After many experiments, Jamie has perfected her Matzah Fruit Kugel recipe. In my opinion, it is the best Passover dish I have ever tasted. Well, Ok, the second best. Her chocolate-chip meringue cookies ARE the best. But this recipe is mighty close. Please try it while it is still Passover. TRY IT SOON.Continue Reading →
There are so many negatives in the media about Israel these days, I thought you would enjoy a few minutes about the educational and technical achievements of Israel. As you watch, remember, all this was accomplished as in the time of Nehemiah when: “Those who built on the wall, and those who carried burdens, loaded themselves so that with one hand they worked at construction, and with the other held a weapon.” Nehemiah 4:17Continue Reading →
Not today, and certainly not during the United States Civil War. I think you will enjoy this wonderful article from the American Jewish Historical Society about the perseverance of soldiers to celebrate Passover during that war. Enjoy… Passover begins at Sundown on Monday, April 18 this year.
http://www.myjewishlearning.com/history/Modern_History/1700-1914/America_at_the_Turn_of_the_Century/Acceptance_in_the_US/Civil_War/Passover_After_the_Civil_War/seders.shtml?HYJHContinue Reading →
Hava Nagila is to music what the bagel is to food — a uniquely Jewish invention that has transcended its origins and become a worldwide hit. But, for many of us, simply reading the words Hava Nagila starts a melody in our heads; which quickly triggers memories of ‘life cycle” events in our lives. Perhaps a bar Mitzvah, or a wedding. Maybe an anniversary party, or a baby dedication. There was always music. There was always dancing. and there was ...Continue Reading →
Last Sunday I was at Star of David Cemetery to perform an unveiling. I stopped at our Temple’s section and photographed our bench. We have come a long way since the congregation’s first funeral there when we were told not to mention “HIM,” or else.
I am a strong advocate of “pre-need” planning since my first experience with a husband having to make funeral arrangements while in DEEP grief for his wife of many years who had just been “Promoted to ...Continue Reading →
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday reiterated that the world body expects Israel to immediately surrender to internationally-backed Arab demands that it relinquish all claims to the Jews’ biblical heartland of Judea and Samaria and half of their ancient capital of Jerusalem. The Jewish presence in the so-called “West Bank,” which includes the eastern half of Jerusalem, is “morally and politically unsustainable, and must end,” Ban insisted during a press conference in Uruguay. Meanwhile, the Palestinians are moving forward plans ...Continue Reading →
Every once in awhile, I read something that gets right to the point of a matter. I had wondered about Turkey’s sudden reversal of relations with Israel, and the piece below puts it into perspective.
“The more Israel has traded land for peace, the more its staying power has diminished. There is no better place to see that shift than in Turkey, formerly Israel’s closest ally in the Muslim world. That relationship was built not on mutual friendship, but on mutual ...Continue Reading →
It seems that each time we fill our gas tank we are paying more than we did the last time.
If you are like me, you are probably wondering; WHY?
My good friend Gunther Karger is an economic analyst whose opinions I highly respect. Below are some excerpts from an email I received from him this week. It clearly and simply outlines the issues and offers YOU and I an opportunity to do something about the problem.
I hope you will read to ...Continue Reading →
Just received this update on the woman who was killed in this week’s bus bombing in Jerusalem.
Dear Neil and Jamie,
When I sent out the last news/prayer alert after the bus bombing in Jerusalem on March 23rd all that was known about ‘Mary’ (the only person who was killed) was that she was a 59-60 year old UK national who was studying here in Jerusalem. Well, tonight at my congregation here in Jerusalem, we were told of this woman’s incredible life ...Continue Reading →