My first real Yom HaAtzma’ut

https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/my-first-real-yom-haatzmaut/

MY SAVTA ETA

I sometimes feel as if I don’t have any rights to the Holocaust narrative; that it was my grandparents’ or even my parents’ story. I sometimes feel that even those who don’t have a family connection to the Holocaust have more of a right to the story than I do. The reason being that, in …

Schrodinger’s Cardboard (Ilana Epstein)

Matzah. The bread of paradox. How can this very basic bread mean so much to so many? Even the Torah can’t seem to keep it straight – is it the “bread of poverty” (Lechem Oni) or is it the “bread of freedom” (Lechem Cherut). Is it our birthright or the last vestige of our slavery? …

Perspectives - Rosh Hashana

On the first ever Rosh Hashanah, the first ever sin was committed: Adam and Eve ate from the Tree of Knowledge. How incredible that our first sin was connected to food! Food that sustains us and nourishes us. Without it, we face hunger, disease, starvation and, ultimately, death. On the other hand, too much food …

Milking the point - why is Shavuot all about dairy?

The creamy cheesecakes and gooey blintzes we tuck into for Shavuot may seem a contrast to our usual meat-based festival menus. 
In fact, those dairy-based treats are not as much of an anomaly as we now find them. According to Jewish educator and Rebbetzen of Cockfosters and North Southgate United Synagogue, Ilana Epstein, our Ashkenazi …