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Rosh Ha Shana Checklist

I love the structure and meaning of the Jewish festivals. In Australia New Year was basically an excuse for drinking. Here there is a plan and process, and yes a sense of satisfaction if you get  through the structure. It does take more time and effort but there is with that a greater sense of [...]

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​Travelling in different ways at different stages in life

“To travel is to take a journey into yourself.” – Danny KayeTraditionally people start to firm up travel plans in May and June for the summer. I have long held that the preparation before and reminiscing afterwards, is at least equal to the travelling itself.I enjoy seeing people select gifts for friends and family. I’m [...]

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Why making products with Yiddish moves me so deeply

I have never been interested in making pretty products that sit on the sideboard. Each product I make has a story and comes from my Kishkes - gut. I love making products with YiddishIn our family, a typical Jewish family, lots of languages flew around the kitchen table. I spoke to my mother in Hungarian [...]

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Seder Checklist

As Pesach and the Seder approaches, I thought it could be useful to have a checklist handy to ensure that you don't forget what to place on the table. As SEDER means order, I thought a little assistance on this front might be helpful.Is there something we have left out?AT THE SEDER TABLESeder plate with: Sliced [...]

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​10 Topical tips for the Big Passover Clean Up

Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? Who and what is draining your time and energy? Click here to view full clock collection Best to start with a plan and think of the salami approach - one slice at a time, thus avoiding an "all or nothing" approach.  A glass of [...]

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Spring Cleaning of Soul and Home

The concept of spring cleaning came from the Jews. It is a wonderfully renewing and revitalizing process. So as the blooms are starting to burst, and the earth literally rises once more to its prime, we mere mortals have a need to cleanse our souls and cupboards of the all the dust that has accumulated [...]

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Purim - a freedom to be ridiculous

Many far more learned than I can speak of the inner messages of the Megillah of Esther. I think of the festival and the joy it spreads for all ages. I am so pleased we have such joyful festival that gives us permission to be ridiculous and look ridiculous, to dress up and to play [...]

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Restarting Barbara Shaw Gifts

I started my business on this day eight years ago. It felt courageous to start from scratch at the age of 53. I had started a business similar to this one about 25 years ago, and ran it for 10 years, but I was purely a wholesaler and it was when the internet days were starting up. I operated [...]

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It's Always Time For Love

http://www.barbarashawgifts.com/ahava-love-clock/Are you usually on time? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?If your answer is “no” to any of the questions you can use these 20 tips on how to be a better time manager:Learn [...]

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Time flies

Spring is bursting forth a little early this year in Israel. The pale pink blossoms of the almond trees line most streets.Spring also heralds the festivals of Purim and Passover. Time seems to be rushing by particularly fast so we thought that some tips on time management might be helpful as you gaze [...]

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