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matzo ball recipe

My Favorite Matzo Ball Recipe

It was always an on-going debate, what makes the perfect matzo ball recipe?  Should the balls be small and hard, or big, soft and fluffy? Personally, I like them soft, the way my grandmother used to make them. Her chicken soup was also perfect.  And her secret recipe, well sadly it remained a secret.  We […]

Our Boiled Bagel Recipe

Do you know what makes a great bagel? It’s boiling A great bagel is boiled before it is baked, and after several revisions, I believe we have perfected a boiled bagel recipe. I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and people there knew how to make bagels.  Now I live in New Zealand. I […]

Jewish Leprechaun

T-Shirts to Celebrate a Jewish St Patricks Day

Last time I checked, there was no Jewish St Patrick’s Day.  It’s just not a Jewish Holiday.  Then I looked again and it says “Everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day.”  So  to my Jewish Irish readers I say, Happy St. Patrick’s Day. I did a bit of research and here is what I found: According […]

Jewish Tombstone for Wordless Wednesday

A beautiful Jewish Tombstone This beautiful artwork is a photograph of a stunning Jewish Tombstone by photographer Terry Shuck. What an amazing piece of art, so different from traditional Star of David found on so typically on a Jewish Tombstone.  Who would have thought I would ever call a tombstone “beautiful.” Submitted for Wordless Wednesday.

Travel Destinations

Beit Shemesh Women’s Flashmob

Beit Shemesh Womens Flashmob in Israel

This Beit Shemesh womens flashmob took place on the morning of Jan 6th, 2012. Approximately 250 women, all residents of Beit Shemesh came together in this mass public dance in the city square as a from of protest and to raise awareness against the exclusion of women from the public domain. The Beit Shemesh women’s […]

Jerusalem synagogue in Prague

Jerusalem Synagogue Is Outside Prague’s Jewish Quarter

As you walk down the narrow Jerusalem Street approaching Jubilee Synagogue (often called Jerusalem Synagogue) you are suddenly struck by her beauty.  Approaching from the side, she is just another unassuming building, but from face on, a vision with a middle eastern flair. Although outside of the old Jewish Quarter, Jerusalem Synagogue is Prague’s largest. First […]

Holocaust Memorial Berlin

Holocaust Memorial in Berlin

Titled the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin is one of the most powerful places we have been so far.   It is massive, covering 4.7 acres with 2,711 concrete  stelae, arranged in a grid pattern on a sloping field. The stelae are 2.38 m by 0.95 m and vary […]

Old Jewish Quarter in Spain

Old Jewish Quarter in Bisbal d’Emporda, Spain

I am always fascinated with the narrow streets and balconies of the old Jewish Quarters in different medieval towns. the Interesting  old Jewish Quarter of Bisbal D’Emporda, Spain was no exception. The maze like streets offered us a challenge, but thankfully we had a map to find our way. I did find the Pentecost to […]

Jewish Humor

How the JNF Robbed Me Of My Birthday Presents

A guest post by Darren Stein A few weeks ago I gave a presentation to the Sydney chapter of the Bnei Brith Society on the subject of Doomsday Cults.  In gratitude, they presented me with a certificate from the Jewish National Fund (JNF), indicating that they had donated two trees to this environmental agency in […]

Kosher Aprons

A Bit of Kosher Apron Humor – Kibitz Spot

Do real men wear aprons?  Sounds like I am starting a joke, but actually it is just a question.  Hubby just had a birthday and picked out his own gift – a shiny new stainless steel BBQ.  (We need the stainless as the last one rusted through – a small price to pay to see […]

Jewish Guilt Will Get You Everywhere

An elderly Jewish man in Miami calls his son in New York and says, “I hate to ruin your day, but I have to tell you that your mother and I are divorcing; forty-five years of misery is enough.” “Pop, what are you talking about?” the son screams. “We can’t stand the sight of each […]

coffee jokes

A Coffee Joke About a Man and Wife and a Cup of Coffee

Coffee Joke A man and his wife were having an argument about who should brew the coffee each morning. The wife said, “You should do it, because you get up first, and then we don’t have to wait as long to get our coffee”. The husband said, ” You are in charge of the cooking […]