Monthly Archives: December 2016

POST 395: Zot Chanukah Seuda at Yeshivah Rabbi Akiva January 1st, 2PM; Women’s Business Ulpan in Jerusalem – starting in January!


Yeshivah Rabbi Akiva is designed for students of any age, who are mature and motivated.


Yeshivas Rabbi Akiva is a dynamic and friendly Torah institution, located in the heart of the Old City, Jerusalem. It provides a unique opportunity for men from all religious backgrounds, to realize their learning potential. The yeshiva operates under the guidance of Rabbi Shalom Gold and Rabbi Yehoshua Weiss, both educational veterans in the study of Torah.

Several learning programs compliment the comprehensive yeshiva schedule, including Gemara, Chumash, Mishnayot, Prophets and Jewish Philosophy. Shiurim are conducted under the auspices of a magnetic team of rabbis, who are focused on infusing an atmosphere of learning in the yeshiva. The learning program is further enhanced, through the regular appearances of guest lecturers.

The warm atmosphere of the beis medrash attracts locals and visitors from the four corners of the globe, many of whom wish to drink from the spiritual waters of Jerusalem, during their stay in Israel.

A daily Daf Yomi shiur is another exciting part of the yeshiva’s schedule. The program includes a synopsis and insight into the Daf, accessible to participants in the official Daf Yomi program, throughout the world. See the yeshiva’s schedule to start your learning program today.

The Zot Chanukah Seudah is dedicated to

Yeshivas Rabbi Akiva and the yahrzeit of Rabbi Yehoshua Weiss‘s mother.

2:PM at:

2/3 HaMeshorarim

Old City Jerusalem Israel 97500

Also In January:

Women’s Business Ulpan in Jerusalem – starting in January!

Doing business in Israel?

Want to be more successful at your job?Come and improve your ability to do business by learning how to speak Business Hebrew.

When your understanding and usage of business terms in Hebrew improves, your business will flourish. Better Hebrew will lead to better business.

The Women’s Business Ulpan at Temech teaches you how to:· Speak to vendors

· Speak to Hebrew speaking customers

· Sound more sophisticated and business savvy

· Understand business forms and paperwork

The course will take place on Wednesday evenings, 19:30 – 21:30, at Temech in Jerusalem (216 Rechov Yaffo, Binyan Shaarei HaIr).

The fee is 300 NIS for 15 sessions of 2 hours each. 100 shekel will be refunded on completion of the course.

For details and registration call Simmi at 02-538-8665 or email: <mailto:>


Post 394: Chanukah Chagiga at Neve Yerushaliym- fresh whole small tuna in the Shuk

Don’t miss out Neve Yerushalayim ‘s fundraiser for their kallahs to be held
tonight,  Wednesday, Dec. 28th. Doors open at 7pm. show begins at7:30pm. The
evening includes an entertaining and inspiring show featuring Neve students
and alumni, a raffle with lots of great prizes, and dancing. For girls and
women, ages 6-120. Tickets are 30 shekel in advance, 4 for 100, and 40
shekel at the door. Contact Devorah – 0583271883 or call 0200.

 And a relief from all that oily food:

Fresh Tuna for Sushi or Salad

  • 2 fresh mediterranean tunas from the Shuk; after you’s have 4 nice fillets. I grill the skin and bones.
  • 1 tbsp fresh chopped basil
  • 1/2 stalk celery, minced
  • 1 finely chopped scallion – green part only (optional)
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice, or more to taste
  • Extra virgin olive oil to taste
  • Salt and pepper to taste

See the full post:

Yes, free soufganiot in the shuk

Post 393: Link to Chanukah Rope Course: Link to First Day of Chanukah photos in jerusalem: ; Chinese Medicine cure for lingering mucous: Womens’ Exercise Chug; recipe beet latkas

The link to the rope course sight is below. I would try to climb a wall slightly over my height, but not like the one in the photos!

Chanukah Samayach: link to Chanukah Rope Course and events

Noach Bittleman famous prize-winning  Chinese medicine doctor  reminds us of  the following for a cure for lingering mucous:

Hollow out a black radish.
Fill with honey.
Allow to sit overnight or 8-10 hours
Drink the honey. Great for loosening and lessening mucus. His clinic is in Ein Kerem Jerusalem
Just won first prize for a paper he gave in Chinese in China
Best Wishes
Shulamit Chalav Udvash Health Food Store

Weird Latkas! Cumin Sce nted Beet Latkas


INGREDIENTS Cumin Scented Beet Latkes:

    • 6 cups coarsely shredded peeled beets (about 6 medium)
    • 6 tablespoons all purpose flour
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
    • 3/4 teaspoon ground coriander
    • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 3 large eggs, beaten to blend
    • Canola oil (for frying)


    1. Place beets in large bowl; press with paper towels to absorb any moisture. In another large bowl, whisk flour and next 5 ingredients. Mix in beets, then eggs.
    2. Pour enough oil into large skillet to cover bottom; heat over medium heat. Working in batches, drop beet mixture by 1/4 cupfuls into skillet; spread to 3 1/2-inch rounds. Fry until golden, about 5 minutes per side. Transfer latkes to baking sheet. (Can be made 6 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature. Rewarm in 350°F oven until crisp, about 10 minutes.)Serve latkes with relish and salsa

Post 392: Link to Chanukah events in Jerusalem; Zol B’ Gadol- new supermarket on Rechove Jaffo, Hand clothing store – Gival Shaul

Update on Zol B’Gadol- the new “Supermarket”on Rechove Yaffo near the shuk entrance.

Baruch Hashem there is now a proper teudat hechsher in place for the
supermarket’s produce section of the new supermarket that
opened on Yaffo Street at Machane Yehuda, across the Street from Beit Knesset Zoharei Chama (Sundial Shul).

The hashgacha is that of Rabbi Yosef Efrati.


As is usually the case, the kashrus only covers trumos, maasros, orla, and shmitah. Items that pose concerns of insect infestation must be treated accordingly.

Soup Season:

Made a lovely onion soup today and plan on a Hot and Sour Soup for next week

Hot and Sour Soup

Serves 4

6 dried shiitake mushrooms
1 quart chicken stock, fresh or canned
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon soy sauce (or tamari, if making gluten-free)
1/2 cup canned bamboo shoots, drained and sliced into matchsticks
1/4 pound roast
3/4 cup firm tofu, sliced into matchsticks
1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
4 tablespoons white vinegar
3 tablespoons cornstarch mixed with 4 tablespoons cold water
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 scallion, finely chopped

Place the mushrooms in a small bowl and over with hot water. Let stand about 15 minutes to hydrate.

Meanwhile, combine the chicken stock, salt, and soy sauce in a soup pot and bring to a boil. While waiting for the liquid to heat, trim any fat off the beef.I like to marinate meat so it is tender. Cut it in strips 1/2-inch long and 1/4-inch thick. Add to simmering broth. Remove foam if any arise. If you cannot find kosher bamboo shoots you can add sliced thin kholrhabi.

Remove the mushrooms from the hot water. Strain any grit from the mushroom water, then pour it in the soup pot. Slice the mushrooms thinly. I crack the mushrooms when then are dry.

Add the bamboo shoots, sliced mushrooms, to the now-boiling soup. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 3 minutes.

Test for softness and place reflector under the pot and keep simmering for perhaps an hour.

Add the tofu, pepper, and vinegar to the pot. Bring to a boil again. Stir in the cornstarch mixed with water to the pot, and continue stirring until the mixture is thickened, about 2 to 3 minutes. Turn off the heat and add the egg, stirring gently.

Ladle the hot soup in bowls and garnish with a teaspoon of sesame oil and some chopped scallions.

Recipe Notes

This could easily be made vegetarian or vegan by substituting kombu dashi or vegetable broth for the chicken stock and omitting the beaf and/or the egg. If you want more sourness, try another tablespoon of vinegar.

If you want an even thicker soup, add another tablespoon of corn starch mixed with water.

I love to find 2nd hand stores. Maybe you have one or two favorites to suggest?

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ReSale by LoriLu Opening hours at 68 Konfei Nisharin

As of today until the Tuesday after Chanukah we are open ONLY MORNINGS….10-1p Come and shop great stuff for Chanukah, beautiful jewelry, lotion gifts, English word games, dvds…everything for cheap, cheap. Make Resale by Lorilu your first stop.

Just in, warm snowsuits for babies, Gap quality…all still with tags. Also Carters fleece onesies and the cutest small girls outfits from Paris, still with tags. Happy Shopping!

Lots of new stuff this week. STUNNING LIPSY London dresses, for the most part they are straight and size 6 or 36/8. 100 shek each. Anyone who knows this brand knows it’s a great price. A Lipsy pocketbook and so much more. Do you like art gallery jewelry??? Just in, some STUNNING Jewelry straight from the gallery. Come check it out…great gifts for Chanukah or just find somethings for yourself.


Post 391; Crowd Funding for Oz Ve Gaon – You can pledge thru this link:

You can pledge thru this link:

r Loyal Women in Green / Oz ve Gaon Friends,

We are working on a new crowdfunding program, and we need your help.

We need people to come to Oz Ve Gaon today, starting from 6 pm, 

when there will be a Shiur, and after the Shiur we will start the the crowdfunding

campaign, which will be ongoing for 30 hours. You’re welcome to come at

anytime during those 30 hours to help out, by making phone calls asking people

to donate money to the crowdfunding campaign. (For more details see message below)

I would like to organize transportation for those planning on going. 

We hope to have transportation both at 5 pm Tuesday and around 3 

pm Wednesday, so please let me know, when you would like to go.

Thank you to all those who have pledged their donation already. B”H, We have

already raised more than $118,000. Campaign link:

Looking forward to hearing from you,


English follows Hebrew

עוז וגאו”ן- מחר זה קורה!


חברים יקרים


מחר זה קורה! בע”ה מחר, יום שלישי בשעה 19:00, בעוז וגאו”ן ,מיד אחרי השיעור של הרב דב זינגר מישיבת “מקור חיים” (השיעור מתחיל בשעה 18:00)- מבצע גיוס ההמונים של נשים בירוק לחיזוק עוז וגאו”ן יוצא לדרך ל30 שעות אחרונות! עד רביעי בחצות עלינו לגייס את כל הסכום. זהו מבצע הכל או לא כלום.

הגענו כמעט לחצי. היו שותפים.


אז מה עושים?

1)    הקליקו עכשיו על הלינק המצורף והוסיפו את תרומתכם. תודה.


כל תרומה מתקבלת בברכה. כל תרומה משפיעה. כל תרומה מחזקת את ארץ ישראל.

אם כבר תרמתם-אנא העבירו מייל זה למשפחה וחברים.


2)    הגיעו לשיעור של הרב דב זינגר בעוז וגאו”ן בע”ה מחר, יום שלישי, כ’ כסלו 2012 בשעה 18:00 על הנושא: “השינוי הנדרש מלהיות בתפילה ולהיות מתפלל”

3)    הצטרפו לחמ”ל שייפתח בעוז וגאו”ן מיד אחרי השיעור. הביאו פלאפון ומטען . ביחד נתקשר לאוהבי ארץ ישראל ונזכה אותם באפשרות להיות שותפים. החמ”ל יהיה פתוח ל30 שעות ברציפות. אנא הגיעו בכל שעות המבצע. לחברינו בחוץ לארץ גם אתם יכולים לפתוח חמ”ל בביתכם ולהתקשר. פנו אלינו וניתן לכם פרטים.

4)    נופש פעיל להורים וילדים בעוז וגאו”ן- ביום רביעיכ”א כסלו 21/12 , יתקיים נופש פעיל בעוז וגאו”ן בין השעות 15:30 עד השעה 17:00 בואו עם ילדים ונכדים!

5)    גילוי לב:

עלינו להודות שמבצע גיוס ההמונים אינו קל לנו. קשה לבקש כסף. הלוואי שיכולנו להתעסק רק בדברים שברומו של עולם. אולי לא כולם ערים לכך אבל 97% של הוצאות שמורת עוז וגאו”ן הן על כתפי נשים בירוק. השמירה, התחזוקה, הטיפול השבועי בעירוב, הפעילויות הרבות, תפעול הנוער, פינת הקפה לחיילים, תחזוקת אוהל החיילים והוספת מרכיבי הביטחון החיוניים כל כך שאנו צריכים בדחיפות- הן כולם על כתפינו. חודש אחר חודש. הצלחנו עד היום, כבר שנתיים וחצי, בזכותכם, ונוכל להמשיך רק אם נצליח במבצע גיוס הכספים הנוכחי. בע”ה יחד אתכם נעשה ונצליח!

תודה לכם שותפים יקרים!

יהודית קצובר ונדיה מטר


Dear friends,

Today it is please G-d happening!

Today, Tuesday December 21 st, immediately after Rabbi Dov Singer’s shiur (that starts at 6:00pm) our crowd funding campaign will reach its peak of the last 30 hours. By Wednesday midnight we need to reach our goal. This is an all or nothing campaign. We almost got to half the sum. Be partners.

So what do we do?

1)   Please Click right now on the link to the campaign and add your donation.

Each and every donation is welcomed and appreciated. Each donation has an impact. Each donation strengthens Eretz Yisrael. If you already donated , please forward the link to family and friends and urge them to join.

2)   Come to Oz Ve Gaon to hear Rabbi Dov Singer’s Shiur (in Hebrew) at 6:00 pm tomorrow. Rabbi Dov Singer, from the Makor Chaim yeshiva will be talking about: “The Change Needed From Being Present at the Tefilla (Prayer) To Actually Praying”.

3)   Join our Crowd funding headquarters at Oz  Ve Gaon that will be opened immediately after the end of the Shiur. Bring your cellphone and recharger. Together we will call lovers of Eretz Yisrael and give them the opportunity to join us by donating. The headquarters will be open for 30 hours non-stop. Come at any time during these hours.

Also, if you live abroad, you can open a headquarter at your house. Email us and we will give you all the

4)   Parents and grandparents! There will be a “nofesh pa’il” activities for children, in Oz Ve Gaon, this Wednesday from 3:30pm till 5:00pm. Bring your children and grandchildren.

5)   An admission from our heart: we must tell you that this entire crowd funding campaign is not easy for us. It is difficult to ask for money. It’s uncomfortable. We wish we could only deal with the other more spiritual aspect of it all. Maybe not everyone is aware of it, but 97% of the expenses of Oz Ve Gaon are on Women in Green’s shoulders. The guarding, the upkeep, the weekly eiruv fixing, the organizing of the many activities, lectures, youth groups, the soldiers’ corner, the upkeep of the soldiers’ tent, the bet midrash, the synagogue, the urgently needed security equipment that we are now trying to  purchase etc…

It is all on us. Month after month. We have succeeded till now, for the past two and a half years, thanks to you and we will be able to continue only if we succeed in this crowd funding campaign. Please G-d together with you we will act and do and succeed. Thank you partners!

Yehudit Katsover and Nadia Matar


Post 390: Link to; art gallery AND music tonight – link to recall of cusinart blade: link to complimentary medicine clinic Rehavia- link to Archeology tour during Chanukah; company that takes all electronic equipment

  1. Link to the benefits of chili:

    There are many links in this blog and each one has a relevant time span!

    1-This week many events are planned at in Nachlaot.

    2-You may have heard there is a recall of a blade from selected cusinart models: check out the site:

    3-I will be visiting a complimentary treatment clinic at Address: 3 Azza St., Jerusalem
    Tel: 0779181428
    Website: The clinic is staffed by volunteers and the treatment cost is minimum. The clients are in cancer recovery.

    Don’t wait to try chili!

    For a taste treat forget cholent and do Chili!

    This first recipe is the one that I found to be easiest simply because it requires only a few ingredients. The later recipes request various kinds of chilies.

    Not for Sissies Red Hot Chili – Crock Pot Chili or just leave the pot on a diffuser.

    Texas classic Chili doesn’t include beans or tomatoes, only beef, homemade chili paste, and a few flavorings. It’s what Texans call a “Bowl o’ Red” and tastes intensely of its two main ingredients. Take care to cook the chili at the barest possible simmer to avoid evaporating the sauce before the beef is tender. Whatever combination of dried chiles you use, make sure they’re as fresh as possible by buying from a store with good turnover. Dried chiles should be pliable (but not damp) and without signs of mold.

    INGREDIENTS-You can use cooked or canned beans to stretch the servings.

      • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin seed

      • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

      • Kosher salt-I used a pepper salt that I found in the shuk

      • 5 tablespoons vegetable oil, 

      • 2 1/2 pounds boneless beef chuck, well trimmed and cut into 3/4-inch cubes (to yield 2 pounds after trimming). I used what is called goulash meat.

      • 1/3 cup to 1 cup finely chopped onion depending on your preference.

      • 3 large cloves garlic, minced

      • 2 cups beef stock , or canned low-sodium beef broth, plus more as needed + 2 cups vegetable stock

      • 2 1/4 cups water, plus more as needed – not necessary if you use stock

      • 1 tablespoon firmly packed dark brown sugar, plus more as needed or omit.

      • 1 1/2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar, plus more as needed or omit.

      • Lime wedges



    Adapted From Lobel’s Meat Bible: All You Need to Know About Meat and Poultry from America’s Master Butchers by Stanley, Evan, Mark, and David Lobel, with Mary Goodbody and David Whiteman. Text copyright © 2009 by Morris Lobel & Sons, Inc.; photographs © 2009 by Lucy Schaeffer. Published by Chronicle Books LLC.

    This is another Texas Chili: Outstanding! It uses lots of pasilla dried peppers. I will be checking around the shuk on Wednesday for these dried peppers.

    You can stop here because the following recipes require special chiles that probably are hard to find in Israel.

    From experience those babies are hot, but no idea what kind they are. Anyways, the recipe looks great. It includes a  1/2 tsp of dried cloves and a couple of tbsp of dark chocolate.  Not a typical chili in that it takes quite a while to make looks worth it.

    Very good recipe; it can be made SUBSTANTIALLY easier by a few short-cuts that do not negatively impact it in any meaningful way.

    [1] Chiles: use a pair of scissors and cut the heads of dry chiles, then the rest, seeds and all, into a deep mixing bowl, into “rings”. Then, with hands, sift out the rings. The seeds will fall to the bottom. Place chiles in a “tornado” type coffee/spice grinder, and blend until pulverized.

    [2] “Temper” the cumin by toasting seeds first. Dry skillet, just like the article. No need to toast the chiles. Add to the spice-grinder and pulverize.

    [3] Add SALT to the spice grinder, per recipe. It helps pulverize the spice mixture.

    [4] Consider adding a good teaspoon of leaf oregano to the mixture. It is a welcome overtone, and by the end of cooking will have nearly (but not quite) boiled off. Its subtle. Lovely.

    [5] If you like, without altering the basic proportions, consider cutting your own”flap meat”, cutting slices as thin as a pencil. Its a bit of work, but sharpen your knife, then cross-cut into strips, then the strips into little cubes. This [6] NEW MEXICO chiles are excellent, and have a bit of heat. PASILLA is wonderful, and gives a decidedly ”sun dried tomato / raisin” flavor. Chile California has no heat at all, and Guajillos … are quite a mixed bag. Sometimes rip-roaring hot, sometimes as tame as a 17 year old tabby cat. LASTLY … from a very old Texas True Cowboy who was an actual card-carrying camp cook … that the real secret flavor is 1/2 tsp of ground cloves, entered in to the cooking at the very beginning. The cloves are really subtle … and yet “Make it”. But first, try the recipe as is. Chile isn’t about instant magic. Its about trial and success.

    The following are some varieties that I’ll be researching at the shuk.

    The goal is to make a mix of pasilla 5 lg, Ancho 3 lg, cascabel 2 md and 2 japones. I’d probably sub 1 ea Ancho and pasilla for cascabel and another japones.

    This is one of the best recipes that I’ve come across.



    INGREDIENTS for a crowd

    1. Brown Onions and beef and drain,

    1. Place the chiles in a straight-sided large skillet over medium-low heat and gently toast the chiles until fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Don’t let them burn or they’ll turn bitter. Place the chiles in a bowl and cover them with very hot water and soak until soft, 15 to 45 minutes, turning once or twice.

    1. I wanted the meat to be very tender so I marinated the cubes in red vinegar, wine and mashed roasted garlic.  Prepare beans by soaking overnight and cooking until soft in a pressure cooker.

    2. Prepare the chiles: put on gloves, remove seeds, slice into smallest pieces and soak in boiling water to cover. Add the cumin and salt to the mixture.

    3. Place skillet on medium-high heat and melt 2 tablespoons of the oil.  When it begins to approach smoking, swirl skillet to coat and add half of the beef. Lightly brown on at least two sides, about 3 minutes per side, reducing the heat if the meat threatens to burn. Transfer to a bowl and repeat with 2 more tablespoons of  oil and the remaining beef. Reserve.

    4. Let the skillet cool slightly, and place it over medium-low heat. Melt the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil in the skillet; add the onion and garlic and cook gently for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the stock, the remaining 2 cups water and gradually add in the reserved chile paste, scraping the bottom of the skillet with a spatula to loosen any browned bits. Add the reserved beef (and any juices in the bowl) and bring to a simmer over high heat. Reduce heat to maintain the barest possible simmer (just a few bubbles breaking the surface). Without a crockpot you will need a diffuser. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the meat is tender but still somewhat firm and 1 1/2 to 2 cups of thickened but still liquid sauce surrounds the cubes of meat, about 2 hours.

    5. Stir in the brown sugar and vinegar if you are using them or some tomato paste thoroughly and add more salt to taste; gently simmer 10 minutes more. At this point, it may look like there is excess sauce.

    6. Turn off the heat and let the chili stand for at least 30 minutes, during which time the meat will absorb about half of the remaining sauce in the skillet, leaving the meat bathed in a thick, somewhat fluid sauce. Stir in additional broth or water if the mixture seems too dry. At this point I saw that the meat cubes were not breaking down. I removed them from the pot and separated them into shreds. If the mixture seems a bit loose and wet, allow it to simmer a bit more (you may partially crush the cubes of beef with the back of a spoon to let them absorb more sauce). Adjust the balance of flavors with a bit of additional salt, sugar, or vinegar, if you like. 

    7. Reheat gently and serve in individual bowls with a lime wedge on the side.

  2. 2 ounces dried, whole New Mexico (California), guajillo, or pasilla chiles, or a combination (6 to 8 chiles)

    2. Drain the chiles; split them and remove stems and seeds (a brief rinse helps remove seeds, but don’t wash away the flesh). Place the chiles in the bowl of a blender and add the cumin, black pepper, 1 tablespoon salt and 1/4 cup water. Purée the mixture, adding more water as needed (and occasionally scraping down the sides of the blender jar), until a smooth, slightly fluid paste forms (you want to eliminate all but the tiniest bits of skin.) Set the chile paste aside.

  3. Add beef, beans, crushed tomatoes,tomatos paste, onions, chili powder, cayenne pepper, and beef broth in the pot

  4. Puree jalapeno, garlic and tomatoes in food processor, then add to crockpot.

  5. Stir all ingredients, then cook 10-12 hrs on low, or 5-6 hrs on high.

  6. Enjoy;

    Following is a link to events during Chanukah

מתי? שבת 31.12  סיורים מומחזים יתקיימו בשעות 10:00, 12:14:00

כמה? ללא תשלום נוסף על דמי הכניסה לאתר, חינם למנויים. דמי כניסה 29 ₪ למבוגר, 15 ₪ לילד ולאזרח ותיק.

לפרטים: בטלפון *3639 ובאתר רשות הטבע והגנים

סיור מדליק עם בני האור 

סיור חווייתי בין עתיקות היישוב העתיק מימי בית שני ששכן בצל מצוק ההעתקים המרשים הכולל בסרט על האתר והסביבה וסיור במוזיאון המציג את הממצאים הארכיאולוגים ונשמע על כת ‘היחד’, מגילות ואוצרות גנוזים במערות.

מתי? ראשון עד חמישי  25-29.12 בשעות 12:00 – 13:30

כמה? ללא תשלום נוסף על דמי הכניסה לאתר, חינם למנויים. דמי כניסה 29 ₪ למבוגר, 15 ₪ לילד ולאזרח ותיק.

לפרטים: בטלפון *3639 ובאתר רשות הטבע והגנים

To all recyclers:
This is the website of the company that accepts all electronic equip and small, for recycling.
The site is detailed. It is in Hebrew but there is a shorter English-language section too.
מ.א.י – תאגיד למיחזור אלקטרוניקה לישראל – פסולת אלקטרונית

Post 389: The Downs and Ups of Losing and Finding my Teudat Zehut left on an Egged Buss in Jerusalem; A Recipe for Home made Kinetic Sand from Thursday Dec. 22@ 7pm- Chanuka- Embracing our Inner Light- with Rabbi Sam Shor-This is the first of a new monthly lecture series to be held in conjunction with Shir Hadash…There is no fee for these FREE lectures….3 Chopin Street, lower leve


There is a great deal of anxiety engendered when one is faced with losing one’s  Teudat Zehut on a bus. One is required by law to have this identification card on one’s person.

It’s recommended to immediately report any lost or possibly stolen Teudat Zehut (get and keep on file the Police Report) as identity theft is not uncommon, and the Misrad HaPnim may request this information. I reported the theft, but didn’t get a Police Report. The police clerk suggested returning to the depot and to be patient. Trusting that it will all work out with Hashem’s help is vital.

To renew a lost T.Z., one needs to fill out a form and provide photos and proof of identity and to request a new sefach (stub containing a list of family members). All this takes hours. In addition, my RAV card was in the Teudat Zehut case.

I left the T.Z. on the number 9 bus in the direction  Binyanei Ha Uma on Friday. Dec 2nd. I had it when I entered the bus at Rechovot KKL Ysrael and Ussishkin and didn’t have it when I got off at Trumpeldor in Mirkaz Ha’Ir, three stops later!

There were a few people on the bus on that rainy morning at 10:30 and it was possible that someone picked it up rather than the driver.

Sitting down and making up a flow chart is helpful to locating a lost item.  I listed the possible places to look and then tried to find a reliable source each step of the way towards the goal of recovery. Today is the 8th day after the loss and thankfully the last.

The following information IS NOT CORRECT.

I am posting this erroneous information that I heard from a driver of a number 9 bus as a warning. Shouldn’t he be correct? Not necessarily!

I erroneously thought that my Teudat Zehut might be with the controller at Sniff Malcha, which is perhaps the same address as the last stop; Givat Mordekhai Junction (Herzog/Shakhal). I mistakenly thought that the number 9 bus that I took in the direction of Binyanei Ha Uma does a loop and returns to Malcha. With that incorrect assumption and information I considered going to Malcha (bad idea).

I opened a tic (file)  at the Egged Lost & Found *2800 and with the Police at 107 Jaffa.

I want to thank Oren Hirsch publicly. Oren writes Oren’s Transit Page for Jerusalem, New York and Washington D.C. He kindly identified with my quest and corrected me  saving me loads of time:  He advised me to return this morning to Egged L&F on the 3rd floor CBS. They checked the status of my tik and brought me the wonderful news that my TZ was listed as found in the Sniff HaUma.

This was like winning the lottery. The clerk’s directions were  not made clear where to pick it up –  He said go next to Binyanei HaUma’s parking area.

This parking area is as large as a football field and it is dotted with shacks.

The following is Oren’s advice and explanation for my confusion in finding the depot in Ha Uma.

“Each route is assigned to a depot, and despite what you may have been told, the 9 operates from HaUma, not Malha (though there are situations in which a Malha bus might find itself filling in on the 9).  While those assignments are usually pretty constant, they can change for operational reasons (the 50 used to be at HaUma, now it is at Malha, the 13 used to be at Malha, now it is at Talpiot, routes such as the 405 and 480 operate from a depot in Tel Aviv and a depot in Jerusalem, etc).  Furthermore, HaUma is an unusual depot, because it has both an upper and lower section, and routes that operate from other depots (such as the 18 and 15) “layover” there between trips after terminating at the CBS.  it sounds like you got sent to the upper section first even though you really needed to be at the lower for the lost and found.  Reasons such as this are why I don’t provide specific instructions on how to handle this situation, other than to contact Egged directly and work with them… As you had to acknowledge in order to send me your initial email, my website is not affiliated with any transit agency and I do not handle any official inquiries on their behalf.”

The drivers have a large spacious area next to the various shacks with an adjacent garden with a table and chairs for dining. 20161212_112747.jpgThe photo designates one of many shacks called HaUma. It’s a bit confusing. The sign is attached to poles that make up a shaded garden area.

I waited 2 hours for the clerk to return from a meeting. In the meantime I was treated to coffee and the Arab Egged drivers gladly helped me with my Arabic homework.20161019_083851.jpg

Imagine, as in the photo, not too long ago the means of getting around were by horse and carriage and donkeys.

The Egged drivers have a small “gesheft”, a business-outside the door where dry goods are sold and I also shopped there. I waited in the lounge area.20161212_115055.jpga bit. Yes, the official channels worked.

Continue reading Post 389: The Downs and Ups of Losing and Finding my Teudat Zehut left on an Egged Buss in Jerusalem; A Recipe for Home made Kinetic Sand from Thursday Dec. 22@ 7pm- Chanuka- Embracing our Inner Light- with Rabbi Sam Shor-This is the first of a new monthly lecture series to be held in conjunction with Shir Hadash…There is no fee for these FREE lectures….3 Chopin Street, lower leve

Post 388: A Search for a Lost and Found Office lead me to a meeting with Tamar, a Betzalel Fashion Design Graduate and owner of a shop called Shatnez, TUESDAY, December / Kislev 13 (a) 18:30 – “All of Us Is Amona” in Paris Sq, Jerusalem ; Special demonstration for Amona 19:00 – Friends of the IDF , Annual Memorial Lecture Wednesday, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, December 14th 4:30 PM Mishkenot Sha’anamin Conference Center 9 Yemin Moshe Street Making the Case for Israel: US Presidential Election: American Jewry and Israel: Ambassador Dore Gold President of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs in Dialogue with Prof. Alan Dershowitz, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School


Last week I stumbled upon a shop called Shatnez in Binyan Klal. The designation Shatnez, is familiar to observant Jews, but not as a shop. Shatnez is a mixture of wool and linen, and the combination is forbidden:

Definition of shatnez material. In the Torah, one is prohibited from wearing shatnez only after it has been carded, woven, and twisted, but the rabbis prohibit it if it has been subjected to any one of these operations. Hence felt made with a mixture of wool compressed together with linen is forbidden.

Torah‎: ‎Leviticus 19:19 and Deuteronomy 22:11

The owner of the shop, Tamar, doesn’t sell Shatnez. It’s possible that a garment in the shop would contain shatnez, wool and linen combined in a section of

the item as the collar, cuffs or waistline.

It would be up to the purchaser to be aware of that and have the  garment inspected by the various Shatnez laboratories in Jerusalem.

Next time we meet, I’ll (B’H) ask Tamar why she calls the shop by that name.

She explicitly designs with used materials, with a sense of frugality.

These recycled fabrics may have been on the street or dropped off at her shop.

The items appeared clean, but of-course washing before wearing is recommended.

In fact-“Upscaling” was her design option at Betzalel School of Art, part of Hebrew University.

I was immediately on her side. This is beyond a second hand clothing store. Tamar’s sewing machine is tucked in front. Just take a look at this summer skirt, a combination of two men size shirts and sized for a lady leaving the uneven shirt bottom.


There are a few new designed skirts  on the inside rack along the entrance wall. Several well tailored classic straight skirts are among the collection.

There are many ways one can harness Tamar’s talents. If you have a wool or silk garment that is “Out of Style” and it’s  perfectly new, she would have some ideas on “Upcycling” it.  If most of your closet is in that unusable category consider donating the items to her. She will use every one!

I have hesitated to turn my clothing in this category  to a gemach. A gemach is a charity. Usually the clothing is sold very cheaply and the profits provide for poor brides.

The items are generally style and date challenged and need a home with just the right gal.

Just don’t bring summer clothing to Tamar now. Below is a wool and mohair long sleeve wide men’s sweater that was “upscaled” to a skirt. The sleeves were turned into a shawl collar and a cap.



Bring your excess collection of hats, shoes and jewelry to Shatnez. and they will be singing again. Tamar is just the right one for the part.

Shatnez: Closed Sunday:

Monday-Thursday: 11-7PM

Friday: 11-2PM

Directions: Binyan Klal Building, 97 Jaffa Road
Jerusalem. Shatnes in on the Food Court level next to the escalators and opposite a sporting goods shop with large posters of basketball players displayed in the windows.


This photo depicts a group of Ethiopian workers in Keren Avraham. or Avraham’s Vineyard.

One recognizes Keren Avraham as a neighborhood in Geula in central Jerusalem. The vineyard was founded in 1855 by James Finn, British Consul in Ottoman Jerusalem, and his wife Elizabeth Anne Finn. Finn was a devout Christian, who belonged to the London Society for Promoting Christianity Amongst the Jews. It is said that he  did not engage in missionary work during his years in Jerusalem.

In 1853, Finn purchased Karm al-Khalil (“Abraham’s Vineyard”), a 10-acre plot of barren land outside the walls of the Old City. There he established “The Industrial Plantation for Employment of Jews in Jerusalem” to train Jews in agriculture and other trades so they could become self-supporting, rather than relying on the welfare distribution. The manager was a Christian named Dunn who believed he was a descendant of the tribe of Dan. Finn employed Jewish laborers to build the first house there in 1855 and cisterns for water storage were built.

The Ethiopian workers in the photograph were skilled stone masons. Notice their modest garments worn to shreds.  In these pious tzadikim’s  merit, one should try to find a use for clothing and not add them to the waste stream.

Two events taking place this week in Mirkaz Ha’Ir:

 TUESDAY, December / Kislev 13
(a) 18:30 – “All of Us Is Amona” in Paris Sq, Jerusalem
Details & Transportation: 1700-550-070,

Also: Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs Registration:

Annual Memorial Lecture Wednesday, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, December 14th 4:30 PM Mishkenot Sha’anamin Conference Center

9 Yemin Moshe Street

Making the Case for Israel: US Presidential Election: American Jewry and Israel: Ambassador Dore Gold President of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs in Dialogue with Prof. Alan Dershowitz, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School





Post 387: Shiur: The Kosher Switch Can we control electricity on Shabbat? Recipe; Gluten free pancakes


The Kosher Switch

Can we control electricity on Shabbat?

Sunday, December 11, 2016, 8:00 pm

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Gluten free pancakes


tablespoons flax seeds
1 1/2 cups gluten-free flour
1/3 cups ground almonds
teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoons baking powder
tablespoons oil
cup coconut cream
tablespoons maple syrup
1/2 cups yoghurt (soya, or other non-dairy yougurt)
tablespoons soy milk (sweetened, or other non-dairy milk)


1To make the batter, finely grind 1 tbsp flax seed in a food processor. Add 3 tbsp water and allow to soak and swell. Mix together the flour, almonds, cinnamon and baking soda. To the flaxseed purée, add 1 tablespoon oil, the coconut cream and 3 tablespoons maple syrup. Slowly add this to the dry ingredients mixture until just combined, be sure not over-beat. Let the batter rest 30 minutes.
2To make the pancakes, heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add 2-3 tablespoons oil or margarine to the skillet. Pour 2 or 3 small dollops of batter into the skillet. Cook the pancakes until bubbles appear in the batter, then turn to cook the other side until golden brown, about 2-4 mins on each side. Remove from pan and keep warm, then repeat the processes to make to make a total of 12 small pancakes. Mix the soy yogurt and 1 teaspoon maple syrup, and thin with soy milk. Arrange pancakes on a plate and drizzle with a little yogurt.

Post 386: A blog about an exercise in chesed and doing exeercise is chesed for yourself. Both require lots of practise. *_Only in Israel_!* stories


There has been a lot of talk going around the web about the fires that raged and how Israelis across the spectrum pulled together. Don’t you like to see goodness going viral;  After the “Only in Israel”, there is a section on the phenomena of bone, and strength in the aged, one of my interests. The writer gives illustrations:

Just a few definitions: Seated rows: These same movements can be  somewhat duplicated with weights and stretch tubes. I also visited Gan Sacher’s out door gym. All of the 16 machines work on the principle of using your own weight as resistance. The machines do not need any maintenance. Not like us!

Shoulder press

Assisted chin-up

Leg press

Following is a link to an article about an “Unexplainable Cloud” in the Golan.

*_Only in Israel_!*
“In our area, the fires were just over the hill. They were so close that we could feel the heat, cough from the soot and ash, and hear the sirens… a lot.  It was all anyone talked about.  Some were packing and all that. Many parents didn’t let the kids out to avoid inhaling whatever chemicals may be in the air.  Everyone cursed the Arab-arsonists with all their heart.
During the height of the action, I went to the local makolet and stood in with my items. The line, as you can imagine, is long. People are buying cleaners of all sorts because everything is covered in soot. “Slicha! Excuse me!” a guy shouts, “But I must go to the front of the line!” He is holding a box of toothbrushes and a lot of toothpaste. He said that he only had a half hour off work, and since there was a lot of traffic, we had to let him through quickly.
Geez! A man wants a bunch of tooth brushes to stock up for the next ten years!  Urgent, you know? Well, one lady told him off, “Look! We are all on edge!  Did you inhale Carbon Monoxide or whatever?  No? Then stand in line!  Here, we have no idea whether we will have a home tonight. Even if we have a house, between the planes and helicopters, and the sirens, and the smoke, who can sleep? And you need toothbrushes?” Turning from him, she said to no one in particular, “I guess everyone goes crazy in different ways!”
I must say that the man was big, very big. If he had wanted to, he could have pushed her (and everyone else) out of line. Instead, he blushed and somehow drooped his shoulders. He softly replied, “I am taking these to the shelter. There are people who only have their purses and a few diapers. Who remembers a toothbrush when you only have five minutes to evacuate? Food, drink, and clothes, they are getting. But no one thinks about toothbrushes, so I thought I’d take a half hour and get some… to make lives more bearable. You know?”
The line got very quiet and cleared a path for him. As he approached the cashier, the woman who yelled at him came running with all the pacifiers that were on the shelf. “Take!” she commanded. “There are babies, maybe not everyone has pacifiers! I’ll pay for them!” Immediately, all the customers abandoned the line and began sweeping items off the shelves – Toothpicks! Lighters! Even cloths to clean glasses! They dropped everything in the man’s basket!  “Do you have room for more in your car?” One person asked, as people continued bringing miscellaneous things.
Meanwhile, the man just stood there, smiling like a birthday boy who just got a huge surprise! Now I’ve got this unbearable burning in my nose… And I think to myself, “I was in a war. I know what it’s like. Besides, I’m grown, married and all that.” But I can’t help it. I am just about to cry—my soul was wide open! We are all one. The man tries to pay something but the store owner turns him down. “My grandfather was a Rabbi,’ he explains, adding “My Zaide would turn over in his grave if I took your money! Go! Go!”
I mean, who could imagine. But that’s not the end! In the back of the store stood a “Russian.” He was as non-Jewish as you can get.  He was standing with a carton of milk and a bun in his hand. With trembling lips and a tear on his cheek, he cried out in a thick accent, “You people!! I want to be like you!! I want to be a JEW! Take me please!”  🇮🇱

It’s your strength that really matters when it comes to functioning well in old age.

And if you’re training right, getting stronger is relatively easy, even if your body type doesn’t build muscle easily.

So what’s the right kind of training? That depends on your fitness and health goals and I am following my own regimen.

High-intensity resistance training is the best way to increase and maintain muscle function.

Professor Maria Fiatarone Singh

“The best results come from high-intensity interval training, which is lifting weight that’s 80 per cent or more of the maximum amount you can physically do.” Practically speaking: I don’t know what this means for me as I  can lift very slowly 15 lbs in one hand. I should be getting a bar. However, I have hand weights. They seem to be working OK.


Two, preferably three, sessions a week is ideal and the most important thing is intensity and progression — so increasing the amount of weight you’re lifting once it stops feeling hard to lift.

“If you can tolerate it, increase your power as well as strength by performing high-velocity, high-intensity movements,” Professor Fiatarone Singh said.

“An example of that would be lifting a heavy weight really fast (concentric phase), then slowly lowering it down (eccentric phase).” I have no problem with this: when I lift a rope of 4 lbs over my head  the only way it works is by doing it FAST using  my shoulders.

If you don’t have arthritis or other joint problems, adding high-impact movements, like jumping, improves bone density, can help to prevent osteoporosis.

The following machine exercises are ideal for strength training because they strengthen your biggest muscle groups.

Aim for two to three sets of eight to 12 reps as was described above.

Leg press

Weight machines are good for older people

 “Training the older person needs to have a double-barrelled perspective,” she said.

“It’s not just sarcopenia, a disease associated with the aging process. Loss of muscle mass and strength, which in turn affects balance, gait and overall ability to perform tasks of daily living, are hallmark signs of this disease.

You also want to prevent falls. So there needs to be two styles of programming: increasing strength and muscle mass safely, and preventing falls.”

Machines are a great option for working on strength because they do all the stability work for you, Ms Norgate said.

“The machine controls your movement which is great, especially if you haven’t trained before and have poor body awareness — you can work hard with good control,” she said.

Adding in stability work will help to prevent falls, so include exercises like banded walks, single-leg balancing and woodchops on the cable machine, Ms Norgate suggests.

People of all ages can benefit from super-slow weight training, but this is definitely a method to consider if you’re middle-aged or older. I recommend using four or five basic compound movements for your super-slow (high intensity) exercise set. Compound movements are movements that require the coordination of several muscle groups—for example, squats, chest presses and compound rows. Here is one of the technique.

  • Begin by lifting the weight as slowly and gradually as you can. This is demonstrated doing this with a four-second positive and a four-second negative, meaning it takes four seconds, or a slow count to four, to bring the weight up, and another four seconds to lower it. (When pushing, stop about 10 to 15 degrees before your limb is fully straightened; smoothly reverse direction)

  • Slowly lower the weight back down to the slow count of four

  • Repeat until exhaustion, which should be around four to eight reps. Once you reach exhaustion, don’t try to heave or jerk the weight to get one last repetition in. Instead, just keep trying to produce the movement, even if it’s not “going” anywhere, for another five seconds or so. If you’re using the appropriate amount of weight or resistance, you’ll be able to perform eight to 10 reps

  • Immediately switch to the next exercise for the next target muscle group, and repeat the first three steps

Aerobic exercise still important:

Despite all the benefits of strength training, it’s not going to give you all the health benefits you need. So you still need to make the effort to get some regular aerobic exercise, such as walking, swimming or cycling.

But there is some overlap, Professor Fiatarone Singh said.

“You can prevent a large proportion of muscle strength loss with weightlifting, but aerobic exercise can’t do that,” she said.

“On the other hand, you actually get about a 10 per cent increase in aerobic capacity from strength training.”

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