יְשַׁעְיָהוּ – Haftarah

This chapter of יְשַׁעְיָהוּ – Isaiah looks like a song to me. A song of promise that we need right now so desperately. Does it always seem that times are as difficult as they can be, or they are, indeed, more challenging than before? I suppose that this is not a politically correct chapter mentioning women…

Of Life and Death

Any Holiday Shabbat is hard for me. Shabbat during Yamim Noraim is harder. This is the time when I think of my life many years ago, the mistakes I made, the wrong decisions, and finally, my assumptions that these somehow paved the way to the death of the person I loved the most. By now,…

Ottolenghi Lemon Blueberry Teacakes

Sometimes fortune smiles at you. I mean my culinary fortune. My daughter went to an event with chef Ottolenghi and got his “Sweet” book. Apparently, the chef takes his publishing endeavors seriously. A little while after, she got another book and a letter stating that the first version had some errors in print (the list…

Beha’alotecha

A few takes on this week’s Parshah come from some of the sources I like:   “The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: ‘Take the Levites from among the Israelites and purify them.’” (Numbers 8:5)  Parashat B’ha-alot’cha describes the final preparations for leaving Sinai: the purification of the Levites, the order of the tribes, and the trumpet calls to signal the…

Bamidbar

“Do not on any account enrol the tribe of Levi or take a census of them with the Israelites.”  (Numbers 1:49)  Below are the words of Dr. David Ackerman: Parashat Bamidbar opens the fourth book of the Torah, also called Bamidbar, in the wilderness of…  In Bamidbar, God orders Moses to prepare the Israelites for their wilderness trek by conducting a conduct a census…

Tetzaveh

This Parshah I am bring you another great video from Partners-in-Torah: Shabbat Shalom!

Cooking with Parshah – Terumah

Terumah is the Parshah that is the first to talk about the construction of the Mishkan – the temporary Temple. The Mishkan is full of wonderful things, whose purpose is not apparent. For this Shabbat, I have decided to make a couple of things that could remind us of the foods connected to the Mishkan and…

Parshat Vayera

This week, for Parshat Vayera, again, I am bringing you some great d’var Torah from the teachers that I like to listen to myself. Rabbi Joe Wolfson is always able to bring out some unusual points on the Parshah. His lectures are published on YUTorah, the site of Yeshiva University. Another piece is from the Partners-in-Torah…

Vayishlach וישלח

This Shabbat, again, I am bringing you two of the commentaries that  I enjoy: “Jacob set up a monument over her grave; it is the monument of Rachel’s grave until today.”  (Genesis 35:20) Parashat Vayishlach describes Jacob’s return home to Canaan and his encounter with his estranged brother, Esau, twenty years after their falling out.  There’s…

Back to Baking

I haven’t been writing about food, lately. With the holidays approaching, however, I have to pick up some speed, I think. It is my mother’s 85th birthday tomorrow! Of course, I am baking my lekach for her, as she likes it a lot. My mother is like our family lekach – strong and not pretentious…

Meeting the Giants – Taste of Limmud NY

I know I must be nuts. I work in the city, live in Brooklyn and pay money to go to learn until 10pm on a weeknight. But, how could I miss The taste of Limmud? So, here I was, sitting in the chapel of the Hebrew Union College, an institution which religious outlook is super…

Weirdly Healthy Shabbat Cake

A while ago I saw a recipe somewhere that caught my eye. It was a date cake with very little flour and no sugar at all. I decided to give it a try with my own little twist, of course. I love dates! What could be better for a Shabbat than your ancestral food? Plus,…