January 20, 2018

About Rosh Hashana: Entertainment & Resources

This was originally posted in 2011 and I decided to recirculate it because the information is still so useful!

About Rosh Hashana: Entertainment & Resources

As we enter the Jewish Holiday season of Rosh Hashana (the Jewish New Year), Yom Kippor and Sukkot, I thought it might be helpful to have some educational as well as entertaining resources at your fingertips.  Here’s a list of some of the top websites where you can read up on the significance of the Jewish Holidays, where you can find some practical guidance and guidelines for the festival days, and where you can find some entertaining You Tube videos as well.

These sites deal with basic questions like ‘what is Rosh Hashana‘ as well as more complex issues such as ‘preparing for a three day yontif’ and the videos are musical, comical and uplifting!

Of course, all of these resources are FREE!

Educational Jewish Websites

Here are some of the leading outreach and educational websites about Judaism and the upcoming Jewish Holidays.

Chabad.org In addition to tons of mulit-media educational material you can also find high holiday/synagogue services around the world at this site!  You can also get some free Rosh Hashana e-cards here as well.

Partners in Torah Some of the best people work here (my friends!)

National Jewish Outreach Program Jewish Treats Guide To Rosh Hashana

Aish.com You can find great articles like a beginners Rosh Hashana Q&A as well as a Rosh Hashana eBook available for free

Ohr Naava Founders of the Days to Disonnect Campaign

Project Inspire Authors of The Road Home and IProd videos.  Many more videos can be found here as well!

Rosh Hashana YouTube Videos 

Newest 2012 Aish.com video What Makes Rosh Hashana Beautiful

Fountainheads Dip Your Apple

Rosh Hashana Rock Anthem  Rosh Hashana Rocks the House in this video!

The Rosh Hashana Song/Soul Bigger  the Companion to I’ve Got a Feeling/The Shabbat Song

Rosh Hashana Hannah OK, she’s a puppet but she’ll get your kids dancing!

Shalom Sesame Joke  I guarantee your kids will laugh at this one!

JewintheCity  Apple iDip !

Click here to read my post about where to find the best Kosher Recipes for the Jewish Holidays  – most of them FREE.

Wishing all my readers new and old a Happy & Sweet New Year.  May you be signed and sealed in the book of life and health!


Free Rosh Hashana Jewish E-Book from Levana Kirshenbaum

In celebration of the upcoming Jewish Holidays of Rosh Hashana and Sukkot, Jewish E-Books has a free holiday gift:  a FREE comprehensive 28 page Rosh Hashana cookbook, featuring two complete menus of Levana’s hand-picked favorite dishes with stunning, full-color photographs.

Click here to download your free Kosher Cookbook just in time for the holidays …. and happy cooking!

Wishing all my readers a ketiva v’chatima tova (may you be written and sealed for good).

Shana Tova!

The Best Kosher Recipes: Online and in Print

Where To Find The Best Kosher Recipes

The Kosher food industry has experienced an explosion over the last decade.  There are not only a multitude of new Kosher ingredients that we can use in our Kosher culinary creations today, but also thousands of Kosher recipe resources at our fingertips.   Many of which are FREE!

The explosion in Kosher food products and ingredients has been complimented by the creation of hundreds of new Kosher cooking websites, cookbooks and even magazines.  I’ve compiled a list of some of the most popular Kosher cooking resources.  These Kosher recipe resources will come in handy for any of your preparations for all Jewish occasionsShabbat, Rosh Hashana, Sukkot, Passover, Shavuot and more.


There are a plethora of Kosher cookbooks in print today.  Here are some of the most popular ones, any of which are sure to provide you with excellent Kosher recipes.

Classics like Levana’s Table: Kosher Cooking for Everyone by Levana Kirshenbaum,  Kosher by Design series by Susie Fishbein, Spice and Spirit: The Complete Kosher Jewish Cookbook, The Balabuste’s Choice Kosher Cookbook,  Jeff Nathan’s Family Suppers,  The  Book of Jewish Foodby Claudia Roden, Healthy Helpings by Norene Gilletz, and of course, Gil Mark’s Encyclopedia of Jewish Food and Gatherings.

The groundbreaking Kosher Revolutionby Geila Hocherman, Simply Southern: With a Dash of Kosher Soul by Margolin Hebrew AcademyHip Kosher by Ronnie Fein,  The Kosher Baker by Paula Shoyer, Hannah Kaminsky’s Vegan Desserts , The At Home Gourmet by Sarah Lasry and Adventures in Jewish Cooking by Jeffrey Nathan.

The Quick & Kosher: Meals in Minutes series by Jamie Geller, Jewish Slow Cooker Recipes by Laura Frankel, Persian Food from the Non-persian Bride by Reyna Simnegar, Soup: A Kosher Collection by Pamela Reiss, Kosher Elegance by Efrat Libfroind, The Complete Asian Kosher Cookbook by Shifra Devorah Witt, Quiches, Kugels, and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking in France by Joan Nathan.

And let us not forget the enlightening Challah books: A Taste of Challahby Tamar Ansh and The Secret of Challahby Shira Wiener.

Just click on any of these links to see these cookbooks in more detail and, of course, to buy one or two or three…  They make great Hostess gifts as well!


The last few years have also brought us many new online Kosher cooking websites as well, especially of the ethnic and whole foods variety.  Here’s a listing of some of the most popular of these websites devoted to providing the Jewish consumer with the best of gourmet and everyday Kosher recipes.

All the recipes found on any of these websites are FREE!

LevanaCooks, Gourmania, CulinaryKosher, DinnerinVenice, The Kosher Scene, Koshereye, JoyofKosher, CookKosherKosherfood.About.comGourmetKosherCooking, The Gluten Free Maven, KosherStreet, KosherInspired, KosherPersianFoodThe Jewish Hostess, Israelikitchen, The Kosher Channel, The Jew and the CarrotThe Shiksa.

These websites are all beautiful, interactive and full of a wide variety of amazing free Kosher recipes.


Following the new trend set by Rachel Ray, there are a number of new Kosher gourmet food magazines in print today:  Kosher Inspired, Bits&Bites, Betayavon, and JoyofKosher which can all be purchased at your local Jewish bookstore or market.


While cookbook apps are becoming more and more popular as the app market experiences its rapid growth, Gloria Kobrin and Appsolute Media are the first to bring us our very own Kosher Cookbook App for iPad/iPhone, called Kosher Cookbook.  There is also a Kosher cookbook app after my own Hungarian heart, Going Paprikash by Ofir Vardi available as well.

I hope this list will help enhance your Jewish Holidays, your Yom Tov meals, and your homes. 



Save for the Holidays: 10% Off All Food Incld’g Organic, Meat/Poultry, Gluten Free/Allergy Free & More

10% off all your Kosher Food Needs: including organic, grass fed meat/poultry, gluten free/allergy free foods & more

Shopping for the Jewish holidays doesn’t have to be as expensive as you might think.  I’ve found a way to help you save money while doing your regular holiday food shopping.

Kosher Advantage offers members up to 10% off on all purchases with participating stores and restaurants. But here’s the best news:  if you sign up for KosherAdvantage with the coupon code: KosherShopaholic, you get your first 3 months absolutely FREENo strings attached.  Just cancel your membership when your 3 month free trial ends.

Some of the most recent online stores that have joined with KosherAdvantage are KOLFoods, AllergyFreeKosher and AviGlatt.

KOLFoods is one of the only online Organic and Kosher meat storesKOL Foods exclusively sources glatt kosher 100% grass-fed beef and lamb, and 100% pastured poultry with no hormones and no antibiotics added. They also carry Wild Sockeye Salmon, No-Nitrate hotdogs, no-nitrate Sausages, duck, turkey and sea salt.  All products are Kosher certified by the OU or StarK.  And with your new free KosherAdvantage membership you get 10% off all orders always! 

You can join one of the KOL Foods city buying clubs near you (free to join) to save on delivery charges or you can have your order shipped directly to your house.  Make sure to enter your members-only KosherAdvantage coupon code before check-out for your 10% discount.

AllergyFreeKosher is another Kosher online specialty store that sells gluten-free, egg-free, peanut-free, soy-free, dairy-free and other common allergy-free foods – all Kosher certified.  Delivery is always free on all orders of $49 or more.  You save 10% when you enter your KosherAdvantage members-only coupon code at checkout.

AviGlatt is an online Kosher Superstore that offers Kosher meats, fish, dairy, groceries and gift baskets.  They deliver everywhere in the US and offer free shipping in New York and on orders over $100.  Save 10% on your order with your free Kosher Advantage coupon code at checkout.

Click here to sign up for KosherAdvantage for your free 3 month trial membership and save 10% on all of these great online stores.  There are many other top restaurants and Kosher stores that are part of the Kosher Advantage savings group.  Click here for the full list of participants.


3 Ways to Save Big with Sears’ Extra Online Only Sales

Want to spruce up your Home and Family for the upcoming Jewish Holidays? 

Sears has a few awesome ways to get Extra Online Only Savings on some great clothing and home products.

Sears is having a 1-Day Online Only Coupon Event this Friday 9/9 Use coupon code: ONEDAY to get an EXTRA 5-15% off Sears’ thousands of Items including Grills,  Small Kitchen Appliances, Shoes, Jewelry and more!

Save 15% on shoes with coupon code: SearsSeptember15.

Sears is having a Family & Friends Event with Online Only Hours starting on 9/10 and running thru 4am Monday 9/12 CDT where you can save an EXTRA 5-20% off Almost Everything including sale and clearance items in Appliances, Floor Care, Lawn & Garden, Tools, Fitness & Sporting Goods, Automotive, Apparel, Shoes, Housewares, Window Fashions and more!

You can also save on Back-to-School Essentials + EXTRA $5 off $50 with code SCHOOLFUN until 9/30. 

Click here to shop at Sears’ big online savings sale.