Post 114: Enjoying two Mitzvot at the same time; a morning at Oz V’Gaon admiring the dedication of Women in Green and the restoration of part of the park by friends of the Bar Mitzvah boy from Elazar, and Easy lentil Soup with Juicing Tips, A Perfect drink to take in a thermos on a short trip to Oz V’ Gaon.

I arrived with a group of Women in Green supporters on Friday, May 15th, at 9:00 AM,
to Oz veGaon. Many of the speakers share a common love for Jerusalem.Jerusalem is the essence of their life. They lives here, teach here,
renew a Jewish presence here. The rest of the time they collect
fragments of Jerusalem memories. Something like what I do in my blog.However, today a Bar MItzvah was in progress and the shouting often over-rode the words of our speaker. The boy was from Elazar.

Elazar (Hebrew: אֶלְעָזָר) is an Israeli settlement in the Judean Hills region of the West Bank, 18 kilometers south of Jerusalem in the Gush Etzion cluster of settlements. A communal settlement, it has around a settlement population of 1,700  composed of 450 families. It is administered by the Gush Etzion Regional Council. The international community considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank illegal under international law, although the Israeli government disputes this.  However, the international community can’t prevent a bar mitzvah boy  from having a blast.

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On a clear Friday morning at 9:AM the party was in full swing. The caterers must have been working in the dark!

 

This past week at Oz V’Gaon I took notice of this event. It struck me as special by the size of the crowd (300) and the attention to detail. In the spring I had attended one of the first Bar Mitzvahs  held in the park. The tables had been set up along a long unshaded stretch. The pebbles and gravel underfoot made walking around to greet friends a task and a half.

Fast Forward to May 15th, a bright spring morning:
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The earth has been tamped down. There is shade and space to walk around.
The May 15th bar mitzvah was set up on a huge flat area near the entrance. The area  with a platform didn’t exist last week. Well, let’s say the layout used the protruding rocks for a platform.
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I learned that the bar mitzvah boy’s friends from Elezar had leveled the area. Last week there was only rubble. Extraordinary: They are holding court in the front row. They spent days and days smoothing out the area. Otherwise there would have mot been a place to sit.
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The seating arrangements: looks like the classmates helped with these too.
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The photo gallery displays the boy’s efforts at clearing the area. The Director of Oz V’ Gaon, Ruth Matar, offers the facility for simchot. The Baal Simcha gives a donation to the park which can be funds for a special item or supplies.
Anyway, I want to get my facts straight.
The caterers were Caramel. They wore green golf shirts, I presume also from Elezar.
I’ve got lot’s of tactical questions to ask Elyasaf Sussman of Caramel Caterers.
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Look at all the paraphernalia that was brought: table to floor tablecloths, paraffin heated food trays, matching checkerboard sets for all the the tables.
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The park did not supply the lounge furniture, which was brought with the mats  by the caterers.  Looks like a private party in a reserve. And you know what that would cost in the states!

 

 Elyasaf Sussman () Fax: shlomzion 305 elazar, gush etzion 99999.
That’s a very interesting zip code. If you write it .99999 you are as perfectly close to 1 as you can get.

072-325-1379 Caramel Caterers

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Easy lentil Soup ( Chow.com)

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium celery stalk, small dice
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and small dice
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, small dice
  • 3 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 quart low-sodium vegetable broth-I have at home on hand,
  • 1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes with their juices
  • 1 1/4 cups lentils (any color except red), rinsed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar or sherry vinegar, (I use balsamic vinegar)
  • 2 ounces spinach leaves (about 1/2 a bunch) I use frozen
  • Total Time: 1 hr
  • Makes: 6 servings
  • Lentil soup recipes can range from super hearty to watery and tasteless.
  •  Instructions Easy lentil Soup

  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat until shimmering, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add the celery, carrot, and onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables have softened, about 10 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Season with several pinches of salt and pepper.
  3. Add the broth, tomatoes with their juices, lentils, bay leaf, and thyme and stir to Combine. Cover and bring to a simmer, about 15 minutes. Once simmering, reduce the heat to low and continue simmering, covered, until the lentils and vegetables are soft, about 15 minutes more.
  4. Taste and then stir in the vinegar. Add the spinach and stir until wilted. If you prefer a creamier texture, purée half of the soup in a blender and add it back. Juicing Tips

    Juicing Tips: A Perfect drink to take in a thermos on a short trip to Oz V’ Gaon.

  5. Fruits & Vegetables How To Prepare
    Apples Core your apples and remove the seeds before pushing through your juicer.
    Apricots Rinse and slice in half to remove the pit.
    Asparagus Rinse the stalks carefully and push through juicer, putting the bottom of the stalk through first.
    Avocado You can blend your juices in a blender with an avocado to thicken it up, but never put an avocado in a juicer.
    Bananas Similar to the avocado, never juice bananas! But feel free to blend your juices in a blender with a banana to thicken it up.
    Beets (Beetroot) Peel your beets before juicing them! This will avoid the “earthy” taste that many people complain about after juicing an unpeeled beet. Depending on the size of your beets, slice to fit your juicer shoot. Juice your beet greens, too!
    Bell peppers Rinse and remove the stem, but you can save time and forget removing the seeds – it’s fine to juice them. Cut to size and juice.
    Blackberries Rinse in a strainer. They don’t keep well after being rinsed, so best to wash them the day you plan to juice them.
    Blueberries Rinse in a strainer.
    Broccoli After rinsing, juice it all. From the stalk to the head, you can receive many nutritional benefits from juicing broccoli.
    Butter lettuce Rinse leaves individually, checking for dirt and sand. No need to remove the stems. Roll the leaves up and run through your juicer. Leafy greens move best through your juicer when followed by a harder fruit or vegetable, like apples, celery, or cucumbers.
    Cabbage Green and red cabbage are great for juicing. Be sure to select a cabbage head that is firm with crisp leaves. Cut the cabbage in quarters, or smaller if needed, so it easily fits into the juicer shoot. If you don’t like the taste of beets, you can substitute red cabbage in any juice recipe that calls for beets.
    Cactus pears Peel and cut to size if needed.
    Cantaloupe (Rockmelon) Remove the rind, flesh and seeds before juicing this orange melon.
    Carrots Rinse thoroughly before passing through the juicer and that’s it! You can juice your carrots with the greens and skins still on.
    Celeriac (Celery root) Wash carefully, as grit can get stuck in the nooks and crannies of this hearty root vegetable. As with beets, if you don’t prefer an earthy taste, peel the celeriac first. Cut to fit your juicer.
    Celery Rinse thoroughly and add entire celery stalk through the juicer (even the leafy tops).
    Chard (Silverbeet) Rinse leaves individually, checking for dirt and sand. No need to remove the stems. Roll the leaves up and run through your juicer. Leafy greens move best through your juicer when followed by a harder fruit or vegetable, like apples, celery, or cucumbers.
    Cherries Rinse and use a small paring knife to remove the small pits before juicing. Add a handful to your juicer at one time.
    Chayotes Wash and chop to fit your juicer, then juice!
    Collard greens These are a great leafy green, and can be used if kale (Tuscan cabbage) isn’t available. Wash the large leaves and roll up before juicing.
    Cranberries Rinse and run through juicer. Make sure you juice them with something sweet because these are really tart…not like the commercial cranberry juice you buy in the store!
    Cucumbers Cut the cucumber in half and use it to help push leafy greens through your juicer. No need to peel.
    Dandelion Juice as you would any other leafy green – wash leaves and roll up. Push through with firmer produce. These have some bite to them, so use sparingly, or round off with a sweet and juicy fruit, like pineapple.
    Eggplant I’ve never juiced eggplant and I don’t think I ever will! I think eggplant is best for eating.
    Fennel bulbs Rinse and cut them to fit through your juicer and you’ll notice a slight flavor that might remind you of black licorice.
    Grapefruit Peel and try to keep as much of the white pith on as possible since the pith contains nutrients that help your body absorb the vitamin C and other amazing antioxidants found in citrus fruits. Cut to fit your juicer and juice. You can keep the seeds in as they contain excellent nutrients too.
    Limes Peel, and try to keep as much as the white pith on as possible (you can use a peeler for that), since the pith contains nutrients that help your body absorb the vitamin C and amazing antioxidants found in citrus fruits. Cut to fit your juicer, and remove the seeds. If you have a centrifugal juicer, you can keep the seeds in. They contain excellent nutrients too.
    Mangos Peel and cut spears of mango from the core. Makes a great tropical juice when mixed with pineapple! Also lends a great creamy texture to your juice.
    Melons Cut into wedges and remove outer skin with a knife or peeler. You can juice these with seeds.
    Mustard greens Juice these like you would any leafy green but definitely choose a small amount of mustard greens. This potent green will give a very strong taste and adds lots of spice. It will literally warm your insides.
    Onions Go easy on these, as they can give your juices a super strong flavor. Some people prefer not to juice these at all. Peel papery skin and slice to fit your juicer, if needed. Onions are another one to start with a small amount, taste your juice, and add more if you like it. If eating raw onions bothers your stomach, you probably want to skip juicing them.
    Oranges Oranges:Peel and try to keep as much of the white pith on as possible since tin C and other amazing antioxidants found in citrus fruits. Cut to fit your juicer and juice. You can keep the seeds in as they contain excellent nutrients too.

    Papayas Cut in half and peel the skin. You can leave the seeds in to juice them.
    Parsnips These are super easy, like carrots, especially if you have smaller or skinny ones. Just rinse and run through your juicer! If they’re larger, you may need to slice in half lengthwise. Use these to run leafy greens through your juicer.
    Peaches Cut in half to remove the pit and juice.
    Pears These can be juiced whole. Just wash and slice to fit your juicer, if needed.
    Pineapples The heavier a pineapple is, the riper it is. Grab hold of the top and twist off. Slice into quarters, cut out the woody core, peel the skin, and juice.
    Plums Wash and slice in half to remove the pit. These give your juice a gorgeous color with an antioxidant punch.
    Pomegranate Here’s a trick for this tricky fruit: Fill a bowl up with water. Slice pomegranate in half without pulling the halves apart, and then submerge in the bowl of water to break it apart. This keeps the juice from squirting everywhere. Then, keeping it in the water, break the pomegranate into chunks and tease the seeds out. The white parts will float and the seeds will sink. Remove all the skin and the white parts from the top of the water and use a slotted spoon to remove the seeds. Then juice the seeds!
    Radishes Just rinse and run through your juicer. Leave the root and stem on, but remove the leaves if they have any. Watch out! These can spice up your juice in a flash, so add small amounts at a time. If you’re feeling cold, adding these to your juice will warm you right up.
    Raspberries Just rinse and juice. Add a little bit of lemon to a juice made with raspberries, or combine them with fresh peaches for a peach melba juice.
    Romaine lettuce (Cos) Rinse leaves individually, checking for dirt and sand. Roll the leaves up and run through your juicer. Leafy greens move best through your juicer when followed by a harder fruit or vegetable, like apples, celery or cucumbers.
    Scallions Just rinse and juice! No need to remove the roots or dark green parts because you can juice it all. These have a strong flavor, like onions, so start small.
    Spinach Wash well because some bunches can have a lot of grit on them. Roll into a ball and run through your juicer using firm produce, like apples or carrots to help push the leaves through.
    Squashes This goes for all squashes, including pumpkin and summer squashes: scrub and remove stem. If the skin is really tough and thick, you might want to peel it. Otherwise, slice and keep the seeds in (you get those extra cancer-fighting chemicals by keeping in the seeds), and juice.
    Strawberries Delicious and sweet, they have a powerful flavor when you juice them – so just mix them with other berries, or maybe one or two other fruits. Just rinse and pop right in the juicer.
    Sugar snap peas Rinse and run through juicer. These don’t have very high water content, so they’re not going to yield a lot of juice. Juice along with carrots to drink your peas and carrots!
    Sweet potatoes Scrub and cut into chunks. Sweet potatoes make a delicious dessert juice.
    Tangerines Peel and try to keep as much of the white pith on as possible since the pith contains nutrients that help your body absorb the vitamin C and other amazing antioxidants found in citrus fruits. Cut to fit your juicer and juice. You can keep the seeds in as they contain excellent nutrients too.
    Tomatoes Wash and remove stem and any leaves. If they’re large, you may need to slice to fit your juicer. No need to take out the seeds. Fresh tomato juice is worlds away from that canned stuff!
    Turnips Scrub and chop in chunks to fit your juicer. Turnips in a juice make a great drink for cooler weather when those tropical fruits aren’t in season!
    Watermelon Makes an amazingly refreshing juice, especially in hot weather. Cut into wedges and remove the skin and rind. You can keep the seeds in.
    Wheatgrass Some juicers are better at doing wheatgrass then others. If you’re just doing a small amount, any kind of juicer should be able to handle it. Rinse the wheatgrass, twist or roll into a ball, and push through with something juicy and firm, like apples. Gives a nice and strong green flavor to your juice, and provides lots of great green chlorophyll energy.
    Zucchinis Scrub and cut off stem, but leave the other end on. These are great for pushing through greens.

     

    Herbs & Spices

    Herbs & Spices How to Prepare
    Basil Carefully wash the leaves, removing any grit. If your basil seems very gritty, submerge in a bowl of cold water and swish around. Remove and rinse. To juice, tear the leaves off the stems and roll up. Push through with firmer produce.
    Chinese 5-spice powder Don’t put this through your juicer!! Just sprinkle into your juice.
    Cilantro (Coriander) Wash thoroughly. You can juice the stems and the leaves.
    Cinnamon Don’t juice this either! Sprinkle ground cinnamon on juices with apple, pear and sweet potato.
    Dill Rinse and pull the delicate fronds off the stem to juice.
    Garlic The flavor is strong, and so are the benefits. Use fresh garlic and peel before running through juicer. Start with a small amount and taste your juice before adding more. Better to start small and add more than the other way around!
    Ginger Peel your piece of ginger by cutting the size that you need for the juice and then take a spoon to peel the skin back. You can also use a knife to cut it but a spoon does the trick. Ginger doesn’t produce much juice but it does add a rich flavor so be careful not to go overboard.
    Jalapeno (Chili pepper) Wash and juice. As you probably know, these are pretty spicy, so use with care!
    Mint Wash thoroughly and remove leaves from stem before juicing. Goes great with pineapple, grapes, watermelon or strawberries.
    Tarragon Gives a nice herbal flavor to vegetable juices. Wash and tear leaves off their woody stems before juicing.
    Parsley Carefully wash the leaves, removing any grit. If it seems very gritty, submerge in a bowl of cold water and swish around. Remove and rinse. To juice, tear the leaves off the stems and roll up. Push through with firmer produce.
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