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…

Thoughts of the Day

What a strange day! 31 of December. A day that does not really have any significance for me anymore, and yet, I keep going back in my years to that day in the snowy, cold, and crisp native city of mine, where my sister, z’l and I would be waiting for the night that promised…

Was that the Longest Year of Your Life?

Everyone seems to be talking, writing, praying, whining, crying and obsessing about COVID-19. As we say – by now only the lazy one didn’t say anything about it. I guess, I am that lazy one. It’s been over a month since Rosh haShana, and only now did I get the guts to address something that…

New Endeavors

Summer is coming to an end. This means that we have been living in this strange world limbo for half a year. Some of us got sick, and recovered. Some lost their loved ones, some lost their jobs, and all of us lost our ways of life that each once of us deemed sacred in…

More Bread Adventures

Recently, I had my first video experience. I am not a video person, and although I have taught some cooking, and I have taught many classes on Zoom, I have never done food preparation live. Now, of course, when everything and everyone is on Zoom, it was only a matter of time for me to…

Jewish Places of the (Not-So-Distant) Past

Originally posted on Noshing Across the Nation:
כח  אַל-תַּסֵּג, גְּבוּל עוֹלָם–    אֲשֶׁר עָשׂוּ אֲבוֹתֶיךָ. 28 Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.  Proverbs – מִשְׁלֵי I love to go to museums. Art, history, architecture, objets d’art, furniture, you name it. Certainly, I look at many things through the prism of the relations to…

Cabbage Shnitzel – Капустный шницель

I haven’t written about food here for a while, it seems. I will have to do better, I will really try. Here’s a quick run for our dinner tonight. Surprisingly, this dish that my mom made, and I expropriated, got instant popularity among my American born friends and acquaintances. We thought of it as of…

To Pickle or Not to Pickle?

I used to think that pickling was very hard. I remember my mother making jars and jars of pickled cucumbers, cabbage, jams, or rather варенье, which is much closer to real fruit than we see here in the US. It was hard, indeed, I think as it involved hot-closing sterilized jars so that that could…

Hatzil haBait – Our House Eggplant – חציל הבּית

It is amazing that one works way more than usual reduced to part-time work. Is it only me, or the whole computerized world turned this way? In any case, I cannot complaint given that many people  completely lost their jobs and, unfortunately, countless others – their lives. I am one of the lucky ones, and…