Miracle of Miracles

The older I become the more I think about the meaning of life. Not an original thought, I know. How do we treat life in the course of it? I know I am guilty of mistreating it. Long ago time meant forever, every day was long, many of those to be forgotten or remembered in…

Cilantro

It’s been sometime since I’ve shared articles here, but this one I simply could not pass by. Cilantro is one of my favorite herbs. I use it all the time, and can only pity those that cannot stand it. I know these people, one of the girls I knew a few years back could not…

דג חריף – Hot / Spicy Fish

Desperate cold calls for super hot “Moroccan” fish. So far, I am just going to put this beauty made by my husband, who is not Moroccan at all, here. Hopefully, I’ll get around posting the recipe too.

It’s so Cold Outside! Time for Soup!

I have never been a soup eater. However, the combination of my husband who always wants soup and super cold weather this winter drove me to the insanity of making soup quite often. While I will only eat soup that first time it’s hot from the pot, and usually won’t touch it the second time,…

Everything is for the Best – הכל לטובה

So all the stress, all the packing, all the store hopping for my next kitchen has been in vain. Not every time things work out as you think they should. Sometimes, the Universe (Gd?) thinks otherwise and then it pushes you to look at the situation from all kinds of perspectives. So, today my perspectives…

Gd for Us, or We for Gd?

Some thoughts about Chanukah: History is not something one can run away from even if one is not comfortable with it. Jewish history is complicated to say the least.  In the days of Hanukah, things were very complicated. Consequently, we have very different texts speaking to us about the events of that time with different…

In the Midst of Heat, should we Think about Stews and Soups?

As you, my readers, already know I am in love with cookbooks and recipes regardless of where they are coming from. I am also in love with history both general and food related. So, naturally, when I saw this article in The journal of Biblical archeology, I had to share it with you. It seems…

Kasha Varnishkes & Joan Nathan

I just had to share this! Of course, the moment I saw the title of this article ” The Enduring Delights of Kasha Varnishkes”, I just had to say something. I am so happy tablet started this series with Joan Nathan. I love watching the short videos even if sometimes my version of the Jewish…

About Dates

In Judaism there is something that is called gematriah, translated as numerology. Numbers have significance, value apart from their natural one, a special meaning. This is what many people that learn Torah know. In the life of my family, numbers play some mystical role tying people and generations. Sometimes I am trying to figure out…

Thinking of You

According to the Jewish calendar, today is my father’s fifth yortzeit. Fittingly, the Parshah that we are going to read tomorrow is Acharei Mot – אַֽחֲרֵ֣י מ֔וֹת – After the Death. It is really strange to live by the two ways to count time. All of us have two birthdays, two ways to commemorate many…

Gratitude

“Life is too ironic to fully understand. It takes sadness to know what happiness is. Noise to appreciate silence & absence to value presence.” Most of my life I’ve been battling with feelings of sadness, depression, and uselessness despite things that some note as great achievements. I’ve had better and worse days, and tried to…

Out with the New, in with the Old

I have not written here about desserts for a while. This is unacceptable on my part, of course, I know. However, it seems that my life is becoming busier by the day. Isn’t it strange that sitting at home, seemingly doing nothing can take so much time? Well, my nothing turned into daily learning Torah…