Tag Archive: succos

Children are our Future

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When I was a young school child invariably each September the teacher would ask us to write an essay on what was our most exciting experience over the summer. When I entered the work force, this question was often posed in my Jewish not for profit organization. I recall that once I said that putting …

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“Coincidence is Gods way of remaining Anonymous” (Albert Einstein)


A few days before Yom Kippur I sent a moving video to a number of donor friends from Lev Lalev. The email of one of our long time supporters bounced back twice. The next morning I left a message and shortly thereafter received a message as follows: “I do get your emails  it just …

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Our Children are our Future: A Succos message

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We read in the Torah this past Shabbos about the special mitzvah of Hakel. Hakel refers to the Biblical commandment of assembling or gathering all Jewish men, woman, and children, to hear a special reading of the Torah by the King of Israel once every seven years. It says “At the end of every seven …

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Be Strong

Six weeks ago at the beginning of the Hebrew month of Elul, we began the Yom Naorim season- the High Holidays. We prepared ourselves to do Teshuvah (repentance) for our shortcomings and sins. Throughout the holidays, we prayed that Hashem should forgive us and provide us with a year of much bracha- an abundance of …

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The Weinstein Vault of Secret Recipes, Part II (For your eyes only……)


Once again, we’re inviting you to enhance your Succos holiday with a VIP visit to our secret vault of sacred recipes. That’s where you’ll find everything from a unique Mexican-style crowd pleaser to exotic Moroccan cuisine. We know you’ve never tasted anything like the treasured gourmet chocolate pie featured here. Yet my favorite Succos evening …

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Being Relevant is Being Alive


I’m not sure when it happened, but somehow we all transitioned from carefree summer days into the solemnity of the High Holiday Season. There we were, perfecting our backstroke and barbecuing, when suddenly we became dizzied with school supplies and the search for a fish head. Very soon, we will be standing next to our …

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Survival of the Fittest….Sukkah?


Having already revealed my secret recipes to you ( only some 😉 ), I guess it’s ok for me to also let you know that a few months into our marriage, I actually second-guessed my husband’s driving capabilities. (Something wives NEVER do, right?) It was a brilliant, sunny San Francisco day in 1989. (Note to …

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Harvesting the Very Best of Your Life

We made it! That’s at least one of our thoughts when the final moments of Yom Kippur fade away. After an entire day of fasting and pouring our hearts in prayers for a fulfilling, sweet year, it’s time to celebrate G-d’s acceptance of these sacred efforts. The spiritual seeds sowed only weeks ago are ripe …

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The Weinstein Vault of Secret Recipes

Shhh…..let’s just keep this between you and me, for here are treasured recipes which few have encountered. It’s the flavor of out-of-this world apple crisp, the moistest apple cake ever, and pastel de patata, a meat and potato dish spiced with Moroccan heart and soul. (This is in tribute to my mother and mother-in-law, from …

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