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Temple Beth Shalom

A Warm and Welcoming Jewish Community

40 Wellington Dr
Palm Coast, Florida 32164
Phone: 386-445-3006
Email: office@tbspalmcoast.org

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Ask Bubbie!

Jewish women throughout the world take pleasure in baking their own Challah for Shabbat and holidays.  Others, like most of us, buy them. Among Jews of Eastern European heritage, the practice is to braid the challah with three thick strands of dough to create the plump lovely challah that we are familiar with, whether with seeds, raisins, or plain with its shiny egg white wash.  Sephardic Jews take pleasure in creating unique shapes with their

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There is no mention in the writings of David of the six-pointed star on his shield as he did battle with his enemies.  As eluded to in his psalms, he did have deep conviction that his shield was  powerful protection fueled by God and that in manu instances, it preserved his life. It is believed that his shield was inscribed with holy text and the names of God and several angels. However, what IS recorded

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I notice that when preparing challah, kosher bakers pull off a small piece of the unbaked dough and toss it in the fire prior to coating their braided challah with egg and baking it. Why is this done? This is a commandment that comes from the time we reached the  Promised Land when H’ told Moses to apportion land to all the Children of Israel except for  the Kohanim and Leviim, who were placed in

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When my daughter was a baby, my mother-in-law said something in Yiddish “to ward off the evil spirits”. When and where did this religious practice originate? This brings back precious memories of my own mother, may she rest in peace, who not only would say “Kein eine hora” (translated as “without an evil eye”) every time we heard of a blessed event, or someone chose to praise a child. She followed that with the magical

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Great question! On February 10th we got together and celebrated Tu b’Shevat and our new members. Tu b’Shevat is another Jewish New Year, only this one is for the trees. It was the perfect beginning of an evening of connections between our current and new members as we welcome them to our family tree. In the Hebrew numerical system, the letters “tet” and “vav” (pronounced together as “Tu”) represent the numbers, 9 and 6, respectively

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Chanukah is never late or early… it is always at the same time, on the same date… the 25th of Kislev. But why is the day we celebrate so variable? Well, that’s our Jewish calendar for you.  Just as we are a special people, we have a special calendar. But why? The Hebrew calendar dates back to ancient times when our early sages established a calendar based on lunar cycles. Long before the Roman calendar,

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Hi Members and Non-members, We want to add a little fun to our website by proposing some “Bubbie-logic” (grandma advice) to future communications. Do you have questions relating to anything Jewish:  customs, traditions, people issues, fun stuff, or whatever?  Everything is on the table, and you can remain anonymous.  To see our ongoing conversations go to: Ask Bubbie To ask your inquisitive question email Bubbie at:  Bubbie @ TbsPalmCoast. org. (no spaces) P.S. Occasionally, we’ll

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