This land is Your land

Walking the streets of Jerusalem, and especially hiking the land around it keeps me thinking of Gd pretty much every minute when I am not in class. The beauty of this land is matched by the resilience and wit of its people. I am not going to say a lot – see for yourself. From…

First Week in Israel

Technically, this is my second week. I arrived, exhausted after a long layover in Europe and a few hours that took me to get to Tzfat from Ben Gurion, Thursday. Having been met by my friend, a jewelry designer, whom I didn’t see since 1994, I was clearly ready to crash, but happy to see…

חֻקַּת – Laws

Reading this Parshah, everyone always speaks about the red heifer – פָּרָה אֲדֻמָּה I want to talk about the people leading the nation, and their tragedies. This is a Parshah, where both Miriam and Aaron die and Moses makes that tragic mistake that costs him his entrance to Eretz Yisrael. א  וַיָּבֹאוּ בְנֵי-יִשְׂרָאֵל כָּל-הָעֵדָה מִדְבַּר-צִן, בַּחֹדֶשׁ הָרִאשׁוֹן, וַיֵּשֶׁב…

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.