It’s been a few years since I have acquired a new shofar. When I found this one on eBay, enough stars were aligned that I deemed it beshert that I get it. I’ve never seen anything like it. The carvings depict two hands in the form of the priestly blessing as well as a magen… Continue reading New Shofar!
This is a special challah made for a wedding of some friends of ours. They’re both chiropractors, hence the spine. Originally, I was going to do a head-on view of the spine, but Heather pointed out that if I added the pelvis, it would just end up looking phallic instead of spine-y. While this spine… Continue reading A special challah
Creative challah baking is always fun 🙂 Here’s my challah for my congregation’s Purim celebration tomorrow night. For those not of the tribe, the Jewish Holiday we’re celebrating this week is called “Purim” which commemorates the salvation of the Jewish people of Persia by a crypto-jewish queen. One of the most identifiable symbols of Purim… Continue reading A Mohn “Challah-taschen”!
Inspired by a few blogs I read, I decided to make a special challah for Chanukkah! That was a lot of braiding, but I think it was worth it. Kvells all around!
I’m officially registered and am going to the 2011 URJ Biennial. What does that mean? It means I’ll be attending the largest gathering of Reform (progressive, whatever) Jews in the country. I’m going to network as well as to hopefully gain some knowledge that can help me become a more effective (even affective, nyo) member… Continue reading URJ Biennial
At Yom Kippur services this past weekend, I would have to say that close to 60% of male attendees wore a tallit. For a Reform congregation, that is a huge percentage! I’d also estimate that about 90% of male attendees donned a kippah, which in our congregation is about normal. The only ones who didn’t… Continue reading Yom Kippur Talliot
On Rosh Hashanah it is written. On Yom Kippur it is sealed. May you be inscribed in the book of life. May you have a safe and meaningful fast. Amen.
So, as a followup to my idea last year, I did end up taking mass orders for holiday challot again this year. I ended up making about 12 batches of dough, or about 30 lbs of flour. In a week, I transformed this: into this: It worked out into something like 19 loaves of varying… Continue reading Challah-Thon 2011!
This is the second year I’ve given a shofar workshop to my Sunday school class. In addition, I gave a separate, more involved workshop to a group of families at the Temple last week. It went well and everyone was able to at least get a few notes from the various shofarot I had brought.… Continue reading Shofar Workshop
This week’s parsha is called “Re’eh”, or “See”. It begins Moses’ final speech to the Israelites in which he, among other things, lays down guidelines for tzedakah. Specifically, Moses talks about always giving of yourself freely, even when it is unlikely you would be repaid in kind.