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On the Jewish food scene: Thoughts on noodles and potatoes

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

When I was a child, noodle kugel was the ultimate comfort food. In fact, I didn’t realize there was any other kind of kugel until I was far into my adult years. Certainly no other kugel ever appeared on our dinner table. In fact, it’s still difficult for me to t…

Bess Greenberg’s driving force: rhythm by Rabbi Rachel Esserman

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

On her website, www.KidBess.com, Bess Greenberg describes herself as a “professional basketball player turned documentary photographer, turned curator, turned visual artist, turned musician.” What do all these different activities have in common? During an e-mai…

On the Jewish food scene: The good cookie by Rabbi Rachel Esserman

Confession time: I can live without hamantashen. Yes, I tend to scarf down as many of them on Purim as anyone else, but they are far from my favorite cookie. One problem is that there is usually too much dough and too little filling for my taste. I do prefer those with fruit fillings, rather…

November 1, 2019 - Broken Promises and Lost Lives

Broken Promises and Lost Lives

I meant what I said and I said what I meant and an elephant is faithful 100 percent. Those words from Horton Hatches an Egg by Dr. Seuss greatly influenced my life. A promise ñ an oath ñ should not be broken; one is word has to mean something. I find it inte…

October 25, 2019 - Antisemitismin Part Two

Antisemitism In Part Two

One of the reasons I experienced some antisemitism in high school was because I was very publicly Jewish. No, I didn’t wear a Star of David or a kippah, but I never hid my religion. In fact, I had an English teacher ask me to take her college-prep writing class b…