Pesach is one of the biggest projects we undertake as frum families. One of the most powerful planning tools in my toolkit—one I use for managing projects both at work and at home—is the after-action report. While any project or endeavor I will undertake again in the future is fresh in my mind, I make notes about what worked, what didn’t work, and what could have worked better with a little bit of tweaking. This way, I can reduce, reuse, and refuse my way to a more sustainable, less stressful holiday.
Pesach reminds me that limiting my choices and not having exactly what I want doesn’t have to mean feeling deprived.
My ideal would be to send mishloach manos in packaging that is both reused and reusable, but that’s not as easy as it sounds.
There’s a funny story that involves HaShem asking an angel about some human behavior He’s observed. “What are they doing down there?” He asks. “They’re making milk from nuts,” the angel replies. “But I gave them animals to get milk from: cows, goats, sheep, even buffalo.” “They don’t like that milk,” the animal explains. When... Continue Reading →
I’m sitting down to write this blog post with a cup of chai at one elbow and a muffin at the other. I’ve been on a muffin kick as of late, spurred by the discovery that we had not one, not two, but three bags of dried apricots in our pantry.
One thing that often happens when people get interested in lowering their environmental impact is that they will run into a lot of bloggers, Instagrammers, and ads telling them about products they have to have for their low-waste efforts.
At the beginning of November, I set an intention not to buy anything except food and household necessities that month. I called it a "Mostly No-Buy November Challenge," and it's good that I included the word "mostly," because I mostly accomplished my goal.
With Chanukah coming up, my mind is turning to sweet treats: crispy doughnuts and cookies. I don’t make frosted cookies, but I do make frosted cakes, and in the past, I had always bought my frosting ready-made in a tub. In looking at plastic packaging I could eliminate, that seemed like a good candidate because... Continue Reading →
Over Sukkot, I have to admit, I used both disposable plates and foil pans. Tishrei was the first time I had been in our local party goods store since Pesach. So while I was making strides in my spiritual life, my material life had a lot more garbage bags in it. But, my home and... Continue Reading →