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  • Cheshvan: Mushroom and Bean Soup

    21 hours ago

    This originally appeared on Neesh Noosh.

    In Israel, we begin saying the prayer for rain at the start of the month of Cheshvan (saying the prayer starts later outside of Israel). Rain is desperately needed in Israel and California, which has the worst drought on record. The...

  • Food: Deep Jewish roots in Tuscany

    5 days ago

    “It’s a help-yourself kitchen,” Elana Horwich announced effusively as she kept an eye on simmering pots and pans atop burners on a roomy kitchen island stove. 

    On Oct. 1, Horwich, founder of the 5-year-old Meal and a Spiel quasi-roving cooking school, hosted an event cheekily...

  • Fast food: Why do Americans rush meals?

    2 weeks ago

    American eaters, they’re like a pack of animals, hustling dinner in 10 minutes or less. It sounds like a recent complaint, but in fact it comes from 1864, when the Englishman John Francis Campbell was startled at the rapidity with which fellow steamboat passengers consumed their...

  • Sukkot and Fifty Shades of Kosher.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    2 weeks ago

    We love people who sin like us and judge harshly those who sin differently.  Jews quarrel so much over how to approach God that we end up pushing God out to win an argument.  There are so many shades of Kosher.  On Sukkot, we are told “come together.”

    A friend told me that he...

  • Sukkot recipes that bring tastes of autumn

    2 weeks ago

    Sukkot is such a beautiful holiday: eating outdoors, decorating the sukkah and enjoying the flavors of fall with family and friends. The fasting is over, and the craziness of the New Year rush has passed. You can leisurely enjoy long holiday meals outside.

    Even though the...

  • Where is my Israeli food in L.A.?

    By Elad Massuri

    3 weeks ago

    Every year, the High Holy Days bring back a variety of memories, aromas and tastes from my favorite Israeli cuisine.

    Thinking about food comes naturally when I look at the Rosh Hashanah table, or the seudat mafseket meal of Yom Kippur (the last meal before fasting) or the...

  • Beyond the bagel: Breaking the Yom Kippur fast with flair

    September 18, 2015 | 11:16 am

    By the time the fast is over on Yom Kippur, the last thing you want to be doing is potchkeing in the kitchen to prepare lots of food. And as much as I can’t wait to shove a bagel and cream cheese with all the fixins in my face, I also like to enjoy something sweet, something salty...

  • Whose 5776?

    By Marty Kaplan

    September 16, 2015 | 9:24 am

    Until I graduated from college, I hadn’t traveled farther than a few hundred miles from home.  Aside from a family visit to Washington, D.C., when I was 11, my firsthand knowledge of the world was limited to the northeast corridor from New Jersey to Boston, and it felt like just...

  • Destination Relaxation in Desert Springs

    September 13, 2015 | 10:59 am

    The JW Marriot in Desert Springs should be your destination for ultimate relaxation. Your to do list? Lisa has you covered. This is your guide to a day of peace in the desert.

    Sunday Brunch at the Rockwood Grill

    Whether you're in the mood for banana pecan pancakes or a...

  • Paying to pray? Not quite

    September 9, 2015 | 3:13 pm

    We’ve all heard this story, and some of us have lived it: A Jewish individual or couple, new in town or newly seeking to reconnect with the Jewish community, walks into a worship space just before the start time of a High Holy Days service and starts to enter the sanctuary, only to...

  • How synagogues can prioritize disability inclusion this High Holy Days season

    September 9, 2015 | 10:30 am

    With the High Holy Days just around the corner, Jews all over the world will be asking themselves how they can lead more meaningful and moral lives. Synagogue communities, too, will be asking how they can become more holy and inclusive communities.

    In my years of involvement with...

  • The Pleasures of Staying Home

    By Mindy Leaf

    September 7, 2015 | 7:12 am

    I was never known to be a "homebody." Home was merely the place where I fell asleep, kept my clothes and took my daily shower. Work, focused activity, real conversations and daily living were reserved for "the outside."

    I was known to employ a fierce dedication at the office,...

  • A year of learning Torah through food

    September 3, 2015 | 2:55 pm

    It’s the end of summer 2014. Rosh Hashanah is approaching, and with it the finale of the seven-year shmita cycle, a time when agricultural land lies fallow in Israel, perennials are harvested, and debts are forgiven. A year ago, I asked myself, could I give myself a shmita-inspired...

  • In a pickle: Meditation on Yonah Schimmel

    By Rob Eshman

    September 3, 2015 | 1:24 pm

    I can’t help but think that the fact that I am mired squarely in middle age has a lot to do with my return to pickles. In college, I started making sourdough bread, which, like pickles, is a product of natural fermentation. By junior year, my hobby became a job — I turned out 20...

  • Amelia Saltsman returns traditional cuisine to its local, sustainable and biblical roots

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 3, 2015 | 11:55 am

    As Amelia Saltsman recalls the intense, candied flavor of her pan-roasted tzimmes, she closes her eyes, rolls back her head and moans, “Oh, Loooord.”

    “I don’t know where I got that expression,” the cookbook author and chef adds, a little embarrassed by her outburst. Food, it...

  • Fresh takes on classic entrees and dessert for the High Holy Days

    By Judy Zeidler

    September 2, 2015 | 2:59 pm

    Celebrated close together, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are known as the High Holy Days, but each offers its own special food customs.   

    Rosh Hashanah, which begins at sundown Sept. 13, celebrates the Jewish New Year. It is a joyous occasion enlivened with a variety of delicious...

  • Honey isn’t vegan: Cruelty-free Rosh Hashanah

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 2, 2015 | 2:08 pm

    When Madeline Karpel was growing up in Westwood in the 1950s, her Russian immigrant grandmother spent days preparing the family’s erev Rosh Hashanah dinner: chopped liver, matzah ball soup, brisket and, of course, apples to be dipped in honey. 

    “It was always served in the dining...

  • High Holy Days: Dreams as sweet as honey

    September 2, 2015 | 10:50 am

    With nothing but shrubbery and fractures of light, the fierce Mojave Desert may seem to lack the abundance needed to sustain a hive of bees, yet it still manages to produce some of the best honey in California. 

    Like the insects themselves, this desert’s sunbeams are hard to...

  • Facing declining numbers and a bad economy, Italian Jews stay upbeat

    August 31, 2015 | 1:29 pm

    Whenever Georges De Canino worries about the future of Italian Jewry, he looks at the bricks in the building across the street from his apartment in the center of this city’s old Jewish ghetto.

    A painter who sometimes stares at the stones for inspiration, De Canino claims that...

  • Exploring Jewish-Tunisian heritage through food

    By Avishay Artsy

    August 27, 2015 | 1:00 pm

    Artist Orly Olivier’s work revolves around the food and heritage of her Jewish-Tunisian family. She hosts group dinners, cooking workshops and makes visual art under the name Petit Takett. The name is a reference to Takett’s, her paternal grandmother’s restaurant in La Goulette,...

  • Cooking 101: A practical lesson for college students

    By Judy Zeidler

    August 27, 2015 | 12:00 pm

    Spending a lovely summer back home in the Los Angeles area, Morgan Lieberman was doing what she enjoys most: using her camera to shoot photos. From time to time during those warm days, she found her way into my kitchen — and my heart — shooting photos of food for the Journal and...

  • Wearing my kippah in Italy, and feeling fine

    August 13, 2015 | 2:35 pm

    During my four months studying in Italy in the fall of 2007, you could say I had more than my fair share of strange Jewish experiences.

    Running late for a train one morning in Florence, I decided the best course of action would be to lay tefillin in the station’s janitor’s closet...

  • Pack your kid’s lunch with a side of fun

    By Judy Zeidler

    August 12, 2015 | 2:39 pm

    If you have children in school, you know that making a lunch that pleases both you and your kids is not an easy assignment. Think of it as the school-lunch challenge. To help, get them involved with planning a meal, because they’re more likely to eat it if they were part of packing...

  • A visit to Jewish heritage in Padova, Italy

    By Ruth Ellen Gruber

    July 22, 2015 | 2:16 am

    On a stiflingly hot day a couple weeks ago, I spent an afternoon in Padova (Padua), Italy, visiting some of the centuries-old Jewish heritage sites in the city -- they are being developed now as both a resource for local people and as an attractive itinerary for tourists and other...

  • Cooking career began with ‘nice Jewish college boyfriend’

    July 16, 2015 | 11:09 am

    Given her background as a cooking instructor, certified holistic health counselor and UCLA Anderson School of Management alum, Pamela Salzman takes the concept and practice of home economics to a new level of organization. 

    “I always have a schedule of my meals,” Salzman said one...

  • Jerusalem complexities shine in annual season of culture

    By Tom Teicholz

    July 16, 2015 | 10:14 am

    Although Jerusalem today is awash in cultural events  — including a light festival, an arts festival in the Musrara neighborhood and the Israel Festival, with its international dance, music and theater productions — there is none as engaging, nor as engaged in the fabric of the...

  • WATCH: 50 Reasons to love Tel Aviv (and never, ever leave)

    By Simone Wilson

    July 14, 2015 | 9:41 am

    A video version of Simone Wilson's ode to Tel Aviv: We LOVE you, Tel Aviv

  • Confessions of a Jewish Atheist

    By Mindy Leaf

    July 6, 2015 | 11:45 am

    We were seated at a round table at our local Jewish Community Center, awaiting our tax-dollar-funded senior meal, when the man at my left began a conversation (or, shall I say, confrontation). "You know, the first monotheist wasn't Jewish," he bellowed. "He was an Egyptian king who...

  • Bibi’s Bakery is his newest production

    July 2, 2015 | 11:19 am

    Since moving to Southern California in 1999 to become a writer and performer, Dan Messinger has acquired some L.A.-specific wisdom. “Being a producer, I would argue, prepares you for almost anything,” he said. 

    The affable, bearded and bespectacled owner of the kosher Bibi’s...

  • Inspiring salads for today’s health-conscious boomers

    By Judy Zeidler

    June 30, 2015 | 11:06 am

    When I think of baby boomers, I begin to realize how instrumental they are in the way people eat today. They have made us more aware of nutrition, healthful food and time-saving recipes. They are setting a trend of eating more organic foods and demanding products that support...

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