Behind the Scenes: The Woodcarver's Daughter part 1

Through an email interview with Kar-Ben's Marketing Manager, Yona Zeldis McDonough shares some insight into the inspirations, process, and thoughts on her novel The Woodcarver's Daughter. She was born in Hadera, Israel, and lives in Brooklyn, New York. Educated at Vassar College and Columbia University, she is the author of eight novels for adults and 30 books for children. Her short fiction, essays, and articles have appeared in many national and literary publications. She is the fiction editor of Lilith Magazine, a feminist, Jewish magazine.
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Let All Who Are Hungry, Come and Eat

Every year at Passover, Jewish homes around the world open their front doors to welcome in that most important guest, the ubiquitous visitor we look for at all important events in our lives - Elijah.  As the little girl in A Place for Elijah learns, “you never know how Elijah comes, only that he does.”...
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It's Purim! So you see what I see?

You’ve likely been warned about the wolf in sheep’s clothing, but have you ever seen a sheep dress up as a wolf? In Barnyard Purim, farm animals put on a Purim spiel and end up not being able to see the true danger in their midst until its almost too late....
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A Soup by Any Other Name Would Taste as Good

Sophie has two grandmothers. Her bubbe makes her chicken soup with kreplach, carrots and parsley. Her nai nai makes her chicken soup with wontons, bamboo shoots and green onions. They both make it just like their own grandmothers did for them a long time ago...
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Whoever Saves a Life

International Holocaust Remembrance Day is January 27. National Jewish Book Award finalist, The Whispering Town is the perfect read for our time. The history books tend to focus on the “big stuff,” the events that turn our lives upside
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The Most Famous Jewish Philanthropist You Never Heard Of

Does the name Judah Touro sound familiar? If your answer is no, you are in good company. Judah Touro was the greatest Jewish-American philanthropist of the 1800s, having donated huge sums of money to hospitals, orphanages, schools, churches and
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Putting Down Roots on Tu B'Shevat

“Putting down roots” can mean one of two things, depending on whether you are a plant or a person: to take nourishment from the soil through roots, or to settle down in a particular place...
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The Abba Tree: A Brief Tree Guide

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Yiddish: Not just a once-upon-a-time language

For the children and grandchildren of Central and Eastern European Jews, Yiddish is the once-upon-a-time language of the ancestors that gives expression to centuries of culture and history. Life for Jews in Central and Eastern Europe
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What Will Your Soundtrack Be This Winter?

A musician can play a song from memory, but they likely could not recite the notes of the same song. When a musician knows a song by heart the body and breath remember instinctively what to do.   Today we know that
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