Post 299: Pesach Yom Iyun at Nishmat-GLUTEN Free Pizza crust Made with almond and potato flour, this Gluten Free Pizza Crust is one of my favorites. It’s a nice thin crust that isn’t overly “rice-y” like many gluten free mixes. Author: Isabel @

On Sunday April 10, I hustled out of the house and ran to Rechove King George. None of the buses that I needed to bring me to Nishmat were due to arrive within a span of 10 minutes.

So, I did what a crazy impatient x-New Yorker would do. I trotted over to Rachove Aza which is like the pumping station-“all roads lead thru Azza. I had the benefit  of a 10 minute walk and caught the same bus that would have passed my corner. That’s the chance that you take when trying an alternate route. Three exciting seminars were given last Sunday at our Pesach Yom Iyun, in memory of Molly Sherman, z”l.

That’s me in the front row in the white beet

Laurie Novick
Women at the Seder

נשים במצוות ליל הסדר

1. שולחן ערוך אורח חיים הלכות פסח סימן תעב סעיף יד גם הנשים חייבות בארבע כוסות ובכל מצות

Just as men are obligated to the 4 cups of wine so too are women (Shulchan Oruch)

הנוהגות באותו לילה.

Laurie Novick spoke about  Women at the Seder including 32 points. She only covered in depth a select few, starting with the 4 cups of wine.
Honestly, I drank “Rov” which is slightly more that  half a cup times 4, which is acceptable.

Laurie remarked that women are not generally bound by time related mitzvot, ie being required to join a minyan, to offer prayers three times a day.

However, when the mitzvah is extended to the whole Edah (community) then we see that this includes all the women. The whole community which means including women are obligated to hear Megillah, participate in Chanukah.

I like to think that Pesach is  our particular mitzvah. And it  has so many time bound requirements. It is in a transcendent realm.I don’t know if you can say that the story is full of drama, but the telling is definitely “theatrical” about leaving Miztrayim. And who can tell a story better than a woman who has been granted 9/10ths of the power of speech. (The Talmud Kiddushin 49b states that 10 measures of speech were given to the world. Nine of them were allocated to women.)

It was on the merit of the Jewish women, who underwent indescribable trials to deliver children in the fields, that we were redeemed from Mitzrayim.

The sacrifice of the korbon relate also to the bravery of the women who proclaimed their adherence to Hashem’s dictates by keeping the designated animal in their yards in the first place.

Women are obligated to hear and tell the story of Passover. ( No definite amount of time) and recite Hallel.

The second lecturer was Dr. Karen Kirshenbaum who spoke very livingly about Erev Pesach at the end of the 2nd Temple period. She actually has completed her doctorate on furniture of this period!

One of the earlier slides depicts, by a contemporary Russian artist that she did not mention, the gathering of  families to Jerusalem from close by areas celebrating the month of NissanIMG_20160410_115946#1 Dafna Siegman- a slide depicting a Kohane showing the breads to the people. When he removed the breads it was time to burn chometz. (see below)IMG_20160410_122322It is up to  us to imagine the Temple and the centrality it was for the Jewish people.

We see in the depiction the 30 meter long curtain which is described as so heavy that it took 30 men to hang it, and then the text calls this number an exaggeration. The gold leaves at the top were made from gold donations.IMG_20160410_122957IMG_20160410_125554The family above, is standing in front of pigeon nests from the Second Temple Period. Cots that held as many at 1,000 doves have been  recorded. These dovecots supplied the korbanot that women brought to the temple in Jerusalem.

During the break I wandered to one of Nishmat’s courtyards where I discovered a series of delicately painted tiles. I could decifer that the composition was made from 6 square tiles to create the larger rectangle. That surface received a layer of clay upon which the images were painted and then fired.

I have made some ceramic pieces and have stored in my machson several boxes of tiles. Upon inspection of the technique used by the craft person, I noticed a bi level technique. Each rectangular section is made up of 6 small squares over layered WITH A WASH OF CLAY, then glazed and fired.

This depiction painted in a traditional Renaissance perspective, contains groups of 30 sacrifices and the cup with the rounded bottom that was passed from hand to hand.

IMG_20160410_125828Haggada tells the Passover story. The painting illustrates families gathered together and eating of the pascal lamb. The round bottom cup, that is passed from hand to hand collects blood. The rounded bottom prevents the lamb’s blood from congealing.


Made with almond and potato flour, this Gluten Free Pizza Crust is one of my favorites. It’s a nice thin crust that isn’t overly “rice-y” like many gluten free mixes.

Author: Isabel @

Recipe type: Dinner

Cuisine: Gluten-Free

Serves: 14-16 inch pizza crust


This recipe is made with almond and potato flour which you can find in most grocery stores. Potato flour is relatively inexpensive but almond flour is not. However it is prevalent during Passover.


  • 1 cup almond flour
  • ¼ cup potato flour
  • 1 egg
  • ⅓ cup warm water
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the almond flour, potato flour, baking powder and sea salt.
  3. Add in egg, warm water and olive oil.
  4. Thoroughly mix with fork or your hands until all the ingredients are fully combined and make a nice ball of dough.
  5. Place dough in between two sheets of parchment paper and roll into a large circle using a rolling pin.
  6. Remove the top piece of parchment paper and place the rolled dough onto a 14 to 16 inch round pizza pan.
  7. Bake the dough for 15 minutes.
  8. Top with desired pizza toppings.
  9. Bake for another 18 to 20 minutes.
  10. Eat up!


If the edges of the crust are a little too thin when you’re finished rolling out the dough, fold them in to make sure they don’t burn when baking.



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