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Combining A Woman of Valor, Mother's Day and Covid 19  - A Humorous approach

Combining A Woman of Valor, Mother's Day and Covid 19  - A Humorous approach

Mother's Day is May 10th, which also happens to be my Mom's birthday.  We honor our mothers and other women of valor on that day and rather than get all serious or reflective about it I thought humor, especially in such a serious time as this, is just what we need most.  Here are a few quotes from one of my Mom's favorites, Erma Bombeck.  Enjoy and remember to honor the women in your life. “Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the 'Titanic' who waved off the dessert cart.”“When your mother asks, "Do you want a piece of...

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It's "virtual" Seder time - here are some helpful hints

It's "virtual" Seder time - here are some helpful hints

Why is this year different from all other years? The Corona Virus, obviously. In the past few weeks I have learned a whole new set of skills with Zoom, FaceBook Messenger Live and FaceTime.  We now have a new type of social life filled with virtual coffee and cocktail dates.  With Passover just a few days away, hosting the Seder this year is going to be like never before.  So if you are thinking of holding a virtual Seder here are some ideas to make it a success that we found on JewishBoston.com: Use the same Haggadah.  One idea is to download “The Wandering Is...

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New Seder Rules during the Corona Virus

New Seder Rules during the Corona Virus

This year's Seder is certainly going to be different.  Here are some new rules to help you handle it! 1.      To maintain social distancing, only two people will be allowed to attend at a time, and we will be metering entry. We will be sending a Google doc so that you can sign up for your preferred portion of the seder in 15 minute shifts: The Four Questions; The Four Kinds of Children, Dayenu, The 10 Plagues, Elijah and the Afikomen. We anticipate a lot of interest in the Plagues section so we will have to make some hard choices....

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Tikkun Olam - Repairing the World

Tikkun Olam - Repairing the World

Tikkun Olam - Repairing the World - is a deeply rooted concept in Judaism that refers to a commitment to perfect and improve the world through our own behavior, attitudes and actions. Tikkun means to repair or improve. Olam means the entire world. In Jewish teachings, any activity that improves the world, bringing it closer to the harmonious state for which it was created is considered Tikkun Olam. It implies that while the world is innately good, the Creator purposely left room for us to improve upon it. Repairing the world, one mitzvah at a time Tzedakah Box In the...

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What's it like working with your Sweetheart?

What's it like working with your Sweetheart?

Whether you call them your Sweetheart, Bashert*, Beloved, Husband, Wife or Partner, it all comes down to this - how is it if you work together everyday.  People often ask me what is it like working with my Husband?  Many say to me "Oh I could never do that".  I think even more people ask him that question.  But the truth is we did not give it a lot of thought 30 years ago when we started Beames Designs! together.  I had a passion for working in glass and Michael had a background in business.  There was no Googling "how to...

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