Hello dear readers, Planning food for pesach can be a lot of effort. One tricky and underrated part of the food planning, though, is the meals right before pesach starts. I can’t be the only one who’s had the experience of koshering my entire kitchen in the days leading up to the seders, only for ...

Hello dear readers, Right now I’m working on a few new Passover dessert recipes, but in the meantime I thought I’d share a little something about the seders’ real dessert: the afikoman! Of course, at my seders I always serve fresh fruit and a pesach “cake” after the meal is over, but the absolute last ...

Hello dear readers, Pesach is the festival of freedom, zman cherutenu. Sometimes, though, Pesach can feel anything but freeing. Sometimes I feel like I’m stuck in my kitchen, preparing meals to feed a small army of family, houseguests, visitors, friends, friends-of-friends, friends-of-friends-of-friends, acquaintances, and the hungry guy off the street who’s in the mood for ...

Hello dear readers, Yesterday I was looking at a beautiful watercolor painting of a desert that my daughter Ronit made in art class. (Also, is it weird to make a watercolor of a waterless desert?) For some reason it got me thinking about the connection between the desert and the holiday of Pesach. I know ...

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Hello dear readers, Our grand sukkot vacation is rapidly approaching, and I’m so excited! We haven’t been to Europe in years, so I’m making sure to do all of my research well in advance! Our sukkot hotel is located in Tuscany, so I’m looking at travel arrangements for all the classic places in Italy: Rome, ...

Sukkot is “the time of joy.”  It follows Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, holidays of intense self-reflection, repentance and atonement.  The joy reflects the spiritual state attained upon completion of the Ten Days of Atonement, as well as the physical satisfaction in reaping the harvest, and celebrating the results of hard work and effort. The ...

You might be surprised to know that almost 22 centuries ago, Rome became the first European city where Jews lived.  Although most of the Jewish sites in Rome are in or around the Jewish Quarter, also known as the Jewish Ghetto, many of the common attractions outside the Quarter, including the Colosseum and Titus Arch, ...