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…

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,…

GO!

Here we go again – the call of Gd – go! Where and why? All of us though, somehow hear this call, but do not head it like our father Abraham did. As promised, I am bringing new takes on the Torah to you this year. Today, the d’var comes from Howard Markose, another teacher I…

My Dairy Shabbat Pasta

Staying home on Friday night (no complaint here, so tired by the end of the week, I prefer to stay home on Shabbat night until the time changes) I am always looking for a quick, easy, one dish Shabbat dinner that is still nice. On top of this, I LOVE pasta! All this gluten-free stuff…

The Cycle Continues – Noah / נח

As promised, I am posting the D’var Torah from another teacher, this time Dena Weiss from Mechon Hadar. I hope you enjoy her take on Noah. For me, the eternal question – was Noah a true tzaddik or just better than everyone in that generation, is answered with a strong – true tzaddik! How many times can we stand to…

New Year – New Way of Blogging

Last year, right at the start, I have made a sort-of-promise to write a small something for every Parshah of the year.  I did it in memory of my loved ones, and in newly found understanding that some people, actually, are interested in things I have to say, be it Torah, some mini-poetry, or just…

Happy Birthday … Wherever You Are

Today, you would have turned 65. According to current American standards, a young man. Standing at your matzeva מצבה this morning with your very grown-up, smart and beautiful daughter, I was thinking about the time when you were her age, a father in love with his child, a husband in love with his wife, a man…