Monthly Archives: November 2016

Post 383: Chanuka experience to visit tombs of the Macabees and their father Mathysahy , Vegan Gluten Free Chocolate Cake to celebrate

Join  a unique Chanuka experience following  in the footsteps of the Macabees in the Modiin region. 

The tour begins with a 360 degree panoramic lookout from Nebi Samuel (Shmuel Hanavi) from where Yehuda HaMacabee launched his heroic battle for the freedom of Jerusalem.


The group will continue to modern Modiin to explore recent archaeological sites and their possible connection to ancient Modiin. 

After  break for lunch  enjoy a visit to the tomb of the Macabees and their father Matityahu.


A Chanuka journey can’t be complete without “olive oil” and  a stop by the olive oil factory at B’nei Darom.  

I don’t know the Kashrit level of the Olive Oil. 

Where: depart and return to the Inbal Hotel.  The bus will depart from the side street to the right of the hotel when standing in front facing the lobby.

When:  Monday26 December – 26 Kislev – 9:30 – 16:00

Please note: Departure will be on time!

Cost: 165 NIS per participant of any age – all entry fees included.

Payment is due in cash only – 20 minutes prior to boarding.

Please bring the exact amount.


Don’t delay in booking your seats.

We are generally sold out, B”H.


What to bring/wear? 

Lunch, snacks, water.  Bring your favorite salad or sandwich and more.

Tissues are often helpful when traveling around Israel for bathrooms that might not have. Good walking shoes.


Tour is geared for adults including seniors or teens ages 12 and up.


Notes:  departure and arrival times are approximate and depend upon several factors including holiday traffic; itinerary, guide and speakers subject to adjustment without prior notice; your reservation is a firm commitment and cannot be cancelled within 48 hours of departure; security will be provided.

Chag Chanukah Sameach!  

Ufaratzta:  Exploring & Celebrating the Kedusha of Eretz Israel   

Vegan Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Can Really Taste Great!


The version above was my first at scratch attempt at Vegan Gluten Free Chocolate Cake. I eliminated the cream toping.

Vegan Gluten Free Chocolate Cake


Vegan Gluten Free Chocolate Cake


I used tapioka flour, rice flour and potato starch to make the cake, but there are so many flours and starches you can use. It’s okay if you use white or whole wheat flour or other gluten flour. If you’re a celiac or follow a gluten free diet and you prefer to use other flours, you should  consult beflow A guide to  gluten free flours to know what flours you can use instead. If you use other flours and the batter is too thick, add more liquid and if it’s too liquid, add more flour. 

The first was the case with the [ackage mix that I bought.

Vegan Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

Vegan Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

If you can’t find the chocolate hearts, don’t worry, there are so many things you can use instead, like chocolate chips, candy, fruit, chocolate syrup, nuts, seeds, or your favorite foods.

Vegan Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

Many people avoid extra virgin olive oil to make sweet recipes because it has an intense flavor, but I love it,  although there are many oils you can use. Avoid refined oils please, they’re so unhealthy.

Vegan Gluten Free Chocolate Cake


Vegan Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

I’ve been using carob powder combined with cocoa powder and it tastes so good and is also healthier, but I prefer cocoa powder, I LOVE its flavor, although carob powder is a great choice and is caffeine-free.

To replace the eggs you can use mashed bananas as I did or applesauce, chia or flax seeds, pumpkin puree, tofu or any other egg replacer.

Vegan Gluten Free Chocolate Cake


Vegan Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

This vegan gluten free chocolate cake is great for birthdays or any special occasion, although it’s so delicious you don’t need any reason to make it.
Author: Simple Vegan Blog
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten Free
Serves: 8


  • 1 cup rice flour (140 g)  or
  • 1 cup tapioka flour-which I used
  • ½ cup one kind of potato  stach (100 g)
  • ½ cup another kind of potato starch (110 g)
  • ½ cup carob or unsweetened cocoa powder (50 g)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 cup orange juice (250 ml)
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil (125 ml)
  • ¼ cup agave syrup (85 g)
  • dried or frozen blueberries
  • ½ cup coconut sugar (70 g)
  • Vegan whipped cream omitted
  • Chocolate hearts omitted


  1. Preheat the oven at 180 ºC or 355 ºF. Grease the sides of a cake pan with oil. Place a sheet of parchment paper on the bottom of the cake pan (I use a cake pan with removable bottom, but it’s not necessary).
  2. Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl (teff flour, rice flour, potato starch, carob powder, baking soda and baking powder). Mix well.
  3. Place the rest of the ingredients in a blender (bananas, orange juice, oil, agave syrup and coconut sugar). Blend until smooth.
  4. Combine the dry and wet ingredients and pour the mixture into the cake pan.
  5. Bake for 25 or 30 minutes. Let cool the cake before un molding.
  6.  Frost the cake with the whipped cream and decorate with the chocolate hearts.

    GLUTEN FREE FLOURS AND HOW TO USE THEM I hate to break it to you: Gluten free flours aren’t like gluten.

    Now that we have that out of the way, here’s why they aren’t like gluten:

    1. When using gluten free flours, you have to use at least two different flours. When you used to cook with gluten, you could just dump in some of your whole wheat flour and call it good. Gluten free flours are a bit more temperamental. They don’t do well by themselves. I usually use about 1 cup of starch for every two cups of rice flour, but this depends upon the recipe.
    2. Besides using a few different flours, you’re going to have to use some sort of “gum” or gum substitute to hold everything together. I usually use either xanthan gum or guar gum. The proportions vary, but I tend to use about 1 teaspoon for every 2 cups of flour.or an egg substitute. I used flax meal and the result was satisfactory.

    Below is a chart on gluten-free flours and their consistencies. These certainly aren’t all of the flours out there, but they are the ones I use most often.

    Flour: About: Texture: Substitutes:
    Rice Flour Rice flour is the flour I use most in gluten free baking. Rice flour can sometimes have a rather gritty taste, however, so it has to be mixed with starches. I generally use brown rice flour but if you insist on white rice flour I’m not complaining. Brands we use are: Lundberg, Bob’s Red Mill. Gritty Can usually be exchanged with sorghum flour and oat flour.
    Corn flour I do not use this flour very often, yet it can sometimes substitute for rice flour if I don’t have any at the time. You can also use it in corn breads. gritty Can be exchanged with any of the ‘gritty’ flours.
    Cornmeal This is not really flour. I use it for corn breads and for the surface pans sometimes (Cornmeal on the surface of the pan will cook into the dough and give it a nice crunchy crust). Gluten-Free cornmeal can usually be found at the local grocery store; just be sure to check the label. very gritty. Cannot be exchanged.
    Oat flour Oat flour is one of my favorite flours. It has a nice consistency and makes very good baked goods. I have lately been using oat flour quite a lot because it seems to work better than most other gluten-free flours. Since gf oat flour is expensive, I grind oats in a coffee grinder instead. If you use that method, don’t use the oat flour in cakes or other delicate baked goods.Finely ground oat flour works really well, so if you can get your hands on some of that for a reasonable price, do so.

    Some celiacs are sensitive to oats, so this might not be the best flour for you. You can replace rice flour for oat flour in pretty much every one of my recipes though.

    gritty Can be exchanged with millet flour, rice flour, or sorghum flour.
    Buckwheat flour I don’t use this flour very often because of its coloring, yet it has a good taste and could replace rice flour. Again, be careful about the gluten, and be sure to thoroughly check the label. gritty Cannot be exchanged
    Cornstarch I use cornstarch the most of all the starches, simply because it can be found easily at the local grocery store. Be sure to check the label for gluten-free. Though commonly used as a thickener, cornstarch is a surprisingly good gluten-free flour. It has a nice, fluffy consistency. You do have to use rice flour or some other gritty flour with the cornstarch in order to balance it. Used alone, the results are usually dry and tough and flavorless with an unpleasant mouth feel. starchy and fluffy. Can be exchanged with tapioca or potato starch in gluten-free baking unless stated otherwise in the recipe, but it cannot be replaced in sauces and in some pies. Tapioca and potato starch will form gummy lumps, whereas cornstarch will only thicken a sauce.
    Potato starch Potato starch can create a rather gummy consistency if it is used alone in a recipe. However, mixed with rice flour or some grainy flour it adds pleasant fluff. Note: Do not confuse potato starch with potato flour. They are very different things, believe me. I never use potato flour because it tastes bad and doesn’t work very well. Starchy, (difficult to distinguish between cornstarch and tapioca.) Can be exchanged with cornstarch or tapioca starch except in sauces and sometimes pies.
    Tapioca starch Tapioca starch is commonly used with potato starch in my recipes. It, like cornstarch and potato starch, can’t be used alone in a recipe—it needs rice flour, oat flour, or another gritty flour to balance it out. starchy Can be exchanged with potato starch or cornstarch except in sauces and sometimes pies.
    Sorghum flour Sorghum has a good flavor, and can replace several of the other gritty flours. It tastes good in breads. I wouldn’t use it alone with nothing but starches though. Probably a combo of sorghum with rice, oat, or millet flour. gritty Can be replaced with rice flour, oat flour, or millet flour.
    Millet flour Has good flavor, and a consistency rather like corn flour. It could replace several of the other gritty flours, especially if you want to produce a more “whole grain” flavor in the baked good. gritty Can be replaced with sorghum flour, corn flour, or rice flour.
    Teff flour Teff flour should only be used in small quantity because of its color and the fact that too much of it just plain tastes bad. It has a nice taste when used in moderation and gives a multigrain flavor to most breads. gritty This flour can be replaced by rice flour. When replaced, rise and consistency of the baked good will not be changed. The taste and color, however, will be slightly changed, though not usually in a bad way.
     Almond flour/Almond Meal To avoid confusion right off, the difference between almond meal and almond flour is that in almond flour, the almonds are ground without the skin, whereas almond meal is ground with the skin. This small difference doesn’t seem to affect the baked goods though.This flour is still in the testing stage for me. It’s used a lot in paleo baked goods, and I’ve used it by itself before. The results are always a little gritty and sometimes a bit too moist (to the point of being heavy and gummy), since almond flour contains a lot of moisture. I have used it in cakes in small quantity with rice flour and starch with good results.  Gritty but adds moisture to baked goods.  Can’t be exchanged.

    Obviously, they don’t contain that “stretchy” quality that gluten can produce in your dough. The most noticeable difference between gf flours and gluten can be seen in bread dough. If you try to make bread the gluten way, you’re going to fail and cry and probably need counseling before you can be happy again


    Second cake:


    This is a great way to use up all those overgrown garden zucchinis. Who knew that mashed up green vegetables could taste so good?


    Serves: 10

    Time: 30 minutes active, 45 minutes cooking.

    Cream Together- I will be doubling the quantities

    and weighed out as well  the zucchini and pumpkin  

    1 stick (½ cup) butter, soft but still cold or 1/4 cup commercial soy milk + l/4 cup olive oil

    1 2/3 white granulated sugar or less by 1/3 = 5/3X1/3=5/9 : 5/3=15/9-5/9 = 10/9 = 11/9 cup sugar or slightly more that 1 cup sugar

    Add and beat well:

    2 large eggs or 1 egg and 1/2 cup of flax meal

    Add and beat in:

    3/4 cup rice flour

    1/4 cup almond flour/ walnut flour

    ½ cup cornstarch (check label for gluten-free)

    1 cup pureed fresh zucchini (I use our electric mixer)

    ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder (try dutch cocoa for extra-dark chocolate yumminess!)

    ¾ teaspoon xanthan gum-omitted

    ¼ teaspoon salt

    1 teaspoon baking powder

    Beat until well-blended and smooth. You can use a greased 8×8” square baking pan, a 9” round one, or a 12 cupcake pan with waxed paper cupcake holders. Bake at 350 degrees F for 40-45 minutes.

    Makes 1 cake or 12 cupcakes. I doubled he recipe and make 12 – 75 gram cupcakes with an additional 1/8 cup of vegetables mixed in. Also added blueberries and chocolate bits. Since I double the recipe, my cupcakes are larger and made 14.

    I want to make a batch of pumpkin and another of zucchini, I prepared 4 cups of the dry ingredients.

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Post 382: Invite: From 10:30 A.M. until noon for a morning of communal text study as part of HaRav Adin Steinsaltz’s annual Global Day of Jewish Learning. The topic will be : “Rav Kook on the Song of Existence: the Holiness in Nature”

Dear Friends,


You are invited to join us at Beit HaRav Kook, 9 HaRav Kook St. Jerusalem, this Sunday Nov 20th from 10:30-12 noon for a morning of communal text study as part of HaRav Adin Steinsaltz’s annual Global Day of Jewish Learning


The topic will be : “Rav Kook on the Song of Existence: the Holiness in Nature”
Through our exploration of how Torat HaRav Kook tz”l relates to this year’s Global Day theme of ecology and nature, we will be joining over 500 communities in over 40 countries in this very special opportunity to express how our sacred texts can unite us.
Please help us share the invitation with anyone you feel will find this of interest.
For more information phone me at 053-275-1570

At Beit Avi Chai: 21/11 8:00 P.M.

Matti Friedman, Journalist, the author of “The Aleppo Codex”

The perfect copy of the Hebrew Bible was written 1,100 years ago. It was kept in Jerusalem, stolen by Crusaders, ransomed by the Jews of Cairo, used by Maimonides, and hidden in a vault in Aleppo for six centuries. Around the time of Israel’s founding in 1948, it vanished. The story of the Aleppo Codex, Judaism’s most important book, is not only a true mystery involving theft, murder, and a government cover-up – it also allows us to look at Jewish history in the Islamic world, the creation of Israel, and the role of the Bible in the unlikely survival of the Jews in exile.

The program will take place in English. Entrance: 20 NIS per person.

Also free program: 7:30 PM Beit Avi Chai before Hebrew music performance artists

מוזיקה חיה בסלון בית אבי חי

חי בערב  

מוזיקה חיה בגלריית בית אבי חי בקומת הכניסה

הכניסה חופשית

נועם מיכאל     

חיבור מהפנט בין מוזיקה ישראלית עכשווית לבין היהדות השורשית והעמוקה.

מופע אקוסטי לקראת אלבום הבכורה

On 22/11 Program about Sfat traditions in Music
לרגל צאת הספר חיי מרן יוסף קארו מאת מור אלטשולר

ערב מיוחד העוסק ברבי יוסף קארו, מייצגה הגדול של תקופת הזוהר של העיר צפת במאה השש-עשרה.

בהשתתפות: פרופ’ מירון איזקסון, ד”ר שפרה אסולין ומחברת הספר ד”ר מור אלטשולר
מנחה: הלל מאלי

הרכב אורח: הלל מאלי, יגל הרוש ומשה שלו (חברי אנסמבל “ניגון ירושלמי” ) בביצוע פיוטי צפת


הספר יוצא לאור ע”י הוצאת הספרים של אוניברסיטת תל-אביב.


20 Sh. 02-6215300

 Call for tickets by 19/11

Post 381: Visit to stamp show at the ICC Center (Binyanei Ha Umah) and fine gluten-free Chocolate cake off the shelf mix by Natural Cake Gluten Free

As a young student I remember seeing photos of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt looking thru a magnifying glass at postage stamps

He .had a passion for stamp collecting, a hobby he had cherished since childhood. An exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum highlights his philatelic interests, and provides rare insight into the behind-the-scenes workings of his administration.

During his administration, Roosevelt played a critical role in much of the creation, design and promotion of some 200 stamps released during his time in office (1933-1945).

Read more:

Get close to history. Pay a must visit to the National Stamp Exhibit for Families’ at Binyanei Ha Umah Jerusalem.20161115_133914.jpg

The above photo is a letter signed  by Moses Montifiore, part of Dr. Les Glassman’s collection. The show included about 30 rows each filled with stamps and communications going back to the 1700’s. A section was devoted to the development of the first stamps printed illegally before the state, stamps printed in the ghettos of Europe, stamps of the pony express period and every period of written communication.

Families are invited to come and join the journey through time using stamps as your guide.

Come and meet National stamp collectors as well as International collectors from Germany, USA, Spain and Hungary.

  • enjoy presentations about stamp collecting

  • art projects for kids

  • see limited edition stamp collections

  • “My Stamp” create a stamp with your picture on it.

Sunday November 13: 1:00pm-8:00pm
Monday – Wednesday: 12:00pm-8:00pm
Thursday: 12:00pm-6:00pm

The Icing on the cake is this Special Chocolate cake (Gluten Free mix).


The flavor is chocolate. I used 1/3 less sugar than the mixed called for and the cake came out tasting just sweet enough, with great texture. I wasn’t quite sure of the directions -just added eggs, oil, sugar and orange juice to the dry mix ingredients.

Just 2 problems:

1)  The batter texture was very unfamiliar. It felt like a sticky cement and it was a little tricky to scrape the batter out of the mixing bowl.

2) Baking time was extended another 10 minutes.

3) At that time, a knife inserted across came out clean, so I knew that the cake was ready.

4) I used a silicon pan, which got stretched out by the weight of the batter. Next time I will use muffin tins.

4) The top surface was uneven. But this didn’t effect the taste and when the cake is sliced the top is not visible.

5) I really have never made a cake from a mix except for once during Passover. Here the advantage is you can diminish the amount of sugar.

6) I would try this recipe again using an egg substitute instead of whole eggs.


Post 380: The Shabas Project Last Thursday Night – All these ladies baked Challah together in Honor of the Shabas Project!- In Brooklyn, Reconnecting to the Jewish Origins of Comic Books: The convention will kick-off on Tuesday evening with an event with young Poetry Slam poets and young musicians from the “Marrakesh Express” band.

Sometimes, I’ll admit it’s rare, there’s an event in Brooklyn that peaks my interest.

In Brooklyn, Reconnecting to the Jewish Origins of Comic Books:
Congregation Kol Israel in Crown Heights is the site of a conference dubbed by its organizers as ‘a love letter to the creators of the comic book medium and their heroes,’ many of whom were Jewish.

More than a dozen comic book artists will converge at Congregation Kol Israel in Crown Heights on Sunday, Nov. 13 to present and discuss their work at the first ever Jewish Comic Con. But the event isn’t exclusively for Jews — gentiles are most welcome to come and learn about the Semitic roots of the graphic literary medium, according to organizer.

“I’m not interested in doing a Jew-centric comic con,” said comic book artist and convention organizer Fabrice Sapolsky. “This industry was created by Jews for everyone, and we have to keep that message alive.”

Fifteen contemporary Jewish comic artists — including “The Red Hook” creator and Carroll Gardens resident Dean Haspieland veteran New York cartoonist Mort Gerberg — will appear at the St. John’s Place synagogue.

Many of the attending artists are practicing Jews, though some say they can’t tell their mezuzahs from their menorahs.

“I’m Jewish with a side of bacon,” said Josh Neufeld, who’s best known for his work of graphic journalism “AD: New Orleans After the Deluge.”

Convention patrons will be able to chat with artists and purchase books on Kol Israel’s upper floor, before shuffling downstairs for panels that deal with a number of mainstream topics given a Jewish twist, said Sapolsky.

“It was very important for me to keep it mainstream, because that’s what people read,” Sapolsky said. “We have a panel on the Batman universe, called ‘The Jewishness of Batman,’ whose creator, Bob Kane, was Jewish.”

Co-players are encouraged to attend the event dressed as their favorite hero or heroine, although they should be careful of showing too much skin at the con, which is, after all, being hosted by a house of worship.

“Do not try to come dressed as Conan or Witchblade, we’d be very sad but we couldn’t let you in,” the event website reads, referencing two particularly scantily-clad characters.

Many of the artists were skeptical of the event before signing on, according to Sapolsky, but that just goes to show the lack of recognition of Jews for their role in pioneering the industry and its legions of spandex-clad superheroes — including Superman, Batman, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, and the Hulk, among many, many others — he said.

“At first I got some strange reactions, like ‘is there a Comic Con for religion now?’ ” he said. “And I said ‘you don’t get it. Ninety percent of the people who started the industry were Jewish.’ ”

Congregation Kol Israel [603 St. Johns Pl. between Classon and Franklin avenues in Crown Heights, (718) 638–6583,] Nov. 13. Passes begin at $15.

Updated 10:00 am, October 14, 2016: Updated because this synagogue is just out of Prospect Heights and technically in Crown Heights.



Last Thursday Night – All these ladies baked Challah together in Honor of the Shabas Project! watch the video

Last year, organizers of the movement estimated than one million people participated in the Shabbat Project.

And Lastly:

A Convention Dealing With the Challenges, Complexities, and Characteristics of Mixed Cities in Israel Will Take Place in Mishkenot Sha’ananim from Tuesday to Thursday, November 15-17. ההרשמה עכשיו! זה כאן —

The term “Mixed Cities”, I guess will be thrashed out at the several planned meetings. I assume it refers to Jews and Arabs. I plan to attend and practice my Arabic:

15.11 – Opening night

Opening Night – Poetry Slam and Music – from 7:30 p.m

17.11 – Afternoon Session

Studying in a mixed city, Film-making in mixed cities – till 6:30 p.m

17.11 – Closing Festivities
 Performance art and music at the Museum of Islam

 The convention, which was initiated by the Jerusalem Fund and The Adam Institute for Democracy and Peace, will take place over three days (Tuesday-Thursday, November 15-17) at the Convention Center in Mishkenot Sha’ananim.  Academics will take part alongside heads of non-profits and other organizations, experts in the fields of formal and informal education, community members, and researchers.

The convention will kick-off on Tuesday evening with an event with young Poetry Slam poets and young musicians from the “Marrakesh Express” band.

The academic portion of the convention will begin on Wednesday (11/16) with a panel dealing with challenges and obstacles for disconnected youth among minorities in Jerusalem, after which a panel will take place dealing with multicultural education. The first part of the day will come to a close with Professor Rafael Cohen Almagor from the University of Hull (UK), a researcher on the subject of multiculturalism with an emphasis on freedom of expression and the measurement of tolerance on social networks.

The afternoon session will be dedicated to school principals and the examination of educational programs currently in Jerusalem on the subject of coexistence between Jews and Arabs. The evening session, which will bring the first day of discussion to a close, will be dedicated to football clubs run by their fans and representing very special cooperation between supporters from different ethnic backgrounds and clubs. Among the participants in this panel will be club managers of Hapoel Katamon, considered one of the leading clubs owned by its fans in Israel, the Silwan Basketball Team, and representatives from Beitar Nordia.

Thursday (11/17) will begin with a panel dealing with the sense of community in mixed cities and in special programs offered by informal education for children and youth.  Followed by a special panel dedicated to the French Hill (Givah HaTzarfatit) neighborhood, which represents an exciting test case as a neighborhood on the Jerusalem seam that is dealing with the consequences of its geographic proximity between Jews and Arabs.

On that day there will also be a meeting between representatives from Israel, Germany, and Istanbul working in civic organizations supporting children and youth from refugee families. The afternoon panel will deal with the Mount Scopus campus as a model for academic activity between different ethnic groups. The evening session, which will bring the convention to a close, will be on theater in mixed cities, and will discuss the question of movies dealing with multiculturalism and national struggles—reflecting or creating reality.

“The choice of subject for the convention was made from a desire to break the boundaries of existing thought, to examine creative solutions to present problems and to examine the future, which holds within it opportunities, challenges, and dangers. In addition, we will strive to offer directions and ideas on how we can possibly make these cities friendlier and more supportive of their young residents,” explains Dr. Uki Maroshek-Klarman, the Academic Director of the Adam Institute for Democracy and Peace.

Dr. Udi Spiegel, the educational program and coexistence director at the Jerusalem Fund, sees special importance in the existence of the convention during this period in Jerusalem. “The convention offers an examination of the educational activity and a view of the benefits of a city like Jerusalem for change and the differences between various cultural groups living in it. Those who love Jerusalem of today must speak about the ways in which Jews and Arabs, secular and Haredi, will be able to live together and cooperatively progress a tolerant and modern way of life,” Dr. Udi Spiegel says.

As stated, over the course of the convention a variety of subjects related to life today and in the future in mixed cities will be presented. Every panel will be composed of representatives of theory and practice, and from national, ethnic, and gendered groups.

Details on the conference website, (see above) facebook, and by phone: 02-6448290.






Shabbat Afternoon November 12, 2016
3:30 pm on the RailRoad Tracks – The corner of Derech HaRakevet 30 and Gidon streets in Baka
Link to map:

Join the Yiboneh Chevra on Shabbat afternoon November 12 at 3:30 pm on the beautiful and scenic panoramic railroad park for the Third Shabbat meal in the German Colony for a spiritually uplifting way to conclude The Unity Shabbat. (including Havdalah)

Tables, chairs and cutlery will be provided. Please feel free to bring along some drinks, cake and other nosh. Dress warm and bring along your spirits. No need to register in advance – just show up!


Please Post/Share and Invite Friends!
For any queries:
Rabbi Aaron Dovid Poston 052-616-5613

Also: This week is a, OO Laa La of a Festival of French comedy:

For the schedule:

The festival, now in its second edition, will take place from November 14 – 29, 2016. Screenings will take place at the cinematheques in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa, Sderot, Holon, Herzliya, Rosh Pina, Savyon Culture Center, Zohar Hall in Tivon, and Globus Max Ashdod. There will also be special screenings at YesPlanet in Ramat Gan, Jerusalem, Haifa,  and Rishon LeZion.

All feature films will be shown with subtitles in English and Hebrew.

Post 378: Funny thing happened today and what a Wonder! Orthodox girl weight-lifter


Don’t disparage young people. Today I returned to our building with my shopping wagon and a cumbersome rolled carpet sat on top. I pushed open the front door and heard a voice behind me. “Just a minute while I clear the door!” Such a rush. Then the young lady squeezed into the tiny vestibule as I was already mounting the steps to the elevator. “May I help you?” “Thank you  I replied. I remembered the many willing young folks who share my roof garden and assumed that she was one of them. We squeezed together, she, my agalah and me. She turned to me and I said 2 thinking  that her destination was a higher floor. She exited with me. I thought, “Maybe she is a visitor to my neighbor.” But then I corrected myself, “Not likely because she wore a scarf covering her hair. My only neighbor is a single guy.”

I asked, “Do you live in this building?” She shook her head, “Lo”. Do we know each other? “Lo”. “Now, we do” I replied. I thanked her. We both had a good laugh.


Post 377: EVENT:Bet Midrash Havruta in Oz ve Gaon! Today, Tuesday November 8th, the Oz veGaon Havruta Bet Midrash opened with a full tiurnout of 50 women. In the mornings there were Shiurim (in Hebrew) for women on the topic of Nach. For more details see below or the brochure pages 10-11 IN THE AFTERNOON a program is planned also; OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, Men, Women and Youth: 6:00 pm Rav Dov Zinger 7:00 pm Racheli Fraenkel Both will be talking on the Meaning of Rain, Water, and the Upcoming Winter. Rabbi Dov Zinger and Racheli Fraenkel will also be speaking (in Hebrew) at Oz ve Gaon in the evenings on the following dates: Nov. 8 – Dec. 20 – Jan. 31- Feb. 28- March 28 – May 23 – July 4th : Also: Torah Classes with two inspiring teachers sponsored by Yiboneh.7:30 pm – 8:30 pm Rabbi Aaron Goldsheider EVENT: Taco Torah Tuesday by Yiboneh with Rabbi Goldscheider and Rabbi Breitowitz What a great way to spend TUESDAY evenings! First class began on Tuesday November 1, 2016 and continues every Tuesdau night. 7:00 PM Taco Dinner followed by two great shiurim. “Toward a Meaningful Life” Practical wisdom of Rabbi Joseph B. Solovetchik zt’l that will enhance our spiritual lives. 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm Rabbi Yitzchak Breitowitz “Living with The Parsha” Ethical and Spiritual Insights from the Weekly Torah Reading : :astly Community appeal to warm families.

Several opportunities for shiurim are detailed below; Lastly, warm families are sought for children at risk.

 Bet Midrash Havruta in Oz ve Gaon!

 Today, Tuesday, November 8th, the Oz ve Gaon Havruta  opened a Beit Medresh for women in the morning.


On Tuesday mornings there will be Shiurim (in Hebrew) for women on the topic of Nach. For more details see below or our brochure pages 10-11

IN THE AFTERNOON there will be a program too, OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, Men, Women and Youth:

6:00 pm Rav Dov Zinger

7:00 pm Racheli Fraenkel

Both will be talking on the Meaning of Rain, Water, and the Upcoming Winter.

Rabbi Dov Zinger and Racheli Fraenkel will also be speaking (in Hebrew) at Oz veGaon in the evenings on the following dates: Nov. 8 – Dec. 20 – Jan. 31- Feb. 28- March 28 – May 23 – July 4th

On Tuesday, the 7th of Heshvan, November 8th, we begin our study of the Prophets and Writings, in Beit Midrash Havruta at Oz veGaon! 

Have you signed up yet? 

Let’s learn “Nach” (Prophets and Writings) together!

We call on you, dear women, to come to the opening day – get an impression and have a taste.

It is a joint initiative of the Gush Etzion Community Center’s Bible Culture department, the volunteer department, Beit Midrash Be’or Paneicha and Women in Green.

Schedule for Semester 1 – Heshvan 7 – 25 Shevat:


9:00-9:45 Rav Ze’ev Mishkoff, resident of Neve Daniel, Instructing rabbi at Meir Institute. Born in Moscow, physicist, dismissed from his work as a result of his involvement in teaching Torah and Hebrew. A refusenik, he was imprisoned several times by the K.G.B. and despite the difficulties, continued to learn and teach Torah and Judaism. He established the University of Judaism in Moscow. Active on behalf of prisoners of Zion. Immigrated to Israel in 1989. Lectured in Hebrew University. In 2003 he was appointed head of the Zionist Midrasha in Kiev, Ukraine.

10:00-10:45 Rav Gershon Kitzes from Beit Midrash Be’or Paneicha, on the books of EMET (Job, Proverbs and Psalms) The Study of “Nach” from a Hasidic prospective

11:00 -11:45 David Nativ – Ezra and Nehemia

12:00 – 12:45 Rav Haim Dinowitz, Head of the Kathei Mar Institutes in Jerusalem – Torah lessons in the light of Kabbalah and Hasidism

Cost per semester: 250 NIS (14 sessions). Cost per day: 25 NIS

Lessons can be dedicated in honor or in memory of loved ones. Names of loved ones will be presented on a special screen as well as in the recordings of the lessons:

  •     360 NIS to dedicate a lesson

  •   1,000 NIS to dedicate a day of study

  • 14,000 NIS to dedicate a semester

Every donation helps for the continuing physical and spiritual development of Oz veGaon.

Thank you!

For registration and details:

Sima Gal – Gush Etzion Community Center

Ayelet Hen Getz – Division of Volunteers

Gili Ashkenazi  – Be’or Paneicha

Yehudit Katsover – Women in Green 050-7161818

Nadia Matar – Women in Green 050-5500834

Mark your calendars- tell family and friends and join this spiritually  uplifting experience!!

Yehudit Katsover and Nadia Matar


Torah Classes with two inspiring teachers sponsored by Yiboneh.7:30 pm – 8:30 pm Rabbi Aaron Goldsheider

EVENT: Taco Torah Tuesday by Yiboneh with Rabbi Goldscheider and Rabbi Breitowitz

What a great way to spend TUESDAY evenings! First class began  on Tuesday November 1, 2016 and continues every Tuesdau night.

7:00 PM

Taco Dinner followed by two great shiurim.

“Toward a Meaningful Life” Practical wisdom of Rabbi Joseph B. Solovetchik zt’l that will enhance our spiritual lives.

8:30 pm – 9:30 pm Rabbi Yitzchak Breitowitz

“Living with The Parsha” Ethical and Spiritual Insights from the Weekly Torah Reading

Where? Emek Refaim 45. Just across the street from Sushi Rechavia in the German Colony (Jerusalem)

Busses 13,14, 18 , 34, 77 and more. Click on this link for more information and map.

no charge/suggested donation only (Suggested donation for one class 20 nis/30 nis for two classes/ 40 for full package including Taco dinner)
More info? contact

Classes can be dedicated in memory or honor of loved ones or special occasions. Please contact Rabbi Poston at

Taco and Torah Tuesday

Taco and Torah Tuesday Beit Hasid Emek Refaim 45 German Colony, Jerusalem (accross from Sushi Rechavia/Bagel Cafe) Bus routes 13, 14, 34, 77

For the Community:

The Matara Program is looking for warm and loving families whom want and have the time and love to give to kids at risk.

Families receive professional guidance as well as a stipend of 4,000 NIS for food and board.

If you would like to hear more please call me at 054-676-9802.

To learn more about our Program please visit our website:


Post 376: The connection between Lymph system and Breast Cancer prevention and a presentation by *Also featuring Breathtaking Films of Yad L’achim Rescues… and much more!* Wednesday 9/11 Event starts at 8:30, Tamir Hall, Ulam Aleph 2 Shefa Chaim Road. For Women – 18 and up Suggested donation – 20 NIS

This post explores exercise and it’s connection to the prevention of breast cancer and lymph system health.

I am not a certified lymph specialist, but I do know from my experience that the following advice is best taken.

To quote my oncologist, Dr. Maya Gibs, “Exercise will help prevent breast cancer. It will help one who has breast cancer to go into remission for a longer period than those who do not exercise.” Studies suggest that a healthy lymph system is the reward for exercise. On the flip side, woman who have lymphedema benefit from exercise and weight training: More details follow. From:

Several research studies have found that a program of gradually increasing exercise supervised by a certified lymphedema therapist — meaning you start gently and intensify slowly over time — is not likely to increase the risk of lymphedema. This is also the recommendation made in the National Lymphedema Network’s Position Statement on Exercise.

Some experts believe that exercise may even play a role in rehabilitating the arm so that it can better withstand the day-to-day stresses that can lead to lymphedema.

“I believe that cardiac rehabilitation is a great analogy for this,” says Kathryn Schmitz, PhD, MPH, professor in the Division of Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania.

“Let’s say you have damage to the heart muscle because of a heart attack. Well, those damaged cells are never coming back. But the more you strengthen the rest of your heart through exercise, the smaller the chance of another problem down the line.

“People who recover from heart attacks go on to run marathons,” she adds. “There is no reason why a woman with damage to her lymphatic system should have to spend the rest of her life avoiding anything that puts too much stress on her arm. Rather, she can take her cue from cardiac rehab and very slowly increase the amount of stress her arm can handle through weight training or other forms of exercise. That way, if she has a day when she gets a bee sting or ends up washing 200 dishes at the church dinner, her arm can handle it. This doesn’t mean throwing all precautions to the wind, though — she still has to be smart about how she uses her arm.”

Dr. Schmitz and her team conducted the Physical Activity and Lymphedema Trial, or PAL, which played a key role in overturning restrictive activity limits on people at risk for lymphedema. The trial enrolled 154 women at risk for breast cancer-related lymphedema, assigning them to either a program of slowly progressive weight training, starting out with very light weights, or no exercise. Among women who had five or more lymph nodes removed, the weight training made a difference: 7% in the intervention group experienced an incident of lymphedema, versus 22% in the no-exercise group.

Also as part of PAL, the research team completed a study with 141 breast cancer survivors who had stable lymphedema, assigning them to either a slowly progressive weight training program or no intervention. Women in the weight-training group were not found to be at any higher risk of developing arm swelling. They also had a lower incidence of lymphedema flare-ups — 14% in the exercise group, versus 29% in the control group — as assessed by a certified lymphedema therapist.

More research is needed to determine whether weight-training and other forms of exercise help reduce the risk of lymphedema and flare-ups.

We do know that exercise makes the muscles into a pump that can push lymph fluid where it needs to go. “The lymphatic vessels lie between the muscle and the skin. With activity, the muscle contracts and relaxes against the skin. So by pump and release, the activity massages the lymph vessels and moves extra lymphatic fluid out of there,” says Linda T. Miller, PT, DPT, CLT, clinical director of the Breast Cancer Physical Therapy Center, Ltd., in Malvern, PA.

Designing an exercise plan

Typically, an exercise plan for anyone at risk for or diagnosed with lymphedema includes some combination of:

    • There is no “one size fits all” approach to breast cancer treatment, and the same holds true for exercise. Every person’s body is different. Strength training with light weights is good for many women, but some may find it too painful or too hard on the arm. In those cases, other forms of gentler exercise may be recommended. Also, if you’re undergoing chemotherapy or taking other medications with side effects, there may be times when you don’t have the energy to exercise.

    • Start slowly and cautiously, take frequent breaks, and use your arm as a guide. A lymphedema therapist can help you make a sensible plan for getting active again. If you were active before surgery — for example, lifting weights, running, or biking — you’ll want to work slowly back up to your previous level of activity. Your therapist may recommend that you lift lighter weights.

    • flexibility and stretching exercises

    • strength training

    • aerobic exercise that uses the upper body, helping with weight loss and encouraging deep breathing, which in turn helps lymph move along

“This is very different than simply going out and joining a gym, or starting to run the same 3 or 4 miles you used to do before,” says lymphedema specialist Nicole Stout. “If you are exercising without guidance, it can be difficult to tell the difference between exercising and straining your limb. I always tell women, ‘Start low, go slow, listen to the limb.’ Exercise is important, but you have to do it wisely with specific guidance from someone who knows your situation.”

The following tips may be helpful as you make an exercise plan that is right for you:

    • If possible, work with a physical medicine doctor, physical therapist, occupational therapist, nurse, massage therapist, or other provider who specializes in lymphedema management and breast cancer rehabilitation. Seek out someone with training and expertise in this area; see Finding a Lymphedema Therapist for guidance. Working with a trainer or therapist NOT schooled in issues specific to breast cancer patients could lead to injury, which increases lymphedema risk. After working with an expert to learn how to exercise properly, eventually you’ll be able to exercise on your own.

  • walk, or bike shorter distances on an exercise bike at first. You should stop if your arm feels heavy, achy, or tired. Your therapist can show you stretches to do at these times, as well as for daily maintenance, to keep the lymph moving. If you were moderately active or not active at all before surgery, you’ll want to start even more slowly, paying close attention to how your arm responds. Low-impact exercises such as walking, swimming, or tai chi can be a good way to start.

  • Watch your arm, hand, and upper body during and after activity for any change in size, shape, tissue, texture, soreness, heaviness, or firmness. Any changes could be a sign that you need to ease up on a particular activity or take a break. If a change persists for more than a few days, see your doctor or therapist.

  • Keep in mind that lower body and core (abs, back, and pelvis) exercises can affect your upper body. “The effect of strength training for the upper body is pretty obvious; however, some may forget that the risk is also there for core and lower body exercises,” says Cathy Bryan, M.Ed., an American College of Sports Medicine and American Cancer Society Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer. “For instance, two main variables to think about are loading the weights onto plate-loaded equipment (such as a leg press) and gripping handles too tightly during the leg exercise (such as leg extension). When performing core exercises, we must always pay close attention to where our arms and wrists are and if we’re holding weight during the exercise. Again, a safe and effective full-body workout is usually a very attainable goal. This is just another reason to find a qualified personal trainer to help you design and implement your workout.”

  • Be aware that not all exercise programs for cancer survivors will meet your needs, and some may be risky. Many health clubs, gyms, and hospitals offer exercise programs targeted at cancer survivors. Check out any program you’re considering in advance or run it by your therapist. Even if it’s billed as “cancer rehabilitation,” it may not meet the needs of people at risk for lymphedema.

  • If you don’t have access to a doctor or therapist with expertise in lymphedema, whether because of location or cost, ask another physical therapist or health care provider to consult with you. Talk to this person about your lymphedema concerns and your plans to exercise. As a medical professional, he or she may be able to request the strength training plan used in the Physical Activity and Lymphedema Trial. Another resource is a DVD called Strength & Courage: Exercises for Breast Cancer Survivors, a program of low-impact exercises developed by a breast cancer survivor and health fitness specialist in Pittsburgh, PA.

You also may want to consult the National Lymphedema Network’s Position Statement on Exercise.

Expert Quote

“We used to tell women never to lift 5 pounds, 10 pounds for the rest of their lives. That is absolutely not true. Women should be using the arm and exercising, but in a wise way. There is danger in exercise if they overdo it and strain the limb. I have never told a patient, ‘No, you can’t do that’ — whether she wants to try yoga for the first time, get back on the golf course, go rock climbing, or, in one case, even return to power-lifting. It’s a matter of working the limb gradually, exercising it to get in shape to do those activities.”

– Nicole Stout, MPT, CLT-LANA (Lymphology  Ass. of North America

And an interesting evening:

(9.11.16) – ח’ חשון

*”My children are the Heads of the Arab Village Gang that Throw Stones
on JEWS!”*

Shira, whose life was in danger from her Arab husband, was given detailed
instruction from Yad L’Achim of an escape plan.

Her life now hung in the balance.

Would she be able to escape?

What about her children?

What if things went wrong?

Come hear Shira tell her dramatic and inspirational story,*LIVE*, for the
first time.=.

*Also featuring Breathtaking Films of Yad L’achim Rescues… and much more!*

Event starts at 8:30,

Tamir Hall, Ulam Aleph 2 Shefa Chaim Road.

For Women – 18 and up

Suggested donation – 20 NIS