The 17th of Tammuz is a minor fast day. Like Tisha B'Av, which comes 3 weeks later, the 17th of Tammuz is said to commemorate not to just one calamitous event in Jewish history, but several tragedies of the Jewish people. Read more
In this week's parashah we read about cities of refuge, which were places that people accused of killing could flee. Once there, they could not be harmed by the victims' family members seeking revenge. Read more
Malabi is one of the most popular desserts across the Middle East. In Israel, the sweet treat has become a beloved street food and is increasingly available in upscale restaurants. Try this recipe! Read more
In 1858 a Catholic nanny hired to help a Jewish family in Italy secretly baptized 6-year-old Edgardo Mortara. When the authorities found out, Mortara was taken from his family & raised as a Catholic, despite his parents' wishes. Read more
Tomorrow, Tuesday, July 15th is a fast day in Jewish tradition.
Gazpacho is a perfect summer appetizer: it uses up some of those super fresh summer vegetables and won't keep you indoors slaving away at a hot stove....
With the recent violence and escalation in the Middle East, my mind is on Israel.
Annual Cycle: Numbers 30:2 - 32:42
Triennial Cycle: Numbers 30:2 - 31:54