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“It’s Challahween” Recipe

Turns out Halloween falls on a Saturday this year, so if you feel like adding a little pumpkin spice to your Shabbat and calling it "Challaween", then here's the perfect recipe for some seriously tasty pumpkin challah bread.   Cook Time: 2h 30min | Makes 12 Servings   Ingredients: 1/2 cup warm water (about 100 degrees) 1 1/2 packages active dry yeast 3 cups white flour 1 cup whole wheat flour 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup pumpkin puree 1/4 cup honey 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1 egg + 1 egg yolk for the dough and 1 egg for the glaze   Directions: Mix the yeast and hot water in a bowl and leave it for 10 minutes to dissolve. Meanwhile, mix the flours, pumpkin pie spice and salt in a large bowl. In the bowl with the water and yeast, whisk in pumpkin puree, 1 egg and 1 egg yolk, oil, and honey. Make a well in your flour mixture and add in the pumpkin mixture to form a dough. Add more flour if your dough is sticky. read more

October 26, 2014

“Too Jewish” for me?

Are you asking yourself the following question: “Is Birthright-Israel just “too Jewish” for me?" Its a reasonable question asked by many potential candidates and sadly they sometimes decide for themselves that it just seems to be too Jewish for them. They never apply, and so never experience the best 10 days of their lives. That’s such a pity because the answer I know Birthright Israel would give  ( and Sachlav | Israelonthehouse) would be a resounding "NO. As long as you are eligible for a trip, it will definitely not be "too Jewish" for you!" But lets take a step back - Whats the real question that's being asked? It isn't whether Birthright Israel is too Jewish, but rather... “Am I Jewish enough?”,or even “Will everyone else know so much more about Judaism and make me look bad?”. This challenge of confidence is a very real barrier that stops some people from ever receiving their birthright. I hope that in this short blog I can give you some information to answer read more

August 18, 2014