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 our … Continue 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 the … Continue reading Japanese (Rationing) Fruit Cake

Alternative (Vegetable) Piecrust

As an alternative piecrust for vegetable pies/quiches, I have been experimenting with gluten-free, vegan and lower-carb substitutions for the traditional wheat-based crust. In the past, I have used shredded potatoes seasoned with onion or shallot and garlic for a Passover-friendly pie crust, and so I thought I would try using different vegetables for a lower-carb alternative crust.

Tossed Salad (American Salad)

American Tossed Salad may include lettuces, carrots, cucumbers and red peppers; the possibilities are limited only by your imagination Salad is an amazing source of the Prebiotics that your body needs every day. This is an easy recipe that anyone should be able to make at home and that will be a colorful and delicious … Continue reading Tossed Salad (American Salad)

Meditations on Moving House, Finding Community & the Sellers Market

Yes, we are in our fifth apartment after our second move to Zichron Yaacov. Our first landing here in October 2018 was like a warm bath, and we had looked forward to returning after our sojourn in Jerusalem. Yes, now that we are here and looking in earnest, the market has turned. Earlier predictions of … Continue reading Meditations on Moving House, Finding Community & the Sellers Market

A Tale of 2 Leaders: Israeli PM Bibi Netanyahu and Former Phils President Erap Estrada (Part 1)

Like it nor not, Bibi finds himself in similar circumstances in Jerusalem in 2020, as Erap did in 2001 as a sitting President of the Philippines under indictment for corruption and bribery. Both Bibi and Erap faced the prospect of serious criminal charges for bribery and corruption, both sought legislative immunity and/or protection and took other steps, directly and indirectly to suppress key evidence needed by the prosecution and to counter public unrest.

Second Middle Age, Systemic Discrimination & Loving Kindness

I have always recognized institutional, systemic racism against Blacks. It was a reality in the background that was impossible to ignore or deny. I was proud of the role that Jews played in the history of the Civil Rights Movement but realized that work was sadly incomplete. Racism against Jews (anti-semitism) also has been clear to me from an early age - impossible to ignore or deny.