Another Day, Another Year

So here we are, again, Ready (?) to stand in front of HaShem begging for mercy. אבינו מלךנו – our father, our king – we cry asking for a better year that the one passed. Somehow, the liturgy of the High Holidays always brings me to inner tears. I don’t think I am able to…

Sweet Smells of Autumn

What is happening now in New York is called Indian Summer in the US and Бабье лето in Russia It is really the perfect weather for Sukkot. This year it came so late that I was worried about sitting in a cold and wet sukkah. However, Gd gave us a miracle of this warmth that somehow allows…

Independence Day Trip

I am not usually the one to talk about American history. This 4th of July, however, I wanted to go for a short restful trip, and accidentally, saw that Valley Forge Park is less than two hours away from New York City. So, to the Valley Forge, we went with the dog and all. Thankfully,…

This is not the Shavuot I love

Shavuot is my favorite  Holiday for many reasons. I believe that this is a special Holiday as it clearly marks the Jewish nation as the one designated to live in a specific way – to be a “light to the nations” (Isaiah 42:1). This is no small task, the responsibility both brings you up and…

Easy Pesach?

This Pesach I really do not have time for cooking. Also, I constantly forget to kasher/buy utensils that I might need. So I need to improvise. Since I had different kinds of vegetables, thanks to my food-shopping-loving husband, I decided to use all of them in one pot. And, what’s better than roasted vegetables during…

Matzah Brei

Why is it that no matter how late the Holiday is coming in the year, it always hits me suddenly?  Cleaning for Pesach? I am sure many of you are half done. I am only half started.  I am totally impressed by some of the ladies out there that are so organized that they manage…

Sukkot Cakes!

So, I already said that I loved Sukkot. Part of it is the fact that I don’t have a sukkah, so I bake and bring cakes to places where we go to eat – my friends’ sukkot. The cakes have to be parve and light as, usually, they are eaten after a big meal. One of my…

It’s time to celebrate!

So, we all managed to survive Yom Kippur. Hopefully, it was a meaningful day for you. It’s not an easy one for me – fasting, standing all the time. This year I didn’t feel too well, so I had to sit a lot, where others stood – not such a comfortable feeling. Well, now that…

Rosh ha Shana Blessings

We are on the eve of a New Jewish Year, 5776. It is always hard to reflect upon your own mistakes and shortcomings. I would just like to wish everyone the possibility to look upon yourself with criticism and upon others with favor. May we all have enough reasons to thank H-Shem for every day…