Jewish Places of the (Not-So-Distant) Past

כח  אַל-תַּסֵּג, גְּבוּל עוֹלָם–    אֲשֶׁר עָשׂוּ אֲבוֹתֶיךָ. 28 Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.  Proverbs – מִשְׁלֵי I love to go to museums. Art, history, architecture, objets d’art, furniture, you name it. Certainly, I look at many things through the prism of the relations to Jews and Judaism. What’s better than to…

Lost in Winter

It’s one of these days when I feel I am lost again. Lost without the people in my life gone forever. Lost without the main man in my life, my dad whose birthday is coming up in two days. Lost without my sister who was the epitome of the things a true woman possesses. Lost…

Parshat ha Shavuah Verses – Tetzaveh

With everything that’s going on, mostly, in my professional life which is closely related to the Jewish world in this country, no time for writing at all. So, here I am posting a few verses from this parshah that make me think. I would be very happy to hear your thoughts on these lines. ב  וְעָשִׂיתָ בִגְדֵי-קֹדֶשׁ, לְאַהֲרֹן…

Purim Treats

When I bake, I mostly, make one-big-piece desserts. Purim is the exception. Somehow, I can’t imagine the holiday without the little hat-like triangle hamentashen, the tastiest cookies with the variety of fillings. Mine are quite a bit of work, but the effort is certainly well worth it. You can use any filling, even a store bought container…

Parshat ha Shavuah Verses –Trumah

Once in the desert and having received the 10 Commandments, the Jews are told to start building a “dwelling place” for Divine Presence. To start the process everyone (every man to be precise) is asked to bring an offering, but only if they wish. ב  דַּבֵּר אֶל-בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל, וְיִקְחוּ-לִי תְּרוּמָה:  מֵאֵת כָּל-אִישׁ אֲשֶׁר יִדְּבֶנּוּ לִבּוֹ, תִּקְחוּ אֶת-תְּרוּמָתִי….

February 27

Today is the day I remember a woman that was born just 55 years ago. A woman who may not have been the prettiest one on earth, the smartest one on earth, but was certainly all this to me. A woman that is remembered by everyone who met her even accidentally 20 years since her…

Parshat ha Shavuah Verses –Mishpatim

After the Bnei Yisrael are finally out of Egypt, they find out that life is not going to be easy. There are laws to follow, and rules to live by. א  וְאֵלֶּה, הַמִּשְׁפָּטִים, אֲשֶׁר תָּשִׂים, לִפְנֵיהֶם. 1 Now these are the ordinances which thou shalt set before them Did you think this is it? You left…

Parshat ha Shavuah Verses – Jethro

This Parshah is one of the multiple wonders. Yitro, a priest of Midian, effectively institutes the tradition of brachot for miracles. “Yitro is not the first person to bless God, but he is the first to offer a bracha in response to a miracle performed for a group (rather than an individual).” Dr. David Ackerman Parshat Yitro gives us…

Easy, Healthy, Make-Ahead Cabbage Roulette

This Sunday should be a happy day. I am hosting my family for an early brunch. My niece is turning another page on the yearly calendar, and my younger daughter will be in town for a very short stay. I am excited! Since my dad’s passing, I am not able to invite guests, but the family…

A Few of my Favorite … Lines

Today, when things happening in my life have put me in front of the same dilemma, again and again, I am back to being confused and angry at myself for inability to make a final decision. It is written in the Mishna “Say little and do much” (Avoth 1:15) It seems that all I do is talk, and do…

Parshat ha Shavuah Verses –Beshalach

Wow! What a parshah! It is very true that no matter how many times you read Torah on Shabbat, you will always be astonished by something in it. It seems that I have read this one – Beshalach  – for the first time, as I don’t think I ever realized how many fundamental events are in…

A Nice Post for a Change

So, this is just a quick good mood post. I can’t believe I am writing this, but yes – I am in a good mood today. Apparently, it pays to get up at 6 am even on a day you are working from home. So this morning not only I got to the gym, but…