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…

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…

Parshat ha Shavuah Verses -Miketz

    Sitting in the dungeon I cry For my family Why did my father abandon me? Recently, I have hosted a beit Midrash in my house with the wonderful teacher I met at Pardes, Joe Wolfson. He suggested, based on a lesson from Rabbi Yoel Bin Nun that Yosef did not know about the real feelings of…

Chanukah Foods

By now, the fifth light of Chanukah, everyone has written about Chanukah foods. I decided to add my two cents, though. I decided to make a different kind of latkes – the lighter version of just potato, onion, flour mix. Mine feature carrots and zucchini along with potatoes and no flour at all. Here’s what you need….

Chanukah in my Life

Tonight is the first night of Chanukah.   First lights are lit in every house on my street The smiling faces you can see at every corner The songs of joy and laughing sounds grace the air My house has a light, but it is dark without you The souls of people lost forever Around…

Parshat ha Shavuah Verses -Vayeshev

This is another parshah of family relationships in the Torah. This time, relationships between men. Father, sons, brothers. It is well known that Yaakov’s sons from his three wives had a difficult time understanding why Yosef was treated differently by his father than any of them. Yosef was the eldest son of Rachel, Yaakov’s beloved wife, who…