Leaving Washington DC

Washington DC can be a cold and indifferent place …if you felt claustrophobic during COVID-19 lock-downs imagine how it would feel if that was all you had, all the time, with nothing to look forward to, adding in the necessity of drugging your son to help him get through the reality of his daily life and his very real feelings of being in his words ‘left behind.’

Meditations on Moving House and Reaching Your Destination

We have arrived at our destination. Just short of three years after we left Washington DC, we completed purchase of our permanent ‘second-hand’ home here in Zichron Yaakov. Fun fact: while in the US it is common to buy an existing home in a desirable location, here in Israel many people buy real estate ‘onContinue reading “Meditations on Moving House and Reaching Your Destination”

Gluten Free (GF) Potato Latkes

So now it is Hanukkah, the Jewish holiday of lights and the miracle of the oil that lasted 8 days. Potato latkes cooked in oil are an enduring Hanukkah tradition and I have been making latkes at home for more than 30 years. That’s a lot of latkes! Here is my fool-proof gluten free (GF)Continue reading “Gluten Free (GF) Potato Latkes”

My Dad’s 3rd Yartzheit

Whatever our own talents and accomplishments we stand on the shoulders of giants, including our own parents. While we consider Abraham and Sarah the first Jewish Patriarch and Matriarch, in actuality it was Terah who first pulled up stakes and started the journey.

Faith and Phenomena: The Wonder of the Irrational in Judaism

Fascinated and still feeling the strong presence of my late Uncle, I watched as the candle continued to burn for what seemed an eternity, finally igniting the wick from the previous week for an amazing blaze of light before finally burning out.

Meditations on Moving House, Procrastination and Planning for Success

After nearly 3 years and 5 apartments, we have navigated the unknown waters of the local real estate market and found our home here in Zichron Yaakov, Israeli wine country. On Thursday we completed the process (don’t ask) and received the keys. So now the fun really begins. Earlier this year I wrote about ourContinue reading “Meditations on Moving House, Procrastination and Planning for Success”

Japanese (Rationing) Fruit Cake

This is my favorite fruitcake, from a recipe handed down by my Bubbe Leah (Levy) Weisenfeld (z”l). This cake was a staple in our house when I was growing up. It was many years before I learned that there is nothing Japanese about the cake at all – the name came from the fact that theContinue reading “Japanese (Rationing) Fruit Cake”