Category Archives: food

#blogelul — bless

may the … be with you Per­haps the most famous bless­ing is that expressed by the ancient priests in Jerusalem as record­ed in the book of Num­bers (6:24–26): יְבָרֶכְךָ יְיָ וְיִשְׁמְרֶךָ. יָאֵר יְיָ פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ וִיחֻנֶּךָ. יִשָּׂא יְיָ פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ וְיָשֵׂם … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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#blogexodus : spring (karpas)

כרפס | karpas | eat the green veg­eta­bles Dip sprigs of pars­ley in salt water and dis­trib­ute them to all present at the Seder table while read­ing the fol­low­ing para­graphs and singing the fol­low­ing songs. My heart over­flows with joy! … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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#blogexodus : how do I cleanse my life of chametz?

rab­bi meir shmuel ben tzip­po­rah v’nechemia hale­vi [ר‘משבצונה“ל] teach­es: Judith came in from the fields where it appeared as though the whole com­mu­ni­ty was out har­vest­ing the new grain crop. The rains had ceased and the ground had dried enough … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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the new year; traveling for chocolate… and much more

Switzer­land was actu­al­ly “Plan B” We had hoped to get to Fire Island (Long Island) at The Pines for Rosh haShan­nah to be with a col­league and at the beach. How­ev­er, because “the sea­son” at The Pines was still going strong, … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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The People of the…

We have been called a Peo­ple of the Book for near­ly 1400 years. We did not invent the term. It was giv­en to us (as well as to Chris­tians) by our cousins the Mus­lims. Nonethe­less, even as our tech­nolo­gies move us … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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what do you put in your coffee?

[cross post­ed at The Jew and the Car­rot] Phar­isees of course Ever-sen­si­­tive to appear­ances of Jew­ish ref­er­ences in pop­u­lar cul­ture, I was a bit sur­prised to read Mau­reen Dowd’s head­line in The New York Times on Sun­day, July 19, 2009: “Phar­isees on … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Hidden in plain sight

At the far east end of 47th Street in Man­hat­tan, between 2nd and 1st Avenues a broad love­ly park leads up to the Unit­ed Nations com­plex of build­ings on the East Riv­er. A farmer’s mar­ket is set up every Wednes­day through­out the … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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hidden in plain sight (continued)

con­tin­ued from hid­den in plain sight what are we hid­ing (from)? As of this writ­ing, the phrase “hid­den in plain sight” appears in a Google search 142,000 times. It must refer to a wide vari­ety of con­cepts and sit­u­a­tions. How many things … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Neapolitan

Over the years I have been asked: What kind of a rab­bi are you? To which I answer with­out hes­i­ta­tion: A good rab­bi! And then my inter­locu­tor stam­mers a bit and says: No, no, what… oh, ah…. Are you…? At which point I gen­tly inter­rupt … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Which is the fast…?

[cross post­ed at the Jew and the Car­rot and at the Reli­gious Action Cen­ter of Reform Judaism]. The prophet Isa­iah asks (58:6–7): Is not this the fast that I have cho­sen? to loose the fet­ters of wicked­ness, to undo the bands … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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