Shalom and welcome to 24six, a blog about living Jewish tradition meaningfully and joyfully. It features family-tested kosher recipes from my Israeli-American, globally-inflected kitchen, along with modern, handmade textile Judaica projects—all keyed to the rhythms of the Jewish year. I believe that everyday Jewish practice can be enhanced immeasurably by the simple but powerful acts of making a homecooked Shabbat meal, or your own Judaica.
I started out simply seeking ways to make Jewish observance fun for my family. I wanted keeping kosher to be about possibility and connection, not limits and separation. I knew nothing about cooking when I got married, and, as a bookish introvert, even less about hosting holiday dinners. I had just finally learned how to knit and work a sewing machine. But I was determined to bring the Jewish texts I love so much alive in the everyday. Gradually, a little at a time and with lots of learning and mistakes along the way, I somehow became a person whose kids complain if she doesn’t bake challah (tucked under a handmade cloth) or invite guests for Shabbat.
Wherever you are on your Jewish journey (or not at all), I hope you will find ideas here that you can bring to your own life.
- You can find an index of all my recipes here, organized by type and holiday, as well as sections devoted to Israeli food and other regional recipes.
- You can find all the handmade Judaica projects and downloads here. (By the way, if you’re a beginner to sewing, embroidery, or knitting, I have lots of walk-through and step-by-step photos peppered with what I hope are amusing notes of encouragement.)
- My master recipes, the ones that I turn to again and again and use as a base for adventurous variations, are here.
- If you have no idea where to start, start with challah! That’s how it all began for me, anyway, as you can read about in the post.
I’m Tamar, a scholar and educator, writer and quixotic maker, and parent of three based in Los Angeles. I started 24six to share my enthusiasm for Jewish lived experiences and material culture, which balance out my tendency to stick my head in a Jewish text and leave it there until I have to feed my small humans. When I’m not learning, I’m probably experimenting with dye, fiber, and cloth; reverse-engineering and kosherizing recipes from across the globe; or making chag. An art school drop-out (it’s okay, I got a PhD instead) and self-taught home cook, no one is more surprised than me that I manage to knit and make bread rise on a regular basis.
You can read my first post here for a bit more on why I started this blog.