The important “discovery” of the S&P origins of the iconic British meal of Fish and Chips got a brief notice in the Jewish Chronicle today (The Diary, p 45).
Although it has been known for years that fish fried in batter was introduced to Britain by Portuguese refugees, the new discovery was an associated recipe for Potato Shavings, in a recipe book “The Jewish Manual: Practical Information in Jewish and Modern Cookery,” published anonymously in 1846 by Judith, Lady Montefiore. Continue reading
On the evening of 26 August the Cardozo Academy in Jerusalem organised a shiur on the topic of the unique S&P custom of Evening Selichot, followed by a choral Evening Service incorporating those selichot. Continue reading
In this six minute podcast I discuss one of the best loved of the S&P New Year melodies: “Et Sha’arey Ratson”, with some thoughts about what makes it so special. Continue reading
This week’s perasha contains more commandments than any other: a total of 74, that’s 12% of all those in the Torah! Several of the commandments relate to money, and are especially worth thinking about in the period immediately before Rosh Hashanah when we should be reviewing how we have behaved in the realm of our monetary affairs. Continue reading
Although we are forbidden to wear a mixture of wool and linen in our clothes, this week’s perasha (Ki Tetse) describes a special exception (Deut. 22: 11,12): A tallet, whether itself made of wool or linen, must have woolen threads coloured with blue “techelet” fringes at its corners. Continue reading
The world’s first laboratory grown beef was recently produced at a cost of some £215,000, ground into a single hamburger and consumed in London by “food experts” in front of television cameras.
The beef was grown from the stem cells of a dead cow. To see the full BBC report, click on the image below. Continue reading
In the spirit of the month of Ellul, a time for reviewing our actions as the Days of Awe approach, I offer this discussion of subconscious emotional triggers, something which affects us all to some extent, based on an excellent article by family therapist Sarah Channah Radcliffe. Continue reading