Life lessons

5 Ways to ward off a "Kine Ahora"

5 Ways to ward off a "Kine Ahora"

Perhaps one of the best-known superstitions, one that’s been around for thousands of years and is still going strong, is the concept of the evil eye, the idea that certain people can cause you harm or wish you evil simply by looking at you. Superstitions come from the belief that through our actions, we can have some influence on the mysterious workings of the world. You can imagine how in ancient times, when people were powerless against mysterious diseases and often hungry in hostile environments, they were anxious to do anything that might influence their fate. Enter the Yiddish saying...

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Beames Designs 30th Anniversary!

Beames Designs 30th Anniversary!

30 years ago, I had this idea that I could design and produce glass objects that people would want and that we could make a living out of making and selling. My training had been in studio art and art history, not one business course had ever been taken. Little did I know what it would take to make my passion for glass into a business. Cover of October 1990 Kingston Daily Freeman article In September of 1990, I filed my DBA as Sara Beames Glass Design and immediately signed up for Craft Fairs throughout the North East. Those first...

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Oy Vey - it's Yiddish! 20 words you should know

Oy Vey - it's Yiddish!   20 words you should know

My Dad was raised in the Bronx by his Lithuanian parents to whom Yiddish was their primary language.  But like so many 1st generation Americans, the focus was on assimilation and speaking English.  Dad mostly spoke Yiddish with his sister (my Mom was a 2nd generation American and spoke very little Yiddish).  Still, there was a bissel of Yiddish in our home and as happens, it was often used to say things they didn't want the kids to understand.  One of my Dad's sayings was "Zolst vaksen vi a tsiba'le, mit kop in d'rerd!"   He meant it as "you are driving...

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5 Amazing Women who personified Tikkun Olam

5 Amazing Women who personified Tikkun Olam

This has been such a difficult time for so many of us.  With all that is going on in the world, it is easy to feel down and to get overwhelmed. Staying busy and being in contact with other people helps, but in the quiet moments, it is sometimes useful to look beyond ourselves. Here are 5 remarkable and inspiring Jewish Women.  What I particularly love about these women is how they challenged the conventions of their times (and RBG still does) and how their acts of Tikkun Olam helped to repair the world! Emma GoldmanEmma Goldman dedicated her life to the creation...

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How would you feel knowing that you brightened someone's day?

How would you feel knowing that you brightened someone's day?

  Most of us are stuck at home right now. Forget about makeup and doing your hair, just getting out of sweat pants might feel like a real accomplishment. Wouldn't it be nice to do something unexpected for someone and brighten their surroundings and their day! Below are 3 suggestions that are sure to put a smile on someone's face. And in case you did not know, we are happy to gift wrap and include a card (for free) and to ship it for you. Home is where the heart is. Bring blessings of love and peace, joy and happiness...

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