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Ceramic Chanukah Menorah Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama

Glazed Ceramic Chanukiah / Chanukah Menorah: 10,000 ppm Lead

I bought this Chanukah menorah for my family at my local natural foods store c. 2009. It is made by Rite Lite of Brooklyn, New York. It is “Made in China” for the Jacob Rosenthal Judaica Collection. When tested with an XRF instrument the menorah pictured was positive for approximately 10,000 ppm Lead. To learn more […]

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Menorah My Husband Made Me Lead Safe Mama

The Lead-free “Travel Chanukiah” my husband and sons made for me.

Did you know that most Chanukah menorah’s have high levels of Lead? [Link] The picture here is of the Lead-free Chanukah* “Travel Chanukiah*” (Chanukah menorah) that my husband and sons made for me when we were shooting my film. Since we left to start shooting early in December (of 2011) we were on the road […]

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Lucerne Foods Ceramic Christmas Cookie Jar Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama 1

#Leaded: Lucerne Foods Holiday Christmas Food Storage Canister

This Lucerne Foods cookie jar/food storage container was positive for lead at the following levels when tested with an XRF instrument: Outside Glaze: 5,441 +/- 189 ppm lead (Pb) & 150 +/- 16 ppm cadmium (Cd). ~ Inside Glaze: 159 +/- 33 ppm lead (Pb). This piece was non-detect (ND/Negative) for mercury (Hg) and arsenic […]

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Spode Made In England Christmas Tree Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama 1

Vintage Spode Christmas Tree Plate, Made In England: 71,900 ppm Lead

This Spode china (decorated with a Christmas tree for the holidays) had the following readings when tested with an XRF instrument (which tests down to single digit parts per million): Lead (Pb): 71,900 +/- 3,500 ppm Cadmium (Cd): Non-Detect (ND / negative) Mercury (Hg): Non-Detect (ND / negative) Arsenic (As): Non-Detect (ND / negative) To learn more […]

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IF I were going to cook a turkey….

Hi! I have gotten this question enough that it seems like a good time to finally answer it on my blog! We keep a vegan/ vegetarian home here a the Rubin HQ, so I won’t be personally cooking a turkey any time soon (I made a promise to my husband when we got married more […]

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Avi's Mothers' Day Letter 2017

Mother’s Day 2017, Note From Avi – Age 12-1/2

5/13/2017 This is Avi’s “Mother’s Day” note for me today! He wrote it in his yoga class yesterday morning! For those of you without a very young child [or a brain-injured 12-year-old] in your life, an English “translation” follows. I share this with you for 1,000,001 reasons, but mostly to show you where he is with writing, […]

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