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Challah Bowl

May 8, 2019

I’m calling this one the Love and Respect Challah! Rye, Spelt and Whole Wheat living together in harmony. And don’t they just look lovely together? ;)

In this week’s Torah reading we read the commandment “love your neighbor as yourself” which Rabbi Akiva famously said...

May 2, 2019

Pesach is over, we are firmly back in real time, and the house smells of Challah again. yay!
If you’re breathing (and on instagram, facebook... or generally on planet earth ;) you’ve probably noticed that it’s “shlissel (key) challah” week - countless key challahs are...

April 19, 2019

Matzah for the Soul

This challah lady is ready for some matzah!

As I anticipate that first bite into a crispy matzah tonight, I reflect on what that experience is about.

Matzah is the centerpiece of Pesach. It’s the very epicenter of what Pesach is.

It is the bread of...

March 1, 2019

 Marzipan Challah from RISING! The Book of Challah / buy it on Amazon today!

"And Moshe called together Betzalel, Oholiav, and the wise of heart whom Hashem had instilled with knowledge...and all who were inspired to devote themselves to the work"

Yes, there were certain...

February 8, 2019

Parshas Terumah

In this week’s parsha Hashem tells the Jewish people.

“Asu Li Mikdash, v’shachanti b’tocham”
“Make Me a temple, and I will dwell within them”
The way the verse is written indicates that when we create a space for Gdliness, we will merit to have Gdliness...

February 1, 2019

This week's parsha tells us of the Laws.

The day to day workings of a Torah driven life. 

At the end of the litany of laws we say as one,

"na'aseh v'nishma." "We will do, then we will listen"

It's a uniquely Jewish approach. 

We don't begin with meditation and contemplation...

January 25, 2019

“...Speak to the House of Jacob and tell the Children of Israel”

Hashem is telling Moshe to prepare the Jewish people for the Torah.

"The House of Jacob" - Rashi tells us; “these are the Jewish women.” Speak to them first. 

They are the ones who will make this happen. 


January 18, 2019

This week’s parsha is one of glorious redemption!

We overcome our adversaries, rise high on the wings of Hashem’s love for us, and cross the sea on dry land.

This Shabbat is known as Shabbat shira- The Shabbat of Song, for the song that we sang on the shores of the Red S...

November 20, 2018

As thanksgiving draws closer and you can’t sneeze without hitting a pumpkin, we encounter the dilemma once again of

“Yes turkey day vs No turkey day?”

It's obviously a beautiful tradition - but is it a ‘non-jewish custom’ and therefore not for us of the Jewish persuasi...

September 13, 2018

Well, here we are. It is one year to the day that my cookbook baby was brought into this world. Happy Birthday RISING!

Much as the first year of all of my children, it was a year of tremendous growth, and lots of new territory! Unlike my childrens' first years, I manage...

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