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  • Eight nights of Chanukah chocolate

    By Rabbi Debbie Prinz

    December 1, 2014 | 5:34 pm

    Each bite of chocolate makes him want "more," confessed my friend. Here are eight ideas for adding "more chocolate" to each night's celebration of Chanukah.

    On the First Night of Chanukah: Dec. 16, 2014

    Bake: Peanut Butter Chanukah Gelt Cookies

    This easy treat maintains the... read on

  • Chocolate from Chanukah’s Gelt

    By Rabbi Debbie Prinz

    November 30, 2014 | 1:28 pm


    The first recorded appearance of the word gelt may have been in 1529 when it came to be identified with Chanukah money. Gifting coins at Chanukah became customary. The Hebrew word Chanukah, which refers to the rededication of the Jerusalem Temple, also came to be associated with... read on

  • Jews (Columbus?) Discover Chocolate: Celebrate with Truffles

    By Rabbi Debbie Prinz

    October 11, 2014 | 6:22 pm

    If Columbus was Jewish, as some believe, a Jew was the first European to see cocoa beans in the New World. Certainly many of his crew members were Jewish (conversos meaning Jews converted to Christianity and/or descendants of converted Jews). Among them on the first voyage of 1492... read on

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  • Dip Your Learning in Chocolate

    By Rabbi Debbie Prinz

    August 26, 2014 | 7:12 am


    Many Jewish threshold moments are sweetened with ​goodies so why not dip our Jewish learning into chocolate?

    Now deepen Torah by dipping history, culture, food classrooms into chocolate using free lesson plans to motivate students from grade five through adult. These cover... read on

  • On the Trail of Chocolate

    By Rabbi Debbie Prinz

    May 14, 2014 | 10:15 am

    The title, “Chocolate Chief,” on Haim Palgui’s business card from Strauss Group’s Elite Chocolate in Israel made me jealous. 

    I was meeting with him after tracking down a phone number for the Strauss Group, which merged with Elite in 1996, in hopes of finding out more about Elite... read on

  • December Dilemma Melts into Chocolate Holiday Coins

    By Rabbi Debbie Prinz

    December 1, 2013 | 7:02 am

    December brings the annual heartfelt and heated Christmas/ Chanukah–dilemma conversations. In my 30 years as congregational rabbi, I convened many meetings about Chanukah pride and counseled interfaith families on settling their differences.  Recently I began to realize that these... read on

  • Haunted Halloween Chocolate

    By Rabbi Debbie Prinz

    October 28, 2013 | 5:18 pm

    Halloween chocolate haunts me. October 31st's abundant temptations of free, sugary treats, with chocolate being the most popular, bumps up against my religious consciousness. Which will prevail?

    My ambivalence starts with my father's rants against Halloween's ghoulish pagan and... read on

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Deborah R. Prinz’s book, On the Chocolate Trail: A Delicious Adventure Connecting Jews, Religions, History, Travel, Rituals and Recipes to the Magic of Cacao, was published in...

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