Monthly Archives: September 2017

Post 453: Two days trip to the upper Galilee and Golan, mostly visiting Biblical, second Temple, medieval and modern sites open to tourists

 Tour with Ezra Rosenfeld:

We will spend two days in the upper Galilee and Golan, mostly visiting Biblical, second Temple, medieval and modern sites which we haven’t yet visited. Dates are Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct 24th and 25th leaving from Jerusalem.
We will stay at the beautiful Amirei HaGalil Hotel – a magnificent, boutique spa-hotel with a chef-restaurant (see their website at which will add a degree of comfort to our overnight stay.
The cost is 1,075 shekels per person (double occupancy) which includes transportation, guide, lodging, entrance fees, dinner on the first night, breakfast and a box lunch on the second day.

**Early bird price of 975 shekels for reservations made and paid for by end of this week. Check with Ezra if early bird still applies.

****Please note that the price will drop by 100 shekels per person if more than 25 people attend.

Be in touch with Ezra about joining this tiyul ezrarosenfeld

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Post 448: Egged bus from Ben Gurion Airport to Jerusalem, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks influences prestigious private school Headmaster, John Allman

It is very interesting fact that information in print is often incorrect and at the least incomplete.

Hope that the following is helpful” Yellow bus to and from Ben Gurion Airport from Jerusalem

For the country:

I met a gentleman who has traveled to every medium to large city in Israel. Seniors pay half fare. Perhaps, he’ll give me an interview.

The above is a link to an August 30, 2017th letter send to parents of the prestigious Trinity School on 91st Street, by Headmaster John Allman. It is a remarkable statement of lay Christian leadership drawing inspiration from an Orthodox Rabbi, Jonathan Sacks, for guidance in turning the culture of his school around, one that is often in the press as many high profile families send their children to Trinity, the Kennedy’s for one.

The headmaster, John Allman’s goal is for all to work “Building a Home Together” based on shared values. 

He only touches briefly on the pervasive consumer  of a private school. He states, “Ought we to educate our students so that they leave us with a commitment not just to advance their own educational interests, but also serve the common good and to give generously to others for the rest of their lives?”

Here’s where he embraces Rabbi Sacks. “Let me offer an idea that seems promising to advance this work, from Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi of the United Congregations of Britain and the Commonwealth.

“In his book The Home We Build Together, Sacks argues that we need to reimagine how we envision our understanding of the place of the individual in relation to the community in which we are embedded, to be able to address the challenge of building social cohesion while honoring the dignity of individual differences. He suggests that we abandon the notion of social contract to guide our understanding of community and instead use the notion of covenant to imagine how we imagine our role within our community:

  • In a contract, what matters is that both gain. In a covenant, what matters is that both give. Contracts are agreements for mutual advantage. They are undertaken by individuals or groups on the basis of self-interest. They have specific purposes and can be terminated by mutual consent. By contrast, covenants are moral commitments, and they are open-ended. They are sustained not by letter of law or by self-interest, but by loyalty, fidelity, faithfulness.

Contract is about entitlement; covenant is about fulfillment.

The contractual view of school is that families pay fees in exchange for the educational skills and credentials their children seek; the covenantal view of school is that families enter into a partnership with the school to build a learning community in which their children will develop their potential to serve others.

Rabbi Sacks further argues that community is created and sustained when we are joined, in covenant, to build a home together:

  • What matters is that we build something none of us could make alone. And this bringing of distinctive gifts from different individuals to build something larger and better than we could build alone, this commitment to a shared destiny and an acceptance of responsibility to and for one another – the beautiful consequence of this collaboration for a common good is that it brings with it a sense of belonging, a sense of purpose, and a sense of worthy identity.

 Bravo Rabbi Sacks and Headmaster John Allman

Post 452: How devastating was the force of raging IRMA, Yad Sarah now offers emergency services, Szechuan noodle recipe, Source for Large Print Tefillah

How devastating was the force of this raging storm over Florida!  Remember your social studies, Spanish explorer Ponce de León, named it for the day he arrived, “Flowering Easter”. Some flower.


Yad Sarah Now Offers Emergency Medical Services – Yeshiva World News<>
Yad Sarah launches the Israel’s most advanced emergency medicine center, with its first permanent team of specialists in women, children and internal medicine:

Szechuan Tofu, Pepper, Cabbage, Konjak and mung bean thread boodles

Bean Thread Noodles

Bean thread noodles, also named as mung bean noodles, cellophane noodles or bean vermicelli is a popular non-flour noodle in Chinese cuisine. It is healthy, easy to prepare and always taste great in stir-fry dishes, soups, stews and salad.

Bean thread noodles (中(zhōng)文(wén):绿(lǜ)豆(dòu)粉(fěn)丝(sī)) belongs to glass noodle group. There are also sweet potato thread noodles (红(hóng)薯(shǔ)粉(fěn)), konjak thread noodles(魔(mó)芋(yù)粉(fěn)), pea thread noodles (豌(wān)豆(dòu)粉(fěn)丝(sī)) and etc. Among them, mung bean thread noodle is the most famous and popular one. We Chinese call it thread baby noodles (丝宝宝). What a cute name, right?


Bean thread noodles salad


  • 12 ounces firm tofu-
  • Konjak wide noodles
  • Sweet Chili Sauce about 1/3 cup for 2 lbs tofu
  • 1 package dried angel hair green bean noodles
  • ½ cup chicken stock or vegetable stock
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce or more or softened miso
  • ½ teaspoon sugar or omit
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar or dry sherry
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil, rice bran oil or grape seed oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 2 or lore large garlic cloves, minced
  • sweet chili sauce- to your taste to addd last few minutes of stir fry, before vegetables.
  • ½ medium cabbage, chopped (about 1/2 pound, 5 cups chopped)
  • 1 red pepper, cut in 2-inch long julienne
  •  Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup broken walnuts or omit
  •  Cooked rice or quinoa for serving


  1. Cut the tofu into dominoes or cubes and drain between paper towels. In a flat glass tray or measuring cup combine the stock, 1 tablespoon of the soy sauce, the sugar, rice wine or sherry, and the sesame oil. Place tofu in this mixture. Remove 1 tablespoon to a small bowl and stir in the cornstarch.  (I omit the cornstarch). Stir until it has dissolved. Let sit at least half day and turn so all sides are covered. Have all the ingredients within arm’s length of your pan.

  2. Heat a 14-inch flat-bottomed wok or 12-inch steel skillet over high heat until a drop of water evaporates within a second or two when added to the pan. Swirl in 1 tablespoon of the oil by adding it to the sides of the pan and swirling the pan, then add the tofu and stir-fry until golden, about 3 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon soy sauce (or to taste), toss together for a few seconds, add chili sauce, and transfer to a plate. Alternatively, if you are making enough for a crowd or to have leftovers, place tofu in a paper lined tray and bake in a 450 degree oven for 20 minutes.

    • Remove and stir fry in batches.

    The sauce is used to marinate the noodles.

  3. Open package of conjak and rinse. the green bean noodles are brittle. Have a large bowl filled with boiled water available and place the green bean noodles in the water for 2 minutes  to soften.

  4. Swirl in the remaining oil, add the garlic and ginger to the wok and stir-fry for no more than 10 seconds. Add the red pepper and stir-fry for 1 minute, or until it begins to soften, and add the cabbage and walnuts. Stir-fry for 1 minute, add salt and pepper to taste, and stir-fry for another 1 to 2 minutes, until crisp-tender. Return the tofu to the wok, stir in the walnuts and the stock/soy sauce mixture and stir-fry for another minute, until it has just about evaporated. Stir in the cornstarch mixture and stir-fry until the ingredients are lightly glazed. Stir in the noodles and keep stirring. Remove from the heat and serve with quinoa or rice.

    The above is a good contact for womens’ trips.

    For information and registration at the Minhal 02-6519026

    Please forward this massage to your friends

    רבקה כהן
    מנהלת מוקד קליטה הר נוף
    Rivka Cohen
    Director of the absorption office Har Nof



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    Files of the prayers for the Yamim Hanoraim in large letters for the visually impaired can be downloaded from the above link.

    It works best using Internet Explorer.
    כתיבה וחתימה טובה

    מנהלת מוקד קליטה הר נוף
    Rivka Cohen
    Director of the absorption office Har Nof


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Post 451: Punctuation in Hebrew or lack of it, ATIME Israel and Meals with Heart

A Matter of Punctuation from Orly and Yoal/Ulpan Or

​Shalom, (From Orly)

Being so busy with moving to our new office did not leave much time to put together our usual newsletter.

But, many of our students told us how much they expect to get it, so we are posting a short one.

As we previously mentioned, this was not a planned move, we were forced to leave our previous location because of the construction which is starting soon right under the windows of the previous office.

So, this unexpected move reminded us of the verse in Proverbs 19, 21:

רַבּוֹת מַחֲשָׁבוֹת בְּלֶב-אִישׁ וַעֲצַת ה’ הִיא תָקוּם

Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. A literal translation of this verse:

Many are the thoughts in man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s advice “it/she” that will stand up. (Notice no commas in Hebrew).

A story is told about a young couple with a baby crying all night long. Both husband and wife are exhausted and here the baby cries again.



The husband says to his wife: You get up now.

She says to him: No, you get up.

He: You get up.

She: You get up.


The baby is still crying and the couple continues to argue.


Then the husband tries to manipulate the wife using his knowledge of the bible. He recalls the above verse and says – it clearly states:

רַבּוֹת מַחֲשָׁבוֹת בְּלֶב-אִישׁ וַעֲצַת ה’ –   הִיאתָקוּם

Many are the thoughts in man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s advice – “ she” should get up.

But, the young wife knew better. She said –  you should read the verse with the following punctuation:

רַבּוֹת מַחֲשָׁבוֹת בְּלֶב-אִישׁ וַעֲצַת ה’ הִיא –  תָקוּם

Many are the thoughts in man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s advice – “ you” should get up.

(In Hebrew verbs in future tense for second person masculine and third person feminine are the same)




Wishing you:


Shabbat Shalom,


Orly & Yoel 

 ATIME Israel and Meals with Heart provide support for couples undergoing fertility treatments, including a meal(s) on the day(s) of intensive fertility treatments.   Our phone number at ATIME is 07-32-800-800 and our email is

ATIME Israel-Just thought you might know a couple who are going through this treatment.

INGREDIENTS Plum Torte – below-

Plum Torte


  • ¾ to 1 cup sugar-even less

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened

  • 1 cup unbleached flour, sifted

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  •  Pinch of salt (optional)

  • 2 eggs

  • 24 halves pitted purple plums

  •  Sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon, for topping


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream the sugar and butter in a bowl. Add the flour, baking powder, salt and eggs and beat well.
  3. Spoon the batter into a springform pan of 8, 9 or 10 inches. Place the plum halves skin side up on top of the batter. Sprinkle lightly with sugar and lemon juice, depending on the sweetness of the fruit. Sprinkle with about 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, depending on how much you like cinnamon.
  4. Bake 1 hour, approximately. Remove and cool; refrigerate or freeze if desired. Or cool to lukewarm and serve plain or with whipped cream. (To serve a torte that was frozen, defrost and reheat it briefly at 300 degrees.)