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Rahel Musleah

  • Seders: Not Just for Pesach Anymore

    September 22, 2005 | 7:59 pm

    Every holiday has its aura. Pesach has a scrubbed cleanliness; Purim, a cookie-dough indulgence, Sukkot, a back-to-nature thankfulness. Rosh Hashanah has its aura, too. For most of us, it's one that begins a season of awe, judgment and repentance.

    For me, the start of a new year is a...

  • Chuppot by Design

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Before the wedding of her son, Michael, Elsa Wachs sent invitations to almost 50 family members. They weren't invitations to share the upcoming simcha -- not just yet -- but a request to contribute to the chuppah she was designing.

    "You, our family, are very precious to us," she...

  • A Date With Passover Memories

    April 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Once a year, soon after Purim, my parents lug down the hydraulic press from their attic. For those of us more comfortable in the world of DVDs and CD-ROMs, a hydraulic press is an old-fashioned contraption that looks like a wooden bucket perched on a little metal table, with a metal...

  • From Page to Plate

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Passover cooking becomes more fun each year with the publication of glossy new kosher cookbooks brimming with creative suggestions for elegant and enticing Passover dishes.

    Whether you are planning your seder menu, looking for a memorable Passover gift, or you just want a break...

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  • Inspiration Burns in Flames of Menorah

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Every Chanukah, I am struck by the beauty of my chanukiyah as the flames glow steadily against the darkness around them. It helps that the chanukiyah uses wicks dipped in olive oil, which nourishes them for hours, instead of candles that burn down in half an hour. I usually admire...

  • New Cookbooks Stir Up Passover Delicacies

    March 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Whether you are looking for a memorable seder gift, new recipes for Passover or a break from cleaning to salivate over what you might but will probably never prepare, enjoy sifting through this refreshing and unusual batch of recently published kosher cookbooks and books that feature...

  • A Lesson from the Maccabees

    December 6, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The news from Israel these days takes me back to 165 BCE. We all know the story: The Maccabees, a small band of Jewish rebels, fight the mighty Syrians who rule the land and have desecrated the Temple. Judah and his insurgent band hide in the mountains and caves around Jerusalem and...

  • Literary Jewish Girls

    June 21, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Philip Roth, move over. You too, Saul Bellow. It's time to make room for a newer generation of American Jewish writers, many of whom are young women who have not even hit 30. Their debut novels on Jewish themes are earning large advances, garnering stellar reviews and reaching...

  • Of Latkes and Light

    November 11, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Just about this time every year, I start to feel like a Maccabee -- besieged, not by the Syrian army, but by Hanukkah itself. As the 25th of Kislev inches closer, the pressure increases to squeeze more commercialization out of Hanukkah than the oil from a latke.

    So here's my vote to...

  • The Year Ahead

    September 2, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Tahel shanah u-virkhoteha! Let the new year begin with all its blessings. With this hearty declaration, the Rosh Hashanah feast begins in my home. But, like many families of Sephardic and Mizrahi (Eastern) origin, we don't actually eat the meal until we have recited many blessings in...

  • Israelites wait at the foot of Mount Sinai for Moses to return with the Torah and Ten

    May 28, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Retired Maj. Gen. Oren Shachor

    Retired Maj. Gen. Oren Shachor, former Israel Defense Forces chiefintelligence officer, held a field briefing for his subordinateofficers and field operatives last week at Cava restaurant on westThird Street.

    Actually, it was just an interview with a...

  • Unmasking Purim’s Heroes—and Ourselves

    March 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Who needs Halloween or Mardi Gras? On Purim, themasquerade of characters is lively and intriguing: Spangled Vashtis,bearded Mordechais, snarling Hamans, bejeweled Esthers, silk-robedAhasueruses.

    The secret of Purim, however, is to see beyond themasks. Purim's noise and noshing is...