I was 13 years old when I had my heart broken for the first time. Unable to console me, my mother prepared a batch of banana walnut muffins (yesteryear’s equivalent to pink frosted cupcakes) to cheer me up. Food makes us feel better – it can be a cup of soup when we are sick, a power bar after a strenuous workout or a sweet treat to put a smile on your face.
Nothing symbolizes a Jewish wedding more than a chuppah, which we today call a “wedding canopy.” The chuppah-bridal canopy of today is meant to represent the home of the groom into which the bride enters. The home is symbolized by the roof.
This autumnal soup is velvety and deliciously decadent with its creamy texture and rich color, but is actually low in fat and very high in beta carotene. It can be made several days ahead of serving and will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3-5 days, or frozen for one month.
Everyone knows that location is the most important factor in re-selling a home or commercial real estate. What most people don’t realize is that it’s also a huge factor in dating…
Among the unique rituals performed on the holiday of Sukkot were the additional offerings that were sacrificed in the ancient Temple. On the first day of the holiday, 13 young bulls were sacrificed, on the second day 12, on the third day 11, on the fourth day 10, on the fifth day 9, on the sixth day 8 and on the seventh day 7…
Rosh Hashana is known as the Day of Judgment (Yom Hadin), the day on which God judges the world. Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is the day on which God finalizes His verdict on the judgments of Rosh Hashana.
My matchmaker mom once told me that it’s better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. I didn’t understand what this meant until a few years ago when someone broke my heart. After what seemed like months and months of crying, I finally understood this saying. I realized that it’s better to have been in love and have your heart broken than to be single and never have experienced a broken heart.
“…The prophets of the Jewish people ordained that the Hallel be recited on special occasions and celebrations [like Yom Tov], and at times of national deliverance from peril, in gratitude for their Redemption” (Pesachim 117a).
Every year I have a love affair with autumn. The crisp air, colorful leaves, moody broody sky and my favorite produce filling the markets give me an incredible sense of well being. I also love Sukkot. I like the whole premise of the holiday with harvests and gathering, but mostly I like the fact that this is a holiday that does not tell me what to eat, but rather only where to eat it.
Let’s face it. Writing an email to a complete stranger isn’t always the easiest thing in the world to do. In fact, it can often be downright agonizing. We only get one shot at a first impression so we need to make it a good one. The following tips are the top three ways to avoid that all dreaded delete button.