Today.

Today. Someone close to me is going to Israel. A good man, a good Jew, a trusted friend, maybe more than that maybe not. Like me, he wants to live there but is not sure when and how this is going to happen. But he is going to Israel now while I am staying here not…

Parshat ha Shavuah Verses – Bo

  “Go!”, He said. “Don’t ask for reasons, do as I say” Your people will leave this cursed place And you will be the leader. Now and forever.   כב  וַיֵּט מֹשֶׁה אֶת-יָדוֹ, עַל-הַשָּׁמָיִם; וַיְהִי חֹשֶׁךְ-אֲפֵלָה בְּכָל-אֶרֶץ מִצְרַיִם, שְׁלֹשֶׁת יָמִים. 22 And Moses stretched forth his hand toward heaven; and there was a thick darkness in…

Casale Monferrato Synagogue

This is just a quick post that I simply had to make. I stumbled upon amazing pictures of a historic synagogue in Italy, built in 1599 and situated between Milan and Turin. The website has the following text accompanying the amazing photographs of the shul: “Casale Monferrato congregation began renting its current building on September 17,…

New Random (Sad?) Verses

  New world order is coming Is it new indeed? Listen to Navi, read the books Everything happens the way He said Don’t hide from the real truth Nothing else matters in the end of days     What has the world come to? Jews hating each other for the fun of the rest of them Will…

Parshat ha Shavuah Verses – Vaeira

This is a parshah of Gd’s names.   ב  וַיְדַבֵּר אֱלֹהִים, אֶל-מֹשֶׁה; וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלָיו, אֲנִי יְהוָה. 2 And God spoke unto Moses, and said unto him: ‘I am the LORD; ג  וָאֵרָא, אֶל-אַבְרָהָם אֶל-יִצְחָק וְאֶל-יַעֲקֹב–בְּאֵל שַׁדָּי; וּשְׁמִי יְהוָה, לֹא נוֹדַעְתִּי לָהֶם. 3 and I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, as God Almighty, but by My…

Calming Vegan Scones on a Turbulent Day

While doing a hundred things working from the early morning and preparing for Shabbat, I was suddenly overwhelmed with the desire to bake something soft, not too sweet, but reasonably nice for a Shabbat that was about to start with the echoes of Facebook screams outlining the oppositions or exhilarations as far as the current events…

Parshat ha Shavuah Verses -Shmot

שְׁמוֹת – is known by the name “exodus”, the second book of Torah. In reality, it means simply “names”, exactly how the verse starts: א  וְאֵלֶּה, שְׁמוֹת בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל, הַבָּאִים, מִצְרָיְמָה:  אֵת יַעֲקֹב, אִישׁ וּבֵיתוֹ בָּאוּ. 1 Now these are the names of the sons of Israel, who came into Egypt with Jacob; every man came with…

OF ICONS, GODs, PRESIDENTS AND OTHER ‘OBJECTS’ OF VENERATION

Originally posted on scriptoris:
Tomorrow is Friday, January 19th, some would call a day of infamy whilst others are celebrating. The odd aspect of the events of the past few weeks have been oddly enough about worshipping. Don’t misunderstand me, for I do not speak of those religious people who are praying to God in…

Random Verses

These days it is hard for me to believe that I live in the same county I came to almost 20 years ago. Things happening today bring me back to depressive thoughts. This time not only for myself, but for all of us, or many of us. It seems that I am watching one of…

Hummus in Our Lives

By now, it is hard to imagine our lives without hummus. This staple of the Middle Eastern cuisine has a permanent place on any Shabbat table in North America. Certainly, in Israel you can find it everywhere, one place serving it better than the next. I was a huge fan of hummus with ground meat…

Parshat ha Shavuah Verses – Vayechi

Over roughly 3000 years after מתן תורה – the revelation of the Torah, there has been written numerous commentaries on every parshah, every pasuk, and pretty much, every word of the Torah. So, most of the times I am asking myself, no doubt as many do, what can I say that is different from other sayings, especially knowing that such…

Shakespeare in my Heart

Today, when the world, the weather, and my soul are squeezed with pain and cold, I am reminded of my favorite Shakespeare sonnet. I would say it myself, but why? He wrote it so much better I could ever do. I would only add the word “blood” in every line of his, though: Tir’d with…