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  • Schmaltz is gluten free

    By Marty Kaplan

    March 16, 2015 | 11:11 am

    If the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is saying that Kraft Singles are good for us, surely schmaltz is next.

    The metaphoric meaning of schmaltz is sentimentality – a heart-tugging moment, accompanied by real or virtual violins.  The literal meaning of schmaltz is rendered...

  • Recipe: How to make harira

    By Rob Eshman

    March 12, 2015 | 4:23 pm

    When you learn to make traditional Moroccan harira from Meme Suissa, you're not learning to make harira from Meme Suissa. You're learning to make harira from her mother, from her grandmother, and so on. You're learning a recipe that goes back centuries.

    But of course Meme uses no...

  • Oatmeal lace cookies

    March 10, 2015 | 3:41 pm

    I am over the snow and so is the rest of Boston where I live. Each morning I wake up hoping that just a little bit of the snow melted and maybe, just maybe there would be one strand of grass in sight. Each morning I wake up and I am disappointed that not only has the snow...

  • Homemade Pita Bread

    March 9, 2015 | 3:37 pm

    In the ancient world, bread was usually made by using a type of sourdough starter. A little bit of raw dough was set aside, unbaked, in a cool, shaded place. This dough was then used as the leavening agent for the next week’s bake. Preparing leavened bread required the use of...

  • Mozzarella and Tomato Caprese Blintzes

    March 9, 2015 | 3:27 pm

    I’d like to think this caprese blintz is the epitome of my background. A blend of cultures, colliding different upbringings and introducing new memories.

    I grew up, like many Brooklyn Jewish girls next door, on blintzes and bagels, on latkes and matzah balls and so did...

  • Italian lawmakers urge recognition of Palestinian state

    February 27, 2015 | 11:10 am

     Italian lawmakers backed a non-binding resolution urging the government to recognize Palestine as a state.

    Italy’s Chamber of Deputies voted by 300 to 45 to pass the motion presented by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s Democratic Party, the news site repubblica.it reported on...

  • Peanut Allergy:  Eat Peanuts Early Like Israelis?

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    February 25, 2015 | 2:03 pm

    Deadly peanut allergies are on the rise, not just in the United States but around the world.

    Israeli children have lower rates of peanut allergy when compared to Jewish children of similar ancestry in the United Kingdom.  Israelis consider the popular peanut-flavored Bamba their...

  • Bibi’s hamantashen

    February 25, 2015 | 9:12 am

    Finally, there is a hamantashen that goes well with cocktails.

    Owner Dan Messinger of Bibi’s Bakery and Cafe in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood has devised a savory recipe for the Purim pastry.

    The traditional Purim treat is usually made with a sweet cookie crust and an even...

  • Shots fired at Copenhagen synagogue

    February 14, 2015 | 8:28 pm

    Three people were reportedly shot in an attack at a synagogue in Copenhagen, Denmark.

    The shooting occurred just hours after a fatal shooting at an event featuring a Danish cartoonist, Lars Vilks, who is under police protection because of his cartoons caricaturing Mohammed. It is...

  • Purim recipe: Taco Hamantaschen

    February 13, 2015 | 12:57 pm

    This recipe originally appeared on Kosher in the Kitch!

    Taco Hamantaschen (meatless dairy tacos) for Purim!


    • 1 12 oz. package of Mexican Style Veggie Crumbles (Lightlife Smart Ground)
    • Frozen ravioli dough pre-cut into circles, defrosted (or wonton wrappers...
  • Mishpatim: We are all strangers

    February 9, 2015 | 10:14 am

    This post originally appeared on Neesh Noosh.

    In Mishpatim, twice God tells the Israelites not to oppress a stranger because they were strangers in the Egypt. (22:20 and 23:9). This is central to Jewish identity. Rabbi Jonathan Sacks writes, “To be a Jew is to be a stranger.” ...

  • Delicious linguistics “The Language of Food”

    February 4, 2015 | 12:45 pm

    It’s not so often that a book significantly changes the way I look at the world. But that’s just how I feel about Dan Jurafsky’s book “The Language of Food: A Linguist Reads the Menu.” After reading it, I can’t look at a menu or a bag of potato chips without thinking about how the...

  • New Year for trees: Savor fruits of the earth, consider their journey

    January 27, 2015 | 11:03 am

    Sarah Newman writes the blog Neesh Noosh: A Jewish Woman’s Year Long Journey to Find Faith in Food

    Tu B’Shevat, which translates literally as the 15th day of the month of Shevat, is the Jewish New Year for Trees. Mentioned in the Talmud, the holiday marks the tithing of fruits...

  • Vaera: Maror salad

    January 15, 2015 | 2:32 pm

    This post originally appeared on Neesh Noosh.

    In Vaera, we read that Pharoah digs in his heels, hardens his heart and refuses to liberate the Israelite slaves, thus launching plagues against the Egyptians. “Even from such hardened sinners as Pharaoh and the Egyptians, God did not...

  • Once upon a wine: A winter tale of winemakers

    January 12, 2015 | 12:24 pm

    Once upon a time, in a land far far away, a wintery season brings a chill to the people.  To ease the dark evenings, imaginative winemakers of the land share delicious winter recipes with great wines, adding a touch of magic to the dish. A glass of wine with a delicious supper by a...

  • Fried food is good for you! Spanish eggs with fried potatoes [RECIPE]

    By Rob Eshman

    December 18, 2014 | 4:27 pm

    Fried food is good for you.

    I always suspected as much, and I certainly have lived my life as if it were true. Even in the dark days of the nonfat cabal, when entire lives were wasted ordering nothing but ”toast, dry” and “steam-sauteeing” skinless chicken breasts, I continued to...

  • Vayeshev: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Stew

    December 9, 2014 | 10:11 am

    This post originally appeared on Neesh Noosh.

    In Vayeshev, Jacob returns to his home to “settle.” But, there is not any internal or external settling for him. Jacob’s sons are upset by the arrogance of his favorite son, Joseph. The brothers strip Joseph of the elaborate tunic...

  • Make your Chanukah party one for the ages with these recipes

    By Judy Zeidler

    December 5, 2014 | 1:48 pm

    Chanukah is not just for children, but usually they have most of the fun. They open presents, light candles during the eight days of the holiday and get more than their share of cookies and potato latkes. Our Chanukah party will be shared by four generations this year because our...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 5, 2014 | 1:45 pm

    How many times have you promised yourself that "the diet starts tomorrow," but couldn't keep that promise? Sometimes it seems that no matter how much we want to live and maintain a healthier lifestyle, temptations around us prevent it from happening.

    A new Israeli startup,...

  • Vayishlach: Wrestling to Righteousness

    December 1, 2014 | 1:08 pm

    This post originally appeared on Neesh Noosh.

    In Vayishlach, Jacob wrestles with an unknown force in the night. At dawn, Jacob’s foe wants to leave. But, before letting him go, Jacob  demands a blessing from him. He replies by asking Jacob his name and responds, “your name shall...


    By Simone Wilson

    November 25, 2014 | 1:09 pm

    Just after dawn on Nov. 18, a pair of Palestinian cousins from East Jerusalem went on a killing rampage in a West Jerusalem synagogue. 

    Ghassan and Uday Abu Jamal walked into the Kehilat Bnei Torah shul in Har Nof, one of Jewish Israel’s most serene, well-to-do immigrant...

  • Vayetzei: Sunset to Sunrise

    November 24, 2014 | 1:58 pm

    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 which time he faces many challenges and uncertainties that shroud his life in darkness. After the...

  • What’s the deal with canned cranberry sauce?

    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...

  • More concerts, an historic soccer moment, winter Gay Pride festival and more…This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 24, 2014 | 8:22 am

    An historic moment for our national soccer team

    The Israeli national soccer team beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 3-0 Sunday as part of the 2016 Euro qualifiers. This win is an historic moment for the team and a moment of joy for all Israelis, since this is a big step towards its first...

  • Toldot: Negotiating for Lentil Stew and More

    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,...

  • Death in a synagogue

    By Avi Davis

    November 20, 2014 | 1:17 pm

    They could hear the iron doors at the front of the synagogue clang shut behind them.  Crowded together with 2,000 other people inside the main sanctuary, the man and the woman looked at each other in panic. The woman gazed down at her five year-old-son and gripped the little boy’s...

  • Top Chef recap, episode 6: The First Thanksgiving

    November 20, 2014 | 11:49 am

    Katsuji’s made it a custom to pour out some of his Pabst into the sink to commemorate the show’s fallen contestants. This week, he splashes some Pabst for controversial Aaron, who got canned last episode. Smell ya later!

    For a pre-quickfire challenge, the cheftestants go...

  • 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....

  • New York increases security around synagogues

    November 18, 2014 | 2:59 pm

    New York City increased its police presence at synagogues and other locations in the wake of an attack on a Jerusalem synagogue that left four dead.

    “The NYPD is following developments in Jerusalem closely and working with the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force to monitor any further...

  • REALITY CHECK: Watch the word “terror” disappear from reports on today’s J’lem attack

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 18, 2014 | 8:20 am

    Today, we woke to horrifying news: Palestinian terrorists entered a synagogue in Jerusalem early in the morning, in a killing spree. Armed with guns, knives and axes they murdered four Jewish men who were praying peacefully. Eight others were wounded, among which two police...

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