A Potpourri of Roses




Today I have chosen to post a selection of the roses that bloomed in my garden last summer. You may have seen some of them on top of older posts but they have never featured in Today’s Flowers.

For more flowers from around the globe, Today’s Flowers is hosted by Luiz Santilli Jr. and managed by Santilli and Denise bc.

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Baruch Dayan HaEmet

In the wake o fthe terrorists attacks in Mumbai which meant the death of at least 195 people, among whom a number of Israelis and Jewish people, it si difficult to write something that will not appear inappropriate or indecent. Therefore I have chosen to post what the peoople who knew them said about Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife Rivka.

“Gabi and Rivky Holtzberg made the ultimate sacrifice,” Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky, vice chairman of the educational arm of Chabad-Lubavitch, said in a statement.
“As emissaries to Mumbai, Gabi and Rivky gave up the comforts of the West in order to spread Jewish pride in a corner of the world that was a frequent stop for throngs of Israeli tourists.”

“After he got married he was looking to make an impact in the world, in the Jewish world, and in his case reach out to people who are really, really far away both literally and spiritually from their roots,” said Rabbi Berel Wolvovsky of Maryland, a childhood friend of Gavriel Holtzberg.
“His fears were not fears of terrorism. His fears were of maybe not being able to help as many people as he’d like.”

“He was a real mensch (person of honor) and we will miss him very, very dearly,” Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky, who was in regular contact with Holtzberg from the New York headquarters, told reporters.

Sky & Desert


This photo is not exactly extraordinary or beautiful but it was my fisrt glimpse of Asia when I flew to Hong Kong last year. I was following our course on a small screen and when I realized we were flying over the Gobi Desert I went to the window and took a few pictures.

Skywatch Friday starts tonight. Find out more and join in by clicking here.



José, a fellow blogger, got this appeal this morning from a Chabad rabbi in Germany.

For the past few hours we have been unable to reach Rabbi and Mrs. Gavriel and Rivkah Holtzberg, the Shluchim to Mumbai, India, where terrorists attacks have occurred.

The reports we are hearing from there could be better.

It is a time for Tefillah. Please say Tehillim for:
– Gavriel Noach ben Freida Bluma
– Rivkah bas Yehudis
– Moshe Tzvi Ben Rivkah.

All those who can go to the Rebbe’s Ohel and ask for rachamei shamayim are requested to do so.

Quick Shabbat Dishes with Asian Touch



As a further development to Mom in Israel’s post on tips for a quicker preparation of Shabbat meals during the winter months, I have made a compilation of the different recipes on my blog that do not take too long to prepare and to cook. Most of them, I would recommend for the Friday evening meal.

All the following dishes are parve:
Salmon in Curry Sauce
Cauliflower and Green Pea Curry
Asian Salmon
Fish Yellow Curry
Red Lentil Curry
Egg Curry

I intend to post a Swedish recipe soon. It will be quick and easy too but with no curry.

What’s in a Name?


The name of this week’s parshah is Toldot (Hebrew תּוֹלְדֹת). In English, this word is often translated as “generations”. Not really a surprise for a text which comes from an ancient culture where paternal filiation was most important.

However the Hebrew word can be translated in two different ways: “line” or “story”. This is best rendered in French where Toldot is translated by engendrements, a word which is closer to “begetting” than “generation”.

This would suggest that what makes us “who we are” is also “where we come from” and what we produce/beget. It seems we are encouraged to lead our lives with an eye in the rear mirror, remembering our parents and ancestors, as well as all the lessons they can teach us. Yet at the same time we need to keep in mind our own specific and personal involvement in this world, what we are here for and what what we are meant to achieve.

I Guess It’s My Turn


Chavi tagged me yesterday, so now it’s my turn to do my bit and pass it on.

Here are the rules:
1. Link to your tagger and list these rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people (if possible) at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blogs.

So here are the seven things:
1. I need to listen to the radio or my Ipod, with earplugs in, before I can go to sleep.
2. I read more than a book a week.
3. A few things about my eating habits: I love eggs, my favorite meat dish is curry and my favorite fish is salmon.
4. I have been teaching for more than twenty years already.
5. My computer is a Mac.
6. I spent two years in the UK, one in England and one in Scotland.
7. The first book I read in English was Dombey & Son.

Now I’m tagging the following:
Svensk Chekchouka

I had a few other people in mind but they have been tagged by other people already.

Egg Curry


Mom in Israel posted some tips for a quicker preparation of Shabbat meals during the winter months, when candle lighting is early. I mentioned in a comment that in winter I choose dishes that are not too time-consuming. Egg curry is one of them; it is easy, tasty and popular with all age groups.

1-2 onions
2 hard-boiled eggs per person
Indian curry paste or a mixture of spices (ginger, coriander powder, turmeric,chili powde and cumin)
coconut milk
cilantro or parsley

In a pot, saute the onions. Add the curry paste (or spices) coating the onions. Gently stir in the eggs. Add the coconut milk and simmer very gently for about 10 minutes. Add the chopped cilantro or parsley.

Serve with Basmati rice and /or nan bread.

Option: add 2 teaspoons tomato paste and 1 (14 ounce) can chopped tomatoes, drained before ading the egs.