Simchat Torah / שמחת תורה

Holiday time is so busy that I never have time to right, especially that I am really swamped at work. So, again, I resort to someone else’s wisdom that is much deeper than mine, anyway. Below, you will see the D’var from my colleague Dr. Ackerman. I hope you enjoy it and have the best ending…

On The Eve Of Yom Kippur…

Originally posted on joe wolfson:
Very late in the day I upload some offerings for the greatest of days. Reading sheets first, followed by audio shiurim (all of which have source sheets). Reading Sheets (some new, some from previous years) Elie Wiesel’s Prayer The Religiosity of Aharon Appelfeld I.L. Peretz’s ‘If Not Higher’ – A…

Roller-Coaster During Yamim Noraim / ימים נוראים

These Days of Awe –  ימים נוראים have been very challenging for me so far. Is the Universe trying to tell me something that I refuse to hear? Right after Rosh haShana my body started to give in somehow. Yesterday, I decided to defy the pain and walk to a Community Beit Midrash Kick off at Mechon…

Random Verses Inspired by Pain

We are within The Days of Awe, The Days of Repentance, the days we are supposed to look inside and resolve to be better, to forgive others. To forgive ourselves. It is so easy to forgive others. Everyone has a story, a reason, a pain they cannot deal with, and therefore, are hurting those who…

Honey Cakes

  Apparently, this year honey cakes are a subject of debate, so I am sharing this Tablet article with you, my readers. I would love to hear what you have to say on this subject. What is your favorite honey cake? Do you even bother to make them and how often? As for me, this…

A Reading Day or Gush Katif Forever?!

Today was a reading day for me. Sometimes, I get to spend a day in bed getting out of it for a glass of water moving about the apartment like a zombie, a pain here, a pain there. No big deal if someone is used to it like I am. Thank Gd, it’s not often…

Parshat ha Shavuah Verses Ha’azinu / האזינו

This one is a short work week, and with all the holiday cooking and prepping, I do not see a chance for me to write any thoughtful d’var Torah. I have decided to leave you with the words of my colleague, Dr. Ackerman, again, as I don’t think I can say anything better. The only thing…

Another Day, Another Year

So here we are, again, Ready (?) to stand in front of HaShem begging for mercy. אבינו מלךנו – our father, our king – we cry asking for a better year that the one passed. Somehow, the liturgy of the High Holidays always brings me to inner tears. I don’t think I am able to…

Parshat ha Shavuah Verses – Ki Tavo /כִּי-תָבוֹא

We are commanded to bring the first fruits of our labor “unto the place which the LORD thy God shall choose to cause His name to dwell there” and speak to our Gd: י  וְעַתָּה, הִנֵּה הֵבֵאתִי אֶת-רֵאשִׁית פְּרִי הָאֲדָמָה, אֲשֶׁר-נָתַתָּה לִּי, יְהוָה; וְהִנַּחְתּוֹ, לִפְנֵי יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ, וְהִשְׁתַּחֲוִיתָ, לִפְנֵי יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ. 10 And now, behold, I have…

A Small Anniversary

Today marks an interesting anniversary for me – it has been three years since I have started this blog sharing first recipes, then a few verses, and finally some of my own thoughts on Torah with you, my readers. I remember after my first week my amazement at the fact that people who don’t know…

Just an Article About Jewish Food

Right when I was giving a recipe for knafe, someone posted an old article from Forward, the paper that I read very rarely as I have lots of disagreements with its usual stand. This time, the article was about food, so I couldn’t possibly pass that over, especially that it was talking about foods mostly…