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Vayetzei: Sunset to Sunrise

by Sarah Newman, Neesh Noosh

November 24, 2014 | 1:58 pm

Wild Rice, Citrus, Pomegranate Dish. Photo by Sarah Newman

This post originally appeared on Neesh, Noosh.

In Vayetzei, we read that Jacob leaves Beer-sheva at sunset to travel to Laban’s house. Jacob is at Laban’s house for 20 years, during... read full article

  • What’s the deal with canned cranberry sauce?

    by Susan Evans, Zocalo Public Square

    November 24, 2014 | 11:30 am

    No American holiday conjures up images and memories of food like Thanksgiving. Starting in preschool, most of us learned that Thanksgiving commemorates the moment in 1621 when Pilgrims sat down for a peaceful meal with their Indian friends. They wore funny hats and buckle shoes...

  • Toldot: Negotiating for Lentil Stew and More

    by Sarah Newman, Neesh Noosh

    November 21, 2014 | 2:05 pm

    This post originally appeared on Neesh Noosh.

    Toldot shows us the darker dynamics that can occur between loved ones, especially when one negotiates in less-than-transparent ways. Rebecca and Jacob’s prayers for a child are answered with the birth of her non-identical twin boys,...

  • Thanksgiving by mom, updated

    By Judy Zeidler

    November 19, 2014 | 2:44 pm

    The Thanksgiving holiday is the perfect time to invite family and friends to celebrate an American tradition with a home-cooked feast. The essential elements are turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce and yams. And, of course, everyone looks forward to several delicious desserts....

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  • Chayei Sarah: Life and Death

    by Sarah Newman, Neesh Noosh

    November 12, 2014 | 2:15 pm

    This post originally appeared on Neesh Noosh.

    The title of this week’s parsha, Chayei Sarah (the life of Sarah), is a bit misleading at it is book-ended by the deaths of Sarah and Avraham. But, it is also filled with a celebration of life. Avraham dies in old age, but only after...

  • A cup of joy at Aharon Coffee

    by Jessica Ritz

    November 5, 2014 | 12:06 pm

    Although Aharon Vaknin is relatively new to the business of coffee, he is long familiar with its rituals and traditions. “My first cup of coffee I ever made was when I was 8 years old,” he recalled. “One time, my cousin came to visit, and nobody was there except me, so Moroccan...

  • Vayera: The “Other”

    by Sarah Newman, Neesh Noosh

    November 4, 2014 | 2:26 pm

    This post first appeared in the blog Neesh Noosh

    This week’s parsha, Vayera, is filled with ethical challenges:  Sodom and Gomorrah, the binding of Issac, and the departure of Hagar and Ishmael. But, at the beginning of the parsha, Sarah and Abraham welcome three unexpected...

  • Lech Lecha: From dark to light

    by Sarah Newman, Neesh Noosh

    October 31, 2014 | 2:32 pm

    This post originally appeared on Neesh Noosh.

    Lech Lecha tells the story of the birth of the Jewish people through Avraham’s prophecy.  God tells Avram, “I will bless you and make you a great nation.”  As Diane Bloomfieldtaught this week about Lech Lecha, “God is bringing in a...

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