Goodbye (sorta) Facebook 

You can’t make a comment anymore without someone getting on your case.  As if your comment is the result of exhaustive research and analysis… someone gives you the third degree.  For crying out loud, I just wanted to post a feeling… make a comment… express myself without getting attacked.  Good luck with that these days.  

Facebook has become a place for faceless abuse.  You will never see me… so why not get nasty? Go ahead, I can take it.  Well not everyone can, and frankly, I’m over it.  I found myself complaining about the social media wonder…then I realized…I can simply log off.  So I Uninstalled Facebook from my phone.  While I still subscribe, I have cut one of the major arteries.  Facebook itself has a lot of great qualities… I can’t say the same for everyone I have encountered on the site. 

So what’s the point of my rant? Be nice. It’s just Facebook.  So relax everyone.  If you find yourself getting fired up about something… log off, have a cup of tea and watch Game of Thrones.

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My first Chanukah as a Jew

My first Chanukah as a Jew

So here it is, our menorah, in all of its glory. Yes, those are birthday candles. This isn’t my first time celebrating Chanukah. I lit the menorah last year while my husband (fiancé at the time) was deployed. This year is special. It is my first Chanukah as a Jewish woman. I even attended menorah lightings at Fort Benning. I truly feel like I am a part of the Jewish community. I feel very blessed this holiday season, and wish the same for everyone, no matter how they celebrate. Happy Chanukah!

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Language in Nazi Germany

Here is an interesting look at how Nazi German brainwashed people to look at Jews as less than human. Interesting to listen to.

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The New Jew and Christmas: Trying to avoid an awkward holiday season

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The holidays are fast approaching.  I am both ready for it, and dreading it a little.  While my family is not overly religious, Christmas was always a big deal.  Yes, even to my mother, the self-proclaimed atheist who believes in an afterlife.  So what is a new Jew to do?  Luckily I am married and live pretty far from home.  I will be able to avoid those awkward gift exchanges.  I am already getting the questions about gifts.  1) I still like presents. 2) Jews give presents for Hanukkah.   I don’t want to offend my family in any way.  My mother already got upset when she told me she bought me Christmas tree ornaments and I informed her that I was Jewish and would not have a tree this year.  That seems to be the part people forget.  I am Jewish now, I do things a little different.  How have you handled such a delicate issue?  I will let you know how I make out! 

My Jewish Cooking

My Jewish Cooking

As a “new” Jew, I spend a lot of time making my home into what I think is a “Good Jewish Home”. One way I do that is through cooking. I already make a mean Challah and some great homemade blintzes. I gave hummus a whirl the other day, mostly because I wanted to use our new Ninja blender. The good news is, it turned out pretty well. Here’s the recipe if you want to give it a whirl:

Ingredients:
15 oz can of chickpeas, drained
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup tahini
1/2 a garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 to 1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon cumin ( I used chili powder)
2 to 3 tablespoons of water

Directions:
put in the lemon juice and tahini in first, blend for about one minute, scrape the sides then blend for another thirty seconds. Then add olive oil, garlic, cumin and salt. Blend for one minute then scrape sides and blend for another 30 seconds. Add half of the chickpeas. blend for one minute. Scrape the sides and add the rest of the chickpeas. blend. If the hummus is too thick, slowly add the water until you get the desired consistency. Put the hummus into a serving dish and top with a dash of paprika and a drizzle of hummus.

Hummus will be good for about a week stored in an airtight container and refrigerated.

Enjoy!

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