One Egg is a Fortune, edited by Pnina Jacobson and Judy Kempler, is three books in one: a high quality gourmet Jewish cookbook, a table book of magnificent food photographs, and an anthology of fascinating narratives from fifty contributing authors from around the world.
The editors put ten years into developing this beautiful volume, and it is perfect as a gift.
Taste test? The closest to that that we can do is to offer a section from the narrative of the former United States ambassador, Dennis Ross, and his excellent recipe as well. B'tayavon!
Ross' narrative and salmon fillet recipe follow the jump.
— by Yaron Sideman, consul general of Israel, Mid-Atlantic Region
It was his ability to transform his country's culture of animosity into a culture of acceptance, and to replace an entrenched ethos of hatred with one of tolerance which made Nelson Mandela the great man that he was. Few leaders are capable of making that personal journey, let alone successfully leading their people through it.
I wish there were more leaders like Mandela in the Middle East. In particular, I wish that the Palestinian Authority (PA) leadership would take a page from the Mandela playbook and realize that the time has come to jettison its culture of hatred and to embrace one of acceptance. How else can any effort towards peace succeed?
Unfortunately, Mandela's way has not yet sunk in with the PA. Had it, its officials would not have rewarded released terrorists with overly generous grants (up to $50,000) and monthly salaries ($4,000), in effect illustrating that terrorism does pay.
The Middle East is riddled with tensions and divisions of a vastly different nature than those of South Africa. However, in both cases, at the core, are ordinary people, who want nothing more than to provide for their families and live their lives in peace. The Middle East would greatly benefit from more "Mandelas" — leaders able to bridge divides and bring people together.
Jewish groups have mourned the loss of Nelson Mandela, the former South African president.
Mandela, 95, died after years of failing health. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 and was the first democratically elected president in post-apartheid South Africa, holding the position from 1994 to 1999.
In a statement, B'nai B'rith International wrote that Mandela "will be remembered as one of the 20th century's leading figures and the man who led the transformation of his country from one of apartheid to majority rule."
As president, Mandela worked to create a multicultural society after years of minority rule. His new government in post-apartheid South African wrote a new constitution, investigated human rights abuses by the previous regime, tackled the issue of racism in his country and focused on helping the poor and disenfranchised.
I have not read any scientific studies that would lead me to conclude that there are adverse impacts to human beings or to animals or to plant life at this small level of climate change.
While it is absolutely galling that Corbett would have the audacity to nominate someone for the post of protecting our environment who hasn't read anything, anything, about the human impact on climate change, it's not unexpected.
However, I was the only member of the State Senate yesterday to hold Corbett's nominee accountable, to ask hard questions, and to vote against his nomination.
As an environmentalist, I believe it's of the highest imperative to protect our natural resources, and I'm willing to stand up to anti-environment politicians like Tom Corbett to do what is right — and that's what I want to do when I'm elected to Congress.
An aphid infestation which threatens the sabra fruit and cacti, national symbols of Israel, has been discovered in the Hula Valley located in the northern part of the country. A team of researchers from Jewish National Fund, Plant Protection Services in the Ministry of Agriculture, and the Department of Entomology at the Volcani Center in Beit Dagan is working hard to find ways to rid the cacti of these aphids.
Carl Perkal, a documentary film producer who made aliyah in 1973, is working on the documentary The Secret Jews of Calabria. He writes:
Many of the Italians living in Calabria (Southern Italy) have Jewish roots going back to the Inquisition. When an American rabbi of Italian descent, Barbara Aiello, returns to her ancestral village in Calabria to encourage the locals to discover their Jewish heritage, not everyone (Jews and Christians) welcomes her.
Temple Sinai will be hosting a very special ecumenical event Tuesday, December 10 at 7pm celebrating our relationship with Israel. Hear from our Governor Tom Corbett as well as local religious and political leaders including:
Bishop Shawn Bartley of True United Church,
Rabbi Saul Grife of Beth Tikvah-Bnei Jeshrun,
Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro,
Dr. Jim Showers and Reverend William Sutter from Friends of Israel,
Consul General of Israel to the Mid-Atlantic Region Yaron Sideman,
Brighten up your table this winter with a hearty couscous salad, filled with chopped vegetables, dry apricots, and fresh cranberries. The dressing is an exotic Israeli combination of tahini and silan (date honey).
The interim agreement with Iran is not the final agreement and shouldn't be judged as such; its purpose is to buy time. Increased sanctions won't stop Iran. Military action could delay Iran and might stop Iran, but at an uncertain cost.
The diplomatic solution made possible by the interim agreement would be the best solution, but we may have no choice but to take military action. Attempting diplomacy through the interim agreement will increase the likelihood that tougher sanctions can be put in place and that military action will succeed, should either alternative become necessary.
After decades of being excluded from all of the UN Human Rights Council's regional groups in Geneva, Israel will be formally invited to join the Western group on Monday. This is a historic, milestone victory for the cause of equality, a memorable step forward in the long struggle ahead against injustice at the United Nations. UN Watch salutes Israel on its diplomatic achievement, and expresses special gratitude to Canada, the UK, France, Germany and the US for playing a key role in ending one form of bias within the pattern and practice of anti-Israel prejudice at the UN.
Josh Shapiro, chairman of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners, is urging Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to keep the Israeli Consulate in Philadelphia open. Recently, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced it is considering closing the consulate.
In a letter dated November 26, 2013, Shapiro wrote that the consulate "is critical to the continuance of the longstanding relationship between the people of Israel and our region." Shapiro went on to say that the consulate "is of vital importance to our respective nations' common interests and its continued operation will serve to enhance the mutually beneficial economic and business connection between Israel and our region in Southeastern Pennsylvania."
In the letter, Shapiro references Netanyahu's upbringing in Montgomery County during which the future Prime Minister graduated from Cheltenham High School. "The Greater Philadelphia region is an economic hub for Israel, processing 25 percent of Israel's nearly $20 billion in exports to the United States each year," Shapiro wrote, adding that the presence of the Israeli Consulate in Philadelphia is integral in that process.
Shapiro is active is many Jewish and pro-Israel organizations in the area. He has traveled to Israel six times, and has met Netanyahu twice.
The miracle of Israel's Six-Day War in 1967 united a nation, and Jews all over the world celebrated its victory. That members of the 55th Brigade of paratroopers who reunited Jerusalem then led lives that split its small nation politically as well as religiously is the heartbreaking saga on how we have not merited the Messianic age of global peace, Olam HaBa.
After 11 years of interviews and research on seven of these paratroopers, Yossi Klein Halevi has brought forth his newest book, Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation, to justified acclaim. Born in Brooklyn, he first visited Israel that June of 1967 with his Holocaust-survivor father (who finally forgave God and re-gained his faith with Israel's success) and he has lived in Israel for over 30 years. The book's title comes from Psalm 126: "When the Lord returned the exiles of Zion, we were like dreamers."
The graph on the right shows how the United States stands out in the world of health care; we spend far more on healthcare than any other country but our life expectancy is lower than most advanced nations.
However, now that healthcare.gov is back online, many Americans have turned back their personal cost-curve on health care. Even Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) was embarrassed by his success in signing up for Obamacare during a big show he orchestrated in order to demonstrate the failure of the website. (According to NBC, a DC Health Care exchange representative actually tried to contact Boehner by phone during the enrollment process but was put on hold for 35 minutes.)
Judith Silverstein, 49, a Californian who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2007. Her family helps her pay the $750 monthly cost of her existing plan--which she only had because of federal law requiring that insurers who provide employer-based insurance continue to offer coverage if the employer goes out of business, as hers did. Next year she'll get a subsidy that will get her a good "silver" level plan for $50.
Just five minutes before noon today, I took part in a wonderful ritual. One of the members of a men's group that began 30 years ago - Jeffrey Dekro, founder of the Isaiah Fund [see below for an explanation] — called me and its other members to remind us to turn on our radios. He has been doing this, year after year on Thanksgiving Day, for almost all those thirty years.
Every year at noon on Thanksgiving, WXPN Radio in Philadelphia plays Arlo Guthrie's "Alice's Restaurant," about a Thanksgiving dinner in Stockbridge Mass. in 1967; about obtuse cops; and about nonviolent resistance to a brutal war.
Mayor Michael Nutter joined the festivities as enormous Hanukkah Menorahs were lit at Philadelphia's 30th Street Station and on Independence Mall. The Philadelphia Lubavitcher Center says the Menorah on Independence Mall is the largest menorah in the world.
Photo of the Mayor Nutter and the 30th Street Station Menorah by Gabrielle Loeb.
Videos of the National Menorah lighting near the White House follow the jump.
— by Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks, California)
Despite many positive elements, the deal reached in Geneva has a significant flaw: It allows Iran to continue to enrich uranium up to a level of 3.5%-5%, as long as it converts this from gas to uranium oxide metal.
Six months from now, Iran will have its current stock of gaseous 3.5% enriched uranium and an additional stockpile of 3.5% enriched uranium oxide, which it could convert back to gas relatively easily.
The United States negotiators in Geneva would have been in a much better position had Congress passed and the President signed the Nuclear Iran Prevention Act earlier this year. The more penalties and the more significant impact on Iran's economy, the more concessions they could have secured.
The White House released a fact sheet detailing the specifics of the agreement with Iran, and these are the key points:
In the past, the concern has been expressed that Iran will use negotiations to buy time to advance their program. Taken together, these first step measures will help prevent Iran from using the cover of negotiations to continue advancing its nuclear program as we seek to negotiate a long-term, comprehensive solution that addresses all of the international community's concerns.
Without this phased agreement, Iran could start spinning thousands of additional centrifuges. It could install and spin next-generation centrifuges that will reduce its breakout times. It could fuel and commission the Arak heavy water reactor. It could grow its stockpile of 20% enriched uranium to beyond the threshold for a bomb's worth of uranium. Iran can do none of these things under the conditions of the first step understanding.
Furthermore, without this phased approach, the international sanctions coalition would begin to fray because Iran would make the case to the world that it was serious about a diplomatic solution and we were not. We would be unable to bring partners along to do the crucial work of enforcing our sanctions. With this first step, we stop and begin to roll back Iran's program and give Iran a sharp choice: fulfill its commitments and negotiate in good faith to a final deal, or the entire international community will respond with even more isolation and pressure.
The question is not whether Iran poses an existential threat to Israel (it does), whether Iran is a terrorist state (it is), whether a nuclear-armed Iran would spark a nuclear arms race in the Middle East (it would), whether a nuclear-armed Iran would destabilize the region and damage U.S. national security interests (it would), or whether Iran can be trusted (it cannot — that is why verification is key).
The story of Hanukkah is often portrayed with images of brave, muscular male warriors, such as:
There were Greek-Syrian soldiers, fighting on behalf of King Antiochus IV Epiphanes. The Greek-Syrians looked fearsome in their armor, and heavy metal swords as they deployed their weapon of mass destruction, the war elephant. The Maccabee men fought back, using homemade slings and maces, and guerrilla tactics.
The Maccabees were victorious after seven years, and Hanukkah is the celebration of this victory. Hanukkah means "dedication": The Second Temple in Jerusalem was purified and rededicated once the revolt was over.
However, it is acknowledged that the Maccabee victory would not have been possible without the support of the brave Jewish women. It is the tradition in parts of the Sephardic world that the seventh day of Hanukkah is reserved especially to celebrate the women and girls of the community.
The upcoming convergence of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving is not quite as rare as some have claimed.
Some of our older readers have already celebrated Hanukkah on Thanksgiving, and our younger readers may do so again, despite widespread Internet hoaxes claiming this has never happened before, or that it will not do so for 79,811 years:
So what has made this fallacy viral, and how does it happen that there were also times in years gone-by with convergences as well?
Some of the fallacy impact came from an article in the Boston Globe which reported a "calculation" that Thanksgivukkah "won't repeat for another 79,043 years." They also reported:
The magic struck last November, when Dana Gitell, a marketing specialist at NewBridge on the Charles, a Dedham retirement community, was driving to work.
She knew the holidays were going to overlap this year "because I had seen a list of holiday dates on the back of a Combined Jewish Philanthropies calendar," recalled Gitell, the wife of Seth Gitell, a former Menino press secretary now working for House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo.
She was mentally running through a list of clunky names for the phenomenon — Hanukkahgiving? — when the more melodious Thanksgivukkah came to her.
Gitell, her sister-in-law, and a friend — an artist with New Yorker covers in her portfolio — promptly designed Thanksgivukkah illustrations and contacted ModernTribe.com, a hip Judaica site. Together, they created products including cards and a $36 T-shirt that reads "Thanksgivukkah 2013: 8 Days of Light Liberty & Latkes."
An article in Haaretz noted that she did not have permission to use the image she chose and received a cease and desist order on October 5.
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