New Series Brewing


After the Mesorah Project in 2009 and the interviews of people who have made alyiah last year, I have a new idea in mind. The interview is ready and has been proofread by Michael – a former interviewee. I have sent out requests and have already received positive answers.

I’ll soon tell you more. At this stage, I do not want to reveal more but I think you’ll like the new series.

Pre-Pesach Review with Lilac


On My Blog

Pesach Posts:
Pesach Lists
Pesach Desserts – 2011/5771 Update
Meat and Fish Pesach Dishes – 2011/5771 Update

Is Kosher Getting Healthier?

The Pity of It All, a book review

Elsewhere in the JBlogosphere

Beyond Conversion, a post by Shimshonit

Who is “Orthodox”? Who is “Religious”? Who is Just “Observant”?, an article by Jonathan Kolatch

Food Memories of My Father, a beautiful tribute by Mother in Israel

Mrs.S. shares some Pesach Humor: Fun and Games Friday: Guests Edition

Are Freedom and Slavery Opposites?, a Pesach post by Leora

Shabbat Shalom!

Meat and Fish Pesach Dishes – 2011/5771 Update


This is a list of recipes which I have posted since I started this blog and which are all kosher for Pesach. Beware that three of them contain kitniyot. For those wondering, soy is kitniyot but soy sauce is chametz as it contains wheat.


Moroccan Tagine of Chicken with Prunes

Stuffed Tomatoes

Chicken with Red Peppers

My Mother’s Chicken Patties (kitniyot)


A Dish from Finland

Another Salmon Recipe

Hraymi: Spicy Fish

Salmon and Fennel

Halibut, Red Peppers, Onions, Potatoes and Gremolata

Poached Salmon

Smoked Salmon and Salad

Salmon in Curry Sauce (kitniyot)

Fish Yellow Curry (kitniyot)

More recipes to come – vegetable and side dishes as well as desserts

The Pity of It All


The Pity of It All: A Portrait of the German-Jewish Epoch, 1743-1933 by Amos Elon is an extremely informative account of German Jewish history from the arrival of Moses Mendelssohn in Berlin to Hitler’s being appointed chancellor by President Hindenburg.

Amos Elon focuses on influential Jews while giving a detailed picture of the political background behind these well-known figures.

The book starts with the German Enlightment, which was not very enlightened as far as Jews were concerned, before dealing with the rise of Germany as a nation and international power. It shows how a handful of Jewish intellectuals, political reformers and artists contributed to the shaping of Germany as a modern nation despite the pervading anti-Semitic conservatism of the time.

This book reads like a story of unrequited love. The Jews adopted German culture with almost fanatical devotion to its music, literature, art and philosophy. This culminated in 1914 with their almost unanimous backing of the German aggression and their patriotic enthusiasm for war.

Unfortunately this did not prevent the Germans, as a people, to conclude that the Jews were responsible for all their problems and turn against them very soon after the German defeat in 1918. A feeling that gradually led to Hitler’s accession to power.

The Pity of It All is a scholarly yet entirely readable book and I higly recommend it.

Is Kosher Getting Healthier?



I went kosher shopping in Antwerp last week where I bought meat for my freezer as well as all sorts of fresh and dry foods.

Usually I find that kosher biscuits and cake are case studies in unhealthy food. Here is a sample for the skeptics: sugars, wheat flour, eggs, water, vegetable oil, poppy seeds filling, emulsifiers (E433, E481, E491, E524), yeast, stabilizer E415, dietary fibers, soy flour, food starch, humectant E422, flavors, salt, citric acid, preservatives (E282, E202, E200). And this is just one item.

Yet as I looked around looking for parve cookies and cakes for a friend as well as for a cup of instant noodles for myself. I found that things seemed to be changing as the above photos suggest: no colorings, no preservatives, no trans, less salt, no added MSG …

This is a trend I have not witnessed in French kosher stores and interestingly all those products came from North America, not Israel. As for the organic section (a rather reduced product line), it contained American and European items.

Have you noticed a similar tendency where you live?

March Review with Breads


On My Blog

Photo Meme:
Back to Ruby for Ruby Tuesday
Flowers in French Synagogue for Ruby Tuesday
Lavender Shop for SOOC
Since 1904 for SOOC

Desert Island MP3

From Paris to Antwerp

Rye Foccacia

When Words Fail Us

The Mysteries of Teenagehood

Busy, Busy


Unusual Parisian School

Elsewhere in the JBlogosphere

Heblish: Plenty more where that came from edition, a language post by Mrs.S.

Light at the end of the tunnel, a heart-warming post by Treppenwitz

ShaareZedekinJapan, a blog

When it’s healthy to get in a pickle, a Jewish Chronicle article

Rayna Eliana reviews Jerusalem Maiden

A Vintage Rant, a post by Frozen Challah

Salads, In the Pink’s readers share their favorite salads

Raritan Avenue Watercolor, Leora shares a beautiful painting

Britain’s Chief Rabbi’s thoughts on the parshah

Pesach made simple(r) and Pesach prep (in detail), two seasonal posts by Shimshonit

The Uri L’Tzedek Food and Justice Haggadah Supplement, essays, insights and action to unite food, social justice, and ethical consumption

Shabbat Shalom!