Home » Search in archive Search results for: “what to cook on shabbat”

Using Our Brain to Drive on Shabbat

Previously on the “Jewish Techs” blog, I discussed the technical halachic (Jewish legal) minutae surrounding the permissability of using the Amigo Shabbat Scooter from the Israeli-based Zomet Institute. The Shabbat Scooter is made by Michigan-based Amigo, founded by Allan Thieme, which began making the Jewish Sabbath-approved scooters six years ago.

But now there’s something even more impressive on

| | Read More »

Manischewitz Cook-Off National Finals 2011

Manischewitz Cook-Off National Finals 2011

The Fifth Annual Man-O-Manischewitz National Cook Off just finished, and, man, I’m still buzzing. There was some serious high-octane, high-pressure, high-quality cooking, and I don’t think I expected to see any of that. I mean, this is Manischewitz you’re talking about — the matzah and wine people.

But this wasn’t your bubbe’s Manischewitz. Not only was the competition a slick, well-presented show at the stylin’ Uptown …

| | Read More »

Shabbat Scenarios: Kotev and Mochek Part III

Can you zip or unzip a sweatshirt with words on it on Shabbat? A problem arises with bringing together and breaking apart letters on the shirt much like a book with wording on the side. Therefore, it should be avoided if possible. One can be lenient in cases of necessity as per the Mishna Berura.

Jigsaw puzzles that are meant to last may not be put together on Shabbat.  Wooden picture puzzles where pieces are fitted into …

| | Read More »

Shabbat Scenarios: Kotev & Mochek Demonstrations

Can you play Scrabble on Shabbat? The Chayei Adam’s view is that any game that requires keeping score and would normally involve writing should not be played on Shabbat.  The standard Scrabble games which is simply bringing together and distancing letters without affixing them to a permanent surface do not pose a problem with Kotev. However the deluxe editions, where the pieces are affixed to a groove, …

| | Read More »

Shabbat Scenarios: Sewing Science-Tofer/Koreah Part II

Shabbat Scenarios: Sewing Science-Tofer/Koreah Part II

In order to violate the Torah prohibition of Koreah, tearing, one must do so for the sake of Tofer, sewing. This law is derived from the times of the Mishkan. Moths would eat circular holes into the curtains. These holes were hard to mend. They needed to be torn into a kind of line to be sewn up.

This is an example of destructive action that is transformed into constructive action. Most …

| | Read More »

Shabbat Scenarios: Sewing Situations – Tofer

… two “stitches,” i.e. sticking the pin into the cloth twice, is prohibited. This is based on the Korban Netanel who rules that a pin has the same halachic status as thread. Rav Moshe differs and maintains that a safety pin is not much different than a button and is permitted, if it will be temporary and is clearly noticeable.

·Brooches are normally inserted once and are therefore permitted according to both opinions.

·Gluing or sticking two pieces of paper together is …

| | Read More »

Shabbat Scenarios: The Prohibition of Tofer-Sewing

… in a permanent way. The classic example is sewing two stitches and then making a final knot to hold the stitches in place.

·      Opening and closing a button, zipper, or Velcro tab is    permitted because it is not a permanent binding.

·      Pulling a loose thread tighter on a button is prohibited.

·      Stapling and taping may not be done on Shabbat.

Read More: @ naalehupdate.wordpress.com

| | Read More »

See you on Shabbat!

Positive aspects to Diaspora living: A Jew can find kosher food and a sympathetic environment almost everywhere around the globe. A group of young Americans led by Rabbi Benzion Klatzko of Ohio, decided to take advantage of the Diaspora reality and use it for a one of its kind hospitality program – the Jewish version of couch surfing.

The Shabbat.com website gives Jews the opportunity to stay as a …

| | Read More »

Reheating Food on Shabbat

Reheating Food on Shabbat

Chazal forbade putting fully cooked food on the fire on Shabbat because one could come to stoke the coals. Additionally it is mechzi k’mevashel, it appears as if one is cooking. However, if one satisfies five requirements, then bishul becomes chazara and is permitted l’chatchila.

The five conditions are,

1.      the flame must be covered,

2.      the food must be fully cooked,

3.      it must still be …

| | Read More »

What Do You Eat On Shabbat?

We all know that food plays an important role in our Shabbat routine. We know that we have a halachic obligation for three Shabbat meals. Many of us know that the Ari emphasized a kabbalistic importance to these meals. And many of us are very much set on a particular menu for Shabbat.

This is not a deep post. Yet the Torah we live encompasses all aspects of our personal and communal culture; and so this, too, is relevant in some way. …

| | Read More »

New Year’s On Shabbat

New Year’s On Shabbat

The solar system doesn’t want me to party. It doesn’t want you to party either. If it did, it would somehow avoid putting New Year’s Eve on a Friday night.

It’s been worse. I’m sure many of you Shomer Shabbat people remember that the new millennium was brought in on Shabbat. This is also known as the only time the TV was ever allowed on in my house on Shabbat ever (we turned it on before and didn’t change the …

| | Read More »

Shabbat opening on Christmas Eve (sort of)

… quiet December’s eve.

But before you get shluffy from all that MSG, let me recommend a film to consider for a Christmas Eve from my personal collection of imaginary films. It’s called “When Malka Meets Santa.”

Read More: @ jta.org

| | Read More »

Oreo Cheesecake for Shabbat

Shabbat is a festive Jewish observance where families and friends join together for a special dinner. Make your Shabbat dinner extra special with this Oreo Cheesecake recipe from aish.com. I’ve tried preparing this and believe me, this is a really yummy treat.

For this recipe, you need 2 cups of crushed Oreos, 2 tablespoons of butter, ¼ cup of brown sugar, 2 lbs. of softened cream cheese,1 …

| | Read More »

Tips in Planning Your Shabbat Menu

Tips in Planning Your Shabbat Menu

Shabbat or Sabbath is one of the most popular Jewish observances. Shabbat is observed a few minutes before sunset every Friday until a few minutes after the first three stars appear in the sky on Saturday night. This Jewish observance is considered a festive day and a festive meal are traditionally eaten. Here are some steps to preparing a traditional Shabbat menu:

Plan your menu days before …

| | Read More »

7th Heaven - Shabbat

… Research Institute

7th Heaven with Rebbe Nachman explores the art of consciously observing Shabbat – understanding in depth many of the day’s traditional religious practices within the context of life’s spiritual dynamics. It offers insight into the deeper meaning and purpose of a broad range of Shabbat observances and seeks to show how each law or custom fits within the comprehensive scheme of the Shabbat mosaic.

| | Read More »

Reclaiming Judaism as Spiritual Practice: Holy Days and Shabbat

… level of your endurance, accumulated possessions, jumped the hurdles, and gotten the grades only to wonder, “Is that all there is?” Do you wish for a life that is physically grounded, emotionally satisfying, intellectually expansive, and profoundly connected? These are the qualities Judaism can provide when you understand how to practice it.” —from the Introduction

This inspiring guidebook is your wake-up call for understanding the powerful intellectual and emotional tools that are …

| | Read More »

Jewish Holiday Cooking: A Food Lovers Treasury of Classics and Improvisations

… of traditional Jewish recipes, as well as inventive new creations and contemporary variations on the classic dishes. For home cooks, drawing from the rich traditions of Jewish history when cooking for the holidays can be a daunting task. Jewish Holiday Cooking comes to the rescue with recipes drawn from Jayne Cohen’s first book, The Gefilte Variations — called an “outstanding debut” by Publisher’s Weekly — as well as over 100 new recipes and information on cooking for the …

| | Read More »

The Modern Jewish Mom’s Guide to Shabbat: Connect and Celebrate-Bring Your Family Together with the Friday Night Meal

… everything done in a twenty-four-hour period seems impossible. After working, shuttling the kids to soccer practice, attending PTA meetings, taking the dog to the vet, and organizing a charity event, who has time to bake challah? In The Modern Jewish Mom’s Guide to Shabbat, Meredith Jacobs, the ultimate modern mom, shows readers how Shabbat is one of the best ways to bring your family closer in spite of a hectic schedule.

In this must-have guide filled with helpful tips, recipes, …

| | Read More »

1,000 Jewish Recipes

… kosher cooking and tradition, this expert cookbook offers all the recipes and information any cook needs to celebrate Passover, Rosh Hashanah, and many other Jewish holidays.

Excerpted from 1,000 Jewish Recipes by Faye Levy. Copyright � 2000. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved

Recipes, p.88 Smoked Whitefish Spread Makes about 6 servings

In many homes smoked fish is a favorite food on the break-the-fast table, and so are bagels. This spread is a perfect topping for …

| | Read More »

The Jewish Woman Next Door: Repairing the World One Step at a Time

The Jewish Woman Next Door: Repairing the World One Step at a Time

… they are all linked together by a common thread: each of them contributes something meaningful to the world to make it a better place. Moreover, their commitment to Judaism provides them with the motivation to do the wonderful things that they do.

Women such as Ruth Gruber, who helped hundreds of Jewish refugees to escape from war-torn Europe, or Wendy Kay, who invites a constant stream of teenagers to her home for Shabbat, can inspire young Jewish women to reach greater heights. The …

| | Read More »

Ascending Jacob’s Ladder - Essays on the Fundamental’s of Jewish Life - Shabbat, Festivals, Prayer, Teshuvah, Torah Study, The Jewish Home and Wisdom of Kabbalah

… – through this world and into the next.

Like Jacob’s ladder, which was firmly planted on earth but reached the heavens, these essays show us how living a truly Jewish life will bring us to the spiritual heights we long for, without ever losing sight of the ground – a healthy life and home. In an inspiring and engaging manner, Rabbi Hillel shows us how we can climb that ladder rung by rung.

Covering such topics as the Jewish holiday cycle, Shabbat, prayer, the study of …

| | Read More »

Tisch Family Zoological Garden in Jerusalem

… zoo located at Harav Kook Street in central Jerusalem. In 1947, the zoo was transferred to the Hebrew University on Mount Scopus. However, in 1948, the zoo was once again moved to the Ezrat Torah neighborhood due to the evident sufferings of the animals during the War of Independence.  From 1950-1991, the zoo stayed there.  Eventually, it became overcrowded and wrecked.  As a result, it was closed in 1991 and reopened in the Malha neighborhood in 1993.

At present, the enormous …

| | Read More »

Makin’ Matzas

… super expensive, but worth every cent. Besides, the Gemara tells us that Hashem grants us our Shabbat and festivals expenditures above and beyond our standard annual allotment.

Read more : lazerbrody.typepad.com

| | Read More »

Mahane Yehuda Market

… marketplace in Jerusalem. Situated in the  the the heart of the city, surrounded by Jaffa Road to the North, Beit Yaakov Street to the West, Agrippas Street to the South, and Kiach Street to the East, and divide into two major streets, the covered market in Eitz Chaim Street and the open air market in Mahane Yehuda Street. The market is consist of several full blocks of small but presentable narrow stalls selling everything from fresh fruits and vegetables, fish, meats and …

| | Read More »

No More Chains

A precondition of freedom is to break the chains that enslave us. Oftentimes, the ideological and mythical chains that bind our minds subdue a person much more than the heaviest iron chains can. Why? Iron chains can restrict a body but ideological and mythical chains restrict the mind.

The worst form of slavery is slavery of the mind, when a person’s mind is subjugated and he loses his G-d given freedom of choice. …

| | Read More »

Dosh/Sechita Demonstration Part II

The Torah prohibition of Dosh traces back to the times of the Mishkan when wheat kernels were separated from their external shells by threshing. The most common toldah (derivative) of Dosh is Sechita or Mefarek – extracting a liquid from a solid.

Can you milk a cow on Shabbat? This appears to be a classic case of sechita, squeezing the cow’s udder, a solid, so that milk can flow out. The Gemara limits sechita to

| | Read More »

Jews Fighting Jews

… And last night was no exception.

I didn’t actually know anything about this story prior to the expose last night. But it’s kind of messed up. The Orthodox community (I guess not exclusively Orthodox, but the campaign is being led by the Orthodox) in the Hamptons has been pushing to get an eruv set up in area so that shomer Shabbat Jews could carry things on Saturday.

Read More: @ myjewishlearning.com

| | Read More »

Breaking with tradition, Rockland JCC will open on Saturdays

The Jewish Community Center of Rockland has always remained closed from sundown on Friday until sunset on Saturday out of respect for the Jewish tradition of rest on the holy Shabbat.

But beginning April 1, the JCC will open its fitness center and gym Friday evenings and Saturday, joining a nationwide trend among JCCs to be open to the community seven days a week.

That decision is controversial in the Jewish community, both in and outside the center. Jews worship …

| | Read More »

Parshat Vayakel: Removing The Mask

… juxtaposition in Parshat Ki Tisa and Parshat Vayakel. In Vayakel, Hashem first tells Moshe to command the Jews about the mitzva of Shabbat and he singles out the prohibition of kindling a flame. He then tells the people about the mitzva of building the Mishkan. In contrast, Parshat Ki Tisa, which is a culmination of Parshat Terumah and Tezaveh and the building of the Mishkan, begins with the mitzva of Shabbat.

Why the switch and why does the Torah continually connect Shabbat

| | Read More »

The Light of German Jewry

… rabbis. We have learned first hand about how Germans have confronted their past and are looking to their future. We have seen the German Jewish community rebuilding itself with a sense of pride and renewal.

This Shabbat, in the Torah portion Tetzaveh, we learn about the ner tamid (the eternal light). We can compare the ner tamid — a main focal point in the Temple — with the German Jewish community. Considering the horrific history the Jewish people in this part of the world …

| | Read More »