Post 361: An unusual day in a stressful time; several Torah learning opportunities: Torah learning in Sfat October 9th; learning opportunities at Shir Chadash: List of low potassium and low phosphorus grains; Organic toasted Spelt recipe: fast and simple.

Except for my 7:00 A.M. exercise, that I call  “Past your Potential”, I will not venture out today. because, on the one hand, after the workout I am about to pass-out.

On the other hand, the big Machas, and their entourages own the streets and roads in and out Jerusalem today and tomorrow. There was a wine tour scheduled for today, described on yesterday’s post. It has been cancelled due to the shift of security personnel from their usual citizen protection duties to stand in state for the funeral of Shimon Peres.

My wish is that these leaders come in peace and leave in peace so that we can enter Shabat as always. 

I’ll be criticized  for writing this, specifically for my comment about the elders with aides.The streets were humming yesterday, just like the stall in the shuk;



The triple buses were brimming with challenges to maneuver inside to a seat or exit; the double strollers, the pairs of elderly tagging after their aides, the siblings hands crossing the seats getting in a punch; all of them  in  motion in the bus aisles. This was the scene at 8:30 in the morning.

I averted my attention from the driver for a second to fix a shoe strap. Suddenly,”Boom” my forehead smashed against the plastic shield. I guess that shield was added to protect one from getting injured on the rail, which is considerably harder than the plexiglass sheet. Needless to see I was stunned.

Presumably, the driver’s suddenly pressure on the brakes to avert hitting a taxi, caused the bus to jump forward. The bus-driver was hopping mad. This incident on Rechove King George at the bus stop closest to Rechove Yaffo, brought traffic to a halt.

He pulled the bus over and jumped two cars ahead to a taxi. I guess that the taxi cut off the bus.  Not saying that taxis have a will of their own. He shouted into the taxi right passenger side window, and pulled the door open. The cab driver then sprayed pepper spray at the bus driver.

I could not believe my eyes.  Pepper spray was in the taxi driver’s reach like a kleenex!

Our cab driver


In a second a squad of Mishtarah (police) arrived.  I was at this point interested in getting some ice on my forehead and getting to the class which I was about to miss if I didn’t hurry. All the passengers exited the bus. I grabbed the next rakevet in the direction of the shuk. What luck! My icy breakfast muffins, fresh from the freezer, each in their own plastic container served as alternate icepacks until I reached my fish wholesaler, Oz. Coincidentally a derivative  of ozar, “helper”, Oz directed an assistant to provide me with a bag of crushed ice. In the class there were many opinions about who was at fault. Here are some photos. I am resolved in the future to sit in the front of the bus and keep my eyes on the bus-driver so as to be aware of sudden moves.

Sfat Day of Learning

I am fortunate to have a good friend who lives in Sfat and she keeps me posted on events there.


Tshuva Boot Camp

A Yom Iyun on Tshuva & Yom Kippur

Twelve Hours of Torah Learning for Women Sunday, October 9, 2016 תשרי ז תשע’ז

Beit Chabad- Simtat Chatam Sofer Sfat


9:30 – Registration and Refreshments. First shiur begins promptly at 10:00am

10:00- Shalvi Waldman- The Courage to Let Your Soul Shine

11:00 -Sara Fenton –Where You Find His Greatness, There you Will Find His Humility

12:00- Esther Dickstein

1:00 – Layah Jackson – Anger – Conquering the Monster

2:00 – Miriam Krauss – My Top Ten for 5776

2:30 – The Beautiful singing of Tziona Achishena


3:00 – Rabbi Baruch Shaver – Holistic Tshuva

4:00 – Rivky Kaplan – It’s Not (only) About You

5:00 – Rabbi Dov Allen – Tshuva – the Whole Truth

6:00 – Chaya Ben Baruch – Mending the World

6:30 – Rabbi Rafael Weingot – Lev Tov

7:00 – Eydl Reznik – The Jewish People as Role Model for the World

8:00 – Rabbi Yaakov Goldstein – Tshuva According to Halacha

9:00 – Elisheva Mirvis – Ne’ila – Knocking on Heaven’s Door and Storming Right In ! 

Art chugim for children – 3:00 and 4:00 with Esther Tov

Story and Planting Seeds for the Future- Tzippy Waternov- 4:30

Refreshments available throughout the day

Suggested donation – 5NIS per class. No one will be turned away

Our learning is in the merit of the Ilui Neshama of Nechama Tova bas Avraham Dov HaCohen and Sponsored by the Bas Medrash and Beit Chabad

Shir Hadash Community Bet Midrash Timetable

We are very privileged to have some wonderful communities here in Jerusalem that cater to the Anglo crowd.

Shir Hadash is putting on an excellent Bet Midrash program with Rabbi Sam Shor, Rabbi Robert Rhodes and others teaching.

The timetable is here-Check it out!



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RankFood Name

Whole grains with lower potassium and phosphorus content than others:

  • Barley

  • Buckwheat (kasha)

  • Bulgur

  • Popcorn

  • Wild rice

Whole grains with higher potassium and phosphorus content (check with your dietitian before including these whole grains):

  • Amaranth

  • Brown rice

  • Millet

  • Oats

  • Quinoa

  • Sorghum (milo)

  • Spelt

  • Teff

  • Triticale

  • Wheat berries

Consider whole grains with protein as a partial protein.

Incorporating some of the higher protein grains can help people  meet their protein goals. Whole grains with protein include amaranth, millet, quinoa, teff and some whole wheat pastas. Breads and cereals made from whole grains may also provide a significant amount of protein.

Kidney-friendly whole grain recipes


  • 1-3/4 cups water

  • 2 tablespoons old fashioned grits, uncooked

  • 1 tablespoon bulgur, uncooked

  • 1 tablespoon roasted whole buckwheat, uncooked

  • 1 tablespoon steel-cut oats, uncooked

  • 3 tablespoons plain couscous, uncooked


  1. Boil water in a 1-1/2 quart covered pot.

  2. Add grits; stir briefly.

  3. Add bulgur, buckwheat, and oats; stir briefly.

  4. Reduce heat to a vigorous simmer; liberally spray nonstick cooking spray on simmering surface.

  5. Cover pot; simmer for 25 minutes.

  6. Remove pot from burner; stir in couscous.

  7. Let pot stand covered for 8 minutes, then serve.

Cereals, farina, enriched, cooked with water, without salt
Phosphorus: 12mg  Sodium: 2mg  Potassium: 13mg 


Cereals, MAYPO, cooked with water, without salt
Phosphorus: 103mg  Sodium: 4mg  Potassium: 88mg 

Organic toasted Spelt recipe: fast and simple

This is an original: The company Ha Sedah makes a toasted spelt pasta, orzo shaped. If you are familiar with this package you will notice that the directions are to fry the spelt.

Good news: this is not necessary. You can soak the granules  in boiling water in a pressure cooker, drain, add some broth and 3/4 cooked beans. Get the pot up to maximum pressure, and turn off. Let the pot cool down and check your results. then you have a grain and a protein to provide the basis for many different dishes.


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