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Apple Fluden

October 17, 2008, by

Ingredients: Dough: 2 cups Flour ½ teaspoon Salt 2/3 cup Pareve margarine 1/3 to ½ cup Orange Juice Filling: 1 cup raisins 3 cups apples; peeled, cored and sliced ¼ cup honey ½ teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind 1/3 cup stale breadcrumbs or cake Instructions: Preheat oven to 400°F Mix flour and salt; rub

Nitzavim: Blessing the New Month

September 25, 2008, by

Customarily, the Shabbat before Rosh Chodesh is called “Shabbat Mevarchim” because after the Torah reading the coming of the new month is announced and then a special prayer is said (Rema OC 284:7). However, on this Shabbat no announcement is made, despite the fact that next Shabbat is Rosh Chodesh – the custom is that

Tzimmes Meets Tajine: Sumptuous Stews to Sweeten the New Year

September 25, 2008, by

Tzimmes is a specialty of Ashkenazi Jews, while tajines come from Morocco. Although they have such different origins, these slow-cooked entrees share many qualities. Both make festive fare for Rosh Hashanah. “Don’t make such a tzimmes out of it!” was my parents’ typical response to my childhood complaints when they meant not to make such

High Holiday Baking

September 25, 2008, by

Cakes, cookies and breads that I bake for the Holidays, I bake only for the Holidays. Except for testing out recipes, that is. In this way, my High Holiday baked goods are cherished on two levels: First, my family looks forward to these special foods that come just once a year. And second, I have

Simanim: Special Food As Signs For a Sweet and Healthy New Year

September 25, 2008, by

From the time I was a young child, I’ve known that Rosh Hashanah was associated with apples and honey, symbolizing sweetness for the coming New Year. My mother would make her special apple cake and always served her carrot tzimmes sweetened with honey, a big favorite in our family. In addition to the traditional wine

A Rosh Hashana Prayer from Sderot

September 18, 2008, by

One of the most powerful prayers of the entire high holidays is found not before the sounding of the shofar of Rosh Hashana nor during the ‘al chet’ on Yom Hakippurim, not even in the heartfelt prayer of Unetaneh tokef, rather it is a simple plea hidden during the time the Torah is taken out and

The Rosh Hashanah Seder

September 18, 2008, by

Symbolic Foods and Why We Eat Them, With Recipes As Rosh Hashana approaches, the preparations begin. And at my home, that’s an understatement. Getting clothes in order, setting up the seating chart at the synagogue, taking haircuts, you name it! All of these things must be done. And of course, I’m thinking through my menus

Museum of You

September 18, 2008, by

Rummaging through your basement is like going to the Museum of You. You can browse through artifacts from the different eras of your life, and see how you have evolved from a homo dependent, to a homo adolescent, (the stage at which you are still totally dependent, but think that you are independent) all the