want to increase our good deeds like the seeds of a pomegranate. What better way to represent this idea than on your Rosh Hashana table? Here are some delicious and easy ways to get 613 seeds into your Rosh Hashana feast.
Rosh Hashana Sangria
Ever want a fresh and fruity alcoholic beverage at your meal? Add some thinly sliced apples and the seeds of one pomegranate to any sangria. Yum! Click here for the recipe.
Quick and easy chatzilim
If you serve roasted eggplant with techina, throw some pomegranate seeds on top to add some deep purple color and unique flavor. Click here for the recipe.
Charred Green beans with a pop of color
Charred green beans are an all-time fav. With balsamic vinegar and garlic, you can’t go wrong. Why not throw in a handful of pomegranate seeds to add some crunch and a fresh burst of flavor? Click here for the recipe
*Any salad! *
Pomegranate seeds will immediately enhance any salad, and they go well with anything! Try it with regular veggies, a yummy fruit mixture or even over salmon or steak salad! Mmm enjoy! Click here for the recipe.
Yom Tov Meat
Speaking of steak salad, pomegranate seeds will greatly enhance your
Yom Tov meat as well. Add some right before serving to wow your guests – and your palate! Click here for the recipe.
6 Tips for Rosh Hashana
By Live Your BIL | August 30, 2020
With the #newnormal, many young foreigners are faced with making Rosh Hashana for the first time this year in Israel. Whether you are a seasoned pro or a newbie, here are some tips and hacks for the surviving the Holiest Days of the Year in the Holiest City!
- Be aware that you live in a Jewish country! The fact that Israel is a Jewish state is one of the most beautiful reasons to make Yom Tov here. Seeing throngs of moms buying apples, watching men walk to shul with shofars, and hearing the emotional soul-wrenching cries from a nearby shul cannot be experienced anywhere else. Although it is beautiful to watch so many people buying honey, be aware that EVERYONE needs to buy honey. And apples. And lettuce. Because so many people are buying the same popular items, stores tend to run out close to the chag. Be prepared and buy as many items as you can in advance. Don’t be afraid to be organized and buy things early- flashback to the memorable year when all stores in the entire Jerusalem ran out of lettuce!
- Become a Member of Your Shul. You may have davened in your neighborhood shul since you first arrived in Israel ten months ago, but come the Yomim Nora’im and members get a hefty discount when purchasing seats. This year, with the limited number of seats available, members will come first. You don’t want to shell out more than your entire annual budget on a seat for Rosh Hashana. Become a member, support your shul, and buy a ticket early while they are still available!
- Find Out About Women’s Shofar Blowing. Many women are not able to make it to shul on Rosh Hashana and there are hordes of talented shofar blowing men that will blow Shofar in the afternoon. Find out where the blowings are in your area so that you don’t miss out!
- Don’t Underestimate the Length of Davening. While in your hometown, davening may have started at 9 am and ended by 1 pm, in Israel many minyanim take a long time! Be aware that by the time the men come home from Shul and you finish your meal, it will probably be mincha time. This is for sure the case if you are hosting guests! It can be a nasty shock when you are about to serve dessert and your entire table needs to run out to Mincha so be aware of approximated start and end times of davening.
- Find a Buddy. Whether you are making Yom Tov for the first time this year, or you need to stay home from shul to watch your cuties, find a buddy! It can be very daunting to do the whole season alone (remember, men, are at shul most of the day!) Find a friend/ neighbor/ stranger who is in the same stage as you are and stick with them! Plan menus together, go shopping or take your kids to the park in the morning. Whatever it is, do it with someone else!
- Be Grateful! Spending the most powerful and holy days of the year in the holiest place on earth is not something to take for granted. Whether you can make it to shul or not, appreciate that you have a special opportunity this year that may not come by again!
When it comes to Chanukah in Israel, you can practically feel it in the air. With lit-up Menorah’s everywhere you look and the buses advertising Chag Sameach, it’s nearly impossible to ignore the holiday spirit. You can be sure you’ll be out at a Chanukah party almost every night eating all the doughnuts your stomach can take. Let us fill you in on a few tips and details about Chanukah in Israel to help you Live Your Best Israel Life.
Compared to most holidays, Chanukah is a pretty simple one. There are somethings to be aware of when celebrating Chanukah in Israel. Every person should consult their rabbinic authority in case of doubt.
One of the things to keep in mind is the time that people light the Menorah. In Israel, most people light at Shkia time (sunset), as opposed to other places throughout the world.
Additionally, many people light there Menorah outside as opposed to outside of Israel where everyone lights indoors. One should ask his rabbinic authority regarding what practice he should take on.
Now, let us provide you a few recipes to help you Live Your Best Israel Life!
1 kilo all-purpose flour (approx 7 cups)
2 tablespoons rapid rise/ instant dry yeast
¼ cup bread flour/ high gluten flour
½ cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla sugar (make your own; check out my post)
2 tablespoons brandy
½ cup oil
2 ½ cups water
Deep fryer (or fry in a pot using a thermometer)
Parchment paper squares (or cut squares yourself)
Combine all ingredients in the bowl of an electric mixer. Mix for 10-12 minutes.
Turn the dough onto your surface. Using a sharp knife, cut the dough into uniform balls. Weigh the pieces on a digital scale so you know they’re exactly the same size (30 grams is a good size for minis; 60 grams for regular). It helps to spray your hands with nonstick cooking spray or wear gloves.
Place each doughnut balls onto its own square of parchment paper (do not use wax paper!). Cover loosely and let rise for 1 – 1 ½ hour.
Preheat oil to between 340ºF – 360ºF. Place dough balls carefully in oil with the parchment paper square (hold the sides of the parchment paper as you lift it up and drop it in). Cook in batches of about 4 donuts at a time. Remove the paper with tongs once in oil. The donuts should fall off the paper on their own after a few seconds. Cook 2 minutes and then flip. Cook another 2 minutes and remove.
Drain on a baking sheet lined with paper towels. Let cool and fill with desired fillings.
1 egg per 1 pound of potatoes. A 5lb bag you’ll use 5 eggs and 1 tablespoon salt
1 lb potato (2-3 medium potatoes)
½ tsp salt
pinch black pepper
2 1/2 lbs are about 6-7 potatoes
1. Using the shredding grate on a food processor, shred half the potatoes. Switch to the kugel blade and grate the rest of the potatoes. Mix together with the egg and seasoning.
2. Heat oil in a skillet. Using a slotted spoon or spoon, scoop up the latke mixture squeezing out some of the liquid.
3. Add latkes to oil and fry until golden on each side, flipping in between. Drain on a paper-towel-lined plate.