Homemade Etrog

We built a beautiful sukkah out of bamboo this year but did not manage to get an official lulav and etrog which were apparently in short supply.  I  went googling around for a solution and I found this inspiring piece from Tikkun Knits about a lovely felted wool etrog. It sounded like a great child friendly and affordable idea, veering from tradition but still in keeping with the holiday.  So I decided to make something similar. I used a scrap of yellow fleece material that was left over from another project and stuffed it with fill from an old pillow.  I worked with my son who is always happy …

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Sukkot

Sukkot is one of my favorite Jewish Holidays, and it is wonderful and fun for kids.  You get to build a club house and decorate it with all of your awesome art and crayon creations. You can eat, play, and sing in it, and, if you are lucky, camp out under the stars. From a farmer’s perspective, the holiday makes lots of sense.  Sukkot falls during the peak of the fall harvest. I find it very natural to feel a direct connection to our ancestors who built sukkot long ago. And from a mother’s perspective,  shifting meals outside is a …

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