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A Vibrant Reform Jewish Synagogue in Bergen County.

Temple Avodat Shalom

Serving northern New Jersey since 1952.

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Shibori Challah Cover

Posted on January 21st, 2019
From Breaking Matzo


Shibori is the Japanese word for “twist or wring”.  This Japanese form of dyeing uses Indigo as the main form of dye.  Methods include dyeing fabric by rolling, bending, tying, binding, folding, twisting and pressing. We immediately fell in love with this form of dyeing as its main color is Indigo Blue. This technique originated in Japan (where Breaking Matzo’s Andy Goldfarb has lived and traveled throughout the years). One of the tricks behind indigo dyeing is that once you have prepared the bath of dye in your vat, it no longer appears blue until, of course, it is exposed to oxygen. Magic! 

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Shabbath Shalom – Spreading Light

Posted on January 14th, 2019
ToriAvey.com


Shabbat. Shabbos. The Sabbath. 

Once a week, each Friday around sundown, my family gathers to light two candles. The light generated by these candles is symbolic of spiritual energy. It signals to us that the day of rest is here. It is time for us to pause and reflect on our week, and on our inner spiritual lives. We break bread (challah), share a home-cooked meal as a family, and disconnect from our daily routine in order to connect with a deeper, more important energy. 


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History and Development of Shabbat

Posted on January 7th, 2019
MyJewishLearning


The rabbis of antiquity deduced that all labors necessary for constructing a sanctuary and its appurtenances should serve as the blueprint for Shabbat prohibitions.


Despite the importance of Shabbat in Jewish life, the Torah provides few details as to its observance. Apart from the oft-repeated injunction to “do no work” on Shabbat (see Exodus 20:10, 35:2, and Deuteronomy 5:14, among others), the only other specifics mentioned are a few prohibitions such as those against kindling a fire, gathering wood, and plowing.

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Let’s Bake Challah! the Jewish Baking App

Posted on December 31st, 2018
from BimBam.com
 

What’s something Jewish that everyone loves? CHALLAH! With this Jewish baking app your kids can make challah without getting their hands sticky. Mix it, braid it, bake it, decorate it, bless it and eat it – it’s the whole challah experience for your mobile device.

Dozens of preschoolers in our challah test labs agree: it’s a fun way to play with your (Jewish) food! This iOS Jewish baking app helps kids learn and practice the Hebrew blessings for separating challah. Fun for kids 2 to 6.

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Shabbat Games

Posted on December 24th, 2018
By Yvette Miller for Chabad.org


Shabbat is my favorite day. When else do we get a chance to disengage from the world of work, and take a break from all the screen time that permeates our modern lives? For one day each week, my family and I eschew e-mail, television, video games, instant messaging, iPods, iPads, iPhones, and everything else that clutters up our days and makes us feel hectic during the week. Instead, like countless Jews before us, we experience Shabbat as a day of holiness, relaxation and togetherness.

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