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No More Techina, Please!

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I know I’ve overplayed my hand when my kids walk through the door and see the delicious cake I’ve made, eye me suspiciously and ask, “There’s no techina in there, right? Please, no more techina!” What? I’ve been having such fun, making all the recipes with techina drizzled here, techina drizzled there. Here...

Psagot Wines Mark Occasion of New Kashrut Supervision: Badatz Jerusalem Eida Hachareidis

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To kick off 2017, Psagot Winery, in the Jerusalem hills, held a special observance of terumot and maasrot (produce offerings and tithes), attended by rabbis and management of the Badatz supervision of Jerusalem.

During the special occasion, thousands  of liters of quality wine were spilled  out. Later, the distinguished guests sat for an exclusive meal and Yaakov Berg, CEO of Psagot Winery, mentioned that in recent years there has been a growing demand for quality wine with high kashrut standards. Just as the utmost care is taken when creating quality wine, using the best grapes and most advanced equipment, it must also be the same regarding kashrut.

Psagot Winery has announced...

Flourless Chocolate Cake

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The rich chocolate pairs well with the tart, slightly sweetened yogurt. Separating the eggs makes this dessert light and fluffy, without the need for flour. I hope you and your family enjoy the cake as much as I do!


 1 pound  bittersweet chocolate, chopped into small chunks1 stick butter7 eggs, separated½ cup sugar1 cup Greek yogurt, for garnish2 tablespoons maple syrupconfectioner’s sugar, for dusting


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-inch cake pan. Place the chopped chocolate and butter in a medium bowl set over a double boil and stir until melted. Whisk the egg yolks with the sugar and beat until light and pale yellow. Whisk in some of the...

Warming Up With Elegant Wines

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The winter is a time when we enjoy learning, reading a good book or listening to some nice, relaxing music in the comforting warmth of our homes. Preferably near the fireplace for those of us who are lucky to have one. The winter is also a great time to indulge and sip some full-bodied, concentrated wines while doing any of the aforementioned activities. Some wines are so elegant and rich that they bring a smile of satisfaction and enhance the spiritual experience while debating a Rashi with our chavruta.

The Flam Reserve Merlot is a rich, complex and refined wine from Israel, made by the world-class winemaker Golan Flam. This wine is full of flavors of ripe blueberries and plums as...

What's in a Name?

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Three of my four high school years were spent in an Israeli school. Of course, one of my biggest struggles was learning the language and communicating with my new friends. Sometimes things got lost in translation—like when I was sent to the market to buy an eggplant. I thought I was so smart and clever, as I used my New York, yeshiva-based Hebrew and asked for tzemach beitzim, literally an “egg plant.” Not surprisingly, I got funny looks and no eggplant. It was frustrating that no one knew what I was talking about, and I had no clue that what I was saying did not make any sense.

Another time I had a language miscommunication was when I slept over at an Israeli friend’s house...

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