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…

Vegetarian One-Pot Shabbat Dinner

So, apparently, it is very easy to make a delicious vegetarian one-pot (or pan?) Shabbat dinner. It, actually, reminded me of a passage in the Tanach (is this inevitable now?) when Daniel ha-navi said to the person in charge of his and his friends’ health and appearance for the king of Babylon: יב  נַס-נָא אֶת-עֲבָדֶיךָ, יָמִים עֲשָׂרָה;…

We are in it Together. Part III. Shabbat at Pardes. In Jerusalem.

So it is a Friday, and that means that my morning is spent at the famous Mahane Yehuda shuk – an open street market, big, loud, great in its smells, crowds, and colors. The amount of people there on a Friday is hard to imagine. Everyone is walking, checking, looking, shouting, buying, selling, and just…

Easy, Fast, Vegan, Healthy, Delicious

This was a healthy Shabbat. I made a few salads, a peach crumb for dessert – a perfect way to eat late at night. One of my favorites it to use lots of greens, so this time since I got some really great fresh basil, I decided to experiment with one of my favorite summer salad…

Shabbat in a Rush

Due to unforeseen circumstances that I do not wish for anyone, I really had no time to cook for last Shabbat. But Shabbat comes every week, right? So, I decided to just throw the stuff that I already had in one pot and be done with it. OK, it turned out to be two dishes,…

My Pseudo Syrian Shabbat

As much as I love eating vegetables, sometimes I just can’t resist fresh lamb. I will choose lamb over any other meat. My husband just got some really fresh lamb, and I decided to make a Syrian staple – lachma’jin. I am sure you might find different spellings of the word, but consider this – Hebrew, like…