Post 460: Basic Muffins with Protein, Vegetable, Starch and Fat, very filling and enjoyable for diabetics.

This post is devoted exclusively to vegetable muffins, one that is flexible. Believe it or not this is my first post using an iPad. Continue reading Post 460: Basic Muffins with Protein, Vegetable, Starch and Fat, very filling and enjoyable for diabetics.


Post 459: Knitting several capes- Dates for May Events in Baka, Pesach Sheini event, and finally Moe Berg, a Renaissance Jewish Hero-movie was released about him this year-The Catcher Was a Spy

The following is old winter news, written during a visit to  America. Reading it over now just reinforces my feelings of joy at returning to Israel. The Haitus rekindled my knitting interest.

Now guys out there, please refrain from pressing that delete button. Starting up where one left off in fine manual skills is easy. 90 ear olds are puttering, sculpting in wood.  Following a plan.

It has been 65 years since I learned to knit. Guys and gals, did you make yards of intestinal shaped knitted looking snakes that jumped out of the center of wood spools ringed with nails on top?

I collected spare wool yarn from my neighbors and my father (O.B.M.) taughtt me to “snake knit” working across a nail-studded empty thread wood spool that he punched 6 nails into. By pulling wool across the nail and looping it, a knit stitch was created at every nail.

We called the result a useless snake. This effort was boring. Can’t remember the working implement,  a paper clip?

Before that, my father (O.B.M.) set up bleached bland potholder loops across a red metal frame. That was a loom.  A  metal hook came in the loom box to loop up and over the loops.

That loom was primitively slow just like doing embroidery.  My stash of spare wool yarn grew. Not off the subject of knitting is squirreling away bales of wool or craft supplies for that future project. Knitters can’t suffer to part with the ghosts of years past. Woven into those masses are dreams and hopes.

During that last trip, my knitter aquaintances met around a table in an old bank converted to a knitting “studio”. That’s what a yarn shop is called today. A lady, in her 80’s had moved from Chevy Chase to an Independent Living Facility. her downsizing from a huge home to 3 rooms.  She admitted her yarn stash is concealed in her breakfront. Come to think of it, a good place to hide some cash.

Her project was patchwork squares.

The local girl’s yeshivah has a knitters group. Did she think of giving her pile to a good cause? She took the information to connect with the school.

At about 10  mom taught me how to knit.  My older brother is wearing a vest of hers in a photo,  She introduced me to a yarn shop where we bought multicolored thread and cross stitch patterns.  That’s where at 15 years of age, my first 4-ounce skeins from giant cartons were purchased in a shop on Rutland Road in Brooklyn.

Thirty years later, my greatest satisfaction didn’t derive from a  plain wool sweater that I I knitted, but rather that I was able to follow the instructions. The color choices were limited to maroon, charcoal grey, black and bottle green.  There were no knitting magazines at that time.

The owner of the knitting shop was shown a photo from Seventeen magazine and after a few  crucial examining minutes added numbers to a crude outline for cast on, cast off, and rows. I liked that every few lines a number was in brackets to indicate the exact number of stitches remaining on the needle. That way I knew that I was  correctly following her handwritten instructions.

The following is my first American project. Each wool skein change colors. In other words, it is variegated. The border is Angora. There is a collar, while the instructions did not call for a collar. This was risky, but the instructions left me no choice. There was a lack of detail in the instructions.  No written roadmap in brackets. The yarn is magnificent but not forgiving about being ripped out. My collar is in a different place than in the instruction photo.

Cheryl is from the Knitting circle.


Svetlana’s Shop: in Sandy Spring Maryland:

The photos of the woman proudly showing off their handiwork is charming. I prefer to have the work speak for itself. Svetlana has many devoted students. Hopefully, her site will expand the business.

  1. The idea of knitting a cape only occurred to me when temperatures tumbled in Silver Spring Maryland. The above one is upside-down. Svetlana”s wool was replaced by scraps.  Above is the result..This is so dazzling. The yarn comes colored throughout. No need to change yarn. The bottom photo is a cape that a friend knitted. Working on circular needles opens up endless possibilities. 

The last image and the one at the top differ in the color range.  Svetlana is a master of color. Observe the forest green used twice and in mine, the grey is used twice in the first. Notice the cape with a maroon color repeated earlier in the post.

This is very much the method of a landscape painter, juxtaposing one color against another.

In the above: What started out as a baby blanket became a bolero jacket.  The last is a cape using a “Brioche” stitch that I learned from Svetlana. I didn’t use the Noro yarn, which costs close to $50.00 for my first cape.

All of my creations have come in handy as we are experiencing a lengthy wet winter preceding a glorious Spring.

Following are announcements concerning  Jerusalem Events:

Culture Under the House
The event will take place next Thursday, 3/5, between 17: 30-19: 00 in the central park at the HaMikabat (Justice Haim Cohen Street).

Next Culture Below Events:
On Wednesday, 9/5, at the Grove Garden in the Talpiot-Arnona neighborhood (4 Barzilai St.).
On Wednesday, May 16, at Gidon Park in the Baka neighborhood (where the event was postponed on 11/4).
On Wednesday 23/5, in the community garden at Makor Haim (Ben Dov Street).

We will be happy to see you in pleasant spring weather,
Community Council of Greater Baka

מינהל קהילתי בקעה רבתי, יששכר 3, בקעה, ירושלים
טל: 02-6734237 02-6733485 (שלוחה 0) פקס: 02-6718291



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Reb Yehuda Katz will be joining us in song along with words of Torah with Reb Leibish Hundert

Pesach Sheni is all about second chances. Bring some matzos, some wine, and a story or dvar Torah about a second chance, about never giving up.

*This event is open for men and women ~ bring all of your closest friends!

Sunday, April 29th
7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
15 Be’er Sheva Street

“Moe” Berg: Sportsman, Scholar, Spy

Moe Berg as catcher for the Washington Senators (from 1932 - 34)

Above: Moe Berg as catcher for the Washington Senators (from 1932 – 34)

Morris “Moe” Berg, a professional baseball player who also served his country as an intelligence officer, lived a life many can only dream of. A true Renaissance man, Berg graduated from Princeton University, passed the New York State bar exam and learned eight languages.

After graduating from college in 1923, Moe played 15 seasons of major-league baseball as a shortstop, catcher and coach. Pictured are his cards as coach of the Boston Red Sox in 1940 and as catcher for the Washington Senators (from 1932 – 34).

Mixing Baseball and Intelligence

Berg’s entrance into the field of intelligence began when he, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and other baseball greats formed an all-star team and traveled to Japan in the mid-1930s for exhibition games. Proficient in Japanese, Berg talked his way into one of the tallest buildings in Tokyo. He climbed to the rooftop alone and used a movie camera to film the capital city’s shipyards. Reportedly, the US used Berg’s footage to plan bombing raids over Tokyo in World War II.

OSS Intelligence Career Highlights

Following the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, Berg initially joined the White House’s new Office of Inter-American Affairs but left for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) in 1943. He became a paramilitary officer and carried out various intelligence operations in Europe, including parachuting into Yugoslavia to evaluate resistance groups there.

By 1945 Berg had been tasked to determine whether Nazi Germany was close to having a nuclear weapon.  Using his language skills and charm, he managed to locate and chat with Werner Heisenberg, a top physicist in the Third Reich. Berg accurately determined that the answer was “no.”

Berg stayed with the OSS until it dissolved in 1945. Afterward, he served on the staff of NATO’s Advisory Group for Aeronautical Research and Development.

Moe Berg as coach of the Boston Red Sox in 1940

Moe Berg as coach of the Boston Red Sox in 1940

A Word from Berg Before his death in 1972, Berg said, “Maybe I’m not in the Cooperstown Baseball Hall of Fame like so many of my baseball buddies, but I’m happy I had the chance to play pro ball and am especially proud of my contributions to my country. Perhaps I could not hit like Babe Ruth, but I spoke more languages than he did.”

The baseball cards pictured here are held in the CIA Museum’s collection.

Post 458: If you are a resident of NYC you might want to try the new and improved Senior Centers, such as the Lenox Hill Neighborhood Center and the Manny Cantor Senior Center at the Educational Alliance

The Center @ Lenox Hill Neighborhood House provides an unparalleled experience for older adults in Manhattan and is open 365 days a year from 8:00am to 8:00pm. Membership is free and you must be a New York City resident, sixty and over, to be eligible to apply. The Center leverages Lenox Hill Neighborhood House’s existing resources and facilities – Health and Wellness, Fitness and Aquatics, Legal Advocacy, Food Services, Visual and Performing Arts, Adult Education and more – to offer a full calendar of daily programming for more than 2,500 active members, serving an average of 250 clients each day. The Center serves three non Kosher meals a day every day of the year. The Neighborhood House is a leader in the farm-to-institution movement, providing fresh, healthy, and locally-sourced food to members. In addition, the Center offers members a packed offering of 15 to 20 activities daily. Current offerings include three to five fitness classes daily; language classes, arts, crafts, and culture; games; 8-week computer classes; additional technology offerings;  for membership:

There are other such Senior Centers in Manhattan. If you have not been to the new Educational Alliance it is worth the trip. The Educational Alliance, is now called the Manny Cantor Center.

The Educational Alliance features prominently in the Social Realism Movement. During the early 20th Century, the Alliances art class instructors promoted the Ashcan School whose members include Peter Blume, Adolph Gottlieb, Louise Nevelson, Barnet Newman, Mark Rothko and Max Weber.
Some of the original artworks by Chiam Soyer are on the new Art School walls.

Undeniably, the Art School does not control as much space in the building as when I was a student in 2001. The glorious floor to ceiling windows are gone. The expansive  windows are part of the senior dining room.
There is no membership fee for the senior center.
A visit to New York includes many offerings thru the Senior Center network. Aladin is offered thru the Hudson GUILD. I saw Hot Mess at the Jerry Orbach Theater.

I don’t know which came first : The idea of fluidity in sexual identity, or the portrayal of it’s expanding boundaries on the stage.

The traditional drama is there: character, story, problem, climax and resolution.

Just as in The Every Man plays, the character speaks to his foil.

I Also visited a Chinese super grocery on Main Street in Flushing called C. H. Supermarket 40-33 Main Street.

Main Street Queens near the 7 train has been described to me as China without the travel.

Post 457 Sovereignty Conference sponsored by Helen Freedman American Friends for a Safe Israel, Special Yom Iyun classes commemorating Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach and Rabbi Meir Kahana’s Yahrtzeit, Recipe for hot Chili sauce


The first conference will take place: Friday, Erev Shabbat Chayei Sara, November 10th at 9:00 am
. We will be hosting our friends from AFSI (American Friends for a Safe Israel), headed by Helen Freedman and Judy Kadish, at Oz VeGaon.
Save the Date!
 For a fascinating Sovereignty morning in English (with simultaneous translation to Hebrew). This will be the first in a series of conferences with lectures on the topic of Sovereignty which we will please G-d, held every few weeks at different locations throughout Israel.

Ken Abramowitz will be coming and will lecture in English on the topic: “How to Save Western Civilization from itself”

He will be followed by Karen Stahl-Don, LLM, MA, an attorney who will lecture on the topic: “Why International Law is Israel’s Best Friend.”

For more details please see the email messages below. I hope you can attend.

Thanks to all those who have signed up already. If you haven’t signed up yet please sign up ASAP if you are interested. Please do not leave a voice message on my cell phone.

If you are coming, please be considerate of your friends and be on time!

There may be stops in Ramot, Ramat Eshkol, the Inbal, and Derech Chevron if people request it.

Deadline for reservations is 1:00 pm Thursday.

Please let me or Chavi 058 416 6198 know A.S.A.P. if you’d like to reserve a seat

on the van, and from which location.

Looking forward to hearing from you and seeing you soon,


052 3294 194

Dear Friends,




HaRav Meir David Kahane ZT”L HY”D – The 27th Yahrzeit


Join us – Family, Friends, Students, Public Figures – as we mark the 27th Yahrzeit of the Rav-Scholar-Warrior for the Torah of the unique Jewish Idea, on 
TUESDAY 18 Marcheshvan/7 November
The following events are in HEBREW(See below for information on the English Memorial, two days earlier):

STARTING AT NOON: Shiurim at Yeshivat HaRa’ayon HaYehudi11 Shmarya St. (btwn. Shmuel HaNavi and Arzei HaBira), Jerusalem.
15:30 bus from Yeshiva to Har HaMenuchot
16:00 Graveside memorial at the Rav’s kever
18:00 Memorial program at Heichal David Hall, Ohaliav 14, Romema (near Central Bus Station), Jerusalem. The Rav’s family, students, rabbis and public figures will be participating, and sale of books and other memorabilia will be taking place.




Date: Motzei Shabbat Vayera, Eve of 16 Marcheshvan/November 4 (NOTE: two evenings before the Hebrew program) at Yeshivat HaRa’ayon HaYehudi (address above).


Theme of the evening: The Relevance of Rabbi Kahane’s Teachings, 27 Years Later

7:30 pm Coffee and cake

7:45 pm Rebbetzin Libby Kahane (widow of Rav Meir): Highlights from ‘Rabbi Meir Kahane: His Life and Thought’ (Vol. 2, 1976-1983)

8:10 pm Rabbi Simcha HochbaumRabbi Kahane’s teachings
8:30 pm Shalom Pollack (tour guide): Rabbi Meir Kahane: My personal impressions and memories
9:00 pm Baruch MarzelRabbi Kahane wins!
9:20 pm Barbara GinsbergThe feelings and thoughts of Rabbi Meir Kahane

Light refreshments will be served.

For more information: Levi Chazen, 050-6556813

אזכרה מוזיקלית לרב מאיר דוד כהנא ורבי שלמה קרליבך עם רבנים ונגנים ר’ חיים דוד    ר’ שמואל הכהן הרב הגאון יגאל שנדורפי ר’ יהודה ריכטר ר’ ברוך מרזל ר’ מייק גזובסקי שתתקיים בעזרת ה’ ביום רביעי יט בשעה שבע במועדון של היישוב נחליאל . מינימום תרומה להוצאות 20 שח . מוזמנים בשמחה ! אשלם על מי שאין לו כסף-לבוא עם כלי נגינה😆😁נא לפרסם הודעה זו-כל אחד שרוצה להגיד מה שהוא מוזמן לעלות לבמה

A musical memorial service for Rabbi Meir David Kahana and Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach with rabbis and musicians Rabbi Chaim Dovid Rabbi Shmuel HaCohen Rabbi Yigal Shandorfi Rabbi Yehuda Richter Rabbi Baruch Marzel Rabbi Mike Gazovsky will be held with the help of God on Wed, Nov 8 at seven o’clock in the club of the community of Nachliel. The minimum contribution for expenses is 20 NIS. Welcome! I will pay those who do not have the money to come with musical instruments. Please publish this message – anyone who wants to say what he is invited to go on stage

How to make Hot Chili Sauce: We enjoyed a really hot Chilli sauce at Shayan Restaurant;

You’ll need:Image result for recipe chinese chili sauce

  1. 15 fresh chili peppers, thinly sliced.

  2. 2 teaspoons salt (or to taste)

  3. 2 heads of garlic, peeled.

  4. 1¼ cups neutral oil (like vegetable or canola) or omit

  5. 1 cup Sichuan chili flakes.

  6. ½ teaspoon sugar.

  7. 2 tablespoons regular or light soy sauce or omit

  1. Combine chili, oil, sugar, vinegar, garlic in a saucepan over high heat. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 7 minutes or until sauce thickens slightly. …

  2. Process mixture, in batches, until smooth. Pour into hot sterilized jars. Secure lids. Refrigerate for up to 3 weeks. Special Yom Iyun classes for Reb Shlomo Carlebach and Rabbi Meir Kahana’s Yahrtzeit,

    Recipe for hot Chili sauce

Post 456: Event honouring shloshim for Peta Jones Pellach’s mother Geraldine Jones , Please join us for an inspirational evening of EMUNAH and CHESED in loving memory of REBBETZIN HENNY MACHLIS A”H , trip with Exra Rosenfeld to the Galil na the Golan Heights; rest of trp custard from soya

The following is not an official KLE event,  but rather a personal shiur by one  of the beloved KLE teachers, Peta Jones Pellach.


Katamon Learning Experience …

 a personal letter from Peta:

My mother’s shloshim was officially last, Sunday which I marked by teaching in her honour. 

However, this was not 30 counted days as the Chagim truncated even the shloshim.  So, on the actual 30th day since her passing, my cousin, Tania Hammer, has offered to host us for some women’s learning in my mother’s memory. 


The theme will be “Brachot” and we will say some and learn some together.

I am hoping that some of you will agree to share and teach one bracha with us, so please RSVP 

​  ​


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if you can join us.

Details are as follows:

Marking the shloshim of Geraldine Jones 

​Women’s learning

​on Brachot.

Tues 31 October, 9:30 am – 
Our host, Tania Hammer
Hanoch Albeck building 4 alef / apt 3, Talpiot 
(also accessible from 71 Derech Chevron)


Please join us for an inspirational evening of
in loving memory of
in honor of her 2nd Yahrtzeit.
Distinguished speakers:
world renowned and highly respected משפיעה and מחנכת
Author of bestselling biography of Rebbetzin Machlis
” Emunah with Love and Chicken Soup”
For the first time ever in Eretz Yisrael,
One of the leading teachers ofאמונה in our generation
author of bestselling series “Living Emunah”
DATE: Sunday, November 5th, אור לי”ז מרחשון
PLACE: Shirat Yerushalaim Hall, 64 Kanfei Nesharim, Jerusalem
Doors open at 7:30 Program starts promptly at 8:00
Free Admission – Suggested donation : 25 shekels
For sponsorship and advanced reserved seating:
please call 02- 651-5896 or 054-700-0935

or email
For women only

Tel Kedesh, was one of the sites in the upper Galil and Golan that our group visited last Tuesday/Wednesday.  I am writing about the stops is no particular order. What is striking about this huge region is the diversity of the terrain’s stark beauty. Each ruin when set against a clear blue sky is regal. Also, the site has had several university archeologists document it’s importance in Jewish History. Our trip begins with Kedesh, a City of Refuge

Moses instructed the Israelites that they were to appoint three “cities of refuge” once they crossed Jordan under the leadership of Moses (Deut. 19:2). The stated purpose of these (as well as the three cities on the other (eastern) side of Jordan, was to provide a safety net for one who had accidentally killed his neighbor (an example given in the text was when the ax head flew off the handle, resulting in a fatal wound).

The city to which you would flee would be the one closest to you. You would live there until the death of the High Priest. The following map shows all 6 cities of refuge.

Cities of Refuge. Map by Scott Richardson

Cities of Refuge. Map by Scott Richardson

The city of refuge to the north in Galilee  was Kedesh.

Kedesh in Galilee. One of the cities of Refuge. Photo by Leon Mauldin.

Kedesh in Galilee. One of the cities of Refuge. Photo by Leon Mauldin.

In center and to the left you can see the ruins of this ancient city.

A Canaanite city in Galilee, in the territory of Naphtali, whose ruler was one of the 31 kings vanquished by Joshua (Josh. 12:22). To distinguish it from other cities with the same name it was also referred to as Kedesh in Galilee in Mount Naphtali (Josh. 20:7).

It was given to the Levites and was a city of refuge (Josh. 21:32). A name which may possibly refer to Kedesh appears in the lists of Tuthmosis III and in the El Amarna letters. It was conquered by Tiglath-Pileser III, King of Assyria (2 Kgs. 15:29), who deported its inhabitants. In the Hellenistic period it is mentioned in the Zenon papyri. Josephus knew it in a different form as the name of a village in the territory of Tyre (Antiq. ii, 459; iv, 104–5)

Titus pitched his camp in the vicinity of the village of Cydasa of the Tyrians, because ‘this was a strong inland village of the Tyrians, always at feud and strife with the Galileans’ (War iv, 104-f). Eusebius (Onom. 116:10) calls it ‘the city of Kydisos’, in the vicinity of Paneas, some 20 miles from Tyre.

A Roman temple and a mausoleum of the same period were discovered there. Identified with Tell Qades, 12 miles north of Safed, where there are two ancient mounds, one of which was occupied from the 3rd millennium BC to the end of the Israelite period.

Since 1981 the Roman temple has been excavated by a team of Tel Aviv University under the direction of I. Roll. Little of the upper structure of the temple has survived. The entire compound was surrounded by a wall. The temple (60 feet by 54 feet) was built of exquisitely-dressed ashlars. Its eastern façade rose to a height of 33 feet. At the western wall of the shrine is an apse, apparently a later addition which may have held Jupiter’s statue. The triple doors of the temple are richly decorated. On the lintels are engraved Jupiter’s eagle, a wreath in which was a rosette, bunches of grapes, a vine trellis, acanthus leaves, a deer, and a man’s head. According to three Greek inscriptions, the temple was dedicated in AD 117/8 under Hadrian, and repairs were made in ad 214/5 and 280 (The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land).

Tel Kedesh

Kedesh is located in Israel

The ruins of the ancient Canaanite city of Kedesh (alternate spelling: Cadesh) are located 3 km northeast of the modern Kibbutz Malkiya in Israelon the Israeli-Lebanese border.

Between 145 BCE and 143 BCE, Kedesh (Cades) was overthrown by Jonathan Maccabeus in his fight against Seleucid king Demetrius II NicatorIt remains abandoned. From 1997 to 2012, Tel Kedesh was excavated by a team from the University of Michigan‘s Kelsey Museum of Archaeology in conjunction with the University of Minnesotafocusing in 2010 and 2012 on the Persian and Hellenistic Administrative Building.

According to Jewish tradition, Deborah the prophetess, Barak the son of Abinoam and Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite, as also Heber, were buried near the spring beneath the town of Kedesh.

We ended our trip with a visit  to Tel Hai.

Tel Hai was first settled as an agricultural courtyard for six workers from a northern colony Metulla in 1907. The land for the outpost was purchased by Haim Kalvarisky, a clerk of the Jewish Colonization Association. Later, it was a border outpost in 1918, following the defeat of the Ottoman Empire. The area was subsequently subject to intermittent border adjustments among the British and French colonial powers.

The Lion of Judah, Joseph Trumpeldor‘s memorial in Tel Chai. It was at Tel Chai where our group heard of the starvation conditions suffered by the farmers. The Battle of Tel Chai was fought in March 1920 during the Franco-Syrian War between Arab irregulars under the banner of the Arab Kingdom of Syria and a Jewish defensive paramilitary force protecting the village of Tel Hai in Northern Galilee. In the course of the event, a Shiite Arab militia, accompanied by Bedouin from a nearby village, attacked the Jewish agricultural locality of Tel Hai. In the aftermath of the battle eight Jews and five Arabs were killed. Joseph Trumpeldor, the commander of Jewish defenders of Tel Chai, was shot in the hand and stomach, and died while being evacuated to Kfar Giladi that evening. Tel Hai was eventually abandoned by the Jews and burned by the Arab militia. The event is perceived by some scholars as the first significant outbreak of violence, eventually leading to the Arab–Israeli conflict three decades later.

Exra, our guide informed us of important events influencing the region.

In 1919, the British relinquished the northern section of Upper Galilee containing Tel Hai, Metulla, Hamrah, and Kfar Giladi to French jurisdiction.

The Zionist movement was greatly displeased with this, since it would have left the sources of the Jordan River outside the borders of British Mandatory Palestine, where the Zionist state envisaged in the Balfour Declaration was to be established. Therefore, the few isolated settlements in this territory assumed a strategic value from the Zionist point of view. Still, there was a fierce debate among factions and leaders of the Yishuv, some of whom advocated letting Tel Hai and the other outposts hang on at all costs, while others regarded their situation as untenable and advocated withdrawing from them.

Arabs in this area at the time were not primarily involved in activities against the early Jewish militias, but rather in strongly opposing the imposition of the French Mandate of Syria, which they regarded as betrayal of the McMahon–Hussein Correspondence made during the Arab Revolt against Ottoman rule. In a letter dated the 24th of October, 1915, Sir Henry McMahon, then His Majesty’s High Commissioner in Egypt, promises the Sharif of Mecca, Husayn ibn Ali, to “recognize and support the independence of the Arabs within the territories proposed by him (Sharif of Mecca).” These territories included the Arabian peninsula, Syria (including Lebanon, Palestine, and Transjordan), and Iraq as “purely Arab” areas and part of a future Arab state or states in the region.

As described above, The Zionist militias in Tel Chai, headed by the Russian-born Jewish commander Joseph Trumpeldor

wanted the area to be restored to British control which they hoped would eventually lead to its becoming part of a future Jewish state. However, as newcomers to the area recently arrived from Europe, they were suspected of being pro-French, which ultimately led to armed clashes.

Tel Hai 1946 .

In sum, six of the Tel Hai Jews were killed and the remaining Jews retreated, whereupon the place was burned. The total number of killed was 13 (5 Muslims and 8 Jews). The British and the French, at the behest of the Zionists, ultimately agreed this area of Upper Galilee was to be included in Mandatory Palestine. It was thus possible for Tel Chai to be resettled in 1921, though it did not become a viable independent community and in 1926 it was absorbed into the kibbutz of Kfar Giladi.

Members from Yiftach Brigade assembling at Tel Hai prior to the attack on Al-Nabi Yusha’. 1948

Tel Chai monument

A Jewish national monument in Upper GalileeIsrael commemorates the deaths of eight Jews (six men and two women), among them the Russian-born Jewish commander Joseph Trumpeldor, who fell in the above-detailed engagement on 1 March 1st 1920. The resolute actions of Trumpeldor and his colleagues against a much larger Arab force inspired the Jews of Jerusalem.The memorial is known for a statue of a defiant lion representing Trumpeldor and his comrades. The city of Kiryat Shemona, literally Town of the Eight was named after them.


Metzudat Koach,

Nabi Yusha police fortress. 1948-In Arabic, Navi Yoef.

This article is about the British Mandate-time police fort. 

The Nabi Yusha fort, renamed Metzudat Koach (Hebrewמצודת כ”ח‎‎), is a police fort built by the British Mandate administration during the 1936–39 Arab revolt in Palestine and currently used by the Israel Border Police.The site around the fort contains a stone monument and a new museum (founded in 2014), together constituting the Metzudat Koach Memorial, which commemorates 28 Israeli soldiers who died during the 1948 conquest of the strategically important fort. The fort and observation point is located in the Upper Galilee, close to an abandoned Shia shrine of Nabi Yusha (“Prophet Joshua“). The Hebrew word “ko’ach” (כח) has a double meaning: as a common noun it means “strength”, while its numerical value according to gematria is 28, the number of the fallen soldiers.

The Metzudat Koach memorial is currently part of the Israel National Trail.


The building is a Tegart fort commissioned by the British and constructed by Solel Boneh, the fort was a key observation point on the Naftali heights, overlooking the Hula Valley, and used to monitor the Palestine/Lebanon border.

By mid-April 1948, the British army had evacuated most of Upper Galilee. A number of key points were subsequently occupied by Arab forces, including the police fort at Nabi Yusha. This fort commanded the main road to Upper Galilee and the routes to the Jewish settlements of Ramot Naftali and Manara. The Palmach understood that this observation point had a strategic importance for the safety and future of the kibbutzim below.

In the evening hours of April 15, the police station was attacked by a company composed of Golani, Palmach and irregulars from nearby Jewish settlements, which moved in two armored cars and two armored Egged buses. Strong fire was opened on the attacking force which was compelled to withdraw. 4 Jews were killed.

On April 20, a second attempt was made to occupy the fort by a force from the third Palmach battalion. A small force succeeded in breaking the barriers and reaching the wall but two of its members were hit, which delayed the detonation of the explosives until their evacuation. During their evacuation, enemy fire was directed at them and many of the unit soldiers were killed. The troops fought to their last man. Altogether, 22 Jews were killed in the battle.

During the night of May 16/17, a company of the third battalion of the Yiftach Brigade occupied the fort after driving away their enemy. On the next day, two of the soldiers were killed.

Yiftach Brigade at Nabi Yusha. 16th May 1948

In total, 28 Jewish soldiers fell in the battles for the occupation of the fort and “Metzudat HaKoach” (“Fort of the 28”) is today named after them.

The 28 soldiers

A monument to the fallen in Metzudat Koach

Date Name Age Rank Birthplace[7]
20/04/48 Ahali Joseph 20 Corporal Gedera
20/04/48 Akerman Amnon 19 Private Haifa
20/04/48 Amikam Boaz 19 Private, paramedic Haifa
20/04/48 Armoni Yizhar 18 Private Jerusalem
20/4/48 Barzilai Aryeh 19 Private Lithuania
17/05/48 Ben Bassat Meir 20 Private Bulgaria, Plovdiv
13/05/48 Ben Nevet Eliezer 21 Corporal Turkey
20/02/48 Cherkasky[8] David 22 Lieutenant, Platoon commander Haifa
20/04/48 Cohen Avraham 18 Private Jerusalem
20/04/48 Friedman Philon[9] 18 Private Poland
Futerman Eliezer 17
15/04/48 Gutman Joseph 20 Private Tel Aviv
20/04/48 Horowitz Zvi 19 Private Haifa
20/04/48 Kochba Hanan 19 Private Germany
22/04/48 Levinsky Yisrael 19 Private Poland
20/04/48 Mizrachi Shlomo 19 Private Jerusalem
20/04/48 Moskowitz Malachi 19 Private Tel Aviv
20/04/48 Neeman Moshe 19 Corporal Tel Aviv
Ohali Yosef
20/04/48 Poterman Eliezer 18 Corporal Poland, Nova Korsha
20/04/48 Rauch Mordechai 26 Private Poland
20/02/24 Shevet Eliezer 20 Private Nahalal
20/02/24 Shwartz David 26 Private Czechoslovakia
15/04/48 Stashi Moshe 18 Private Bulgaria, Sofia
20/04/48 Tolitzinsky Yuval 19 Private Haifa
20/04/48 Wissotzky Nehemia 20 Private Jerusalem
20/04/48 Yekutieli Amnon 19 Corporal, Squad commander Jerusalem
20/04/48 Yizraelowitz Yitczhak 25 Private Poland

view near Fort Koach down to the Hula valley

Mitzpeh Dado, on the Lebanese border, Metulla is the northernmost town in Israel. Originally a tiny farming colony established in June of 1896 on land purchased by Baron Edmond de Rothschild, today it is a flourishing community of over 1,500 souls. The main street is lined with Metulla’s earliest buildings, and offers a breathtaking view of the snow-covered Hermon Mountains.

Metulla wasn’t always the peaceful and prosperous town that it is today. When the Baron bought his land, the local tenants who had been living on the property were furious. They made life miserable for the new farmers and, in 1920, bloody Arab riots forced the pioneers to evacuate their homes.

But Metulla residents were firmly resolved to settle the Upper Galilee, eventually returning to their little community. And it’s lucky that they did. For when the Land of Israel was divided between the English and the French in 1924, the British made sure that the thriving, ever-growing Metulla would be placed inside the British Mandate. Thus Metulla’s position at the tip of the Galilee eventually determined the northern border of the State of Israel.

Charming Metulla. (photo credit: Shmuel Bar-Am)

Charming Metulla. (photo credit: Shmuel Bar-Am)

Metulla is best known, these days, for its Canada Center, with its huge swimming pool, and excellent ice rink. But what we like best about the town are its pastoral ambience, and the welcome tranquility that it offers its guests.

Beautiful Ma’ayan Park, situated at the entrance to Metulla, played an important part in the settlement’s development. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, its spring supplied settlers with all of their water. When it had outlived its usefulness, the spring became covered with weeds and refuse. Fortunately, the Jewish National Fund stepped in and turned the entire area into an enchanting park full of canals, footbridges and flowing water.

Another “must” is Har Hatzfiya (Lookout Mountain), located about a kilometer west of Metulla. Here you will stop at Mitzpe Dado, a lovely JNF overlook named for the late General David “Dado” Elazar, Israel’s chief of staff during the Yom Kippur War. The man affectionately called Dado was a war hero who first distinguished himself when he led a surprise attack on Arab forces in the Old City during the War of Independence and captured Mount Zion.

The spectacular view from Mitzpe Dado. (photo credit: Shmuel Bar-Am)

The spectacular view from Mitzpe Dado. (photo credit: Shmuel Bar-Am)

Many Israelis believe that this highly respected and exceptionally able commander was erroneously blamed for Israel’s lack of preparedness before the Yom Kippur War in 1973. He died of a heart attack in 1976, and some believe he actually died of a broken heart.

Mitzpe Dado offers superb views of Metulla’s old and new neighborhoods, the fertile Ayoun Valley, the majestic Hermon, and the Lebanese mountains. On the Lebanese side stand a runway and buildings, part of a British airport built during World War II but never used. This part of the valley used to belong to the residents of Metulla, but was granted to Lebanon after the War of Independence in an exchange that helped realign the border.

Aviva Bar-Am is the author of seven guides to Israel. Shmuel Bar-Am is a private tour guide.

The Utirines

The area and the Itureans are mentioned only once in the New Testament, in the Luke iii. 1, but are frequently described by pagan writers such as StraboPliny the Elder, and Cicero. The Jewish writer Josephus also described them. They were known to the Romans as a predatory people, and were appreciated by them for their great skill in archery. They played a notable role in the defense of Jerusalem. A southern branch of the Itureans dwelt in Galilee but were conquered by the Hasmonean king Alexander Jannaeus (r. 103 to 76 BCE) and, according to Josephus, forcibly converted to Judaism.

Tel Facher

Tel Faher (or Golani Lookout) is a former Syrian outpost in the Golan Heights that has been occupied by Israel since the Six-Day War in 1967.

Tel Faher was the site of an intense battle between the Israel Defense Forces and the Syrians which ended in the conquest of the outpost by the Golani Brigade. Tel Faher is now a park commemorating those who died in the battle.Tel Faher (or Golani Lookout) is a former Syrian outpost in the Golan Heights that has been occupied by Israel since the Six-Day War in 1967. Tel Faher was the site of an intense battle between the Israel Defense Forces and the Syrians which ended in the conquest of the outpost by the Golani Brigade. Tel Faher is now a park commemorating those who died in the battle.

Tel Faher (or Golani Lookout) is a former Syrian outpost in the Golan Heights that has been held strategically by  Israel since the Six-Day War in 1967.

Tel Faher was the site of an intense battle between the Israel Defense Forces and the Syrians which ended in the conquest of the outpost by the Golani Brigade. Tel Faher is now a park commemorating those who died in the battle.

HISTORY: On June 6, Syria launched three attacks against Israeli positions: at Tel DanKibbutz Dan and the village of She’ar Yashuv two kilometers inside Israeli territory. The attacks probably never had the purpose of capturing ground and were easily repulsed. However, a Syrian artillery observation officer reported “The enemy appears to have suffered heavy losses and is retreating.”

Thursday, June 8, 1967 (day 4)

On June 8, the Israeli Air Force (IAF) bombarded the Syrian positions on the Golan Heights throughout the day in an attempt to silence the Syrian guns and to press the Syrian government to rethink its position as Egypt and Jordan had now agreed to a cease fire.

It seemed the war was over after four days.

At 1910 hrs on Thursday evening, Eshkol tried once more to overcome Dayan’s objections.

Friday, June 9, 1967 (day 5)

Bird’s eye view of Tel Azaziat, Burj Babil, Tel Faher, Zaura

At 0600 hrs on Friday, June 9, Brig. Gen. Dado Elazar of the Northern Command was woken up by a phone call from Dayan: “Can you attack? Then attack.” Dayan had changed his mind. He told his chief of staff, “If the Syrians sit quietly, I won’t approve any action against them, but if in spite of all our restraint they continue shelling, I will recommend to the Cabinet that we take the entire Heights.” Operation Hammer had been planned as a night attack. It was dangerous enough even in darkness, but an assault on the Golan Heights during daylight would be suicidal. The offensive was planned for 1130 hrs to give the IAF enough of time to continue its bombardment and to give the Israeli combat engineers time to create a path through enemy mine fields. Fortunately the winter rains had exposed many of the mines and the Syrians had not replaced them. The IAF was dropping some 400 tons of ordnance on the Heights from Mount Hermon in the north to Tawfiq (near Hamat Gader) in the south, including some captured rockets from Egyptian stocks.

Contrary to Syrian expectations, the IDF was not planning to launch the initial attack via the Customs House road (opposite Gadot), but where the enemy least expected it, in a large pincer movement: in the north from the Galilee Panhandle, and on the opposite side from south of the Sea of Galilee.

The 8th Armored Brigade of Colonel Albert Mandler was moved from the Sinai theatre to Kfar Szold in the northern part of the Galilee Panhandle. It had only 33 serviceable M50 and M51 Sherman tanks. Within minutes, the Syrian guns opened fire, not against the advancing troops, but still to the Israeli settlements. Of the eight armored bulldozers five never made it to the top. The Syrians started to confront them with heavy fire.

First breakthrough


A breakthrough was achieved between Givat HaEm and Tel Azaziat. Soon the tanks overran the abandoned Syrian position at Gur el Askar, shortly afterwards the strongpoint at Na’amush, while the Syrians were fleeing from the post.

Two hours after the 8th Armored Brigade began the offensive, the 1st Golani Infantry Brigade crossed the border at the same place to launch the assault on the entrenchments of Tel Faher and Tel Azaziat. The plan was to start the assault simultaneously from the back side.

While the capture of Tel Azaziat was done relatively easy, the attack on Tel Faher was difficult. The horseshoe-shaped fort was five kilometers inside the Golan Heights, protected with multiple guns, extensive mine fields and three belts of two-sided sloping fences and coiled barbed-wire. Despite the aerial bombardments the position remained relatively intact.

The leading half-tracks lost their way and approached the position where it was strongest instead from the rear. From a few hundred meters they came under heavy fire from the Syrians. One by one the nine Sherman tanks and 19 half-tracks were disabled by gunfire or mines.

Soldiers’ barracks

The internal Syrian army report showed failure in leadership, leading to chaos and desertion:

With the enemy just 700 meters away, under heavy shelling, the platoon in the front trench prepared for the battle. The platoon commander sent Private Jalil ‘Issa to the company commander to request permission to take cover, but ‘Issa could not find him. The platoon commander sent another runner who returned with Private Fajjar Hamdu Karnazi who reported on the company commander’s disappearance. When the enemy reached 600 meters, Sgt. Muhammad Yusuf Ibrahim fired a 10-inch anti-tank gun and knocked out the lead tank. But then he and his squad commander were killed. The enemy column advanced. First Sergeant Anwar Barbar, in charge of the second 10-inch gun, could not be found. The platoon commander searched for him but unsuccessfully…. Private Hajj al-Din, who was killed just minutes later, took the gun and fired it alone, knocking out two tanks and forcing the column to retreat. But when the platoon commander tried to radio the information to headquarters, nobody answered. 

Two flanks of the Golani


Entry to bunker

The battalion commander Lieutenant-Colonel Moshe ‘Musa’ Klein ordered the 25 Golanis, who survived the initial Syrian fire, to attack the position from two flanks.

The southern part was heavy protected with bunkerstrenches and a double row of wire. Inside waited a company of the Syrian 187th Infantry Battalion with an arsenal of anti tank guns, machine guns and 82 mm mortars. Its Syrian captain remembered : “It was one of our most fortified positions. It placed the Israelis directly in our crosshairs.”

Northern flank

The Syrian commander of the northern part ordered his men not to fire until the Israelis reached the wire to catch them in a kill zone. Only minutes later, his deputy reported that “the Jews are already inside.”

The battle continued for three hours. Of the group of 13 who fought on the northern part 3 Israeli soldiers survived, and of the southern group of 12 only Corporal Yitzhak Hamawi survived.

“We ran, Musa (Klein) and I through the trenches. Whenever a helmet popped up, we couldn’t tell it was one of ours or not. Suddenly in front of us stood a soldier whom we couldn’t identify. The battalion commander shouted the password and when the soldier didn’t answer, he fired a burst at him but missed. We jumped out of the trench, ran five meters and then Musa fell on his face… killed by the Syrian soldier he’d missed. Our radioman waited for him to leap up again, then shot him.”

The Israelis suffered 31 killed and 82 wounded while 62 Syrians died and 20 were taken prisoner.


The IDF had achieved most of its goals of Operation Hammer even with heavy casualties. They penetrated no deeper than 8 miles into Syrian territory, but established a five mile wide bridgehead between Zaura and Qela. They used the night of 9/10 June to regroup and resupply its forces.

At the same time the Syrian Government was pleading with other Arab countries for military support, but no assistance was forthcoming. Syria realized that they now stood alone against the IDF.

The Golan Heights had fallen in just 31 hours.

Despite the few casualties, the kibbutzniks (kibbutz members) had been forced to live almost permanently in underground shelters. The pressure on the Israeli government grew daily. The daily newspaper HaAretz wrote “The time has come to settle accounts with those who started it all. It is time to finish the job.” While Prime Minister Levi Eshkol, himself a kibbutznik from Degania Bet, was highly sympathetic to the pleas, Defense

Minister Moshe Dayan was reluctant to open multiple fronts at the same time and worried about possible Russian intervention on behalf of the Syrians. Haim Ber, the spokesman of the settlements in the north, called Eshkol and shouted in desperation “We’re being shelled non-stop! We demand that the government free us from this nightmare!”

and Kla’at Namrud. The Nimrod Fortress or Nimrod Castle (Hebrewמבצר נמרוד‎‎, Mivtzar Nimrod, “Nimrod’s Fortress”; Arabicقلعة الصبيبة‎‎ Qal’at al-Subeiba, “Castle of the Large Cliff”, later Qal’at Namrud, “Nimrod’s Castle”) is a medieval Muslim castle situated on the southern slopes of Mount Hermon, on a ridge rising about 800 m (2600 feet) above sea level. It overlooks the Golan Heights and was built with the purpose of guarding a major access route to Damascus against armies coming from the west. The area is under Israeli occupation and administration since 1967 together with the adjacent Golan Heights. The international community sees the area as Syrian territory. It is so wonderful that the Syrians left this structure in such great shape when they retreated.

Golan Heights

Nimrod FortressQal'at al-SubeibaMivtzar Nimrod is located in Golan Heights

Nimrod FortressQal'at al-SubeibaMivtzar Nimrod
Nimrod Fortress
Qal’at al-Subeiba
Mivtzar Nimrod
Coordinates 33.252778°N 35.714722°E
Type Castle
Site information
Open to
the public
April–September: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

October–March: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Site history
Built Between 1229 and 1290[1]
Built by Al-Aziz Uthman

Nimrod Fortress

I am already planning the next trip.The region’s most spectacular ancient site is the ruin of Gamla, a Jewish town destroyed in A.D. 67 during the First Revolt against Rome, located on an especially beautiful and dramatic mountain ridge. The Golan is one of the areas where a rental car is most useful, although with luck, you might find a well-informed cabdriver in Tiberias to take you around the Golan for a special full or half-day deal. In summer, the plateau is blazing hot; in winter it can be bitterly cold and windy.

I don’t have exact measurement on hand, but you basically want to blend everything (soya cream, banana, sugar, pudding mix, tehina, chocolate or a handful of chopped strawberries) and freeze in a vat. Taste before freezing–it should taste somewhat on a sweeter side (when frozen it will be less sweet). When it’s half frozen you “slush” it with a metal spoon so that it doesn’t freeze as solid block of ice.

I have another great ice cream recipe that does not have eggs.
2  8oz whips or omit
2 boxes instant vanilla pudding
2 cups soy milk
whip the whips. add the pudding and soy milk and mix until all combined. You can add anything to it once it is all mixed. I put in chunks of halvah. You can add cookies pieces, diced fruit or any type of topping that you like. freeze.

Post 455: My tiyul with Ezra Rosenfeld’s trouper group with more to come, Tofu Burger recipe


Just last night this weary trouper returned from the Galil and the Golan. Ezra Rosenfeld’s group of 24 stayed overnight at the beautiful Amirei HaGalil Hotel – a magnificent, boutique spa-hotel with a chef-restaurant (see their website at The stay offered me the opportunity to indulge in a massage that was electrifying.  The masseuses electric hands went chop chop chop, as if they were wired.

We visited the stone roads of the First Aliya settlement of Rosh Pina or Cornerstone or foundation stone as it represented a new beginning.

It is a town  in the Upper Galilee on the eastern slopes of Mount Kna’an in the Northern District of Israel.

We learned that the town with the current name was founded in 1882 by thirty families who immigrated from Romania, making it one of the oldest Zionist settlements in Israel. It was preceded at the same location by the settlement of Gei Oni (“Valley of My Strength”) established by local Jews from Safed in 1878, which had been, however, almost fully abandoned by 1882.

Ezra explained that there were also two factions in the original group from Safed who argued about whether one was permitted to brush one’s hair on Shabat. It is over this dispute that the two factions parted.

The leader of the group from Roumania opened a hotel, and an  inn which still stands on a quaint stone street. The original cheder is across the road. Small artists shops line  narrow stairs, hugging the hill in the old area. On the same street, the settlement’s farm implements are strewn about.

Map of Rosh Pinna Israel

In 2016 it had a population of 3,003.

Dear Friends, (the following was sent to me by Amanda of the Jerusalem community and volunteer gardens

..These are events happening in the Manginot Festival in Community Gardens around the Baka Neighborhood.

The idea is to draw people to be part of the community gardens.

Today I will be at “Ginat Ha Hava” on Lifshitz street where we will be talking about “Ecological footprints”at 16.30 followed by music at 18.00.

On Sunday 29/10 there will be a woodworking workshop at the Community Garden on Derech Hevron

On Friday 3/10 there will be Ethiopian Music at “Mizmor Le David” (Flyer in English attached)

There are other events in gardens across the city.

I do hope you can join in at a local garden.


Beyond Chicken is a new product in the USA. As I do not know the Kashrut for the item, I am not recommending it. However, the following is an adaption of a veggie burger

Veggie Burger


  • 4 Tbs. flax seed meal with 6 Tbs. warm water

  • 1 lb roasted tofu

  • 1/2 cup oatmeal, Old-Fashioned variety (not instant; gluten free option available)

  • 1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg

  • 1/2 tsp. paprika

  • 1 tsp. poultry seasoning

  • 1/2 Tbs. ground fennel seed

  • pinch black pepper

  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

  • 1 cup apple pieces, finely minced

  • neutral oil to fry, such as canola or grapeseed

  • salt, to taste

  • 8 English muffins,

  • vegan cheddar slices and red bell pepper slices, to serve


  1. Combine flax seed meal with warm water, mixing well. Set aside to gel, this will be your binder for the sausages.

  2. In a food processor or powerful blender, combine Tofu, oatmeal, nutmeg, paprika, poultry seasoning, fennel seed, black pepper, and maple syrup. Process until chunky and stuck in a ball.

  3. Place minced apple pieces and flax seed combination into a bowl and stir in Beyond Chicken mixture by hand hand.

  4. Form into eight thin patties and allow to rest for a few minutes, so the flax meal binds.

  5. Heat oil in a heavy-bottom pan over medium-high heat.

  6. Carefully place several sausage patties into warm oil. Fry 3 to 4 minutes per side, until browned.

  7. Salt while still warm, to taste.

Post 454: Life and then some-Good neighbors Project, Yiddish Classes, Yiboneh hosts Rabbi Breitowitz, Tuesday Evenings,Dr. Zornberg at Beit Avi Chai Tonight

Dear Readers,

If only I posted in a timely manner! My time has been spent moving plants off of my roof to an area behind the building. The volunteer manager was asked about permission, and she didn’t object. We’ll see if there are objections from other owners.

The Good Neighbors Project is a joint initiative of the Jewish and Palestinian

residents of Abu Tor under the auspices of the Greater Baka Community Council.

The project includes joint soccer teams for youth, the teaching of Hebrew and Arabic, a Women’s Forum, and plans for a local economic project  an organic garden and a planned cultural festival.

The leadership of the Minhal Kehilati is asking members of our community to join us in this crowdfunding effort to raise the funds necessary to support and expand the soccer teams to include 14-16 year olds.

Please click this link below to learn about the project, to make  contribution of whatever amount you feel is appropriate and consider becoming an Ambassador and passing the campaign on to your friends by pressing on the orange button.

If you have children between the ages of 9 and 16 who would be interested in joining this unique team, please contact the coach Taha Bazlamit at 052-2226534 or the volunteer chairman Shimon Dolan at 0548122421

For the English US$ campaign page:

    or the Hebrew Sheckels campaign page

Tue Oct 17, 2017 9:59 pm (PDT) . Posted by:

“Vera Szabo” veraszabo

Beth Shalom Aleichem, a major center for Yiddish studies in Tel Aviv
is now opening courses in Jerusalem as well!

Classes are held at the Leo Baeck Institute in Jerusalem (Bustanai 33),
and at Beth Shalom Aleichem in Tel Aviv (Berkovitsh 2),
starting October 22nd.

Full schedule (Tel Aviv & Jerusalem), more information and registration:

Jerusalem classes only:

Miriam Trinh <>
Vera Szabó <>

Vera Szabó
Ann Arbor – Jerusalem 2010

Yiboneh hosts Rabbi Breitowitz, Tuesday Evenings

​Suggested donation for class 20 nis
More info? contact

Classes can be dedicated in memory or honor of loved ones or special occasions. Please contact Rabbi Poston at

Attachment(s) from
1 of 1 Photo(s)

Tonight Dr Aviva Zornberg is speaking on the parsha


You watch it online.  I believe the address to watch it is


Thursday November will be the next monthly English shiur.  To celebrate 10 years of monthly shiurim we will have both Rabbi Mayer Lichtenstein  and Rabbi Chayim Soloveichik stay tune for further details.



Please find attached divrei torah from list members Rabbi Etengoff Rabbi Hoffman and Rabbi Ziegler and the weekly halacha of Rabbi Kaganoff.


Shabbat Shalom

Post 455: Trove of Yiddish Writings preserved in Lithuania on display at YIVO NYC, Healthy Coffee cake without sugar, Tour – Bird Migration & the Dead Sea Scrolls with Shalom, Trove of Yiddish Writings preserved in Lithuania on display at YIVO NYC, Pollack, Jonathan Gruber looking for Brooklyn Dodger Fans

Bird Migration & the Dead Sea Scrolls
Sunday, October 29,
Depart:  8:30 am from the Inbal hotel
Return:  5:30 pm
Cost:160 shekels
Travel through the Judean desert to the Jordan Valley where we will be met by  Dr. Shuki Cheled, renown birdwatcher who will accompany us to choice migration stations in the Jordan and Bet Shean valleys.
This is the height of the migration seasonWe will be invited by the Hesder yeshiva in Shedmot Mechola in the Jordan valley for lunch where we will learn about their unique contribution to Jewish life in this frontier area.We will visit Qumran and visit the impressive ruins of the Essenes, authors of the Dead Sea scrolls. We shall see the caves where the scrolls were discovered and see an impressive presentation.Please be prepared to donate 100 shekels to our hosts at the yeshiva who will be sharing lunch with us and subsidizing the tour.
No shows or cancellations later than seventy-two hours before departure will be charged in full.
To reserve:
052 2352 724

Coffee Cake with Winter Squash

This recipe will require some extra dishwashing and could use some
kitchen help with the prep work and clean up, but maybe after one try, you
might find it is worth the forethought starting prep the day or morning
The delight it brings to the eyes looking back at you is rewarding!…

1 1/2 c whole wheat flour
1 1/2 c. sweet brown rice flour
1/4 c. oil ( I use sunflower or walnut oil, Spectrum label).
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 c sesame seeds
1/2 c walnuts, roasted and chopped
1/4 c. raisins chopped, or currants
2 apples, diced fine
1 c. winter squash, diced fine
1-2 fertile eggs ( I used 2)
1 1/8 c. water
Dash of cinnamon, opt. (Depending on health condition).
Can substitute with cardamom.

Grind flours just before mixing, sift and cover. (If you have the luxury of
a mill). All the flours mentioned can be purchased.
Yolks and water beaten together.
Whites of eggs beaten stiff.
Oven heated to 375o.
9 inch round cake pan, oiled and floured lightly.

With your hand, mix oil and salt with flour. Add sesame seeds, chopped
walnuts and raisins/currants.
Mix egg yolks with water and add.
Mix all ingredients together well with your hands. Add beaten
whites…don’t over mix.
Spoon into floured cake pan and smooth top with a wet spatula.
Press in a few whole walnuts into the dough in a desire, or sprinkle a
little chestnut flour on top.
Bake 45-60 mins. until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out
If you find the cake too sweet, use one apple and 1 1/4c. of water.

Source: From Freedom Through Cooking, Teeguarden.

The Ohsawa bread recipe in Macrobiotic Cuisine, Ohsawa, uses the millet
flour and no egg. It is more crumbly and sweet and has suggestions to
add apple or squash.

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Post 453: Two days trip to the upper Galilee and Golan, mostly visiting Biblical, second Temple, medieval and modern sites open to tourists

 Tour with Ezra Rosenfeld:

We will spend two days in the upper Galilee and Golan, mostly visiting Biblical, second Temple, medieval and modern sites which we haven’t yet visited. Dates are Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct 24th and 25th leaving from Jerusalem.
We will stay at the beautiful Amirei HaGalil Hotel – a magnificent, boutique spa-hotel with a chef-restaurant (see their website at which will add a degree of comfort to our overnight stay.
The cost is 1,075 shekels per person (double occupancy) which includes transportation, guide, lodging, entrance fees, dinner on the first night, breakfast and a box lunch on the second day.

**Early bird price of 975 shekels for reservations made and paid for by end of this week. Check with Ezra if early bird still applies.

****Please note that the price will drop by 100 shekels per person if more than 25 people attend.

Be in touch with Ezra about joining this tiyul ezrarosenfeld

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Post 448: Egged bus from Ben Gurion Airport to Jerusalem, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks influences prestigious private school Headmaster, John Allman

It is very interesting fact that information in print is often incorrect and at the least incomplete.

Hope that the following is helpful” Yellow bus to and from Ben Gurion Airport from Jerusalem

For the country:

I met a gentleman who has traveled to every medium to large city in Israel. Seniors pay half fare. Perhaps, he’ll give me an interview.

The above is a link to an August 30, 2017th letter send to parents of the prestigious Trinity School on 91st Street, by Headmaster John Allman. It is a remarkable statement of lay Christian leadership drawing inspiration from an Orthodox Rabbi, Jonathan Sacks, for guidance in turning the culture of his school around, one that is often in the press as many high profile families send their children to Trinity, the Kennedy’s for one.

The headmaster, John Allman’s goal is for all to work “Building a Home Together” based on shared values. 

He only touches briefly on the pervasive consumer  of a private school. He states, “Ought we to educate our students so that they leave us with a commitment not just to advance their own educational interests, but also serve the common good and to give generously to others for the rest of their lives?”

Here’s where he embraces Rabbi Sacks. “Let me offer an idea that seems promising to advance this work, from Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi of the United Congregations of Britain and the Commonwealth.

“In his book The Home We Build Together, Sacks argues that we need to reimagine how we envision our understanding of the place of the individual in relation to the community in which we are embedded, to be able to address the challenge of building social cohesion while honoring the dignity of individual differences. He suggests that we abandon the notion of social contract to guide our understanding of community and instead use the notion of covenant to imagine how we imagine our role within our community:

  • In a contract, what matters is that both gain. In a covenant, what matters is that both give. Contracts are agreements for mutual advantage. They are undertaken by individuals or groups on the basis of self-interest. They have specific purposes and can be terminated by mutual consent. By contrast, covenants are moral commitments, and they are open-ended. They are sustained not by letter of law or by self-interest, but by loyalty, fidelity, faithfulness.

Contract is about entitlement; covenant is about fulfillment.

The contractual view of school is that families pay fees in exchange for the educational skills and credentials their children seek; the covenantal view of school is that families enter into a partnership with the school to build a learning community in which their children will develop their potential to serve others.

Rabbi Sacks further argues that community is created and sustained when we are joined, in covenant, to build a home together:

  • What matters is that we build something none of us could make alone. And this bringing of distinctive gifts from different individuals to build something larger and better than we could build alone, this commitment to a shared destiny and an acceptance of responsibility to and for one another – the beautiful consequence of this collaboration for a common good is that it brings with it a sense of belonging, a sense of purpose, and a sense of worthy identity.

 Bravo Rabbi Sacks and Headmaster John Allman