Wednesday, December 22, 2010


"but mooooooooooooom, what do they mean, i have to be 42 inches tall to shoot the kaytushas?!?!"

Monday, November 29, 2010

Artists 4 Israel

Over the long Thanksgiving weekend, we were visited by Artists4Israel who were kind enough to show their solidarity with Israel and purposefully came out to Ariel to protest against the actors and artists who are boycotting our cultural center since we're in the West Bank.

These are some photos I took. I'll most likely have a few more photos to post on Friday so you'll be able to see the finished murals they did.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Needed that like a hole in the head...

Oh wait...

I was scheduled for surgery for Dec. 22nd and was actually in the process of getting the various paperwork approved from the HMO. Wednesday afternoon the ENT calls me and asks me how I'm doing. I told him it felt like my head was going to explode... and this was after 2 fulls days on antibiotics.

He told me that a surgical slot was available for Thursday afternoon and it was mine if I wanted it. I said yes. I may have even said HELL YES.

Then of course there was a flurry of getting things in order - Zach had to arrange to work from home to take care of the boys, I had to email my boss to reassign transcription work that was on a short deadline (yay for that!), after a brief hesitation, I accepted Rechelle's offer to arrange Shabbat meals for us (I was expecting to be home Friday, since I was sent home the day after the previous 2 surgeries but knew I wouldn't be up to making Shabbat) and then packed a small overnight bag.

I had to go to the health clinic the next morning to try the paperwork fast-tracked for approval and by 8:30 I was on the bus. Got to the hospital at 10:30, called the clinic for them to fax over the approval and by noon, I was in my room.

I had the CT done 2 weeks previously and blood work, so I had the CD and printouts ready to hand in.

And then hurry up and wait.

At some point I spoke with the doctors. They expected to do the standard endoscopic sinus surgery but my doctor did say there was a possibility that they'd have to drill into my skull, above my left eye to get to the frontal sinus cavity. He said the CT showed a film over the cavity, but they felt they could clear it the conventional way (via the nasal passage).

I was given a valium at 5:30 p.m., wheeled into the OR around 6 p.m. and after sliding onto the table, having the oxygen mask put over my face and the IV inserted, the next thing I know I'm asking whomever it was that was standing next to me reading my chart in recovery, what time it was.

She said it was 12:30. I touched my forehead and sure enough, there was tape on my left eyebrow... and the left side of my forehead was totally numb. I was back in my room at 1 a.m.

At 8 a.m., my doctor came in and said after trying to get things cleared out from the nose, they had to drill into my head. They found a fiberous mass in the cavity (due to scarring from repeated infections and probably from mucus having no place to drain) which they removed and he placed a sent into the sinus cavity to keep it draining properly. I'll have that for about 2 months. Apparently he had told me this after the surgery, but I don't remember that at all.

He wanted me on IV antibiotics, so that meant... staying over the weekend. Which meant more scrambling to get a babysitter for the boys on Sunday (thanks to Suri's school going to an anti-freeze demonstration, she was able to take care of the boys) and I had to buy toiletries and books and whatnot to last me through Sunday.

Staying over the weekend also meant a skeleton crew so I didn't see my doctor again... but on Saturday afternoon when the doctors were doing their rounds (and talking over me), I found out the surgery went until 11 p.m. and it involved a bit of 'MacGyvering' with regard to the stent and such. There was also a bit more bleeding going on than expected (although I did NOT need a transfusion or anything, thank God).
This morning the doctors tried to convince me to stay for another 24 hours for IV antibiotics, but I needed to get home for many reasons...

My head hurts, but what do you expect and it's not nearly as bad as when I was having sinus pressure headaches, my nose won't stop running and I can't blow it yes, I have little sense of taste or smell and my forehead is still numb... oh yeah, and the hole in my head.

But I'm home with my family and hopefully this will be the end to the sinus issues of the past 18 months.

Now on to planning a wedding.

Monday, November 15, 2010

The newest JPIX is up!

Head over to Around The Island and take a look!

And don't forget to contribute to the next one!

Thursday, November 04, 2010

A pressing engagement

One of the things I really love about living in Israel is when there's a simcha, folks tend to pull together and contribute baked goods, salads, quiches and other foods. It makes the whole thing so much more heimish.

The date for the engagement party has been set, the place rented and now it's time to get food organized.

Hey, this is me. Of course it's gonna be about food.

I briefly spoke to AS (my ex-husband), and I'll speak to ABE (Chattan's mom). AS and I think we should make it with real food, as opposed to just desserts and nosh.

I already planned on making buckeyes, I also planned on making truffle fudge brownies and chocolate popcorn.

I'll add fettucini alfredo and a pasta marinara.

AS said he may ask friends to make quiches.

Someone will make either salads or veggie platters.

Any other suggestions and/or recommendations?

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Monday, October 18, 2010

The Pesky family is expecting!

b'Ezrat Hashem the Pesky family will be welcoming a new son-in-law into our ranks at the beginning of the summer.

The young man is from Shilo.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Only in Israel moment...

In shul today 2 on-duty soldiers came in for their Aliyah. One guy had the huge radio pack on his back with the antenna rising about a foot over his head. Rather than taking it off and then having to put it back on, they simply draped the Tallit over him, radio and all. So all we could see in a sea of white Tallitot was an orange beret and a black radio antenna....

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Our Sukkah

Inspired by the ideas in A Mother In Israel's post about decorating the walls of the Sukkah I decided on a plan for at least one of the plain white walls of our own cloth Sukkah. After staring at them for 4 or 5 years and mulling over one idea after another (one idea was to paint the 7 species of Israel onto part of a panel, another idea was an Ushpizen-inspired mural) I hit upon a plan with the help of the ideas in the post.

So right now, one panel sports the yellow hand prints (and smudges that goes along with having a 3 year old) of the Pesky household in a vague sun-like shape.

Each year we'll be adding to the mural and b'Ezrat Hashem (God's Will) we'll add more hand prints as the Pesky family expands to sons- and daughters-in-law and grandchildren.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

One of the saddest posts I've seen

The following has got to be one of the saddest posts I've seen in a long time on Imamother.

Titled "Attention Litivish or Chassidish Mothers and FS" (FS being a poster)

My 12 year old Charedi daughter came in to me this evening and asked me if husbands and wives are allowed to hug and kiss. Turns out she was standing on our porch and speaking with her friend who lives 2 floors down. The apartment directly under us has a newly married couple living in it. Their blinds were completely open and dd watched for a few minutes while the couple made out on the couch. Obviously I'll never know just how much she saw but she was in total shock that this couple were "behaving like chilonim" and she was nauseous over the whole thing. Needless to say, my dd is very sheltered and could not imagine that anyone Charedi would do something so disgusting!

I am curious about how Charedi (Litvish or Chassidish) mothers would deal with this.
FS -What do you think?

I probably made the biggest mistake of my life and told her that husbands and wives can do that but that it's not tznius to have the windows open. She was not happy with that answer and of course, started to ask me about her father and myself I didn't give her a straight answer but I did let her know that it's normal and natural.
When DH found this out he was not a happy camper. He would rather have her think that the neighbors are pervs or something. Oy.

I'm not sure which is sadder... that the girl, at 12, still thinks intimacy in marriage is something only non-religious people do, that she has never seen her own parents even hug, that the mother thinks TELLING THE TRUTH might have been a mistake or that the father would rather his daughter think intimacy is perverted....

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Nursery Dilemma

2 issues.

First issue: Do I be honest and tell the teachers that NS really isn't toilet trained and risk them telling me they won't accept him?

Second issue: Looking at the calendar, I can either send him starting Sept. 12th, right after Rosh Hashana. He'd then have 5 days of school, be off Friday, Sept. 17th since Yom Kippur starts and then he'll go to school Sept. 19th - 21st. and then he's off until October 3rd because of Sukkot.

So that means my non-toilet trained son will have a grand total of 8 days in nursery.

Or do I keep him home until after all the holidays and hope that in that time either he'll become completely toilet trained or at least a lot better at it....

Training woes

My 3 year old is still fighting the toilet training.

He'll sit to pee with little problems but pooping is a whole 'nother story.

He should be toilet trained before he starts school and today I'm registering him for nursery. I'll keep him home tomorrow and Tuesday (since they'll start vacation on Wednesday) so I'll have an extra week to get him to sit on the toilet but honestly, I'm not hopeful.

I'll talk to the teachers for their advice but I'm not sure what to do.

Send him in a diaper where he'll spend a chunk of the day in a dirty, smelly diaper? Send him in underwear he refuses to wear and send 6 changes of clothes?

What do I do????

Been a while

Been busy.

I did the smart thing and started cooking and freezing for Rosh Hashana last week.

August 15th I went to the Misrad haChinuch (Board of Ed) to finally sign my 3 year old up for nursery. I was told that all the dati (religious) gannim (preschools) were full and why did I wait so long to register him. I was told I should either put him in the secular gan (which is right across the street from us) or wait until after the holidays and usually spots open up.

First of all, it's not really your business. Pretend I just moved here.

Second of all... it is my legal right to send my kid to public gan and the Mishrad haChinuch is obligated to accommodate me.

Third... I don't want to send my child to the secular gan, even though it's so much more convenient to me than the religious ones. While I have no problem with my son having secular friends, I think the Kashrut issue would be too much of a problem in the Gan. YOU try telling a 3 year old not to eat someone else's sandwich or pre-cut apple.

Thursday night (school started Wednesday), hubby and I were eating at one of the local restaurants and one of the nursery teachers who also Davens at the same shul asked what we were doing with our 3 year old. I told her I'd been told there was no room and she said that was baloney. At least 3 spots were open in the nursery I wanted to send the 3 year old to and another 3 spots opened in the other nursery.

So today, once the 1 1/2 year old wakes from his nap, we'll go to the Misrad haChinuch and get him into nursery.

When I was first told about the no room in Gan problem, I contacted two people responsible for getting people to move to Ariel.... the problem isn't just about finding one spot for my son, but for spots for future residents. The sooner they get the problem fixed, the better off everyone is.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Not quite there

My second child's birthday is 29 Av or August 27th, depending on which calendar you go by.

This year she turned... err... turns... 18.

Which means she can finally open her own bank account.

Well, not according to the Post Office.

Today's dates are 10 Elul or August 20th. So according to the Hebrew calendar, she's been 18 for more than a few days but according to the secular calendar, she's a week short.

But we live in Israel. Where the Hebrew (and Arabic) dates are legally recognized.

Except, apparently if you want to open a bank account with Bank haDo'ar (the bank run by the Israeli Post Office). According to the teller we tried to deal with, in order to have an account with them, you need to be 18 according to the secular calendar.

They'll accept checks and other legal documents dated with the Hebrew (or Arabic) date. But not allow you to open an account.

Yarmulke Goal!! Itay Schechter goal celebration - Hapoel Tel Aviv v Salz...

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Help someone return a camera!

Please help spread the word and repost this:

Please, help someone find the Friedman family from New York with a son named Shloimy (9-10 years old). They visited the Arch Stone Bridge in the Catskills on July 25th and lost their Sony camera there. I'm determined to find them and return the camera. Please, pass this along.

My email address is

Thank you.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Army/Sherut Leumi Guide for Parents

Please pass this along.

The Givat Sharett Chesed Committee of Beit Shemesh is distributing for FREE its “Serving Our Nation” Army Preparation Guide for those young men and women preparing for the army and FOR THEIR PARENTS!

The Guide, in Hebrew and English, provides detailed information and tips regarding the process itself and items to acquire in advance of serving. It is a MUST READ particularly for PARENTS of future army participants.

The Guide is the second in the “Serving Our Nation” series of preparation guides. The first guide, the “Sherut Leumi Preparation Guide”, is also available for FREE in English and Hebrew. The guide contains a wealth of information for the young men and women preparing for sherut leumi service. .

Please contact Susan Barth 054-7294-964 or write
to request either or both Serving Our Nation preparation guides.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Latest JPIX

JPIX is now up over at Leora's blog!

Kol haKavod!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Monday, June 14, 2010

Kosher Cooking Carnival

The latest Kosher Cooking Carnival is now up.

Take a look, have a read, contribute to next month's carnival!

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Support the IDF today!

There will be demonstrations supporting the IDF all over Israel starting at 6 PM today. A partial list is as follows:

Kiryat Shmona: Next to Egged Bus station
Teveriya: Lev HaGalil building
Hadia: Bat-Galim train station
Hadera: "kikar hadera" intersection
Afula: Next to Egged Bus station
Jordan Valley Highway 90: Hakibutzim intersection
Beit Shean: Binyamin Mall
Netanya: Coastal Road Netanya Interchange
Krayot: Tzabar intersection
Nahariya: Next to train station
Raanana: Tzomet Raanana, merkaz.
Bar Ilan University pedestrian bridge over highway 4.
Tel-Aviv'; Azreili Mall
Modi'in; Tzomet Shilat
Beit Shemesh: Tzomet "BIG"
Gush Etzion: Tzomet HaGush in the roundabout
Bat Yam: Next to Abarbanel Hospital
Ashdod: "Ad Halom" bridge
Ashkelon: Tzomet Ashkelon
Ariel: Next to the University
Ramat HaSharon: Kfar HaYarok intersection
Maalot: entrance to town
Jerusalem: Main entrance
Rishon LTzion: Rishon intersection
Sederot: Next to the shuk
Netivot: City Hall
Ofakim: Entrance to city
Kiryat Melachi: Kastina Interchange
Rechovot: Tzomet Bilu
Eilat: Next to shopping center.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Take 2!

Since I was in the hospital when we were supposed to do Nati's Upsherin, we've rescheduled. If anyone thinks they can make it, please PM me for the details.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Worth a thousand words

What does the above photo say to you? What message do you think the artist was trying to get across? And what message to you get from the hospital that has this in front of their GYN/OB/maternity building?

Does anyone know where I could find c-section rates, by hospital, in Israel?

Crazy 2 weeks

The cliff notes:

Went to the hospital Tuesday, May 11th for 4 days of IV antibiotics for a month-long 'sinus infection' that wasn't responding to oral antibiotics.

Sunday, May 16th I had a CT scan. I was told the CT showed something and I was scheduled for surgery on Monday the 17th.

Which I got bumped from... and because Tuesday night - Wednesday night was the holiday of Shavuot, it means light rotation and they weren't going to reschedule the surgery until Thursday.

Tuesday one of the doctors recommends IV steroids to see if that will clear things up. It didn't help.

On Wednesday I'm told they will most likely do surgery on Sunday.

Thursday morning I let the doctors have it. I was tired of getting different answers to my questions depending on what doctor answered... it seemed like 5 doctors had 10 opinions and each one was reading the CT differently - I had a sinus infection, I didn't, I did but not so bad, I had a tumor and they want to biopsy and the best - the CT shows issues on the right side but my symptoms were mostly on the left side.

But in the mean time, they weren't sending me for more tests, they weren't changing my protocol... just jerking me around.

So they gave me a furlough to go home Thursday and I had to come back Saturday night for surgery Sunday morning.

Near as I can tell, they first had to cut away a deviated septum in order to even see the sinuses... so the surgery took almost 2 hours... all of which I was awake for. My sinuses seem fine. I go back in 10 days to discuss the results of the biopsy.

So I'm almost at square one with what my headaches are.

אחים שלנו

English translation:
This is what our brothers in the north see every day.

And this is what he hears...

And this is the view our brother sees in Netanya.

To frequently hear this.

And our righteous brothers in Jerusalem see this.

And these are the sounds/voices that fill our brothers.

This is what our brothers in Tel Aviv see.

And hear...

And there is another brother.

We don't know where he is.

But this is what he sees every day.

And this is what he hears.

It's been long enough. (Enough time has passed)

To return Gilad.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Been MIA

I've been in the hospital (Tel haShomer) since May 11th. Suspected sinusitis that wasn't responding to regular antibiotics. Went in for 4 days of IV antibiotics... that started around midnight on Tuesday.

IV antibiotics did nothing. CT on Sunday was inconclusive to I was scheduled for surgery (FESS) on Monday. Got bumped off the schedule. Because of Shavuot though I was told I'd have the surgery Thursday.

On Wednesday I was told I wasn't having surgery on Thursday, they were thinking of trying a new protocol (aside from IV antibiotics, a CT and 1 day of IV steroids I have had NO other tests or treatments done) so if I have surgery it won't be until Sunday... probably.

This morning the doctors came in and talked over my head (basically part of the problem is the CT says I have issues on the right side but the doctor can see and I can feel the issues are on the left side) and I was told I could go home for Shabbat but I need to be back Saturday night for the surgery on Sunday.

I'm still in pain.

So that's how I spent Shavuot and Nati's Upsherin is postponed.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Egg Cream Photo Essay

Cast of characters: A fresh bottle of cold seltzer, cold milk, a good brand of chocolate syrup, a tall glass and a spoon.

Fill your glass almost halfway with milk and add a generous squeeze or two of syrup.

Holding your spoon over the cup, pour the seltzer over the spoon so it splashes and foams.

The tricky part is mixing the syrup with the milk and seltzer. It's called an 'egg cream' probably because of the white foamy head that looks like meringue when made correctly.

Don't stir the milk. Put the spoon into the glass and with short whipping motions, you're going to mix it - keep an eye on the foam though and make sure you keep the foam white.

Drink immediately.

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Coming to terms...

I'm pushing 40.

There, I said it. b'Ezrat Hashem I'll be 39 at the end of the year. My oldest will be 19 in August and has a somewhat serious boyfriend. She's in 12th grade but will be doing a certified daycare course through the high school next year in addition to taking 2 Bagruyot (Israeli matriculation exams).

Then there's the 18-in-August year old daughter who has decided to go to the Army when she graduates next year. Next week, we're making an Upsherin, b'Ezrat Hashem and the 14 month old keeps me busy by needing PT, having eating issues and 'failure to thrive'.

If I weren't so chronically exhausted, I'd say I don't FEEL like I'm almost 40... I 'feel' like a... oh, 32 year old :)

Hubby and I have basically decided we're done having kids and the next 'babies' will be grand...

So I'm trying to come to terms with that on well, two levels.

The first is from an 'end to my fertility' perspective. I had a bout of IF after being diagnosed with PCOS soon after I married hubby. Our Upsherin celebrant was the happy result of a year of treatments... and then a surprise spontaneous pregnancy. So I had the roller coaster of being fertile, then IF then back to fertile and now... well who knows. But we're basically done... although I don't show any signs of being anywhere near perimenopausal.

And then there's the fact that my 19 year old is dating... and all that entails.

So (and this is mostly for the ladies)... how do/did you deal with 'having your last' (and KNOWING it would be your last) and having your first child enter the dating scene (and all it eventually entails)?

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

We're having a party...

This is the evite I made for Nati's first haircut/third birthday.

I can't believe he's almost 3!

Monday, May 03, 2010

אני יהודי

I posted this a while back but this version has subtitles.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

A whole new world

Last week I did a system reinstall and when I downloaded and installed FireFox (my default browser of choice) I started getting crashes. I think I narrowed it down to a Flash issue but I couldn't find a fix. Even downloading an older version of Firefox didn't help.

So I've now moved over to Chrome.

Thanks to XMarks ( all my bookmarks came with me with no fuss (well, almost no fuss. Unfortunately they alphabetize the bookmarks to I have to get used to the new order of things).

Now i just have to get used to the new interface.

Well, I'm off to the doctor.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Yom ha'Atzma'ut

At the ma'ayan near Har Bracha (I'm sitting at the far left. The next 3 kids are mine. The little girl isn't). (we also went to Tel Shilo but we didn't take pictures :( )


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

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Sunday, April 18, 2010

אני יהודי

So this video has started making its way around the internet. I don't have a TV or listen to the radio but I'm sure it's been played.

The message is nice and timely.

The only thing that leaves a poor taste in my mouth is the only women singing are part of a larger choir. I know, I get it, 'kol Isha'. But I also understand that there are acceptable Psakim that say recorded voice is exempt. Or having three or more women singing together is also fine.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Rethinking getting stuff from the US

My parents are making arrangements to visit us for a little bit the end of June.

My almost 18 year old has been looking at getting a netbook and we'd been planning on having my parents bring it from the US.

But with Israeli customs confiscating American iPads ( claiming it doesn't conform to israeli Wi-Fi standards, I wonder if having my parents bring in a netbook will have the same problems.

Does anyone know? Does someone know who I can call to find out?
Newest Kosher Cooking Carnival is now up!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Priya's Cheese-filled spinach rolls

Cheese-stuffed spinach rolls

They came out SOOOOOOOOOOO good. I made a pizza-type tomato sauce for dipping and it became a whole meal. Warning though... they are NOT that good room-temp or cold. The cheese really needs to be gooey.

2 cups Whole wheat flour
1 cup Rolled oats
1/4 cup Spinach puree
1/4 cup Olive oil
2 tbsp Active dry yeast (yes, you use 2 tablespoons because of the heavier flour and the oats)
1 tsp Sugar
1 tbsp Salt
1 tsp Red chilly flakes
1 tbsp Flax seeds
1 tsp Dry parsley leaves
1/4 tsp Pepper powder
8 pieces Babybel cheese or any other cheese of your choice (I used baby Gouda)
All purpose flour for dusting

Combine the oats, whole wheat flour, red chilly flakes, flax seeds,dry parsley leaves, pepper powder in a large bowl..meanwhile in a cup of lukewarm water, add the active dry yeast, sugar and salt and let this mixture sit for 5 minutes, to get a foamy yeast...Add this foamy yeast ,olive oil and spinach puree to the flour and spice mixture and knead as dough until you get a soft and smooth dough..arrange this soft dough in a greased bowl and keep this bowl in a warm place for an hour with lid closed until the dough double their volume..

Preheat the oven to 350f..After an hour, knead the dough,dust with all purpose flour and divide them 8 medium sized balls...knead the balls one by one, flatten them with ur palms, place a babybel cheese ,bring the edges together and roll them as round buns, arrange the cheese stuffed buns over a baking sheet lined over a baking tray..bake these cheese stuffed buns for 25-30minutes until the crust turns golden brown..

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Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Visiting Yehoshua tomorrow night

Once again, we have to opportunity to visit the Kvarim of Yehoshua ben Nun, his father Nun and Calev ben Yephuneh.

Schlissel Challah

I make Challah on a regular basis, all by hand. I love the feel of the wet and dry ingredients as they come together. The velvety feel of the sifted flour, the creaminess of the beaten eggs and oil. The satiny smooth texture of dough perfectly balanced in sticky to dry. And the smell... oh... the smell of the yeast gives my Shabbat kitchen just the right earthiness. And when I'm ready to punch down the dough, the first and second time... I put my ear to the huge mass and listen to Hashem's [God] creation at work as the yeast interacts with all the other ingredients as it pops and crackles.

And then... just when I think my appreciation for Hashem's creation can't get any better... I get to make a bracha! On dough! I get brownie points (pun intended) for doing something as basic as baking!

Now, with regards to the Schlissel Challah (Key Challah) it's a segulah [lit. virtue] for wealth and a happy home. often people will bake the key to their front door into the challah.

1. Based on "Pitchi Li Achoti, Ra'ayati..." ("Open up, my darling..."--Shir HaShirim 5:2), on which the Medrash states "Pitchu li petach ke-chudo shel machat...," (cf. Shi HaShirim Rabbah 5, s.v. "Kol Dodi Dofek") = something like "Open your hearts (in teshuvah) like the eye of the needle, and I (God) will open the rest like [a very large opening].

2. According to Kabbalah on Pesach the gates to heaven were open, and following Pesach the lower gates are shut, and it's up to us to open them again, therefor on the 1st Shabbat we put the key on the challah to show that through the mitzvah of Shabbat we are opening the locks [original source?].

3. In the desert the Jewish people ate from the manna until after Pesach upon entering the land (with the bringing of the Omer, see: Josh. 5:11), at which point the ate from the produce of the land, and became dependent on their livelihood for the first time (now they had no manna). The key in the challah after Pesach is a request the God should open the Sha'arei Parnasah (gates of livelihood). Alternatively, the manna began to fall in the month of Iyyar, and this Shabbat is always Shabbat Mevarchim Iyyar.

And as far as knowing if it has worked for anyone? Who knows... when I get a Bracha from Hashem, I have no way of knowing WHY I received it. I just thank Him that did.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Sounds like...

Rafi G. over in Life in Israel has had a couple of posts in the past few days about 'The Askonim', making them sound like.. well...

(For anyone who hasn't watched TV in the past... 10 years or so, take a look here.)

Thumbs Down

A week or so ago, someone posted a link for an Israeli company selling 'quality childrenswear delivered to your door'.

The clothing looked promising, the prices affordable and well, 'delivered to your door'! Plus they were advertising a special - order before Pesach and it's 10% off orders of 300NIS or more.

I posted a link to the catalogue in my own FB and posted to the Ariel Yahoo group, asking if anyone would be interested in ordering. Figure we'd make it to the 300NIS for the discount. Plus, according to the literature, delivery was free for orders over 400NIS. (They advertise 18NIS for deliveries in Jerusalem and 28NIS 'outside Jerusalem').

I got two responses. All total, the bill was just under 650NIS. I called it in and the saleswoman was very nice and helpful. A couple things weren't in stock so I made a couple calls, made some adjustments and the order was finalized. She said she (or someone else) would get back to me with regard to just when delivery would happen.

The next day I get a call, I think it was one of the owners. There was going to be a problem with delivery. Their driver (I later found out it's the owner's husband) felt that our order wasn't really worth his time to come out to us (we're about an hour from Jerusalem. Door-to-door, it would have taken him 90 minutes each way).

The woman made some suggestions.

1. Send it by mail. Yeah except with Israeli post, it could take 2 days or 12 days or they could go on strike tomorrow. Plus they were only willing to pay up to a certain amount on postage. We'd have to cover the rest of the cost.

2. Have someone pick it up from them in Givat Shaul. Um... it's a couple days before Pesach, no one making an order has a car and there aren't very many people with a car who work in Jerusalem (that we know and could call) who would be willing to schlep to Givat Shaul.

3. Cancel the order.That was definitely a possibility... and was looking more and more likely.

4. Find someone in Jerusalem they could deliver it to who could bring it to Ariel.

There's one person I thought of who works in Ein Kerem (we'll call her Y). So I called her up and she was willing to have them deliver it to her. I gave her the number so she could call them and arrange with the driver the logistics of getting the stuff. Basically she told them he should call ONE HOUR before he was due to arrive so she could finish her labwork for a few minutes and meet him by her car in the massive parking lot. Plus she made her own order.

In the meantime one of the other women who had gone in on the order called them to complain. I mean really... if you're going to advertise delivery 'outside Jerusalem' with no caveats, then you need to expect people to call you an hour or three outside Jerusalem who expect to get what you're advertising. The woman said that if we could get '10 orders', we could have the delivery (although I'm not sure if they expect us to pay the 28NIS or we'd get it for free). Like the way she planned her advertisement, I think she was just pulling figures and suggestions out of the air without thinking things through because '10 orders' could be as little the 650NIS they refuse to deliver for, or it could be 2000NIS (which I think was what they were aiming for).

Anyway, we now have someone in Jerusalem for them to deliver to and you'd think the saga would be over.

Uh no.

First, the guy called Y FIFTEEN MINUTES from delivery time. Then he had the nerve to say we had to pay delivery fee. AND he was charging us the 'outside Jerusalem' fee (and he argued with Y about this).

First of all, Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital/Campus is IN JERUSALEM. And second of all, it's a 20 minute drive through the Jerusalem forest from their offices to the hospital. It's not our fault the guy decided to make our order the last delivery of the day.

In the end, they didn't charge us anything... but it meant yet another call to their offices.

And now for the order itself... um... one thing was missing (and we were charged for it), another item (which someone ordered 3 of) was out of stock and no one called me to let me know and they incorrectly wrote the quantity on another item so we got 1 instead of 2 (and were only charged for 1).

With all this hassle, I'm not sure if any of us will be ordering from this company any time soon.

In addition, this whole thing was very 'small picture' for the company. The first order was 'only' 650NIS... but if they had given us good customer service the next one could very likely have been 2000NIS. Now... I'm not so sure they'll even get another 650NIS worth of orders from us again.

(If anyone in Israel wants to know which company it is, PM me and I'll tell you. You can decide whether or not you want to give them your custom, or in the very least you'll know some very specific questions to ask them regarding their delivery policy).

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

New scarves!

Some of the new scarves! Click to see a larger image.





Monday, March 22, 2010

Entering a whole new chapter...

My daughter officially has a boyfriend now.

I'm not ready for this. Although neither is she or him for it to be even more officially anything so I think I can breathe easy for about a year... and lose some weight for the inevitable wedding (whether to him or not, one will be coming sooner than I'll expect)

So some stats...

The daughter in question turned 18 in August. She is in her last year of high school - technically. I say technically because the school is offering one more year which will be a certified course for daycare. It's not something she thinks she wants to do but they're offering it for free and it's a great fall-back.

I was 18 1/2 when I married her father. A year later she was born. And the year after that her sister was born.

My mother was 43 when she was born. I'll be 39 at the end of the year.

As for the young man... he's 21 and is from Shilo. Chances are Batya knows him. You'll forgive me if I don't offer any more information :)

It's Me!

My interview on Cooking Manager.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Buying and Selling

For the past month, I've been selling Israeli scarves on ebay. Yesterday I made my very first purchase(s). My almost 3 year old needs summer clothes and unfortunately the clothing Gemach (Goodwill) here is terrible for kids clothes. Since I don't have a car, getting to out of town Gemachim is difficult.

So I took the plunge and did some ebaying.

Man, shopping on ebay is a full time job! First there's searching for what you're looking for. Then it's looking over each listing to make sure the items are in good condition (we're talking little boy's clothes here). Then you want to calculate how much your final bid should be and add the cost of shipping.

Then there's deciding on whether you're going to bid right then and there and possibly drive the bidding even higher or simply watch it and come back to when the auction is almost over and make your bid then. (Oh, and I'm bidding on lots so it's comparing one lot to another and their prices).

And you need to sleep at some point, right?

Well, I won 2 bids and lost a third. Which was annoying since I went to bed as the only bidder, there was 2 hours left on the auction and the final bid was 2.5 times more than my highest offer (granted the highest I was willing to go was $5.00, but still).

So then it was back to the drawing board and I'm watching several new auctions. I'm hoping if I can win one more lot, Nati's summer wardrobe will be done - other than sandals.

Friday, March 12, 2010

New scarves... just in time for Pesach!




(Click on the photos to see a larger, better version)

New stock up for sale at my ebay site!

And yes, there are colors other than purple. I also have black and white 'kippah snoods' to wear under hats, transparent scarves and bandannas.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Pesach Humor

From my mom who got it from my sister who got it from...

The Short Vort

Good Morning!
Today is Tuesday the 23rd of Adar 5770 and March 9, 2010

Kosher for Passover

With Hashem’s help, I am privileged to send out to my loyal readers this unique opportunity.

I am sure that many of you will take advantage of this unique offer and you will no doubt place an order for this special Pesach product today.


* Are you tired and fed up with your kids messing up your house after you already cleaned for Pesach?
* Are you about to scream when your three year old treks cheerios back into the playroom after you spent three hours cleaning it?
* Do you feel that you are fighting an impossible battle as just when you think you have finally finished cleaning the living room; your two year emerges from the room clutching a cookie in each hand?

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2) All of their hair and teeth will be seared clean and their little finger nails will be cauterized and expunged from all dirt and Chometz.

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It was so simple, I called, gave my credit card number and the next thing I knew, six Shtriemel wearing, striped bekishe clad,- cigarette smoking, Yiddish speaking Tzaddikim showed up at my door.

They quickly tied up my kids in cellophane wrap- which of course had the hechsher of the B’datz, and they dumped my kids in the back of truck which was being driven by a Palestinian Arab.

An hour later, three wonderful, Yiddish speaking, rock throwing, and cigarette smoking little Tzaddikim arrived at my door.

At first there was some confusion as the children kept asking where are the policemen whom they are supposed to beat up and where are the women to throw bleach on?

However, the nice man from the agency came and he quickly re-programmed them and now all is fine.

Of course when we went out on Erev Pesach to burn the Chometz, they started burning all of the garbage bins they could find and unfortunately our next door neighbor’s husband was accidentally burned up when he was returning from ‘miluim’ (army reserves) and the Kosher Kids mistook his green uniform for a green garbage bin; however, that is a small price to pay for the peace of mind of knowing that your house is Chometz Free! Thank you so much for Kosher Kids!

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If you can’t I understand and I will make do with whatever Hashem gives me through you.

The program works so well; perhaps you can add this year a “Kosher Husband” addition as well? I mean it would be great if I could just have my husband packed up in cellophane and sealed away until after Pesach. Please let me know.

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Tuesday, March 09, 2010

On top of spagheeeeeeeetti

I think we all know that little song.

So how do you make your meatballs? Fry them up in a pan, toss onto some pasta and ladle sauce on top?

Or do you make them like me... get a sauce started in a pot then drop balls of seasoned chopped meat into the bubbling pot. Cover and simmer for an hour or so... then ladle the contents over pasta...

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Shabbaton in Ariel

Looking for that perfect place? Trying to find the best fit for you and your family?

Young, central, and affordable, these have made Ariel a very attractive city for those in search of a place they can call home.

Ariel is a city with stunning views and a great climate located in the center of Israel- half an hour from Tel Aviv and 20 minutes from a large Hi Tech area. With a population of 20,000 and a large university with over 11,000 students, Ariel is a microcosm of Israel with religious and secular, young and old, Israelis and immigrants. It is a model of Israeli society all embedded in a warm and welcoming English speaking and Israeli community.

If you are looking for the right place for your family- Ariel is the city to consider!

In a good location and with a wonderful community it can become your home in Israel.

To fully experience Ariel come join us for Shabbat on April 23 and 24th.


For more information and to RSVP:

(Please help spread the word and let folks know about this in your own blog... thanks!)

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Israeli Childhood Milestone

My 11 month old has met a very important Israeli childhood milestone today.

He's had his first Bamba.

One last Purim post

When I read threads other people post about their Mishloach Manot-giving there is usually a very telling common theme.

Giving to their friends and neighbors who more often than not, attend the same shul (or one similar), attend the same (or similar) schools... in short, are more often than not just like them.

A few years ago my husband and I decided that instead of making a list of all our friends on the Yishuv to give our Mishloach Manot to, we'd cut 4 off our list and give those 4 to other people in the community that we don't socialize with (and the fact that my husband doesn't speak Hebrew made it easy to find folks we simply nod hello to and have nothing else to do with).

One year the Yishuv arranged a 'Gamad Anak' (think secret santa) type of exchange for Shabbat Zachor. We got a very Sefaradi family so I made them an 'Ashkenazi Kiddush Club' basket - herring, gefilte fish, crackers, potato kugel and a bottle of vodka.

They didn't like it.

Last Purim was our first in Ariel and we were in a larger community where the majority aren't religious. I was also 39 weeks pregnant and feeling a million weeks pregnant. I made very simplE roasted garlic hummus and lavash crackers to give out and while my daughters went out and delivered, for the most part I gave to whomever came to the door. Our random giving was to the Russian taxi drivers who took us to Megilla reading and brought us back home.

This year we're still in Ariel but in a different house. I know many of our neighbors by sight and the fact that the boys and I go out almost every day, we have a 'hello, how are you?' relationship with some of them. We're also one of the few religious families on this section of street. (The street is made up of a series of row houses. The houses have 8 attached units).

The weather for Purim was terrible. Torrential rain, hail, thunder and the wind was bad. There was a break in the weather enough for the boys and I to get to Megillah reading (5 minute walk with a double stroller) and on the way home, I gave a Mishloach Manot to one of the neighbors we often see caring for her garden. At least I think that was her house. A man (most likely her husband) answered the door...

A few units down on the other side is a house we pass almost every day. They have a white wrought iron fence and some nice lemon trees in their front yard. Nati likes looking at the lemons and smelling them.

I knocked on their door to deliver the Mishloach Manot and one of the older sons answered. I handed him the small package and wished him a Purim Same'ach.

About an hour later there was a knock on the door. It was the guy and he handed me a shopping bag. He wished me a happy Purim and told me that everything had a Badatz hechsher (one of the more ultra-Orthodox kosher certifications) and then left.

I looked inside and it was 2 bags of salted pretzels and a bag of sesameed pretzels.

I have to say, I'm rather proud of getting this. In all likelihood, this was probably the first Mishloach Manot this man has given in many years... if ever.

My policy of going out of the box for a bit paid off. Giving Mishloach Manot shouldn't be about giving to the next door neighbor whose own table is full of brightly wrapped or bagged goodies. It should be about taking the opportunity to expand your 'cookie cutter' circle of friends to find new, interesting and different Jews by handing them a bag of nosh. It should be about giving to someone who otherwise wouldn't be Yotzeh the Mitzvah (granted, finding a secular Jew might be easier here in Israel).

Monday, March 01, 2010

Purim Same'ach!

The Dread Pirate Elchanan

The Captain and his First mate

Such a gray, wet, cold, windy day... really put a crimp in our Mishloach Manot delivering.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Yo ho hum

One morning on my way to shul with the boys I hit upon the perfect Mishloach Manot to give dressed as pirates... ho hos and rum... yo ho ho and a bottle of rum.

Granted it would be home made ho hos and I'd never made a jelly/cream roll cake before but the recipes I found online (and the photos that went with them) were promising and seemed easy enough.

Yeah... well...

My first clue that I should abandon the idea came after looking in 4 different liquor stores and not finding the tiny bottles of rum I wanted. Heck, I couldn't even find SMALL bottle of rum. So I settled for... cup o'vodka.

Yo ho ho and a cup of vodka? Uh... ok.

Then it was time to make the ho hos. Rather than use any of the recipes I found online, I decided to go to my trust Spice and Spirit cookbook. I know roll cakes are pretty popular and figured they'd have a great recipe. I had Tzippy make it and um...

This is what we ended up with. It was like a Pesach cake disaster when the ingredients separate and you have a crust of sugar on top and this 1/2 inch thick layer of what looks and feels like what ballistics gel should. The only good thing about it was it rolled well and was thin.

So we went with one of the online recipes. Which rose too much. And then it stuck... the directions said to roll the cake once it's out of the oven and let it cool for 30 minutes. Then unroll, schmear and roll up again.

So I rolled it up but because it was so thick there was no way I was getting ho ho shaped slices. And then when I went to unroll it... it started coming apart and/or sticking. But I pushed through, got it unrolled, schmeared it and rolled it back up, using the cream to keep the bits stuck together.

So here's what it ended up looking like...

So... it's not a very ho ho and bottle of rum Mishloach Manot. But the cake is tasty and the cup of vodka is Kosher for Pesach...

Happy Purim everyone!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

And speaking of Carnivals...

The latest Kosher Cooking Carnival has been up for a few days. Excellent job!

JPIX - V'Nahafoch Hu!

When I volunteered to host the February JPIX carnival I was coming off the high of having hosted my first successful Kosher Cooking Carnival and having just seen Leora's JPIX carnival in all its thumbnaily glory, I was excited to step up to the challenge.

And then reality hit me upside the head when it became apparent that blogger has.. well.. 'teh stoopid' when it comes to certain HTML capabilities. Specifically having an image as the link.

Crazy, I know! The only thing people could suggest was for me to move my blog to another host such as Word Press... well, that's not going to happen at the moment.

So I resigned myself to posting the JPIX carnival less efficiently and less prettily than my predecessor.

This morning as I was planning this post in my head, I came up with 2 gimmicks that makes me feel better about posting an entry about photos with no actual photos... First of all it's Adar so we're all about "v'nahafoch hu" - doing opposite things! And second... Now you'll have to click on ALL the links to see the photos rather than simply squint at a thumbnail and see if it's something that interests you.

Oh wait. You mean you don't do that? Uh... anyway, on to the links!

phyllis has a beautiful Chanukah photo with Don't Let the Light Go Out posted at Ima on (and off) the Bima: Real-Life Jewish Parenting. This may have been featured in the previous JPIX, but it was sent to me too. In any event, it's worth the second look.

Batya has become a picture-taking addict it seems. And she's got a wonderful eye so they're all a pleasure to look at. Here are her submissions... Yes, It's A Jerusalem Landmark, A New One, Building, Natural Growth, Reflecting on Tel Aviv and Grey Days, Winter in Israel posted at Shiloh Musings and Great Room, Though Not For The Superstitious and "Seize the Day." Shoot! posted at me-ander.

Israel has great photos from a family trip to Mexico at Ech omrim “Trajineras de Xochimilco”? posted at The Weissers' Journey to Israel.

Leora presents a beautiful series of photos of Feeding da Birds posted at Here in HP.

G6 takes us back to Purim past... very past in Purim in the 1930's posted at Guess Who's Coming To Dinner.
Sharon A shows us More White Stuff - but not the kind you're probably thinking about posted at The Real Jerusalem Streets. In addition, she takes us to the Old City with Progress...Jaffa Gate.

And finally... there's my contribution... here's the aftermath of a 'Chefetz Chashud' and a little bit of excitement today posted at In the Middle on the Right. In addition my son has a pull up your pants moment while Investigating with Nana.

The next JPIX is in JUNE!!! So start snapping your photos and post away! Leora will once again be hosting so please submit your entries at the JPIX submission form.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

All the news that's fit...

How to Be Israeli has a great post about the content on English-language Israeli news sites vs. the Hebrew Israeli news sites. She says to read the English sites one would think that all we care about is the Israeli-Arab conflict (not to mention politics, the 'settler issue' and the in-fighting among the religious).

My observation is that the English language sites are more like the NY Times while the Hebrew sites are like the NY Daily News...

So does anyone know where I can get a Daily News type English-language Israeli news site?

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Little bit of excitement today

The boys and I went for our daily walk a bit earlier than usual because I needed to buy ingredients for the cheesecake I was planning on making for tonight's women's evening. On our way back I noticed a large insulated bag across the street that looked full.

Now for those of you who have never been to Israel there are a few things you need to know... abandoned bags are taken seriously here in Israel. You're supposed to call the police and often it ends up with the street being cordoned off and a sapper team called in and a little robot rolls up to the bag and sometimes it ends in a boom.

Usually, it's someone's forgotten groceries or lunch or laundry or backpack. Sometimes though it's much more sinister.

Now the truth was, when I saw the bag, I really didn't think it was anything serious but abandoned bags are a serious issue in Israel. So first I called a friend to make sure it's the police I need to call. And then I did. About 5 minutes later a couple of security trucks came by and then for the next hour at least (maybe even more), the street was blocked off while They decided what to do.

How do I know it was an hour?

Because soon after we got home (we only hung around until security showed up) I heard a commotion in the neighbor's front yard.

Now our neighbors have a dog they keep tied up in their front yard. The lead is only about a meter and half long. And the dog is a Shepherd of some sort. And the dog spends about 7 hours or more every day tied up like this.

Needless to say the poor boy is BORED. And like many dogs, he destroys anything he can reach when he's bored. For this pooch, it includes his dog house, the planters and the house's propane gas balloons and the metal connections.

Sunday and Monday it only was the dog house and the metal hood that goes over the gas balloons but today he managed to knock both of them over and disconnect one of them.

Did I mention this is propane?

Unfortunately I don't have any contact numbers for these neighbors (heck, I don't even know their last name) and I couldn't get into the front yard. And I didn't want to stay in the house with two tanks of propane laying around.

So I put the boys back into the stroller and off we went to the center to go to the police station in person and try and get them to help.

On our way there, we saw a police truck blocking the street and I looked back and sure enough, there was the bag I had called about an hour earlier. We got to the police station, I told them what happened with the gas tanks and the woman dispatched someone to take care of it. Just to give them some time though, we hung around for almost an hour before heading home.

Someone had removed both tanks into a corner but the dog had managed to tangle himself up in the metal pipes that feed the gas into the house. I saw there was a latch on the inside of the gate so I opened the gate, untangled him, gave him some water, moved the ruins of his dog house out of the way and ignored the poo and pee.

About 10 minutes later the man of the house came home and when I went outside to talk to him, he was of course blaming it all on the dog and saying they were most likely going to get rid of him.

Which really annoyed me because it's not the dog's fault he's bored.

Oh, and on our way back from the center, we saw this...

JOOC, for those of you reading this who live in Israel... would you or have you called in a 'chefetz chashud'?

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Spinach Noodle Kugel

This is so easy to make and my kids love it. Feel free to substitute frozen broccoli for the spinach.

8 oz elbow macaroni (or small shells)
2 10 oz packages frozen spinach
3 eggs
1 1/2 packages onion soup mix (about 6 tablespoons)
3/4 cup soy milk
1/4 cup margarine or oil
1 can of mushrooms (optional)

Cook the macaroni and drain. Thaw the spinach.

Mix all the ingredients together. Pour into a loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees F for 1 hour or into individual muffin cups and bake for 30-45 minutes.

Chicken-wrapped Kebabs

Whether you call it a cutlet or a schnitzel, here's an easy way to beef up (or lamb up?) your ordinary breaded chicken breast.

To feed 4-6 people you'll need:

2 pounds chicken breast that's been butterflied and pounded flat (usually will be 6 pieces)
1 lb package of defrosted, prepared kebabs - beef, lamb, spicy, whatever strikes your fancy and tastebuds (usually will be 9 pieces)
1 egg
seasoning - my favorites are garlic powder, sweet paprika and black pepper. Feel free to use whatever you like.
12 toothpicks

In a bowl, whisk the egg, about 1/8 cup or oil and 1/8 cup water and the seasoning.

In a plate, pour the breadcrumbs.

Take a chicken breast and wrap it around a kebab. Secure the chicken with a toothpick at the top and bottom.

Dip into the egg, shake off excess and then roll in the breadcrumbs.

Place on a well oiled cookie sheet.

When all the pieces are done, bake in a 350 degree F oven for 15 minutes then turn over and bake for another 15 minutes.

That's it!

Just be sure to remove the toothpicks before serving.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Ebaying Momma

In an effort to bring in some much needed income, I've started to ebay Israeli headscarves.

New stuff goes up on Tuesdays.

Thursday, February 04, 2010

I am Israel

Weather or not...

Since I usually get my local weather from Israel Meteorological Service, it didn't really bother me per se that Yahoo Weather stopped showing Ariel, Israel weather. I noticed they reorganized things so it became less convenient to get Ariel's weather (and try as I might I couldn't get it to save as my default weather. It kept giving me Sunnyvale, California).

What DID bother me though was it kept giving me Jenin, PA Occupied Territories as my nearest location.

Uh.. Jenin doesn't have a weather station. The nearest one to Jenin is... Ariel.

Well look, I could go on about this, but Omri Ceren over at Mere Rhetoric does it better.

If you'd like to see Jenin weather, look here. It's weird because I don't see any way to get to any of the "Pal.OccTerr" from the Yahoo weather page. When I click the link, it says "Weather > Palestinian Occupied Territories > West Bank > Jenin". If you click on the first weather, there's no POT choice. Plus on the 'West Bank' list, there's no Jenin...

Curiouser and curiouser...

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

People Magazine: Duggars “won’t rule out having baby #20″ « No Longer Quivering

People Magazine: Duggars “won’t rule out having baby #20″ « No Longer Quivering

Very interesting POV from a former 'Quiverfuller'.

I wonder what the cases of pre-e, increased c-sections, complication, uterine rupture, micro preemies, etc. are int he Ultra-Orthodox communities where many women have more than 10 children.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Everyone seems to have this issue

Apparently 'Hot Fatimas' are an issue in Islam like Hot Chanies are in Judaism...

Thursday, January 28, 2010

KCC is up... number 50!

The 50th edition of KCC is now up.

Great job as usual Batya and thanks!