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Dan, Son of Jacob
August 19, 2010 – 10:03 am
Dan, Son of Jacob

Rachel had Jacob’s heart, Leah had his children.

For four long years, Rachel watched her sister give birth to son after son until she could bear it no longer. Frustrated but determined, Rachel recalled the actions of her husband’s grandmother, Sarah, and gave her handmaid, Bilhah, to be Jacob’s wife.

Duo of Watermelon Granites
August 18, 2010 – 5:01 pm
Duo of Watermelon Granites

Prowl the farmers market and you will find different colors and varieties of watermelon. There is nothing more refreshing than a slice of cold watermelon, except for these simple and quick watermelon ices. I love the color and fragrance of these granites (French) or granitas (Italian). A granite is really a flavored ice that has been stirred frequently during the freezing process to yield a coarse crystal. The general rule is 4 parts liquid to 1 part sugar.

Seeking God in Elul
August 18, 2010 – 10:03 am
Seeking God in Elul

Psalm 27 is read twice daily from the beginning of the month of Elul through the holiday of Sukkot in order to help each Jew develop the beautiful relationship that one can have with the Divine.

The Council of the Four Lands
August 17, 2010 – 10:03 am
The Council of the Four Lands

While Jews suffered greatly as societal outsiders in many of the lands in which they lived throughout history, sometimes there were beneficial perks–such as a moderate level of communal autonomy. This was specifically the case in Poland (and Lithuania) from the end of the 16th through most of the 18th century.

Beer!
August 13, 2010 – 9:02 am
Beer!

In Tractate Pesachim 107a, beer lovers can find an interesting discussion about the use of beer for kiddush or havdalah. “Rabbi Hisda asked Rabbi Huna: Is it permitted to recite kiddush over [date] beer? [Rabbi Huna replied] In as much as I asked Rav, and Rav asked Rabbi Hiyya, and Rabbi Hiyya asked Rabbi [Judah the Prince] about pirzuma (barley beer), ta’ainy (fig beer) and asne (a fruit beer) and he could not resolve it for him, can there be a [different] question about [date] beer?”

Halachic Authorities
August 12, 2010 – 9:27 am
Halachic Authorities

The connection between Rabbi Jacob ben Asher (the Tur, Barcelona, Spain, 1269-1340), Rabbi Joseph Caro (Safed, Israel, 1488-1575) and Rabbi Moshe Isserlis (Cracow, Poland, 1520 – 1572) is an excellent example of both the international Jewish community and of Jewish scholarship in general.

Singled Out in a Small Town
August 11, 2010 – 3:41 pm
Singled Out in a Small Town

Small town life is really centered on married couples, except for the bar crowd which is not great for dating.  I really don’t fit into either group and am looking for some suggestions that can change my social situation

The Alarm Clock
August 11, 2010 – 10:03 am
The Alarm Clock

New beginnings are always difficult.  For those who are not “morning people,” every day is a new beginning, and we must be thankful to whoever invented the alarm clock, which keeps us from being labeled as “slothful” and “lazy.”

Hang on to Summer
August 10, 2010 – 4:39 pm
Hang on to Summer

The market stalls are bursting with produce. It seems as though everywhere I turn there is an abundance of riotously colored fruits and vegetables. The possibilities seem endless-so much food, so little time.

Read This Blueprint Please
August 10, 2010 – 10:03 am
Read This Blueprint Please

Most people can understand the layout and basic measurements of a building from its blueprint. But it takes an expert–an architect or an engineer–to use those blueprints to build a house.

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