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…

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…

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…

Charoset – the Best of Pesach

I have almost stopped writing here. My personal stories of pain, thankfully, came to an end and my life became a 1000-fold better with one thing that, I believe, everyone needs in life – Love. Yes, Love with a capital L. This is such a small, easy word to pronounce, but underneath lies a myriad…

Cookbooks and Jewish History

Dear readers,   I just could not keep this and not share with you. My apologies if you saw this article somewhere else, but I think it is just such a testimony to Jewish endurance. I am certainly planning to buy this book now. Meanwhile, I got two more amazing cookbooks from my girls for…

Hanukkah, Cooking, Baking, Kitchen & Life Struggles

This time I just want to share some culinary-related news: This article talks about the struggles and cooking as the way to overcome one’s challenges. A very close to heart concept for me. I used, and sometimes still use cooking, and especially bread making as a means to get out of melancholic thoughts. These days,…

Anticipating

I am not sure when I am going to publish this. However, I am writing it almost three weeks to the date when my life will drastically change. Change for the best, please, Gd! It’s been ten months since הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא let a certain amazing man find me among all the other women in…

Limmud International – Loving It!

This past weekend I got a chance to go to Mexico City for Limmud volunteer training where limmudniks from all over the Americas and our British partners have gathered trying to help each other be more efficient and productive while preparing and running our respective Limmuds. Limmud as an organization had started in England over…

New Cool Articles about Jewish Food

Food is always on my mind. While it’s been a while since I wrote about my culinary experiments (not for the lack of experimenting, but lack of time to write about them), it doesn’t mean that I stopped cooking, naturally. I have been posting some pics on my Instagram account lamenting my abilities as a photographer….

Emor – Three Years

Today, 11 of Iyar, is my dad’s third Yortzait. Because in my shul, there is no way a woman can speak in front of the congregation, I asked a male friend of mine to say this on my behalf during our Seudah Shlishit: In Memory of Shimon ben Nachum This Parshat has a few lines…