For years I've wondered why we need to stick with the dismal trappings of the kit sukkah. So for FT&V, we turned a basic kit sukkah into a luxurious Moroccan-themed desert tent. You can too -- and you'll be surprised how easily.
We're really excited about the new artisans and original products we've added -- and are adding -- since our first Hanukkah season last year. If you're looking for truly special and original gifts, you'll want to shop our new collection featuring artisans from Israel and around the world.
At Fig Tree & Vine, we're mindful of seeking out original, fun, and meaningful, Jewish-oriented products that will deliver a "wow" factor without breaking your budget -- perfect for gift-giving season. Here are some of our favorite choices for the home.
Sukkot is under-appreciated as the Jewish answer to Christmas. Compared to Passover, Hanukkah, or Purim, Sukkot gets less observance from non-Orthodox, North American Jews. Perhaps we’re all worn out from the High Holy Days.
Yet the sukkah ritual -– which takes place outside of synagogue after all! – is precisely targeted to appeal to the more secular among us, just as putting up a Christmas tree is enjoyed by millions and not just the piously Christian.
It's Fig Tree & Vine's second High Holiday season! We're excited to head into this new year with so many exciting, new, and original products and to introduce you to so many talented and creative artisans.
My late mother-in-law was an avid gardener in a difficult, flower-unfriendly climate. In her mind, the true gardener's palette was shades of green and brown, with color deployed sparingly. In her memory, I wanted to create a centerpiece that reflected the abundant greenery of Shavuot, with her challenge of only using green. Here's what I came up with.
The four cups of wine we drink during the Passover Seder is a perfect opportunity to sample different wines, preferably those from Israel. Here is a kosher tasting menu from our wine expert to complement any Seder.
Hosted by the President and First Lady, the annual White House Seder is a private event with about 25 close friends and staffers, current and former. In 2014 and 2015, I was guest chef for the White House Seder. My Sephardic ancestors would have approved when the first thing I did was to start the traditional hard-cooked eggs, huevos haminados, that sat simmering for nearly eight hours.
You dream of the perfect Seder just as Bing Crosby once dreamed of a peaceful White Christmas. In fact you have 30 people coming to dinner, your house is a wreck, you're worrying that you're going to get something wrong, and in short you're completely stressing out. Here are seven Seder hacks we hope will help.