Jewish Journal

  • 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

  • From Prins to Prinz:  The Mysteries of the Chocolate Trail

    By Rabbi Debbie Prinz

    September 21, 2013 | 5:00 pm

    Little did I realize when working On the Chocolate Trail, how eerie the connections between Jews and chocolate might become.  My choco-dar (internal radar for chocolate experiences) led me to a hauntingly personal story.

    In 2009, a very kind scholar, learning of my chocolate... read on

  • Undercover Chocolate for Yom Kippur

    By Rabbi Debbie Prinz

    September 1, 2013 | 10:50 am

    Mexican crypto-Jews not only took an active role in the cacao trade in the New World, they also secreted it into their undercover Jewish ritual life in the mid-seventeenth-century. Chocolate accompanied meals at the beginning and end of the fast of Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement).... read on

  • Birthday Cake for Rosh Hashanah

    By Rabbi Debbie Prinz

    August 6, 2013 | 3:55 am

    The iconic Israeli cocoa-based birthday cake known as Ugah Kushit (black cake) or Ugat Yomledet (birthday cake) would be a great treat for Rosh Hashanah. As this Rosh Hashanah commemorates 5774 years since the birth of the world, this delicacy belongs on our Yom Tov menus.

    ... read on

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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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