Jewish tradition calls for a b’rachah (blessing) expressing thanks to God before eating any food. It represents a recognition that people owe a measure of gratitude to God for providing food for all living things
Tradition holds that two whole challot should be used on Shabbat as a remembrance of the double portion of manna that fell in the desert so that no Jew should have to gather food on Shabbat (Exodus 16:22-32).
These two prayers are to be read in commemorating the anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT (Dec. 14, 2012). The first, “For the Children of Newtown,” is prayer I wrote in response to the attack. May the memories of the righteous be a blessing.
Guardian of life, liberty, and the promise of peace, may our nation always merit Your protection.
Mandelbrot means “almond bread” in Yiddish, but its origins are the biscotti cookies that were created in Italy more than 700 years ago. This recipe is featured in Tina Wasserman's book, Entree to Judaism for Families filled with tools to help children learn to cook with confidence, with clear, step-by-step instructions for every recipe and tips for adults to make the experience safe and rewarding.
It seems to be the time of year for lists, and 2013 was an exciting year in the Jewish world. From the Pew study to the Sharansky plan, check out our picks of the top 10 Reform Jewish moments during the year just ending. In no particular order, they are...
One of the biggest challenges facing new olim (immigrants) in Israel is finding employment. Jobs, especially for non-Hebrew speakers, are few and far between. Finding a meaningful job is nothing short of an amazing gift.