Joel has served as the rabbi of Beth Haverim Shir Shalom in Mahwah, New Jersey, since 2001. He is the husband of Elyssa and the Abba to Ari and Lev. Joel and his family have taken on issues of the environment, food, and sustainability in the most serious manner, and in the context of their … Continue reading
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Kosher, Part III: Real People, Real Food: Dan R. Weiss
Dan is the Middle School Judaics Principal extraordinaire at Gross Schechter Day School, in Pepper Pike, Ohio. On a personal note, Dan has been an amazing teacher and mentor to my son Lev, who will be graduating from Gross Schechter in June (ACK!). The Wikipedia entry for “mentch” has Dan’s picture on it. He is … Continue reading
Kosher, Part III: Real People, Real Food: Christine Weiss
This next post is by Christine Weiss, one of the true leaders of the Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple community, and woman I am proud to call my friend. Christine has done a lot of studying about Judaism in general, and this topic in particular. She spent several months interviewing older women (14 of them) from … Continue reading
Kosher, Part III: Real People, Real Food: Dr. Roxanne Sukol
My first “testimonial” for this kashrut (kosher) series is none other than Dr. Roxanne Sukol, physician extraordinaire! She is board-certified in Internal Medicine, and is an expert on health and wellness in today’s crazy world of fast food and even faster-growing waistlines and blood-sugar levels. She writes the blog, “Your Health is on Your Plate“, … Continue reading
Kosher, Part II: Beyond the “No’s” or Why Should I Care if My Grasshopper is Sustainably Farmed?
So, what does Judaism bring to food and eating beyond the “no’s” – no shellfish, no pork, no cheeseburgers . . . ? It brings a level of ethics that I personally feel is missing in today’s industrialized food production. Judaism values not just what you eat and how it was killed, but how it … Continue reading
How We Eat
Going through old posts, and I found this one from a couple of years ago. Timely! Rachel Adler begins her d’var Torah on this week’s parasha with this: Just now, American society is reexamining the way it eats. Michael Pollan, in his best-selling book In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manefesto , advises distinguishing between … Continue reading
Stuff Reform Jews “Don’t Do”, but Can, in the Context of Reform Judaism: Kosher, Part I
Whenever I meet new people, and they discover my level of observance, I get this comment: “Wait, you do X? But you’re not Orthodox!” Which is, of course, true. However, last I checked, Orthodoxy has not co-opted Jewish ritual and observance. One of the most meaningful mitzvot I observe is kashrut – keeping kosher. Here … Continue reading
Let the Cooking Madness Begin
Out comes the big soup pot, a gazillion foil pans in different sizes, a Costco-sized container of potato flour, a new mop and sponges and a huge bucket, and Cranky Momma appears. MUST be time to clean and cook for Pesach! I have found that an excellent method for reducing stress while cooking for the … Continue reading
Love in a Baking Dish
I am partial to Mr. Michael Ruhlman, as he is a native Clevelander and has chosen to *GASP* raise his family here, even though with his credentials he could live in any major food city of his choice and be very successful. He is a fantastic cook, food writer and all-around food-and-fun loving guy (or … Continue reading
Mmmmmmm. Shabbes on Wednesday.
Let me just say there is nothing, I mean NOTHING like swiping the bottom of the chicken pan with some gorgeous crispy bits of garlic, potatoes and onions. Last meal on earth? Not the chicken itself, just give me the cooking pan and some crispy roasted potatoes, onions and garlic.