Even experienced cooks find Passover overwhelming because of all the extra preparations, shopping, cooking and meal planning. To minimize stress, plan your menus and shopping lists early. This year, why not add some gluten-free, wheat-free recipes to your regular repertoire? Wheat-free recipes are also ideal for those who refrain from eating gebrokts (matzah or matzah […]
Q: My asthmatic husband constantly complains about the “poisonous” sprays and cleaning products I use to clean our home. Do they really pose a danger? A: This question is especially pertinent now, when a bottle of bleach becomes our constant companion as we get down and dirty in the cabinets in the name of Pesach […]
We live in an age of customization, when consumers demand products tailored to their specific desires.
A long-standing Daf Yomi devotee, I have become familiar with certain learning tools. These include pocket Agudah publications, the ArtScroll
I read cookbooks. Yes, I read them, cover to cover, page by page. I love to read about why the author has written or compiled specific recipes.
Growing up, I didn’t even know what skim milk was. Or 2 percent, for that matter. We always drank full-fat, organic milk—straight from the farm it seemed.
Some want to avoid hormones, some care about ethical treatment of workers, and some just want a really good steak.
Sure, many families observe the minhag of not eating gebrokts on Pesach, but why?
It is 1:15 a.m. on Seder night. My fatigue is settling in, along with the brisket.
What’s Behind the Explosion in Non-Gebrokts Products for Pesach? In recent years, non-gebrokts food has become a major trend. “People are noticing that matzah meal, a long-standing Pesach baking staple, is appearing less and less in packaged kosher-for-Passover products,” observes Rabbi Nachum Rabinowitz, OU senior rabbinic coordinator. The OU, which certifies more than 600,000 products […]
Several years ago, while traveling by plane, I found myself seated next to a Reform Jew who seemed interested in the Daf Yomi I was studying. This was right after Hurricane Katrina and my seatmate—who turned out to be the weatherman for a local TV station in New Orleans—said he had been in New Orleans […]
In the book Out of the Whirlwind, the Rav, Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, z”l, teaches that Judaism’s approach to suffering rests on three pillars. The first is acknowledging that evil and suffering exist and they are bad. We cannot whitewash, disguise or ignore pain, hurt or loss, nor should we attempt to justify or deny […]
One’s response to the specific event of this particular storm, or to natural disasters in general, is a function of one’s general view both of the melding interaction between God and the world, i.e., of natural events
My wife and I decided to stay in Long Beach and not evacuate for Hurricane Sandy. In time, it became progressively clear that this was an extremely serious and unprecedented situation.
Professor Yehoshua November’s debut poetry collection God’s Optimism won the 2010 Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award,
I had the unique experience of growing up on a cattle farm about fifty miles outside of Buffalo. When my family members escaped to America from Germany, they went into the same profession they had before Hitler. That profession, known as “viehandler” or cattle dealers, required living in a rural, agricultural area which, unfortunately, meant […]
Baseball was on Rabbi Zvi Kahn’s mind as he headed from his home in Columbus, Ohio, to the nearby Jewish Community Center after Havdalah one Saturday night in May three years ago. More accurately, a baseball tournament. A baseball tournament, unifying day school kids from across the country, provides young frum athletes with a chance […]
Visiting Houston a few months ago, at the start of the high school basketball season, I spent some time at the Robert M. Beren Hebrew Academy, the Modern Orthodox day school whose boys’ basketball team last year taught the nation about Shabbat. After the Beren Stars, experiencing their best-ever, 23-5 season, qualified for the final […]
A religious kibbutz that is a world leader in the technology of organic farming “God took the man and placed him in the Garden of Eden to work it and to guard it” (Bereishit 2:15). In Israel, the words of the Bible come alive in many ways. Indeed, to members of Sde Eliyahu, a religious […]
A Bible scholar once commented that the Bible would have been profoundly incomplete had it not included the Book of Job.