Vayeishev – וישב

As usual, I am bringing you a couple of commentaries on this week’s Parshah that I like: Dr. Ackerman brings a very unusual commentary: “About that time Judah left his brothers and camped near a certain Adullamite whose name was Chira.”  (Genesis 38:1) Parashat Vayeshev introduces the Joseph saga.  Joseph infuriates his brothers with his arrogance…

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberry Butter

So, I have decided to put some recipes here that are really dear to me as they are easy, healthy and work really great for Shabbat. The pictures for this post are made by a talented friend of mine, Lel.   Brussels sprouts are such a versatile vegetable! You can have it in a salad,…

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.) ?…

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…

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…

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…

A Nice Reminder of the Jewish Food Words

I just couldn’t pass this by. Nosher, a project of the My Jewish Learning has published a mini-dictionary of words related to Jewish foods. Turns out that I knew them all (go me!) and made most of the great foods it talks about. Of course, there are a couple dishes like schlav or bamia that I wouldn’t…

A Few Verses on a Cold Night

  Rain, wind and cold Coming down on me again Penetrating my body, crawling down my very soul Threatening my existence Sweet smell of flowers slowly fading away if forever Am I loosing this battle again?! All alone   Thinking of you on a night like this unable to sleep Longing for your warm eyes,…

Another Food Adventure

I have not been buying bread for quite a bit of time already making my own challot  of different kinds, stuffed with apples, sprinkled with za’atar, experimenting with different flours.  Bread making that I used to shun, albeit time consuming has a nice therapeutic touch to it. You have to immerse into this sacred activity with…