Visiting the Judean Desert

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According to Friedrich Nietzsche   “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”. I think that’s nonsense. Even so, life should be lived optimistically, even when it’s not. That’s how I decided to start the Jewish New Year- with rose colored glasses perched on top of my nose.  Reality may bring other surprises, but as they say, at […]

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Shakshuka with feta and smoky eggplant

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Shakshuka. It’s not fussy. The details don’t matter, nor the total focus of the cook. A glug or two of olive oil, a couple of tomatoes simmered into softness- canned will do in a cinch- and eggs. That’s really all you need. Or, if the pantry or mood allows, embellishments are added. Cumin, onions, garlic, […]

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Stress eating

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{Echinops in the Golan Heights, Israel} Air raid sirens send me in a panic. This summer we had many of them. Aside from that life goes on as usual- work, home and the daily routine- with a few changes to avoid being bombed. Until I acclimatized to the new danger level- like being perpetually at […]

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My limoncello tree

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It took a decade to make my first limoncello.  I started from scratch. First we planted a lemon tree.  Then we waited. After ten years I looked out the window at the fruit laden tree and thought to myself “I think I’ll make limoncello” I’d never really considered this before. Up until this year I bought […]

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A stop at a Druze village

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Man plans and God laughs If there’s one thing I’ve learnt-you never know what will happen tomorrow. Last Passover we were supposed to have hiked the first six days of the Israel trail, the only part I didn’t do. Instead I became a full time caregiver. In fact, between my husband’s startup (there’s a depressingly […]

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