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!