It was happening again. Again I’d found myself in a group social setting and again was suffering from Overunder Syndrome (OUS). For those of you unfamiliar with this condition (and for those of you who are, but in undiagnosed form), I’ll explain. Whenever necessity or circumstance sequesters me together for any appreciable length of Read more
Nesanel Yoel Safran
Nesanel is a writer, chef, and student and teacher of Jewish spirituality. Read more of his musings (and recipes!) at: https://soulfoodiecom.wordpress.com/
Recent articles by Nesanel Yoel Safran
It feels funny telling people that Lag b’Omer is my favorite holiday. I mean, officially it’s not even a holiday at all. It has no ‘halachos’, other than not saying tachanun, and it doesn’t even have the traditional signature foods that give the Yomim Tovim so much flavor. But, what can I say? There’s just Read more
How we gonna give these fancy people charoses mixed with karpas? Most of ‘em aren’t even Jewish – they won’t even get the joke.”
Pesach lends itself to ‘extreme’ behavior, and nowhere more so than in the kitchen, as Nesanel Yoel Safran discovers.
Something tells me that the repeated saga of tattoos and showers transcends mere coincidence, and will one day be revealed in its clarity within the pages of the hidden anthology of the Jewish heart.
If I don’t shine my unique light into the world, who will? No one else can be me.
Wealth or spiritual inspiration?
Which of these two desperate needs would it be? As he weighed the options in his mind, the Rabbi’s words of the night before came back to him
It’s true – the husband is the leader of the home. It’s also true that there are different types of leaders. There are wise and beloved kings, such as Dovid HaMelech (King David), Shlomo HaMelech (King Solomon), and, hopefully soon, the Mashiach. There are also despised despots, such as Kim Jong Un, Saddam Hussein, and Read more
Taking a step back from the issue itself, the matter seemed to boil down in an abstract sense as to whether to follow conventional wisdom or resist it.
So I beg you to forgive me if I don’t acknowledge or attend / Believe me, it’s not because I don’t want to be your friend.
We needn’t be swept up in the sword dance of ‘conformity and the conformity of non-conformity’, but rather simply be (and write)…real.
Growing up in the mid 20th century, it was simple. My mother always cooked and my father never did. But having spent most of my professional life as a cook, it feels important for me to know if I’d merely drifted into my natural male role (if there is one), or had I ungraciously usurped rightful female territory (ditto)?
If you were the perfect man, and your marriage was the perfect marriage, what would it look like?
She flicked on the light switch, peered around and fumed. An innocent 2:00 am shuffle to the kitchen for a quick cup of water had turned into a minor nightmare and major gripe grist. Why was the stovetop she’d scrubbed that evening to a spotless sheen, now streaked with flecks of grease and cooking residue? Read more
For me, self-censored input includes that which demeans human dignity, undermines my valued relationships, or stimulates selfishness and other small-minded traits.
We keep hearing about the opioid addiction crisis. People are dying. What to do?
Suddenly organized religion made perfect sense—or at least organized Torah Judaism. Its millions of adherents weren’t copping out by choosing to believe and practice in a codified, organized way, but rather had simply plugged into the parameters of the same higher, revealed objective truth.
Suspended Judgment – A Shabbos Costume Ball Kabbalas Shabbos in Tsfas… Kabbalas Shabbos is Tsfas. It’s where, in the times of the Arizal, the weekly Shabbos-arrival ceremony as we know it originated. So I suppose it shouldn’t surprise me that it was Kabbalas Shabbos in Tsfas, during our recent visit there, when I had a 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
V’ne’hapchu—A Fish Story If ‘v’ne’hapchu’’—sudden dramatic turnarounds—is the essence of Purim, then many of us here in Israel live in Purim all year long. There are two things one soon learns here; ‘there are no sure things’, and ‘nothing is impossible’. proverbial tale of entering a government office armed with every possible piece of paper Read more