Monthly Archives: August 2016

Post 347: A lovely thank you letter that I received – Keep your body hydrated before bed-time

This post is about excess, excess that is for the good.–

Every day or so the New York Times includes an article about how to live longer. In the exercise area, one is advised to walk and avoid impact on joints. You could harm yourself.

I don’t like to be cajoled about limits. Threats are thrown around. Do these cautions sound familiar: “you can have long term damage.  High-impact exercise winds up doing as much harm as good. “You can’t be pounding your joints with marathons and pumping iron. You’ll never see me doing CrossFit.” Instead stick to activities like biking, yoga and, yes, walking. (New York Times)

There are places where many people live to be 100 years old. The places are called “Blue Zones”. It turns out that walking is a popular mode of transport in the Blue Zones, too — particularly on the sun-splattered slopes of Sardinia, Italy, where many of those who make it to 100 are shepherds who devote the bulk of each day to wandering the hills and treating themselves to sips of red wine.

Dan Buettner: How to live to be 100+

Are you or any of your friends   sheep herders? Instead of shlepping around sheep why not try weight training? Here’s my home-made 4 lb. weight made from a bike inner-tube filled with sand. Included in my workout routine are excess stretches, contorting my wrists behind my back. Then when a fall brings me down, my wrists will be flexible and I will not (B’H) fracture one. More on this on future post.


This is a rubber bike inner hose that is filled with sand and sealed to become a 4 lb. weighted tube. Then it is flexible enough to use in performing stretch routines.

This email (letter) was forwarded to me:

I believe that the first thank you letter was written in English and the second one perhaps was translated into Hebrew and then back to English. I feel that the thanks are excessive, for all I did was post Esther’s request her medication to a few servers and look how a small mitzvah blossomed. Then again, there is no such thing as a small mitzvah.


With HaShem’s help and your thoughtful kindness , my letter requesting Ibrance pills found its way to every corner of the world. I was humbled by your overwhelming love and concern.
Medicine and good wishes poured in, and a powerful lobby materialized to petition the drug company on my behalf. The result is that I am now on Pfizer’s compassionate use program. Extra pills will be used here by other cancer patients in need of Ibrance.

The appeal also reached the ears of many members of the Israeli government and we pray that the increased awareness of this drug’s importance will hasten its acceptance onto the list of drugs provided free to cancer patients in Israel.

On a personal level you have given me life and hope. There can be no the greater gift.

Please pass this message on to everyone you know who reached out their hand to help.

May you and your families always enjoy good health.

With heartfelt thanks,

Esther Caplin.

Praise and thanksgiving to God and thanks to the kindness and caring of all of my application I needed the drug reached all corners of the world . Your love and your concerns shocked and moved me .

Love also cure and many wishes for health and flooded us . Immense pressure and intelligent pharmaceutical company operated on me, thanks to you by a group linked to receiving the letter . As a result I am now getting the drug from Pfizer as part of the compassion they run .

Excess of drug pills Ibrance Women received will be used more in need of medication .

Application and our efforts came to the ears of the relevant people in government and we pray that the new ads that will lead to an understanding of the importance of this drug is included in the basket will be provided free soon and cancer patients in need of medication .

On a personal note – You gave me hope and life . There is no greater gift and I thank you for the depths of my heart .

Please passed on to all those who extended a helping hand .

You and your family will always know just health .

Thank you

Esther Caplin

Never underestimate the importance of water in the diet.

On Water  and Aspirin from the Mayo Clinic.

MAYO CLINIC – 1-DRINKING WATER-For the average person 8 glasses/per day is the minimum. If  one is unable to drink that much because of illness, then it can be reduced and taken between meals.

How many folks do you know who say they don’t want to drink anything before going to bed because they’ll have to get up during the night.

 Why do people need to urinate so much at night time?

Gravity holds water in the lower part of your body when you are upright (legs swell). When you lie down and the lower body (legs and etc) seeks level with the kidneys, it is then that the kidneys remove the water because it is easier. I knew you need your minimum water to help flush the toxins out of your body.

Drinking water at a certain time maximizes its effectiveness on the body: 2 glasses of water after waking up – helps activate internal organs.

1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal – helps digestion.

1 glass of water before taking a bath – helps lower blood pressure.

1 glass of water before going to bed – avoids stroke or heart attack.

I can also add to this… that water at bed time will also help prevent night time leg cramps. Your leg muscles are seeking hydration when they cramp and wake you up with a Charlie horse.

2. Aspirin lasts a really long time in your medicine chest; for years. (when it gets old, it smells like vinegar).

Something that we can do to help ourselves – nice to know.  Bayer is making crystal aspirin to dissolve instantly on the tongue. They work much faster than the tablets swallow them with a bit of water.


Post 346: A tactic to use when your word-press post in draft refuses to obey, follow orders and publish, a seuto-Hebrew for Campers, Golden Venture Folding (3D Origami) How do gymnasts get the girl  up standing up on their shoulder? Bust out this classic upper body chest, bicep and ab HIIT (high intensity interval trsinimh) workout. Kantin Recipe

I don’t know how many of my readers rely on Wordpress, for composing and publishing.

They are the greatest. They are my private administrator. Periodically, old Wordy goes out to lunch and then doesn’t come back for a few days, just passes on posting. Editing  and saving drafts, yes. No big deal. Don’t things get back to normal when one is patient?

The post that I tried to post wouldn’t get published, the same story every day.

I went reading word-press tutorials. which were not instructive.

They didn’t offer instruction to solve the “no publish” problem per se. The users got all kinds of ideas in their heads,  vented their frustration, described tinkling with “appearances”, and “themes”. I didn’t even know about “themes”.

The little rotating symbol looked stuck. Then I got another idea. Just jump to my next post which is in the hatch.  Wordy needed a kick start. As a result my posts are a little out of sequence. Big deal. Bingo! Published like there was no AWOL. And now the troublesome post got published too.

To move along, there’s a thread running thru this post and looking back, I can catch it. Simply put, going from point A to point B and some of the steps in between to construct or design. When does a settlement become a city? Maybe the opposite question can help us.

גרגרי חול

Grains of sand: When does it a heap of sand stop being a heap?  (from Wikepedia)

Start with a grain of sand, which is clearly not a heap, and then assume that adding a single grain of sand to something that is not a heap does not turn it into a heap. Inductively, this process can be repeated as much as one wants without ever constructing a heap.

A more natural formulation of this variant is to assume a set of colored chips exists such that two adjacent chips vary in color too little for human eyesight to be able to distinguish between them. Then by induction on this premise, humans would not be able to distinguish between any colors. 

The removal of one drop from the ocean, will not make it ‘not an ocean’ (it is still an ocean), but since the volume of water in the ocean is finite, eventually, after enough removals, even a litre of water left is still an ocean.

Getting back to the small “unnoticeable” incremental changes  in Israel’s landscape. To say  that Israel is not the country it was a few years ago, is on the surface ( to use a pun ) observable.

It seems crazy, increase in population for the secular and religious sectors. There is not a block where construction is not taking place. And it’s just not enough to fill the demand. Israeli Jews , secular and religious, and Israeli Arabs have the highest birthrate of any advance country, double that of Europe. 3.2 plus and the three groups are comparable.

While Israel’s ultra-Orthodox minority contributes disproportionately to Jewish population growth, most of the increase in Jewish births comes from the secular and non-Orthodox religious categories, which average 2.6 children per woman. Faitelson notes that the ultra-Orthodox fertility rate fell over the past decade, while the fertility of the general Jewish population rose. Areas south of Beer Shevah will be accessible in a short time with the new high speed train. Dry climates are good for the elderly. and people with allergies and asthma. Go South young man.

Continue reading Post 346: A tactic to use when your word-press post in draft refuses to obey, follow orders and publish, a seuto-Hebrew for Campers, Golden Venture Folding (3D Origami) How do gymnasts get the girl  up standing up on their shoulder? Bust out this classic upper body chest, bicep and ab HIIT (high intensity interval trsinimh) workout. Kantin Recipe

Post 345: Cultural Events at the National Library in September – Open Houses September 22-23 How Broadway Artisan turns out rag costumes

The last time that I visited the Givat Ram Campus of Hebrew University was to buy a part 2 Arabic Textbook from Academon Press. Before that I took a tour of the exotic gardens and before that treated our grand-kids to a docent lead guide through some of the research areas. Three visits in ten years. That was the old grounds of the Givat Ram campus and the Old National Library, first opened in 1960.

Cultural Events are on the agenda at the  New National Library: You may not have visited the new Israel National Library on the Givat Ram Campus of Hebrew University. Now there are special events to entice you there.

Gallery discussion with songwriter and researcher Dr. Dan Almagor and Hanoch Marmari, Head of Education and Culture at the National Library of Israel

Guided tour of the current exhibition followed by conversation about Hebrew song in Israel in 1960.

Sunday, 8 Elul / 11 September, 17:00

Participation is free. Details on the website National Library.

Gallery discussion with architect Michael Jacobson and exhibition curator Dr. Gil Weissblei

Guided tour of the current exhibition followed by conversation about the National Library of Israel building as representative of Israeli architecture in 1960.

The events described herein seem far away. However, since the National Library has limited seating, it would be a good idea to sign up “straight away”.

Thursday, 19 Elul / 22 September, 17:00

Prior to the conversation, an architectural tour will take place as part of Open House Jerusalem (see below).

Participation is free. Details on the website National Library.

Open House Jerusalem The 

On September 22-23, two architectural tours of the National Library will take place as part of Open House Jerusalem (Batim Mibifnim). The National Library building, one of the most significant milestones in Israeli architecture, is considered to be one of the outstanding International Style works in Jerusalem and of public architecture from the period in which it was built. In the spirit of Le Corbusier, the building was designed as a cube standing on free pillars and it is characterized by clean and simple lines.

The tour will include visits to the reading rooms, interior courtyards and external passageways. Visitors will also see images of the new National Library of Israel complex currently under construction in the National District.


Architects: Amnon Alexandroni, Avraham Yaski, Ziva Armoni, Hanan Hebron, Michael Nadler, Shulamit Nadler, and Shimon Povzner; 1960.

Tours will be held on: Thursday, 19 Elul / 22 September at 15:00; and Friday, 20 Elul / 23 September at 10:00.


For guided tours please contact the Visitors Center:  074-7336125 

Excellant website


 New Exhibition: How to Draw a Poem?

Poets illustrate drawings, illustrators write poetry. How do you reconcile these ideas and what is the special relationship between author and illustrator? The exhibition showcases 21 intersections between poem and drawing, which uncover surprising and unknown facets of well known creators.

Rare items that highlight four kinds of relationships between poets and painters, between  illustrators and poetry, and between the image and the written word.

July 31st – November 1st, 2016

Availabilty: Sunday – Thursday 09:00 – 18:00 Friday 09:00- 12:00

Entrance is free of charge.


1960: Israel in the year the National Library Opened

1960The cornerstone-laying ceremony for the future home of the National Library – on 5 April 2016 – not only marks the beginning of a new and exciting chapter in our history. It also sets in motion the process of bidding farewell to the library’s current home on the Givat Ram campus. We have decided at this historic moment, as a gesture to the generation of dreamers and builders, to focus on the year when this building was inaugurated: 1960.

1960 was a year of restraint, set between the struggles and crises that preceded it and those that would follow. This exhibition, from the treasures of the National Library, is a tribute to the library of 1960, from whose spirit we will draw inspiration as we build the Library’s new home for the next hundred years.
April 6th – September 1st, 2016
Availability: Sunday-Friday
Entrance is free of charge.

Participation is free. Details on the website National Library or use contact information above.

Link to Open House weekend 22-24

As you know, I am an old hand at reconstructing clothing, skirts from jackets, skirts from tee-shirts. This article really blew me away.

Broadway’s Dirty Secret: How an Artisan Turns Costumes From Riches to Rags


Hochi Asiatico gives Broadway costumes the appearance of having a long (and soiled) history.CreditRebecca Smeyne for The New York Times

The nicest thing you can say toHochi Asiatico is that his work looks like hell.

That’s because Mr. Asiatico is one of a small number of Broadway distressors, artisans who make costumes look beautifully bad. In the play “Eclipsed,” he turned a “Rugrats” T-shirt, worn by Lupita Nyong’o, into a sweaty rag that looked as if it had spent weeks forsaken in Liberia, where the play is set. Clint Ramos, who won a Tony Award for his “Eclipsed” costume design, said that Mr. Asiatico created “a history for a garment” that came across onstage as “organic and inherent.”


Mr. Asiatico turned the “Rugrats” T-shirt worn by Lupita Nyong’o in “Eclipsed” into a shirt that looked as if it had been worn for weeks.CreditSara Krulwich/The New York Times

“In his mind, he can picture how the character goes through his or her day,” Mr. Ramos said. “He has a relationship to the clothing and how it interacts with the environment in a physical way. It informs everything.”

Mr. Asiatico does more than make clothes look as if they’d been dragged through the mud or bloodied in a fight. He’s mostly a costume painter, whose brush strokes can be seen on the unitards in the Broadway revival of “Cats.”In “The Color Purple,” his painting and silk-screening add elegance to the kimono worn by the actress Heather Headley.

Hiring Mr. Asiatico, who also designs costumes, isn’t cheap. The cost can range from $3,000 to $140,000 per production. Perfectly ragged clothing doesn’t just come off the rack.

“Producers say, ‘There’s no fabric out there that can do the part?’” said Mr. Asiatico, who has been in the business for some 22 years. “But costume designers know that what I’m going to give adds finesse to the show.”

Distressing for the stage requires exaggerated painting and destruction techniques, such that color, shadows and “damage” can be read under the lights and from a distance. Recently, Mr. Asiatico added subtle variations of “blood” and “sweat” to costumes in the revival of “The Crucible,” and made uniforms in the musical “Doctor Zhivago” look as if they had gotten wet from fresh snow.

The New York Times recently asked Mr. Asiatico to modify some of his techniques to turn a jean jacket into a wearable, distressed, chic-looking garment that anyone can make. Here, in four relatively easy steps, is Mr. Asiatico’s guide to D.I.Y. distressing.

Step No. 1: S


CreditRebecca Smeyne for The New York Times

Distressing a garment requires a combination of washing (to break down the fabric), painting and working it over with tools, like scissors and sandpaper. Mr. Asiatico begins with a shredder, a hand-held, spiky comb that looks like a torture chamber device. In short, quick strokes, he breaks down the fibers, pulls down the shape and trims the edges, giving the garment the appearance of everyday wear.“You don’t want it to look fake,” Mr. Asiatico said. “It has to look lived in.”

It’s a workout to distress a fabric as tough as denim, but the result can be almost delicately soft. And expensive-looking, like “Ralph Lauren, what you’d find in a vintage store,” Mr. Asiatico said.

Step No. 2: Paint

CreditRebecca Smeyne for The New York Times

After shredding, Mr. Asiatico applies layers of paint, usually with an airbrush. Here, he uses a spray bottle that can accommodate attachable jars, each with different colors of thinned-down, Setasilk paint (about 25 percent paint and 75 percent water). He applies thin layers of gold, brown and black on the chest and arms, spraying more heavily around the collar and the sides, “where the garment tends to get more of the dirt.” He then uses a small brush to apply black low lights, or shadows, on the sides of the denim. This “blocking” technique creates depth and gives the garment dimension.

Step No. 3: Dry



CreditRebecca Smeyne for The New York Times

After he paints the garment, Mr. Asiatico uses a hair dryer to make the paint permanent. (For Broadway, the costumes are usually heat-set in a clothes dryer.) When dried, the paint will appear on the garment in a lighter shade. And it’s not going anywhere.

“If you don’t heat set, you can wash and remove the paint,” Mr. Asiatico said. “It’s hard to remove paint when it’s dry.”

After drying, he adds more accents of paint here and there, and dries those areas again.

Step No. 4: Sand



CreditRebecca Smeyne for The New York Times


After the paint is dried, Mr. Asiatico sandpapers parts of the jacket, a technique that returns highlights to the garment by forcing the paint into the fabric. “It brings back life into the garment,” he said. “It was becoming too painted. Now it has shadows and light.” Mr. Asiatico does the sanding on a dress form, which helps pull down the garment and naturally distresses the denim. (It can also be done on a table.) He also cuts off some excess threads on the hem. The finished look is about a six on a distressing scale of one to 10.

“For the theater, they would buy a jean jacket that costs $30 and charge me a couple hundred to do this,” he said. “A full jacket for a Broadway show would take probably four hours. We did this in about 90 minutes.” The contrasts in various sections of the chest get emphasized by his treatment. (My comment).



The original denim jacket, left, and the finished version, completed by Mr. Asiatico in about 90 minutes.CreditPhotographs by Rebecca Smeyne for The New York Times. It was not mentioned in the article, that only cotton or linen could work be used as a substrate, much like canvas. 


Post 344: Alan Dershowitz visits Eastern Europe and finds relatives named Dershowitz. An excellant list of reliable North American kashrut symbols © copyright 2007 Scroll K/Vaad HaKashrus of Denver 7/27/2015 with permission- Make your own spice blends

I am in a quandary, because wordpress has not published my last post  #343. Boy do I feel ineffective. What choice do I have but to skip that post and try to publish this one:

Sections below are from an article written by Alan Derschowitz.

My week was consumed with recurring evidence of the worst crime ever perpetrated by human beings on other human beings – the Holocaust.

I travelled from the death camps to several small Polish towns from which my grandparents emigrated well before the Holocaust, leaving behind relatives and friends.

During the course of my travels, I discovered the fate of two of my relatives. Hanna Deresiewicz (an original spelling of my family name) was a 16-year-old girl living in the small town of Pilzno when the Nazis arrived; she was separated from her siblings and parents. “The soldiers took several of the most beautiful Jewish girls for sex, and then killed them. [Among those] taken [was] Hanna Deresiewicz, 16.”

Another relative named Polek Dereshowitz, served as an “orderly” to the Commandant of Auschwitz when he was 15. He was suspended “from the ringbolts in his office because a flea had been found on one of his dogs.” He was later gassed.

Undoubtedly,  Hanna and Polek Dereshowitz are also my relatives because the maiden name  of my mother was Dershowitz and Alan Dershowitz and my mother’s father Abraham, (OBM), show a startling resemblance.

This is not the first time I have visited Nazi death camps. I was fully familiar with the statistical evidence of how six million Jews were systematically murdered…But this visit, during which I learned the fate of two young members of my own family, brought the horrors home to me in a manner more personal than any statistic could provide. I was traveling with my wife and daughter, and I repeatedly imagined what it must have felt like for the parents and spouses of the murdered Jews to realize that everything precious to them was being annihilated and that there would be no one left to mourn them or to carry their seed to future generations.

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Before Aly Raisman, there was Holocaust survivor Agnes Keleti. Keleti was born in Hungary, where she began gymnastics at age 4. She was supposed to compete in the 1940 and 1944 Olympics, but because of World War II, they were canceled. As a result, she went into hiding to survive–although many of her family members were killed in Auschwitz.

Due to an injury, she was unable to compete in the 1948 Olympics, and didn’t compete until the 1952 games at age 31–where she won four medals. Then, in the 1956 Olympics at age 35, Keleti became the oldest female gymnast ever to win gold. She still practices gymnastics to this day.

Watch our short video below to learn more about her:

If you’ve never made your own spice blends, I’d encourage you to try it! It’s simple, saves money, and you avoid the chemical additives that are in most spice blends. You are able to find  versions for sale by the ounce at your local health food store or by the 100 grams in the Machanah Yehudah Shuk. Most beneficial is that you can vary the salt content.

Taco Seasoning Recipe Ingredients

Homemade DIY Taco Seasoning Blend Recipe 300x266

Taco Seasoning Recipe Instructions

Put all in jar and shake well or mix in a food processor until mixed. Store in an airtight jar for up to six months. Makes approximately 1 cup. To use: sprinkle on ground beef or chicken as you would any store bought taco seasoning. 3 tablespoons is the same as 1 packet of store bought taco seasoning. Great for lettuce tacos.


Homemade Curry Powder Recipe Ingredients

Homemade curry powder seasoning recipe

  • 1/2 cup Paprika
  • 1/4 cup Cumin
  • 1 tablespoon Fennel Powder
  • 2 Tablespoons Fenugreek powder (optional)- gives sweetness
  • 2 tablespoons Ground Mustard Powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground Red Pepper Flakes (optional)- adds spiciness
  • 3 tablespoons ground Coriander (optional)
  • 1/4 cup ground Turmeric root
  • 1 tablespoon ground Cardamon (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cloves Powder (optional) – Adds complex flavor

Homemade Curry Powder Recipe Instructions

Mix all ingredients in a bowl, jar or food processor and store in an air-tight container until ready to use. Can be used on meats, vegetables or in soups. Especially good in with chicken,  faux shrimp or vegetables.

Homemade Italian Seasoning Recipe Ingredients

Homemade Italian Seasoning Mix Recipe with Dried Herbs

Homemade Italian Seasoning Recipe Instructions

Place all herbs in a jar and shake well. Great in any Italian recipes such as Eggplant ParmesanGrain Free Spaghetti, Zucchini Lasagna,  or as a chicken marinade before grilling

Homemade Rajin’ Cajun Seasoning Ingredients

Rajin Cajun Sesoning Blend Recipe

  • 1/2 cup Paprika
  • 1/3 cup Himalayan Salt or sea salt or omit
  • 1/4 cup Garlic Powder
  • 2 Tablespoons Black Pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons Onion Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Cayenne Pepper (optional- won’t be spicy without this)
  • 2 Tablespoons Oregano Leaf
  • 1 Tablespoon Thyme Leaf

Homemade Rajin’ Cajun Seasoning Instructions

Mix all ingredients in jar or food processor and store in an airtight container. Good on stir fries, eggs, casseroles, and poultry. Can add more or less Cayenne to get to your taste.


Healthy Ranch Dressing Mix Recipe Ingredients

Real Food Ranch Dressing Powder Mix Recipe - Wellness Mama

  • 1/4 cup dried Parsley leaf
  • 1 Tablespoon Dill leaf
  • 1 tablespoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Onion Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Basil leaf (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Healthy Ranch Dressing Mix Recipe Instructions

Mix all ingredients together in jar or food processor. To make into Ranch Dressing, mix 1 Tablespoon of this mix with 1/3 cup Homemade mayonnaise  (pareve) or Greek Yogurt and 1/4 cup Coconut Milk.


Homemade Lemon Pepper Seasoning Recipe Ingredients

Homemade Lemon Pepper Seasoning Mix

  • The zest from 4-6 organic lemons (or 1/2 cup pre-dried lemon zest)
  • 6 Tablespoons ground black pepper (or whole peppercorns if you are using fresh lemon)
  • 5 Tablespoons Himalayan Salt or Sea Salt or omit

Homemade Lemon Pepper Seasoning Recipe Instructions

If using fresh lemon Zest, thoroughly zest the lemons and spread the fresh lemon out on a baking sheet. Put into the oven on the lowest setting and leave until completely dried. Mine took about 70 minutes, but yours make take more or less time. When completely dried, mix with the peppercorns and salt in a food processor until well mixed. If making with pre-dried lemon peel, just mix all ingredients in a food processor until blended.


Seasoned Salt Recipe Ingredients

Homemade Seasoned Salt Recipe

  • 1/4 cup Onion Powder
  • 1/4 cup Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 cup Black Pepper (ground)
  • 2 tablespoons Chili Powder
  • 3 tablespoons Paprika
  • 2 tablespoons dried Parsley Leaf (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon ground Red Pepper Flakes (optional)

Seasoned Salt Recipe Instructions

Mix well by shaking in a jar or in a food processor. Store in airtight container.


Fajita Seasoning Recipe Ingredients

DIY Fajita Seasoning

  • 1/4 cup Chili Powder
  • 2 tablespoons Sea Salt or less
  • 2 tablespoons Paprika
  • 1 tablespoon Onion Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cayenne Powder (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon Cumin Powder

Fajita Seasoning Recipe Instructions

Mix well in bowl or jar and store in airtight container until use. Use about 1 teaspoon per chicken breast or steak when making fajitas.


French Onion Soup Mix Ingredients

Wellness Mama French Onion Soup Mix copy

  • 1/2 cup dried Onion Flakes or dehydrated onion slices
  • 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Celery Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley leaf
  • 1 teaspoon Himalayan or sea salt (optional but helps absorption of soup)
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric (optional but adds great flavor)

French Onion Soup Mix Instructions

Use approximately 1/4 cup per 2 cups of stock to make french onion soup (add 3-4 onions that have been very thinly sliced and slowly caramelized. To use as a mix, you can add 1/2 cup of your own veggie stock and use as you would a packet of french onion soup pix (1/4 cup=1 package). Excellent on roasts or for making french onion soup. I also use as the seasoning  with veggie burgers.


Chili Seasoning Mix Ingredients

Wellness Mama Chili Seasoning Mix

  • 1/2 cup Chili Powder
  • 1/4 cup Garlic Powder
  • 3 tablespoons Onion Powder
  • 1/4 cup Oregano
  • 2 tablespoons Paprika
  • 1/4 cup Cumin
  • 1 tablespoon Thyme

Chili Seasoning Mix Instructions

Mix all ingredients and store in an airtight container. 1/4 cup of mix=1 package of store bought chili seasoning. Great for all types of chili (this one is my favorite).


Herbs de Provence Ingredients

Wellness Mama Herbs de Provence

  • 1/2 cup Thyme Leaf
  • 1/4 cup Marjoram Leaf
  • 2 tablespoons of cut and sifted Rosemary Leaf
  • 2 tablespoons Savory
  • 1 teaspoon of Lavender Flowers (lightly ground-optional)
  • 2 teaspoons dried orange zest (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon ground Fennel

Herbs de Provence Instructions

If you are zesting the orange yourself, remove the zest of one organic orange and dry in an oven on lowest setting or a dehydrator until completely dry. Place in a food processor with the lavender flowers and lightly pulse. Remove and mix all ingredients in a jar or bowl until mixed (do not grind up the herbs!). Excellent in soups, on chicken or on roasted vegetables.

Jamaican Jerk Seasoning Recipe Ingredients

Wellness Mama Jamaican Jerk Seasoning

  • 1/4 cup Onion Powder
  • 2 tablespoons Sea Salt
  • 2 tablespoons Thyme
  • 2 teaspoons ground Allspice
  • 1 tablespoon Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Cayenne Powder (optional)

Jamaican Jerk Seasoning Recipe Instructions

Mix all ingredients together and store in airtight container. When using, it is especially good if mixed with honey and painted on the meat.


Asian 5-Spice Seasoning Ingredients

Asian 5-Spice Seasoning Mix Recipe

  • 2 tablespoons Anise Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Ground Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon ground Fennel
  • 1 tablespoon Cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ground Cloves
  • 1 tablespoon Himalayan or sea salt

Asian 5-Spice Seasoning Instructions

Mix all ingredients and store in airtight container. Great for recipes like Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry and other Asian themed cuisine.


Pumpkin Pie Spice Ingredients

Wellness Mama Pumpkin Pie Seasoning

  • 1/4 cup Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground Ginger
  • 2 teaspoons Nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons Allspice powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cloves powder (optional)

Pumpkin Pie Spice Instructions

Mix all ingredients and store in airtight container. Use as you would regular pumpkin pie spice. Great in pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin pie, spiced pumpkin lattes or coconut flour pumpkin muffins.


herb jarsI store all of my homemade spice blends in glass jars or glass bottles.

Ever made your own seasoning spice blends? What’s your favorite? Share below!

Continue reading Post 344: Alan Dershowitz visits Eastern Europe and finds relatives named Dershowitz. An excellant list of reliable North American kashrut symbols © copyright 2007 Scroll K/Vaad HaKashrus of Denver 7/27/2015 with permission- Make your own spice blends

Post 343: August 25,2016 Thursday,8 to 9 p.m Speaker for Ladies and Girls no fee Great topic: Loving living in Israel and security issues and challenges in Shomron and Yehuda Speaker is the dynamic Natalie Sopinksy mother wife of five children life guard in Susya the regional pool for Yehuda region, lawyer and director in community matters for One Israel Fund – Listen to the details about families loving their excellent schools and loving Jewish neighbors learn about the terrorism and be a sympathetic Jew hearing about Jews all around Israel Be There! Where: Hakablan 41/18, Har Nof, Hostess: Chana Tova Sokol, call to say you can come so we can have enough refreshments. “Outrage” By Arlene Kushner, Outstanding Grocery list to help you buy produce, fresh, dried frozen in the United States – list of VEGAN BROCCOLI BURGERS Macrobiotic Recipes for the Sukkah Kenes for your delight

August 25, 2016, Thursday, 8 to 9 p.m.

Speaker for Ladies and Girls, no fee

Great topic: Loving living in Israel and security

issues and challenges in Shomron and Yehuda

Speaker is the dynamic Natalie Sopinksy, mother, wife of five children, life guard in Susya, the regional pool

for Yehuda region, lawyer and director in community matters for One Israel Fun Listen to the details about families loving their excellent schools and loving Jewish neighbors,

learn about the terrorism and be a sympathetic Jew hearing about Jews all around Israel

Be There! Where: Hakablan 41/18, Har Nof, Hostess: Chana Tova Sokol,  call to say you can come so we can have enough refreshments

Observant Jews are scrupulous about carrying out the mitzvot. Many of the laws relate to living in the “Land”. Looking over my shoulder, the theme of this blog post appears to be our connection to the laws, including but not limited to place and food.

one  page for kashrut labels seen in Israel.

The second group are seen on products often imported to Israel. I have a photo of the group on my phone. When I come across an unfamiliar hechshir I look it up on my flicker account.

I appreciate  Rabbi Rasskamm of Denver Colorado for his list of All food items –  for people who still cook.

He arranged the foods in a convenient order.

Aside from family and friends and of-course all the infinite number of distractions of NYC, I miss the many Korean fruit stalls in Flushing with the five varieties of cabbage.

Last time that I visited Silver Spring Maryland, the Chinese  tofu and  pasta, had  reliable Hechshirim on the packaging, so I guess, now 4 years later the trend has taken off with more variety available. That being the case in any community with Orthodox Jews and Orientals will have lots of choices.

We are a nation governed by laws. Hebron is our place, the greatest symbol of that relationship to law was established by our father Abraham’s purchase of plain and the cave and the burial of Sarah, Abraham and Jacob there (Gen.23 and elsewhere). Needless to say Jewish presence in Hebron, no matter how small, has  been a thorn in the side of the Arabs.


By Arlene Kushner

I’m talking about steam-coming-out-of-my-ears outrage.

The subject is the allegedly ancient Arab village of Susiya.  The issue is Israel’s rights as a sovereign state operating under rules of law.

The background, briefly:

In the Hebron Hills of Judea there are the remains of an ancient Jewish city known as Susiya, which flourished in the Talmudic era. It is estimated that about 3,000 people – all Jews, observing a religious life – lived there at its height.  Archeological remains, including a synagogue, that have been excavated can be visited today.

Credit: Susiya Tourist Center
Still retained within the synagogue is an ancient mosaic floor:

Credit: mfa

Not far from this archeological site, there is a modern Jewish town of Susiya.

But within the area of the archeological remains there is also an Arab squatters’ village. It consists today of some 60+ constructions of concrete, tin and canvas.  They call this village Susiya as well.  And those squatting on the land claim that their village has been there for a very long time.

The facts tell a very different story:

There is no evidence of an old Arab village there.  Aerial photos indicate that with the exception of four building constructed in the 90s, there was nothing on the site until after 2000.  In fact, when the surveys conducted by the British mandatory powers in 1945 – which mention all of the villages in the area – are examined, no mention of a village named Susiya is found.

The site had been used seasonally by Bedouin shepherds, who found shelter in the caves in the region.  But in 1986, 277 dunams (about 68 acres) of land in the area, including this location, were declared to be an archeological site, at which time the caves were no longer available to the Bedouin.

Most of the buildings went up between 2011 and 2013 in defiance of a court order forbidding the building.

Now here it gets really interesting:

When the population registry of the Civil Administration was examined, it was found that most of the people claiming to live in Susiya had homes in the nearby town of Yatta (which is in Area A under PA jurisdiction).

How about that!  They move between their real homes in Yatta and the hovels in Susiya as it serves their political purpose – they come out when an entourage of left wing activists or a cadre of journalists (also most likely left wing) is due to visit.  When I was there, on a Regavim tour, the place was empty.

What we are in fact seeing here is a land grab by the Palestinian ArabNawajah family of Yatta, which has built illegally and in blatant violation of Israeli court orders.

Two facts must be emphasized.  One is that this matter has been thoroughly adjudicated.  That is, the courts – with due process and over a period of time – fully and fairly considered the issues.  The courts determined that the claims of the squatters were without basis, that they had been operating in contempt of court, and that the buildings that had been erected must be demolished.  This was not a determination arrived at lightly: the buildings had to come down.

And then, even though these were squatters without legal rights to the land, an offer was made to them regarding an allocation of land, in area C beyond the archeological site, near Yatta, to which they might move. But they refused and applied for legalization of their current site – which was rejected by the Court.  Aside from everything else, a village was not about to be legalized in a designated archeological area, which requires protection.

Further details can be seen here: multiple delays, the time now draws near for the demolition of many of the structures in illegal Arab Susiya.  It was last month that the Court ruled on this yet again.

But nothing is ever simple here in Israel, where the Western world seems to think it has a right to a say about everything we do.  This is the outrage: that others think they can tell a sovereign state that operates according to the rule of law what to do.  The interference is breathtakingly offensive.  We are forced to wonder if they would imagine interfering in the internal affairs of any other state in this fashion.

The eminent demolition of buildings in Arab Susiya has become a cause célèbre in left wing circles.  “Susiya 4ever!” they say, as if this is some noble cause.

Even a Senator – Dianne Feinstein – imagined she had a right to say something about what Israel was doing. And several NGOs have been involved.

Rabbis for Human Rights:  were they to recommend that the demolition be shelved, the Court would likely accept this – there would be no reason not to.Word is that Lieberman will tell the Court we must go ahead.

With all of the hullabaloo, the worst that has happened in recent days is that the State Department has weighed in. On July 16th, State Department spokesman John Kirby let it be known that the US was “closely following developments.”

We need them to monitor what we are doing?  There is a warning implicit in this.

At a press briefing he said (emphasis added):

We strongly urge the Israeli authorities to refrain from carrying out any demolitions in the village. Demolition of this Palestinian village or of parts of it, and evictions of Palestinians from their homes, would be harmful and provocative…”


Elsewhere it has been reported that the US is putting great pressure on Israel with regard to this matter, and has indicated that if the demolition proceeds “the US response would be extremely severe.”

I hope and trust that steam is now coming out of your ears as well.

It is imperative that the Israeli government stand strong in the face of this.  Otherwise our legal system is degraded and our state is demeaned. If the US finds it can push us around here, what comes next?<>And so I ask each of you to voice support to our leaders.

Long emails are counter-productive.  Our leaders and their aides are extremely busy. They do not need lectures or history lessons or legal instruction.  They don’t need to see your credentials or learn of your experiences. When they see this it is a turn-off and they probably don’t even read the message through.  What counts here is that they see a large number of brief supportive messages. A maximum of four sentences.

Tell them that you are furious about the pressure being applied by the US government with regard to the demolition of illegal buildings in Arab Susiya.  Tell them you are with them. Urge them to stand strong no matter what.

The most important person to reach is Defense Minister Lieberman.  The way to do this is via his aide, who will carry your message, (underscore between ozer and sar)  In the subject line: “A message for Minister Lieberman” or something similar.  If you just write to him, it would be great.

But then, if you wish, write as well to Prime Minister Netanyahu, delivering the same message. Use all of these addresses, which are all to the prime minister’s office: (underscore after pm)

If you want to send email messages, it should be done today.


Author: Lindsay Rey

Recipe type: sandwich

Cuisine: American

Serves: 4


  • 1½ cups cooked/steamed broccoli (thoroughly drained and lightly packed into measuring cup)

  • 1 cup walnuts

  • 1 cup cooked brown rice

  • ¼ cup vital wheat gluten

  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast flakes

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder

  • Salt to taste

  • 2-3 tablespoons water (only if needed)

  • 2-4 tablespoons oil of your choice (for pan-frying patties)


  1. Steam/cook broccoli (fresh or frozen) in a saucepan on medium heat until broccoli is fork-tender.

  2. In a blender of food processor, pulse walnut pieces until they resemble a course meal, but have not yet become walnut butter. Place walnut pieces in a large mixing bowl.

  3. In a blender or food processor, pulse cooked/drained broccoli until it is crumbled into very tiny pieces, but not yet a puree.

  4. Please broccoli and remaining ingredients in mixing bowl with walnuts and rice. If your mixture seems dry and crumbly, go ahead and add a tablespoon of water. This stuff can turn into soggy goop pretty quickly, so you’ll want to be very careful to add only a scant tablespoon og water at a time to your burger mixture.

  5. Stir burger mix well, then shape into 4 equal burgers.

  6. Pour a tablespoon or 2 of oil (just enough to coat the pan) in a skillet and place on medium to medium-high heat.

  7. Gently pan-fry your burgers, allowing a few minutes for cooking on each side.

  8. You’ll know they are done when the burger surface has a nice dark brown crispness.

  9. Serve burgers warm on vegan buns with veggies and condiments of your choice (I chose a mix of Just Mayo, pickle relish, and ketchup.)

The product list below is extremely lengthy. Orthodox Jewish families, and kosher institutions have migrated to middle America and elsewhere in the world. Kosher processed food has followed them.

I remember the first Kosher Food festival was held in the Javitt’s Center. The number of purveyors required a larger space.

I feel that this list would be helpful for the “wise” consumer. If one lives close to a “Kosher” supermarket, there is a trade-off. One will pay more for equivalent quality items than perhaps is available cheaper for a “Box” store or chain supermarket  label or with national brands. Hence this list is for one living or traveling outside of Israel and would like to save money: However, on the other hand, one may choose to pay more to support companies that have their own Hashgagah arrangements. Company’s pay to develop consumer confidence and that cost is inevitably passed on to the consumer. 

List with some of my changes and additions from Rabbi Ysrael Rosskamm

Vaad Ha Kashrut, Denver, Colorado follows:

Products not requiring a Kosher Hechshir:

Aluminum Foil – Does not require certification.
Aluminum Foil Pans – Does not require certification.
Foam Containers & Plates – Does not require certification.
Freezer Paper – Does not require certification.
Paper Plates – Does not require certification.
Parchment Paper – Quilon treated, requires reliable certification; silicon treated, does not require certification.
Plastic Flatware & Plates – Does not require certification.
Plastic Wrap & Bags – Does not require certification.
Waxed Paper – Does not require certification.

Eggbeaters – Require reliable certification.
Eggs, non-processed – does not require certification. They should be checked to ensure that they do not contain blood spots.

Fresh Fish – Whole fish and fish steaks should, preferably, be purchased from a store which has reliable rabbinical supervision. This is because non-kosher stores in America that sell fish commonly use one knife to cut different species, kosher and non-kosher alike. Therefore, residue from the slicing of non-kosher fish may remain on the blade of the knife and, subsequently, be rubbed onto the cutting site of the kosher fish.
However, one may buy whole fish or fish steaks, even if it is gutted, from any store, provided the following conditions are met:
1. One did not actually see the kosher fish soaking amidst non-kosher fish.
2. Some scales are still on the fish.
3. Prior to cooking the fish, one should take a straight edged knife and, using only minimal pressure, scrape off the area where the store knife would have cut. This would wipe off any residue from the blade that cut the non-kosher fish. After this, thoroughly wash the fish.
Gefilte Fish – Requires reliable certification.
Ground Fish – Requires reliable certification.
Imitation Crabmeat – Requires reliable certification.
Lox – Requires reliable certification.
Smoked Fish – Requires reliable certification.
The following is a partial list of kosher and non-kosher species of fish: Note: In order to verify that a fish is kosher, one MUST see that it has removable scales, you can not rely on the fact its name is listed on the kosher list.
Kosher Fish
Buffalo Fish
Char Cod
Mahi Mahi
Blue Marlin
Non Kosher Fish

FRUIT: Applies outside of Israel. Any fruit vegetable and grain grown in Israel, dried fresh or canned requires proper Israeli Hechshir.
Canned or plastic cups (non aseptic)

Canned fruits not from China and Israel do not require kosher certification if they only contain one or more of the following ingredients: Ascorbic acid, citric acid, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, salt, sugar, water. Note: Other ingredients may require kosher certification.
Applesauce, pure – Without questionable ingredients.
Berries – Raspberries and blackberries are not recommended; other varieties, without questionable ingredients.
Cherries – Pitted or sweet, without questionable ingredients; maraschino cherries, require reliable certification.
Figs – Without questionable ingredients.
Fruit Cocktail – Without questionable ingredients, provided that you remove the cherries.
Guava – Does not require certification.
Mandarin Oranges (not from China) – Without questionable ingredients.
Mango – Does not require certification.
Peaches – Without questionable ingredients.
Pears – Without questionable ingredients.
Pineapples – Without questionable ingredients.
Plums – Without questionable ingredients.
Dried Fruit
Dried fruit, except for dried bananas, does not require certification. Freeze-dried, requires reliable certification.
Dried bananas – Require reliable certification.
Dried prunes – Do not require certification.

Fresh Only grown outside of Israel. Methods of checking are the same.
Fresh fruits do not require certification. Again All fresh fruits in Israel require certification. However, some varieties require a thorough inspection prior to cooking and eating to ensure that they are free of insects. All varieties should be inspected to ensure that they do not have a worm hole, which may indicate the presence of a worm inside. A guide for preparing fruits and vegetables is available at
Berries – Blackberries and red raspberries are not recommended, due to infestation, unless they are pureed; blueberries may be used after being soaked in soapy water for a few minutes and rinsed; strawberries may be used after cutting the top off, soak the strawberries in soapy water for 5 minutes and agitate the strawberries in the soapy water before rinsing THOROUGHLY under running water.
Nuts – Oil roasted, require reliable certification; raw and dry roasted do not require certification.
Raisins – Domestic without oil, does not require certification.
Frozen insect-free varieties, without additives, are acceptable without certification.

HEALTH FOODS-List pertains to outside of Israel-checking methods required in all cases described. In Israel ALL below require Certification. If processed in America certification by a reputable Kashrut Authority required with the exception of Agar Agar and others on the list.

I’ve only seen Agar Agar with a circke K symbol on it in Israel.

Every form of loose health food item grown in Israel must have certification in Israel. Don’t be confused as the list is for American consumers.

Continue reading Post 343: August 25,2016 Thursday,8 to 9 p.m Speaker for Ladies and Girls no fee Great topic: Loving living in Israel and security issues and challenges in Shomron and Yehuda Speaker is the dynamic Natalie Sopinksy mother wife of five children life guard in Susya the regional pool for Yehuda region, lawyer and director in community matters for One Israel Fund – Listen to the details about families loving their excellent schools and loving Jewish neighbors learn about the terrorism and be a sympathetic Jew hearing about Jews all around Israel Be There! Where: Hakablan 41/18, Har Nof, Hostess: Chana Tova Sokol, call to say you can come so we can have enough refreshments. “Outrage” By Arlene Kushner, Outstanding Grocery list to help you buy produce, fresh, dried frozen in the United States – list of VEGAN BROCCOLI BURGERS Macrobiotic Recipes for the Sukkah Kenes for your delight

Post 342: Pre Tisha B’av Shir for Woman this Shabbos Ms. Raizi Chechik 12 Tips for an easy fast: 22nd Annual Tisha BeAv Walk Motzaei Shabbat August 13th, Last Monday’s Trip Itinery, Fascinating Meeting with member of Susya community, that is situated smack in the middle of an major archeological dig

 Pre Tisha B’av Shir for Woman this Shabbos

Ms. Raizi Chechik

esteemed lecturer and Principal In SKA girls High  School in NY

 “Mother Mystic and Martyr: A Medieval Elegy”

In preparation for Tisha b’Av, this shiur will reflect upon a beautiful, poignant poem written by the Rokeach in the 12th century as a tribute to his martyred wife Dulcea, exploring themes of motherhood, family, and faith in times of tragedy. The text will be provided in both Hebrew and English.

Beit Knesset Hanassi (Ussishkin 24)
4.30 PM

Top 12 Tips for an Easier Fast, Alan Freishat

 August 9, 2016
When I speak with my clients about fasting, I often hear, “I get so sick when I have to fast” or “I start out fine but I get a terrible headache”, and very common “I am fine during the fast, but after I break the fast, I can’t function for hours and I feel awful.” I know that many years ago, prior to learning how to prepare and break a fast, there were times I could have said all of the above. For the vast majority of people, if you prepare for and break the fast according to our tips, you will be just fine. Yes, you could get hungry and thirsty, but that is normal.

Here are some simple tips to help you along.


  1. Begin drinking on a consistent basis 36 hours beforehand. Increase your fluids by 25% or 30%.

  2. Eat more fruit; particularly fruit that is dense in fluid, melon and watermelon are particularly good. Fruits help retain the liquid you are consuming.

  3. If you are a coffee or caffeinated tea drinker or a chocoholic, it’s imperative that you begin weaning yourself from these and other caffeinated foods or drinks 72 hours before the fast begins.  Failure to do so may bring on headaches during the fast.

  4. At the meal before the fast, stick with complex carbohydrates with a normal amount of lean protein—DO NOT go high protein at this meal. Whole Grains, vegetables, fruits, and baked potatoes or preferably sweet potatoes are great.

  5. Keep drinking non-caffeinated beverages and remember that water and some fruit juices are best.


  1. Begin with 4-5 glasses of water.

  2. Have a light meal, a bowl of soup a small amount of whole grains (a slice of bread or a portion of brown rice are examples)  and fresh cut salad is perfect. Keep proteins light and lean.

  3. Finish with a fruit or two.  Stop there!!!

  4. Leave the table and go for a short walk and do your stretching.

  5. If you are really still hungry after that, have a small snack and some more water or tea.

  6. Don’t eat late at night and the next day you should wake up feeling hungry and healthy.

  7. Don’t end up eating an entire days worth of calories in one meal.  Over eating after the fast can cause great gastric discomfort!

Link to 22nd Annual Tisha BeAv walk:

22nd Annual Tisha BeAv Walk Motzaei Shabbat August 13th

9:30 pm Eicha reading at Independence Park Agron street

10:15 pm the Walk starts

11:00pm (approx.) Speeches at Lion’s Gate by

Minister Zeev Elkin, minister of religious affairs and environment

  • Rabbi Ben Dahan , dep. Defense minister

  • MK Yehuda Glick

  • Dov Kalmanovitz dep. Mayor of Jerusalem

  • Prof. Arieh Eldad former MK

  • Rina Ariel mother of Hallel Yaffa hy”d

  • Arieh Klein

For Transportation From Bet Shemesh Debbie 052-8909524

From Kiryat Arba Hevron and Gush Etzion Renee 052-3294194

Link to flyer

Please spread to all by email and facebook

Yehudit Katsover 050-7161818 and Nadia Matar 050-5500834

I apologize  this post  photo’s were added after editing and not in the original post.

I visited Chavat HaAfarsimonim  ( Gilead’s Balsam Farm) – where biblical herbs are grown to provide medical benefits. Their place in the Bible, and their ancient secret production methods were described. It was an excruciatingly hot day. I suggested that a tour of this kind should begin at 4AM in the morning and return at 12 PM. No-one seemed interested.wp-1471182069521.jpeg


 Guy Erlich, Founder, The Balsamon Company, Ancient secrets, modern science, Bahn of Gilead farm Agriculture and Technology. e-mail:

Kibutz Almog, DN Arvot HaYarden

Then on to visit the collection of amazing mosaic floors from the Byzantine Period , brought here from all over Israel, displayed beautifully both inside

and outside the Good Samaritan Museum. The site includes Second Temple- period remains such as dwelling caves and cisterns from different periods.


 Below the Latin script is visible in the mosaic



Beit Sila, Khirbet


Khirbet Beit Sila is located north of Jerusalem, c. 3 km northwest of Giv‘at Ze’ev and c. 2 km south of Ramallah, at c. 650 m above sea level. The site’s ruins include two main centers, 350 m apart. The one in the eastern part of the site is larger and contains the remains of numerous buildings, including a Byzantine church, agricultural installations, and mikvehs. wp-1471181969293.jpegThe other center, situated on the slope, 0.5 km west of the site, includes a cemetery and a number of early structures. The total area of the remains is some 6 a.

In the 1920s, A. T. Richardson proposed identifying the ruins of Beit Sila with biblical Shiloh because of the phonetic similarity between the two names. W. F. Albright, on the other hand, identified Khirbet Sailun, north of Ophrah, as biblical Shilo, on the basis of his excavations.

This area is identified with the biblical Ma’ale Adumim, which was located at the junction between the lands of the tribes of Benjamin and of Judah

VIP briefing of current political situation given by Herb Keinon, the Jerusalem Post Diplomatic Correspondent.

After lunch we  visited Midreshet Ein Prat to be briefed on their institution, by Rabbi Daniel SegalRav Midrasha.

A founding member, Dani is Ein Prat’s Rav Midrasha and the rabbi of the community of Alon where Ein Prat’s year-round campus is located. Dani teaches Talmud, Bible and rabbinic sources to Ein Prat’s students and in myriad institutions around Israel including Kolot. He also founded a center for premarital counseling and coaches hundreds of young couples a year. Dani earned a BA in Hebrew Literature from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and received rabbinic ordination from the Israeli Chief Rabbinate. I was impressed by the rich array of programming that serves the network on a weekly basis in activity hubs around the country. One such informal meeting places Shatile is right on Rechove Hillel, where I have been for shiurim,


FROM Chana Tovah Sokel: As an Introduction

A speaker can express herself and we hear only words. Occasionally the speaker’s self is expressed in the words, and we feel that Ha Kodesh Baruch Hu is present.

Our speaker this past Thursday was of the second variety.  The ladies who came were really so amazed at the speaker and her sweet way and wonderful energy for Israel, our Holy Land.

August 25th 8 to 9p.m. will be a second opportunity.

Natalie Sopinsky will again speak and we sure hope to have many many people come.

Included will be Natalie speaking as well as a large screen video presentation and good food like LAST THURSDAY.

Please make all the effort you can to 1. come  2. get many people to come    3. put it in an interesting way in emails to friends.

The connecting of one Israeli with another like tonight was really what life is all about.  Caring to hear about others in security areas that Arabs are to say the least unfriendly, hearing the good Torah lives of the families in Susya which is near Chevron, was part of what we heard by the speaker.  Seeing a family lives this life because it is affordable and full of community friendships!  30 mikvaot were uncovered and are in the ancient town of Susya, which is a remarkable archeological dig.   But another thing we all heard was how families have friendship in the community of Susya, how the Shabbat there is 100 percent packed with children and parents praying and enjoying one another in the Judean Hills. the high school is regional with 800 students.  There is also a superior yeshiva with a special study for biology studies.   It is why and what about life in Israel that Natalie Sopinsky spoke of and her years in Israel inspired us all.  Cannot wait to hear her speak further August 25th also by my place: 41/18 Hakablan, Har Nof.

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Post 343: How I approach the Israeli Medical System, Can you fall in love with someone by asking these 36 questions? What is your opinion?

I will be without my phone for a few days as I left it at my daughter’s house. Don’t be shocked, I can live without my phone, live better without my phone. All my new photos of a trip I took this week are safely stored inside.

No photos this blog. The topic:

Can you fall in love with someone by asking these 36 questions? Is it possible to fall in love with someone by asking just 36 questions?

The “36 questions” appear in articles on relationships. I came across the list at, “To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This,”

The author of the New York Times site relies on the research of psychologist Arthur Aron. In summary, brought together pairs of strangers who were told to ask each other a series of increasingly personal questions. He found that, afterwards, the pairs felt greater closeness than strangers who engaged in small talk. But before looking at the questions I did some of my own research to find out what was the intent of the Aaron partners and professors.

Living in Israel has made me aware of rings of connection; Sex, Age, Ethnic Group, Health Status, Religious affiliation, Education, Language, Economic status, all contribute to the degree to ones capacity to make spontaneous connection. One can easily lose sight of this. There is a glue, that fact that we are Israelis. During times of stress, which is practically all the time we  remind ourselves of this fact. One must simultaneously focus on the other to remind him to keep me in the conversation and on myself to be reminded to keep him in the conversation.

Just to give an example: The system of socialized medicine in Israel, assumes their public is educated, informed and flexible, and can follow directions with a minimum of instruction. The doctors work very hard as do all the employees. Really.

However, the system is so large that it is only by the grace of Hashem, that one gets all the pieces in place.

Go by the following:
“To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.” (Eleanor Roosevelt)

The only way the system responds to the patient is if he appears and acts, educated, informed, flexible, able to carry on and follow directions with a minimum of instruction, and to be satisfied with small victories in the process as long as your final goal is in sight. And additionally act convincingly that you are efficiently using the system’s costly benefits as little as possible.  Dr’s also have enormous caseloads, which apparently they manage to balance, also with the help of Hashem.

I have heard from many people that Israelis are much too forward on asking personal questions, where do you live, what’s your job? Cab drivers do this. It’s a way of forging a connection. Often the conversation then leads to questions and comments of a religious nature. The point is, there is not much difference between the conversation in the cab and the one in the reception area of the HMO.

When I identify myself to the receptionist by giving her my ID number, it’s up to me to supply her with my goal in the briefest most casual way. Although I had no appointment, my goal today was to bring up those strengths described above in a meeting with my doctor, who has never turned me away. He was due to arrive 7 hours later; the schedule that we had was incorrect. Important to leave with a feeling of accomplishment. I left a prescription in his folder. Another important step: Always verify with the service provider how to receive the service. I spent five minutes with the nurse who laid out the necessary steps that I need to take. She remembered me from a conversation that I had with her several months ago. Her clarification will provide fuel to move another cog in the system.  Her attitude and that of her colleagues in that office has always been how can I help you?  No-one, as far as I can see, looks over their shoulders, counting how many people are serviced everyday. It’s a constant stream of humanity, minute by minute. I am very grateful to be part of that.

There is a connection between the above in the sense that a relationship develops by the kinds of informed questions asked. In a way, the 36 questions didn’t appeal to me because they seemed very lab-like, which of-course they are. I am developing my own set. Before the questions the author’s intentions are explained. I read that an artist must  falls in love with his subject, whatever it may be. I agree with this 100%. I also happily learned the “Those paired with a cross-ethnicity partner became much less prejudiced. So having friends from another ethnic group, however you come by them, does cause less prejudice.” One of the reasons that I use my Arabic as much as possible.

Continue reading Post 343: How I approach the Israeli Medical System, Can you fall in love with someone by asking these 36 questions? What is your opinion?

Post 341: Cumin spiced red lentil burgers, Come join in Yoga 50+ at the mirpeset in Binyan clal!

Come join in Yoga 50+ at the Mirpeset in Binyan Clal, the large building facing the shuk on Rechove Agrippas.

This is a gentle yoga class, with a lot of movement synchronized with breath, breathing exercises, postures and deep relaxation. You don’t have to be 50+ to participate, the class is suitable to anyone wanting gentle yet effective yoga. The class is on Sundays at 4:30 pm, starting next week, August 7th. The first class is a free, trial class.

The Mirpeset is a new, fantastic space created by the Muslala group, as part of their efforts to revitalize Binyan clal. There is a lot of activity there, and definitely worth checking it out.

Ruthi Soudack (me), the instructor, has been practicing yoga for over 30 years, and teaching since 1993. She combines a number of approaches to yoga in her classes.

Please email me for further information.

Chodesh tov!

Cumin spiced red lentil burgers

I like this recipe because you can prepare the lentils on one day and do the whole job another day.


  • 1 1/2 cups red lentils/black

  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped

  • 3 medium carrots, finely chopped

  • 2 stalks celery chopped fine

  • 1 large portabealla mushroom chopped

  •  3 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin

  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 3/4 cup plain, dry bread crumbs or cooked quinoa/kasha

  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped parsley leaves

  • 2 large eggs

  • toasted sesame seeds

  • lightly beaten/or flax seed meal

  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

  • 1 cup plain low-fat yogurt

  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice


  1. In a large saucepan, cover the lentils with cold water by 2 inches and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to moderate and simmer the lentils until they are very tender, about 10 minutes. Drain the lentils well. Or alternatively, Cook in a pressure cooker on a low setting. Place pot on top of a heat de-fuzzer.  Cook same amount of time-the lentils will be under cooked. Then carefully open the pressure cooker add the quinoa and water to cover and cook another 10 minutes or until the two ingredients are soft. 

  2. Preheat the broiler to 450 C. Line two sheets of large aluminum foil with a large baking paper sheet. Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in the baking sheet. Add the onion and cook over the high heat, stirring frequently, until golden, about 6 minutes. Add the carrots and two-thirds of the garlic and cook until the carrots begin to soften, about 4 minutes. Add chopped mushroom and continue broiling until juice  dissolve. Stir in the cumin and cayenne. Remove from the heat. Mix in the lentils, bread crumbs or substitute, 3 tablespoons of the parsley, the eggs, salt (or omit) and pepper.

To refine the texture pule the quinoh and lentol mixture in the food processor
Mushroom added will give a nice aroma and texture. Form the mixture into sixteen 1/4-cup burgers. Mixture should weigh about a kilo before adding the eggs. I like to roll the burgers in a layer of sesame seeds to add crunch. Line a baking sheet with foil. Brush the foil and both sides of the burgers with the remaining 1/4 cup of olive oil. Broil until golden, about 3 minutes per side.

Mixture should weigh about a kilo before adding the eggs. I like to roll the burgers in a layer of sesame seeds to add crunch. Line a baking sheet with foil. Brush the foil and both sides of the burgers with the remaining 1/4 cup of olive oil. Broil until golden, about 3 minutes per side.

  1. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix the yogurt with the lemon juice and the remaining garlic and 1 tablespoon of parsley. Serve the burgers hot, with the yogurt sauce on the side. You can also serve the mixture without adding in the eggs as “Deconstructed” burgers. Serve also with grated cheese or substitute.


The lentil burgers can be prepared through Step 2 and refrigerated overnight.


Red lentils are available at health-food stores and Middle Eastern market

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Kids Climbing the Walls; Suggest a rope course!

Omega at Ammunition Hill (incredible views) Ropes Courses are available for private groups of tourists or locals.

Ropes Course take place in Ammunition Hill or can be set up privately in Park Gilo or San Simon. If you are only a few people contact Yaakov the Ropes Course guide to see if he can add you to one of his existing groups. The owners recommend reserving your own private group for a truly memorable experience (minimum 900 NIS for 1 hour and 1200 NIS for 2 hours).

Activities can be done by young kids, teens and adults.

Email or call 052-893-8921

Spicy faux (kosher ) Shrimp and Quinoa Salasa


1/4 cup fresh lime juice, divided

10 teaspoon olive oil, divided
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin, divided
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
1/8 teaspoon Spanish smoked paprika
4 garlic cloves, chopped and divided
24 large shrimp, peeled and deveined (about 1 pound)
3/4 cup uncooked quinoa
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 cup water
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon honey
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup canned organic chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup diced peeled avocado
1 ounce feta cheese, crumbled or imitation soy based cheese.

 Cooking spray

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro


1. Preheat grill to high heat.

2. Combine 2 tablespoons lime juice, 1 tablespoon olive oil, chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon cumin, black pepper, hot sauce, paprika, and 2 garlic cloves in a medium bowl. Add shrimp; toss well. Marinate in refrigerator 30 minutes.

3. Rinse and drain quinoa. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion to pan; sauté 3 minutes. Add remaining 2 garlic cloves and quinoa; cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add 1 cup water; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 13 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Cool. Combine remaining 2 tablespoons lime juice, remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, remaining 1/2 teaspoon cumin, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and honey in a large bowl; stir with a whisk. Add quinoa mixture, tomatoes, chickpeas, avocado, and cheese; toss gently.

4. Remove shrimp from bowl; discard marinade. Sprinkle shrimp with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Thread 3 shrimp onto each of 8 (6-inch) skewers. Place skewers on grill rack coated with cooking spray. Grill 2 minutes on each side or until done.

5. Divide quinoa mixture evenly among 4 plates. Top each serving with 2 skewers. Garnish with cilantro.

Shoshanh Shinar’s 9 day veggie burger ( to be eaten during the 9 days)

2 hard boiled eggs mashed fine

½ cup fine chop ( I use dehydrated minced onion)

½ tsp garlic powder

½ cup wheat germ

½ cup ground walnuts

1/3 bread crumbs

2 raw eggs

1 tsp salt

I make three times of the recipe and it fits into my food processor. They freeze well.

Shoshana Shinnar

Climbing the Walls at Ammunition Hill, non meat burger recipes for the nine days