Category Archives: Lifestyle

Chametz-Free Meal Ideas for Passover

Mar 20, 2018  |  By Shira Goldstein

Looking for Passover meal ideas? The notion of chametz means that anything leavened – a grain-based food that either rises with yeast or other additives or swells with the addition of water – is out, making Pesach menus tricky to put together. In addition, many communities – in particular Ashkenazi ones (Jews of German descent) – have other restrictive customs, such as not eating kitniyot. Literally taken to mean legumes, […]


Perfect Roast Potatoes

Mar 01, 2018  |  By Shira Goldstein
roast potato recipe

For most of us, Shabbat is about two things: family and food. For most people, Friday night dinner is a weekly, unchanging ritual, and a thing of untouchable holiness in and of itself. Vegetarian households like my own aside, the tradition is not to meddle with tradition: succulent roast chicken and crispy roasted potatoes take pride of place on Shabbat tables world over. Our dining room motto paraphrases the wise […]


Mishenichnas Adar Marbim BeSimcha

Feb 13, 2018  |  By Shira Goldstein
adar, happiness, freedom

This week, we will celebrate Rosh Chodesh Adar – the beginning of the Hebrew month of Adar. This month is home to one of the most exciting holidays in the Jewish calendar: Purim! Purim is unique in the Jewish calendar because, unlike other festivals which are intended as celebratory or happy or joyful, Purim doesn’t carry happiness in name or intention alone. In the Talmud – the enormous, multi-volume Aramaic […]

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