Post 175; Celebrating Rosh Chodesh Elul and TOFU PUMPKIN FALAFEL

Sunday at Maureen Kushner’s Celebration of Women’s Hallel.

I received the following invitation:


Rosh Chodesh  Miracle Elul Hallel for Women
Hallel will be led by the amazing
Rachel Rubin 
accompanied by wonderful Gila on violin

Special added treat ‘Jewish Melodies around the World’…after Hallel and’seudah’…performed by 7  grandmothers and great-grandmothers on xylophone, keyboard, flute, guitar, cello, etc playing Yiddish, Ladino, Hebrew and Arabic and Ashkenazi songs

‘LeChaim’ for our new ‘Kallah’ Chana Yaffee

Sunday. August 16  10:30 am sharp

A section of the beautiful treats prepared by Maureen . Our group of women and children in Mareen Kushner’s studio apartment on MasKaret Moshe  awaiting  recitation of Hallel.


Tuning up
4 Mazkaret Moshe(corner Carmel)
blue door…off Agrippas, across from Marzipan Bakery
 For more info…0524754492
Bring ‘Tehillim’ and musical instruments

The group started to gather at 10:00 A.M. on one of the hottest days of the summer. Every cat and creepy thing had found a comfortable shady place.

“Please, O Lord, save us; Please, O Lord, make us successful”(Tehillim, 118:25), in a special way, saying the first part twice, and then the second part twice


 Chana  Yaffee Rounding out the sound. What a radiant bride!She sang:

“Kol ha’olam kulo

Gesher tzar me’od….

Veha’ikar, veha’ikar

lo lefahed klal.”


“The whole world

is a very narrow bridge

And the main thing to recall –

is not to be afraid.

The minhag practise in Yerushalayim is for women to refrain from doing laundry, sewing and knitting on Rosh Chodesh.One of the reasons cited for this is that as a reward for the women in the Midbar not acquiescing to remove their jewelry to be used in the formation of the Egel HaZahav (the golden calf), they were given each Rosh Chodesh as an exclusive Yom Tov for them. (Tur quoted in Mishna Berura Siman 417:3). Although it’s not obligatory, it is praiseworthy, and a Mitzvah to increase the quantity and quality of the food and drink at one’s meal on Rosh Chodesh. (Shulchan Aruch Siman 419:1 and Mishna Berura S”K 1)Scrupulous people have the custom to add an additional food item to their meal on Rosh Chodesh, which isn’t there on a regular day, to ensure that it is noticeable that this day’s meal is special. (Mishna Berura Siman 419:2 and Aruch HaShulchan Siman 419:2) from:


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These gluten free and vegan falafel are incredibly simple to make and taste truly delicious on salads, in pita breads/wraps, or just on their own alongside your favourite Middle Eastern style foods. I HAVE been making them for years, and they’re such a quick and easy addition to a wrap for lunch if you keep the leftovers in the fridge! My husband loves this spicy dish.Enough for 10 appetizers or 6 main dishes

You will need:

  • Large brick of Tofu 1.5 lbs. sliced and marinated the night before in roasted garlic and ginger.
  • 1 onion
  • 1 carrot
  • 3 stalks celery
  • half bulb kohlrabi
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 inch piece  ginger shredded
  • 1/2 cup parsley leaves
  • 1/4 cup coriander leaves
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp ground coriander
  • 1 tab gram masala
  • 1 tbsp turmeric
  • 2  Tab Green Chili paste
  • 1 lb grilled pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup powdered flax meal
  • 1/4 cup  chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 cup roasted seeds
  • 1/4 cup pignoli nuts
  • vegetable broth
  • Pita
  • Tahina
  • Chopped tomato/ celery
1. Simply, broil the tofu slices and pumpkin. May brush with oil or use small amount of vegetable broth. I have these prepared for Shabat and make the falafel using them.
2.Run all of the solid salad  ingredients  (onions,celery, kohlrabi and carrots thru your food processor using the shredder blade. Start all of these  ingredients to simmer in the oil until soft.
3.Season the vegetables as you are cooking. You may add more  spices since the taste will be diluted by the other ingredients making sure to not to over cook,
4. Simultaneously, process the tofu and pumpkin thru the shredder. This process controls the texture so that you don’t make humus instead! Continue processing the herbs, roasted seeds and pignoli nuts with the same blade using slight pressure.
5. Empty contents of food processor bowl  into a mixing bowl. Add the spiced vegetables. Blend in the flax meal and chia seeds. The seeds and tofu eliminate need for eggs.mix well.
You may use an immersion blender to give the batch a once over to eliminate large pieces which will not work well with the falafel tool



As you can see, the carrots, etc are discernible.
I bought this tool in one of the first Middle Easter shops in Brooklyn in the Syrian Jewish neighborhood  on Kings Highway. I was determined to make falafel and the store owner recommended this tool.

6. Use the falafel flat former to make two sheets of two-inch cookie size servings on pre-oiled baking paper. Brush with oil.

7. Bake for 15 minutes at 250C (highest setting) or until lightly brown. I like to turn the patties. Store in the fridge for up to 1 week, or freeze in batches.

The nuts and shredded veggies add a nice texture, The patties are like simosas


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