It was very dark outside, almost pitch black. Marcia covered her mouth for a moment to contain her silent scream. Somewhere in the distance, the waves made a dull splashing sound as they hit the breaker.
Archives for March 2018
Helen Zegerman Schwimmer finds more than just the traditional story of the redemption from Egypt in her family haggadah.
The Deronda Review: Traversing new frontiers in Jewish poetry Sasson catches up with Esther Cameron, the editor-in-chief of The Deronda Review journal for poetry and thought, with a decidedly Jewish twist. What is the Deronda Review and how did it get its name? The Deronda Review is a literary magazine, mainly poetry though we print Read more
Order in the playroom! I suppose it sounds oxymoronic to call for order in a playroom, something akin to witnessing the disorder of a basketball court in a courtroom (though considering the games sometimes played in a secular court, they might as well add that!). Nevertheless, during my young married life in suburbia, I wielded Read more
True Freedom We find a fascinating commandment in Parshas Bo, at this crucial moment, Hashem tells Moshe that He is bringing these plagues upon the Egyptians: “…so that you may relate in the ears of your son and your son’s son that I made a mockery of Egypt…that you may know that I am Hashem” Read more
We can’t get out of Egypt by ourselves Every year, we read the story of the exodus from Egypt in the Pesach Haggada. In the Midrash, it’s written that the Egyptian exile was the hardest period of time that Am Yisrael experienced. The slavery was extremely hard. Writing in Likutey Halachot, Rav Natan says that Read more
Silent Applause As a child, I always loved sports. I ranked running, jumping, and playing ball among my chief delights. We had a thick green hedge that skirted our front porch. Often, my mother would yelp in surprise when I came leaping over the bushes, instead of descending the three steps from the porch Read more
The Hebrew name for the holiday of Passover is Pesach. The Paschal Sacrifice with which the holiday is associated is likewise known as the Korban Pesach (Pesach Sacrifice). What does the word Pesach actually mean? Rashi (to Exodus 12:11; 12:13; and Isaiah 31:5) explains that the word pesach is an expression of dilug and kefitzah. Read more
So with no further ado, here comes NYS’s (in)famous ‘kabbalistic’* theory of cooking. The way I see it, cooking is all about the interplay of four elements that parallel the four primal mystic elements of creation. These are: Fire, Air, Earth, and Water. Creating a successful dish depends on nothing more than achieving a balance-point, Read more
Frieda’s roof, with the hundred cinder blocks piled on top, wobbled in the wind. This scared her.