Parshat ha Shavuah Verses – Bamidbar/בְּמִדְבַּר

This week we count. א  וַיְדַבֵּר יְהוָה אֶל-מֹשֶׁה בְּמִדְבַּר סִינַי, בְּאֹהֶל מוֹעֵד:  בְּאֶחָד לַחֹדֶשׁ הַשֵּׁנִי בַּשָּׁנָה הַשֵּׁנִית, לְצֵאתָם מֵאֶרֶץ מִצְרַיִם–לֵאמֹר. 1 And the LORD spoke unto Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the tent of meeting, on the first day of the second month, in the second year after they were come out of the…

Parshat ha Shavuah Verses – Behar/Bechukotai – בהר/בחקותי

To me, this week’s parshah is speaking about holiness and sanctity no less than the ones talking about the priests’ behavior. It is one of the parashiot that truly shows that the Gd of Israel is the Gd of everything and everyone. By His hand, the world is governed towards justice. This justice starts with the…

Parshat ha Shavuah Verses – Emor / פרשת אמור

These are such loaded Parshiot! So many things to discuss, it’s hard to pick. Books can be written in modern politically correct world about the lines devotes to who is allowed to come close to the “congregation of GD” Books can be also written on the question of a blemished sacrifice and why it is…

Poppy Seeds?

There are some foods that divide the population into two parts. The fiercest division that I found so far is related to two foods that I love, but many people cannot stand: cilantro and poppy seeds. I use both all the time. I put cilantro, practically, everywhere – in salads, meats, roasted vegetables, etc. Some people say it…

Leftover Pesach Quick Shabbat Salmon

I do not usually use mayonnaise, but for Pesach I buy a small jar that hangs around my fridge for a while. Neither do I buy chraine, but naturally, I had some leftovers after the Sedorim. So for this Shabbat, I’ve decided to put these two to a good use marinating salmon in it. So I mixed…

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…

Easy Dessert for Shabbat. Gluten-Free Too

One of the presents I got for Chanukah was this amazing cookbook! Naturally, I needed to try things out right away. Naturally, as well, I had to modify them a little, can’t ever go with the recipe just as is. This is a light resemblance of a traditional Middle Eastern cake. It is such an…

Parshat ha Shavuah Verses –Toldot

This Parshah seems to contain many inner family struggles. First, it reminds us again that each birth is a miracle. As other imahot – אִמָּהוֹת – pra-mothers, Rivka did not immediately give birth. כא  וַיֶּעְתַּר יִצְחָק לַיהוָה לְנֹכַח אִשְׁתּוֹ, כִּי עֲקָרָה הִוא; וַיֵּעָתֶר לוֹ יְהוָה, וַתַּהַר רִבְקָה אִשְׁתּוֹ. 21 And Isaac entreated the LORD for his wife,…

Parshat ha Shavuah Verses –Chayei Sarah

There are not too many women whose stories are told in detail in the Torah. Sarah is one of these unique women that merits this validation from the Rabbis:”Avraham was secondary to Sarah in prophecy” (Shemot Raba 1:1). This woman was outstandingly beautiful, wise, modest and strong-willed at the same time. Yet, her death was…

Quick and Easy Fish & Potatoes

My friends sometimes ask me for quick, easy, but satisfying recipes, especially those who decided to embrace the path of healthy living  laid out for them by Dr.Nehama Milson. I love to improvise the answers in my kitchen and share them with the world. One of the only four things that I’ve made this Shabbat is this…

Learning from my Daughters

When does a parent rejoice? When their children surpass their own abilities. As a mother, I know that there is nothing greater than understanding that some things you taught your children have been internalized and  improved upon by them. I have two beautiful grown-up, and very much self-made daughters. Both of them saw me cooking and…