How to Entertain Someone More Kosher Than Yourself

Goddess Party Supplies from Harlow & Grey   If you have regular contact with friends or family that are stricter in their observance of kashrut (Jewish dietary laws) than yourself, it can be difficult not being able to reciprocate their hospitality. But with careful planning, attention to detail, and an honest conversation, you can feel

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Jewish Gift Ideas for the Dad & Grad

If you are still stuck on what to get your dad or grad, here are my top Jewish gift ideas for the man and the grad. FEATURED PRODUCTS one / I wrote about this Travel Shabbat Set before but it is perfect for the traveling dad or student whose dorm accouterments need to be compact. two

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A New Look for Chai & Home

If you have been following Chai & Home for more than a couple of years, you know that I regularly say I am going to redesign the web site. Well, as you can see by looking around, I’ve finally done it! Chai & Home is going to be six years old this November and the

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Shavuot Menus To Suit Every Taste

I generally serve two dishes for my family: one is take it and the other one is leave it, but when entertaining others you have to be more flexible and account for a variety of tastes and food preferences. I keep a mental note of the variety of things my friends and extended family eat

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5 Spectacular Paper Flower Crafts to Master for Shavuot

It is hard to decide whether my favorite aspect of Shavuot is the paper crafts or the cheesecake. Okay, it is the cheesecake, but paper crafts come a close second. Historically for most Jewish communities, Shavuot is celebrated in part by bringing in fresh flowers and other botanicals into the home and synagogue, but in

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Shabbat Picnic Essentials

Although this week the weather here in LA has taken a cooler turn, the week prior was blazing hot and it made me aware that the season for outdoor dining is upon us. We don’t have air conditioning in our home so we eat outside a lot in the summer months. Outside doesn’t mean it can’t

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Bubbe’s Bargains: Numbered Napkin Rings

This is an interesting Bubbe’s Bargain that I’m not quite sure what to do with, but I feel must have some kind of use for the Jewish home.  It is numbered napkin rings from Restoration Hardware that on them have the numbers 1-8. Why you would number guests’ napkins I have no idea, but because several Jewish

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