Ancient Food

Originally posted on Noshing Across the Nation:
Just one more article today – this time totally food related. Archaeological team prepares 4,000-year-old Hittite meals I love the idea of making foods that our ancestors ate long ago. Here’s a salad that opens your palate to beautiful flavors, very easy to make and comes to us…

Some More Fun Jewish Food Reading

I found another fascinating continuation to a 100 Jewish Foods. Tablet is an interesting magazine for me – approximately half of the publications I can’t stand, and another half I like. Is that what defines good journalism – the ability to cater to different tastes? Don’t know and don’t really care. All I can say…

Parshat ha Shavuah Verses – Tzav – צַו

Originally posted on Noshing Across the Nation:
This an extremely hard to comment on parshah. צַו Means “command” ו  אֵשׁ, תָּמִיד תּוּקַד עַל-הַמִּזְבֵּחַ–לֹא תִכְבֶּה. 6 Fire shall be kept burning upon the altar continually; it shall not go out. Listen to the Voice of your Lord! Don’t stroll to the right or to the left! This…

Am I still entangled with Mother-Russia?

I wonder if it is coincidental that I have read this book over Shabbat just prior to the 2018 Russian presidential election. I got this book from my favorite book-junkie event of the year – the Jewish Book Council “Raid the Shelves“. Luckily, I work right next door, so I don’t schlep all of them at once,…

Making my Dad’s Salad Missing Him Crazy

Originally posted on Noshing Across the Nation:
A couple of days ago I was passing by a Russian store and saw white radishes. I bought one for a salad, not knowing that it would bring me to tears. You see, my dad עליו השלום, loved it. He made it himself for the last 20 years at least.…

JOFATHON

I’ve spent this weekend attending a first-ever JOFAthon. What’s that, you ask? It is just a Shabbaton created by the JOFA. I have been interested in this organization that tries to merge orthodoxy and feminism, sometimes to my utmost liking, and sometimes taking the views much to the left of mine. However, the scholarship, the…

Ki Tisa & Purim

Today, for the Parshat Ki Tisa, I am bringing you an interesting D’var from Dr. David Ackerman: “He said, ‘Not a sound shouting strength nor a sound shouting weakness; a sound of distress do I hear!”  (Exodus 32:18) Parashat Ki Tisa is an epic disaster. The Israelites, who should be on a spiritual high after the revelation…

The Wide World of Jewish Spices

I love Israeli cooking! I love the shuk, where spices are piled in tall towers. Therefore, I simply could not pass the opportunity to share this great article on Israeli spices. I have to say that Iuse most of them, but evidently, need to make a close connection with Ethiopian and Yemenite spice mixtures.  …

Getting Back to Basics in the Kitchen

Hi, everyone!   This morning, for all of us, crazy for cooking, I’ve decided to share this article from the online Tablet magazine.   Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

BeShalach

This is THE Parshah that one can simply not ignore. Since I have shared my own reflections before, I am going to bring you the next best thing 🙂 Enjoy and Shabbat Shalom!

Poetry and Baking – a Perfect Blend

December 26, in memory of my late husband, who loved poetry and was the first to introduce me, an ordinary Soviet school girl to the names like Severyanin, Mandelshtam, Balmont, Galich, and many others, I hosted a poetry evening at my house. We were fortunate to have a reading evening with Yehoshua November, who represents quite an…

Vayeishev – וישב

As usual, I am bringing you a couple of commentaries on this week’s Parshah that I like: Dr. Ackerman brings a very unusual commentary: “About that time Judah left his brothers and camped near a certain Adullamite whose name was Chira.”  (Genesis 38:1) Parashat Vayeshev introduces the Joseph saga.  Joseph infuriates his brothers with his arrogance…