SECRETS: The Diary of an Anglo Teen in Israel

January 11, 2007, by

OU Israel Drama Therapy Department produces…SECRETS: The Diary of an Anglo Teen in Israel “My name is Talia and my secret is that I cut school today…and yesterday… and the day before, but no one cared. My name is Michael and my secret is that when I leave the house I take off my kippa.

Once Every Seven Years

December 28, 2006, by

I love solitude. Quiet walks in the woods. Steady waves hitting the seashore. Bird watching and stargazing. I absolutely love solitude. It’s been twenty-two years now since I’ve experienced one quiet moment alone. The closest I’ve come to enjoying nature in solitude was when I polished the silver bowl that my grandfather left me. Someone

Masechet Beitzah 35a-40b

November 30, 2006, by

The Coming Week’s Daf Yomi by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz This essay is based upon the insights and chidushim (original ideas) of Talmudic scholar Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, as published in the Hebrew version of the Steinsaltz Edition of the Talmud. This month’s Steinsaltz Daf Yomi is sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Alan Harris, the Lewy Family

Parshat Vayetze: In Search of Truth

November 30, 2006, by

Am Yisrael is a nation steeped in the search for truth. There are billions of people who are satisfied with believing in falsehoods, regardless how absurd or ludicrous they may be, because it is convenient and because their fathers believed in them. If one’s conception of religion is belief in ‘immaculate conception’, so be it!

Fly Away Home

September 7, 2006, by

I knew it was coming, but the reality only began to hit me inexplicably, while selecting produce in a small neighborhood market. There, right in front of the zucchini and parsnips, I began to sob nearly uncontrollably. In less than four days, our eldest son would fly to Israel for a year of post-high school

Introduction to Masechet Yoma

June 8, 2006, by

This month’s Steinsaltz Daf Yomi is sponsored by: Dr. David Katzin in memory of Jack and Eva Katzin, z”l To dedicate future editions of Steinsaltz Daf Yomi, perhaps in honor of a special occasion or in memory of a loved one, click here. NEW! Join our Daf Live discussion forum at to share your

Fiddling With Destiny

May 18, 2006, by

I owe my wife, our children and the entire course of my life over the past 20 years to having a few hours to spare back in late December 1985. I had a chance (?) encounter with Hashem where and when I least expected it and it changed my life. I was born and raised

Purim Pleasures Fit for a Queen (or a Jewish Princess!)

March 10, 2006, by

The quest for a recipe for Mohnlach began several weeks ago with a phone call from my mother’s cousin Roy. “Norene, maybe you can help me? I keep thinking about the poppy seed candy my mother used to make for Purim when I was a little boy. I thought if anyone would have the recipe,

Baking Chocolate vs. Chocolate Chips

January 26, 2006, by

I am surprised you are unable to find the bars. If you let me know where you are located, perhaps I can help you find it. If you plan to melt chocolate, it’s best to buy it in bars. Chips contain less cocoa butter so that they can better hold their shape in cookies, but

Anchovies (flavor) in Meat Sauce

January 13, 2006, by

I would try 1 or 2 teaspoons of Dijon Mustard with a touch of Soy sauce. I think that if you’re going to use it specifically with meat, Anchovies are out! Unless you are going to use it on a salad which will be served prior to eating meat. However, check with your Rav since