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…

Memphis

So for the last few days, I’ve spent my time at the event my organization holds every two years on the border of three states, Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi. Apparently, the bridge that I saw every day from the Convention Center window marks the border of two of them going along the mighty Mississippi river. What can I…

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“Love is when the other person’s happiness is more important than your own.” H. Jackson Brown, Jr.        This is the Parshah that among other things, is speaking about the observance of Shabbat: ב  דַּבֵּר אֶל-בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל, וְאָמַרְתָּ אֲלֵהֶם, מוֹעֲדֵי יְהוָה, אֲשֶׁר-תִּקְרְאוּ אֹתָם מִקְרָאֵי קֹדֶשׁ–אֵלֶּה הֵם, מוֹעֲדָי. 2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto…

Random Stuff from My Heart

I was ready. SO ready for spring. I saw some buds coming out and hoped for the best. Hoped that this long winter was over. My hopes in vain, I am looking outside dreading the picture I see. Is it because I am such a warm weather person, or am I just missing you as…

Another Pickling Adventure

I have done some experimenting with pickling before, even though I  am always intimidated by pickling. At least when you cook or bake, you know the result right away! With pickling you have to be patient and wait. And what if it doesn’t work out?! So far, my pickling amounted to some marinated lemon and…

Cooking with Parshat

I have decided to start a new experiment. I will try making a specific dish for Shabbat having to do with the text of the Parshah. As of now, I have no idea how successful this project will be, but what have I got to lose, right? So, for Parshat Bo, which among other things…

My Cookbook Collection. Take II

These days we have such an abundance of on-line resources that one could ask – why books? And – why cookbooks in particular? This is not  question I ask myself ever. I LOVE books. And, I love cookbooks. At By now, not for recipes themselves, and not even for ideas I pick up to start…

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…

You & Me

I’ve been trying hard. Trying to bury my head in work, in good and bad things happening in the family and around us in the outer world, trying to tell myself that twenty years should be enough to stop hurting. It should be, indeed. And yet … These ten days between the two calendars, Jewish and secular,…

My Hanukah – not again!

Hag Chanukah Sameach! Why is it that Kislev is sending me into a whirlpool of tears again? There is nothing harder in life than to see your closest people suffering knowing that you can’t really help. All you can do is pray. And pray I do. This time, I really do need a miracle! I am…

From Bread to Bed

This is our life. One can never definitely say what is going to happen tomorrow. Remember from Bulgakov: “для того, чтобы управлять, нужно, как-никак, иметь точный план на некоторый, хоть сколько-нибудь приличный срок. ” (in order to manage, you need, after all, to have an exact plan for some, at least some decent time.) ?…

Toldot – וְאֵלֶּה תּוֹלְדֹת – And These Are the Generations

Today, was Rosh Hodesh Kislev.  Traditionally, Rosh Hodesh is considered a time for celebrations of some kind with added prayers and parties for Jewish women. Lately, my shul started to be adherent to this tradition, and even started its own – women from the community are asked to speak about themselves, their experiences or particularly important…