Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Pre-Yom Kippur Easy Peasy Honey Cake

On the day before Yom Kippur it is customary to ask for and receive honey cake from someone—usually one’s mentor or parent.

One of the reasons given for this custom is that if it had been decreed, Gd forbid, that during the year we should need to resort to a handout from others, the decree should be satisfied with this asking for food.

I received this recipe from a friend (thanks Rivky!) and tweaked it a bit which ended being the most delicious honey cake ever! It is super easy and moist- I hope you enjoy it!

Easy Peasy Honey Cake
1 box Duncan Hines Spice Cake mix
3 eggs
1/3 cup oil
3/4 cup Honey
1 cup Black Coffee

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix all ingredients together and bake for 30-35  minutes.

Enjoy and have a wonderful week!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Childrens books for Yom Tov

Apple Days: A Rosh Hashanah Story
By Allison Sarnoff Soffer
Illustrated by Bob McMahon
Ages 2-7

 Katy's favorite holiday is Rosh Hashanah in Apple Days: A Rosh Hashanah Story. It's the time of year when she gets to pick apples and make applesauce with her mother. But what happens when the family tradition is interrupted by the arrival of a new baby cousin?
A situation to which every child and family can relate, this is a story about what happens when a child realizes that family priorities must sometimes change. Luckily for Katy, her friends and her community are there to help her in this charming story about a beloved fall custom. Applesauce recipe included!

New for Simchat Torah!
 The Patchwork Torah
By Allison Ofanansky
Illustrated by Elsa Oriol
Ages 4-8

A Torah Scribe and His Family Rescue Damaged Torahs in a Story Spanning Four Generations
 As a child, David watches his grandfather, a Torah scribe or sofer, finish a Torah scroll for the synagogue. "A Torah is not something to be thrown away," his Grandfather explains in The Patchwork Torah. David's grandfather carefully stores the old Torah his new one has replaced in his cabinet, hoping to one day repair the letters so the Torah can be used again.
David grows up and becomes a sofer just like his grandfather. Through the years, people bring him damaged Torahs they have saved from danger and disaster - one damaged by Nazi soldiers during World War II, one damaged in a fire in a synagogue, and one in flooding during Hurricane Katrina. David stores each of these precious Torahs in his cabinet, until his granddaughter Leah gives him the idea to make a recycled Torah from the salvaged Torah scrolls.

A Watermelon in the Sukkah
By Sylvia A. Rouss and Shannan Rouss
Illustrated by Ann Iosa
Ages 3-8

Michael's favorite fruit might prove more than the sukkah can handle in A Watermelon in the Sukkah.
Miss Sharon's students have all brought their favorite fruit to hang in the sukkah, but Michael's favorite fruit is a watermelon! It looks like the watermelon can't hang in the sukkah, until Michael comes up with a unique solution.

 Wishing you all a Happy, Healthy, Sweet New Year-
Shana Tova uMetuka! 

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