go here - http://memelabs.com/somedaystories/
And click on "Evelyn from Sharon, Mass." It's a video contest. Evelyn's daughter is Leah, she is the 17 year old publisher of "Yalda" magazine for Jewish girls. Leah started the magazine when she was 13 and runs the whole thing herself! If she wins this contest, she gets $100k to help with getting this magazine on to Barnes and Noble shelves all over the country.
How amazing would it be to have a high quality, tsnius magazine in the mainstream, just as readily available to young girls as CosmoGirl or YM?
Only 12 days left and Leah is under 200 votes behind!
If you haven't voted yet, PLEASE do so!
If you have voted, please get the word out!! Come on people!
ETA: Click on Evelyn from MA. Her daughter Leah was too young to nominate herself so her mom is doing it on her behalf.
Leah Larson is founder and editor of yaldah magazine. As leah would love to expand her amazing work, the financial costs are great. However, with our help leah can win 100,000 to help her reach her goal. All you need to do is take a minute of your time and go to www.wellsfargo.com/somedaystories and vote for "evelyn from MA" (its under her moms name). Thanks so much and pass it on!
Leah is a frum young lady who started this magazine for young girls and would like to expand.
There aren't many frum people in my community, so we don't have a minhag. I want to be modest, but I also wonder how much attention my toes really draw. Right now, I wear stockings to shul, regardless of my footwear and do whatever I feel like on the other days.
I need to buy whole wheat and bleached white flour and yeast for the Challahs. I think we have a spare key I can use to bake into the loaf.
Oh, and as to why we do it... several theories...
1. Based on "Pitchi Li Achoti, Ra'ayati..." ("Open up, my darling..."--Shir HaShirim 5:2), on which the Medrash states "Pitchu li petach ke-chudo shel machat...," (cf. Shi HaShirim Rabbah 5, s.v. "Kol Dodi Dofek") = something like "Open your hearts (in teshuvah) like the eye of the needle, and I (God) will open the rest like [a very large opening].
2. According to Kabbalah on Pesach the gates to heaven were open, and following Pesach the lower gates are shut, and it's up to us to open them again, therefor on the 1st Shabbat we put the key on the challah to show that through the mitzvah of Shabbat we are opening the locks [original source?].
3. In the desert the Jewish people ate from the manna until after Pesach upon entering the land (with the bringing of the Omer, see: Josh. 5:11), at which point the ate from the produce of the land, and became dependant on their livelihood for the first time (now they had no manna). The key in the challah after Pesach is a request the God should open the Sha'arei Parnasah (gates of livelihood). Alternatively, the manna began to fall in the month of Iyyar, and this Shabbat is always Shabbat Mevarchim Iyyar.
I wrap a key in aluminum foil and drop it into the middle of the braid before it rises for the last time.
I've seen online photos of Challot in the shape of a key, the poppy seeds sprinkled in the shape of a key, a little dough key on the top of the braid and a key itself on top of the challah.
So why do we do it? It's said to be a segulah for wealth and a happy home. Often people will bake the key to their front door into the challah.
As things have turned out, my night for going to the mikvah this month is this Saturday night. This is also the year that my sister and her family will be in town and we are having them for Shabbat and the first days of Pesach (although they will be staying in a different apartment in our building). So, how does one go to the mikvah on the night of the sedarim without it being completely obvious that they have been to the mikvah. There would be only one reason why my hair would be wet over the chag so I can't chalk it up to anything else (I wear a hat, beret or scarf to cover my head and it does not completely cover my hair). In the past it has always been the first night of the chag, so I blended in well with all the other women that washed their hair right before the chag began. That doesn't work for the second night. Nor does "blending in" work when I am the hostess of the sedarim.
This wouldn't even be an issue if I were pregnant. Oh wait, that's my mother-in-law's voice coming through. :) Feel free to ignore it. As the hour is getting later and we are getting closer and closer to Pesach, I'm getting punchier and making weirder jokes. Keeping a sense of humor through all of this. That's what has kept me sane year after year. :)
Chag Kasher V'Sameach!
If so -- give me the links, please.
With your help, she should have a Refuah Shleimah RIGHT NOW!!!