Winter Warmers: Matzah Ball Soup

Jan 01, 2017  |  By Sarah Gold

January has arrived, bringing crisp air and bare trees and unrelenting, bone-chilling cold. Every time I leave the house, the call of centuries of (overly) concerned Jewish mothers reverberates through my head: Take your coat! January’s icy chill invariably strikes even the strongest of us down with coughs, colds and the dreaded flu. When germs and sickness come knocking at the door, the Jewish mother has one fix-all solution in […]

Category  : Jewish and Israeli Food   

Hanukkah Sameach!

Dec 25, 2016  |  By Sarah Gold

The gifts have been bought and the latkes are fried, It’s warm in the house and it’s freezing outside. The family arrives as day turns to night Ready to welcome the Festival of Light You gather together and strike up a match – Hold out the flame until all eight lights catch. You chant out the blessings and sing songs so lyrical To praise and thank God for performing a […]


Spinning and Winning: Why We Play Dreidel

Dec 20, 2016  |  By Sarah Gold

One of Hanukkah’s most curious customs is the spinning top – called a dreidel in Yiddish and sevivon in Hebrew – that is played with throughout Hanukkah. The unusual game has a fascinating history and even more interesting rules: read on to find out more! When the Greeks invaded ancient Israel, they prohibited the practice of Judaism. Shabbat, brit milah (circumcision) and ritual slaughter were all outlawed, and teaching Torah […]

Category  : Judaism