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Recipe Apfel Strudel made with puff pastry, for Hanukkah


This crispy roll, stuffed with fruit, nuts and jelly is an Ashkenazy classic pastry. A delicacy as dessert or at tea/coffee time; warm or cold. Mostly we bake oil based sufganiyot for Hanukkah, because of the miracle that one little jar with oil enough for one day, lightened the lamps of the Temple Menorah for...
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Eshet Chayil (Woman of Valor) and Hanukkah


Incentive The text in Proverbs 31: 10-31 is the song Eshet Chayil, a song to the Strong Woman of Valor of the home, which in Jewish tradition is sung at the celebration of Shabbat on Friday evening. It has inspired me endlessly. The mystical side of the song is the meaning of the text that...
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Light and Hope


            Light breaking through the darkness hope breaking darkness. In G-d the dark is not only Licht is He Hope gives life Life is out of Him. Praise Him with all that is in you He is your Hope your Light Life is from Him Hope comes from Him Light...
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Hanukkah: victory over old and new darkness


Celebration of Hanukkah The biblical month of Kislev is the month in which the festival of Hanukkah is always celebrated. During the period of the Second Temple, which had been rebuilt by Ezra and Nehemiah, the Greeks, under the gr√ľndliche leadership of Antiochus IV, invaded Israel. These hostilities against Israel had begun from the time...
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Shalom in the Fall of 2020


AUTUMN 2020 Shalom! Register here for our free newsletter! now read in 28 countries     This is a most unusual time when we are approaching the High Holidays: Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot with rules to prevent contamination with the coronavirus. All countries in the world are affected by the virus. Despite this...
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Newsletter: Hanukkah 2017


Shalom! Humankind is created as man and woman, and the spiritual reality that this is expressing, demands responsibility from every person. It is a mystery that requires a sensitive heart from us. A heart that can also discern spiritual matters. Women have this built into their nature and can perceive the spiritual world easier and...
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Newsletter: Pesach 2017


Dear friends, Passover is an incredible feast which allows us to re-experience our own deliverance. First we remove all chametz (leaven, yeast) from our homes a thorough cleaning. Next to a physical task this is also a spiritual experience, because of the symbolism of yeast and sourdough representing our old nature and misdeeds. During the...
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Newsletter: Purim 2017


Dear friends, Soon it will be Purim and our newsletter is all about this important feast. Israel has been saved by a woman, Esther, working together with her uncle Mordechai. Queen Vashti, wife of king Ahasuerus, did not want to bow to theorizer of the king to show herself on an important feast, in order...
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Newsletter: Rosh HaShana 2015


Dear friends, The fall feasts announce themselves. The colder weather season is in the air. The laws of nature are following their course. Nature is preparing itself for winter and accepts death as a means to renewal. That is only possible if death is imposed from life and renewal. If death is imposed from decay...
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Newsletter: Hannukah 2014


Dear friends, Soon we will celebrate Hanukka 5775! For Israel it has been a very difficult year again and in this time it helps to remember how, in 160 BCE the Lord gave the victory over the bad dictator Anthiochus. He was trying to destroy Israel and it was a very difficult struggle that Israel...
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