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The results from Matisyahu’s “Sunshine” cover contest finally came in and we came in 6th place. We just wanted to give a BIG “Thank You” to everybody that helped us spread the word and voted for us, it really meant a lot! It was a great contest, very talented folks out there! Thanks to Matisyahu for the opportunity! Congratulations Micah, Dylan, Brittany, Eric and Jeremy. Here is the winner lineup on Matisyahu’s website:
1st – Micah Garrido, 2nd – Dylan Fisher, 3rd – Brittany Mohr, 4th – Eric Hunker,
5th – Jeremy Kamali and 6th – Roman&Alaina
Check out the final announcement page: CLICK HERE
If you live in Los Angeles and are looking for a quick vacation out of the city you need to check out Julian, CA.
Many people have never heard of this little historical town in San Diego County surrounded by apple orchards and vineyards.
There are many private cabins available to rent in the mountains near town, and the village is filled with antique stores, galleries, and bakeries serving fresh apple pie!
The cabin that we rented was called Eden Paradise Retreat, definitely recommend going here. The price was very reasonable to rent the cabin for the weekend, we showed up to fresh baked pie and cider, and the view was breathtaking!
If you would like to check out the cabin, click here.
Hey everybody, we have just entered into the Matisyahu “Sunshine” cover song contest. We really need your help! Click on the link below and give us your vote, you can vote up to 3 times a day, so please vote as much as you possibly can for us! The winner will perform with Matisyahu on his Sunshine Tour. This would be a amazing opportunity for us! So please vote and pass it on to your friends and family! Thanks so much you are awesome! We will keep you all posted!
Last night we met Rabbi Mintz, who was the man that inspired the “Mints stove” we created a few weeks ago.
There are more mint tin crafts to be made, write us an email or post your ideas for the next “Mintz Mint” project!
Roman&Alaina “Erika” Live at AMF 2012!
We just got back from Asheville Music Festival, which was an incredible life changing event! Thanks to everyone that worked so hard to organize the festival, and to everyone that came out to support it!
Original Havdallah Melody at Asheville Music Festival 2012!
The Avinu Project is a Messianic Jewish liturgical work commissioned by Derek Leman and performed and recorded by Roman&Alaina. Hebrew text is from The Delitzsch Hebrew Gospels. It is free to download and share with your friends, family and community.
Avinu (Our Father)
From: The Delitzsch Hebrew Gospels
Commissioned by: Derek Leman
Music and English version by: A.Wood
Lavoy Music © 2010
Havdalah is a beautiful ceremony that concludes Shabbat. The Havdalah (“Separation”) ceremony, includes a series of blessings to define the distinctions that God set in creation between the holy and the ordinary, between light and darkness, between Shabbat and the six days of work, and between Israel and the nations.
Below are the blessings courtesy of My Jewish Learning:
Hinei El yeshu’ati, evtach v’-lo efchad. Ki ozi ve-zimrat Yah Adonai, vayhi li liyshu’a. Ush’avtem mayim b’sason mi-ma’y'nei ha-yshu’a. L’Adonai ha-y’shu’a, al amkha virkhatekha selah. Adonai tz’vaot imanu, misgav lanu Elohei Ya’akov selah. Adonai tz’vaot ashrei adam boteakh bach. Adonai hosheea, ha-Melech ya’aneinu b’yom kor’einu. La-Yhudim hayta orah ve-simcha ve-sason viykar, ken tihyeh lanu. Kos yeshu’ot esa uvshem Adonai ekra.
Behold, God is my unfailing help; I will trust in God and will not be afraid. God is strength and song, my Deliverer. With joy shall you draw water out of the wells of salvation. God alone is our help; may God bless His people. God of the universe is with us; the God of Jacob is our protection. There was light and joy; gladness and honor for the Jewish people. So may we be blessed. I will lift the cup of salvation and call upon God’s Name.
Blessing over the wine:
Barukh ata Adonai, Eloheinu Melekh ha-olam, borei peri ha-gafen.
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Ruler of the universe, Creator of the fruit of the vine.
Blessing over the spices:
Barukh ata Adonai, Eloheinu Melekh ha-olam, borei minei v’samim.
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Ruler of the universe, Creator of many kinds of spices.
Blessing over the flames of the Havdalah candle:
Barukh ata Adonai, Eloheinu Melekh ha-olam, borei m’orei ha-eish.
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Ruler of the universe, Creator of the fire’s light.
Barukh ata Adonai, Eloheinu Melekh ha-olam, ha-mavdil bein kodesh l’chol, bein or-le’choshekh, bein Yisrael la-amim, bein yom ha-shevi’i l’sheshet y’mai ha-ma’aseh. Barukh ata Adonai, ha-mavdil bein kodesh l’chol.
Blessed are You, Eternal our God, Ruler of the universe, Who distinguishes between the sacred and the profane, between light and darkness, between Israel and other people of the world, between the seventh day and the six days of the week. Blessed are You, Who distinguishes between the sacred and the profane.
Alaina and I have been super excited about camping this summer, and I wanted to make a small, effective, and affordable stove to take with us when we go camping, especially when we are traveling on a plane with all our camping gear. I had a used mint tin lying around that was made by one of my favorite teachers of Jewish History, Rabbi Mintz. He created his own mints, I mean why wouldn’t he? He’s rabbi Mintz! (Make an effort to find a very cool and swanky tin, Altoids tins will work fine, but it seriously lacks points in the creative department.) All the stuff you need to make this stove can be found at any hardware store, you might even have most things in your house or garage.
You can do it! Now let’s make McGyver proud and say “Oh snap son! These cats are sick!”
Here is the list:
-1 mint tin
-Metal (gutter) Mesh
-Epoxy and Q-tips
-4 Flat top screws 1.5″ tall (size 10-32)
-4 Flat bottom screw post (size 10-32)
-Sand paper or something sharp to scrape.
1. Rough up the inside of the tin and the bottom of the screw caps with the sand paper, then clean out all of the dust and particles.
2. Mix the epoxy together on a thick plastic bag using a Q-tip. The epoxy is super heavy duty so don’t get it on your hands, clothes, or furniture or life will suck for a little bit.
3. Put some of the epoxy in each of the corners of the tin can and then place the screw post snug and flat in the corners of the tin. Put some extra glue around the base of the screw post’s but don’t get any inside the post.
4. Let that dry for about 45 minutes, make sure it’s completely hard before continuing with the rest of the steps.
5. Next cut some fiber glass to fit nice and snug into the tin.
6. Cut the metal mesh, and bend the sides and corners just enough so you can squeeze the mesh into the tin. You want to try and make it as flush as you can with the top of the tin.
7. After the epoxy has completely dried, put the fiber glass into the tin and then squeeze the metal mesh over the top of it, it should look nice and snug.
8. Before you insert the screws you may need to hollow out a little pathway through the fiber glass and possibly bend or snip the metal mesh in the corners so that you can see where to put the screws.
9. Once you do that, insert the screws.
10. Take about 3 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol and pour into the tin. Light a match and touch the mesh surface and your flame will begin.
The flame can burn up to 30 minutes or more, and I was able to boil 1 cup of water in my stainless steel pot in 4 minutes. After you are finished let the screws cool down and take them out and place into the tin and scream “Kitchen is closed!”
There you go!
P.S – Don’t try the stove out in your home like I did. Bad move on my part, it’s not safe and it will make your house smell like someone dropped their bottle of vodka in a bonfire.