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10 Aug

The role of a leader is to defend, redeem, preach and govern.

A leader cannot point the way. A teacher just can’t teach. A leader must have intuition, empathy and know how to delegate, giving guidance in a way the recipient will absorb and digest. A leader must observe, be merciful knowing when a lamb is thirsty needing to drink.

The role of a leader is to nurture. When a person leaves their faith they are as if the lamb that ran from Moses to water to drink. A person leaving their faith thirsts for meaning in life.

The true leader will walk with his protege, re-fill their depleted faith, be their defender, the ultimate sacrifice.

Moses learned a lesson in leadership. Moses faith was depleted.  Moses lacked the esteem to believe the people would hear his message.

God revealed himself. God refilled Moses depleted faith. Moses didn’t feel worthy. Moses said , “Who am I?” God said to His protege, “I will be with you.”

Moses said, “no.” Moses knew he wasn’t going to be the person to lead the Israelite in to the Promised Land.  Moses knew he wasn’t worthy. So, Moses said the people needed to be spoken to and that he, Moses, had a speech impediment.

Moses begged God to send someone else to get the job done.
Moses knew the Israelites would be exiled again. Moses knew the temple destroyed.  Moses knew the future of Israel.

So, God gave Moses a test, the burning bush. Seven days, seven nights, Moses resisted that test that teaches us that while leaders can be born, Leaders can be made, that a true leader takes a lifetime of tutoring, the Leadership lesson from Moses .



7 Jul

NA.TIV  (https://www.google.com/search?q=definition+native&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a)


A person born in a specified place or associated with a place by birth, whether subsequently resident there or not.

ISRAELI LEADERS                                          ARAB LEADERS

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU                                   YASSER ARAFAT

Born 21 October 1949                                     Born 24 August 1929

Tel Aviv                                                            Cairo , Egypt

EHUD BARAK                                                   SAEB BERAKAT
Born 12 February 1942                                    Born April 28, 1955

Mishmar HaSharon                                            Jordan

British Mandate of Palestine                               has Jordanian citizenship


ARIEL SHARON                                                FAISAL ABDEL QADER AL-HUSSEINI

Born 26 February 1928                                       Born in1948

Kfar Malal                                                          Bagdad , Iraq

British Mandate of Palestine

EHUD OLMERT                                                  SARI NUSSEIBEH

Born 30 September 1945                                    Born in 1949

Binyamina-Giv’at Ada                                         Damascus , Syria

British Mandate of Palestine .


ITZHAK RABIN                                                  MAHMOUD AL-ZAHAR

Born 1 March 1922                                           Born 1945

Jerusalem                                                         Cairo , Egypt

British Mandate of Palestine .


Israeli President 1977-1982

Born 9 April 1921


British Mandate of Palestine .


Israeli President 1993-2000

Born 15 June 1924

Tel Aviv

British Mandate of Palestine .





1 Apr

ImageYou have to understand that I grew up learning to cook at my grandmother’s elbow. I barely could reach the counter. There were times, I had to stand on a chair. That made me too tall so some times tippy toes is what made me just right (as long as I could hold an oversized apron. Those were the days of aprons, a thing of the past, in our techno nouveau world. I never did get Bubby’s recipes. They weren’t written down. She used what she called the SHITLACH method. Don’t ask me for the translation. I could never stop laughing hard enough to ask, the word had me pealing over in giggles.  I did learn something though. I learned to never be afraid of trying or failing or understanding there was no wrong in her kitchen just adventures of a cooking kind. Every so often I would ask Bubby to teach me how to maker her rugelach that was the centerpoint of every family get together. It wasn’t a simcha without Bubby’s best.

I learned from Bubby that a cup was what a hand held… obviously her cups were bigger than mine. The art of the dodge was to speculatively weigh in the other ingredients in proportions that made sense.. or balance of an ingredient kind. So craving cupcakes on Passover and being enough of a traditionalist to pooh-pooh at the Kosher To Passover mixes stocking Safeways shelves, believing that Passover, as it is celebrated today, isn’t in the vein of the way the holiday is intended in that the Israelites didn’t stop at Trader Joes on their way out of Egypt, they snagged their unleavened bread before it could rise, hence the origin of the annual Bread of Affliction. My guess is prunes were found along the way as Matzah does have its habit of impacting even the best of intentions.

I had seeb snowball cupcakes at a friends. I am an icing girl. The cupcakes were piled high with white mounds of cream topped off with coconut flakes. IMG. There was no was I would make it through the end of Passover. There was no way I would make it through the end of the day so I began envisioning how I could make a cupcake without flour. No dough. I fantasized breaking matzah into chunks or crumbles or even less. Two boxes of matzah in hand, out the door, and waiting for inspiration to take my cravings on. And it did. In spurts.

I had bought one box of whole wheat and one box of onion and egg. An adventure in taste buds. And cravings. So heres how it went:

One box of onion and egg matzahs opened.

Pull out one of the two packages.

Open it remove on matzah piece. Set it aside covered with butter.

Take the rest of the pieces crunch in a small bowl breaking them up further and smaller with the bottom of a salt or pepper shaker.

Pick up the piece of matzah with butter set aside and nibble. Set back down.

Go to the Computer and find a recipe for the Ultimate Cupcake. Take another matzah and butter bite. Print.

Go back to the kitchen and realize the cupcake tins cannot be found. Improvise. Pie tin. Check. Another bite again.

Look through the ingredients to figure out what is available or needs to be improvised

1 cup granulated sugar (make a cup out of Starbucks brown sugar packets saved from all the Traveler coffees)

All the smunched matzah

Salt to taste

¼ cup butter room temperature

2 large eggs

1/3 cup organic yogurt (no full fat sour cream)

1 tbsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350

Mix sugar, salt, matzah, eggs, butter, vanilla together. Beat it until you feel inclined to taste the spatula. Butter the pie dish. Pour the batter in. Resist eating all the batter before it even gets baked.

Bake for 14 minutes or until the soft middle gets baked. The edges may get browned a little sooner than the middle.

Pretty rocking for a recipe of innovation learned at my Bubby’s elbow. NO ICING NEEDED!!!


31 Mar




  • 1 piece matzoh (1 piece of matzoh makes 2 matzoh liners with a little matzoh left over.  You could possibly squeeze three liners out of the one piece if you were running short.)
  • 1/4 cup plus two tablespoons matzoh brei (see my matzoh brei recipe for instructions) 
  • 1/4 cup jam


  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Soak matzoh in water until it is soggy and falling apart.
  3. Grease cupcake tins.
  4. Press a layer of wet matzoh into each cupcake well, being sure to push it all the way up the sides as shown in the photo above.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes or until the cups are crispy.
  6. Fill each cup to the top with hot matzoh brei.
  7. Spread jam on top.  
  8. Serve immediately.

Read more: http://www.cupcakeproject.com/2012/03/matzoh-brei-cupcakes-for-passover.html#ixzz2PA29QQpS

Read more at http://www.cupcakeproject.com/2012/03/matzoh-brei-cupcakes-for-passover.html#f2vtWdh0AjH1tUQ4.99


12 Mar

Thinking about going home, to my roots- Egypt, the gateway between Europe and Asia, home to over 75 million with a GDP per capita, 2009, US $2,450. Two thirds of Egypts oil passes through the Suez Canal. The Passover Haggadah says my people were slaves there building sphinxes and pyramids and all other sorts of Pharohic pleasures. Been reading on line on globalpropertyguide.com. An apartment in Cairo? US $1322 per sq m. Al Rhab or Medinat October? $882 per sq foot. Sharm El Sheik? A new house costing about $45,160. Or, the Red Sea… properties under $76,943 US dollars. I think I found a place that is doable

$831 a square foot. Rental yield 9.4%. Rent is about $977. Income tax is 7..08%. The owners are non resident collecting 1500 euro a month rent. Cost of buying and selling? The round trip as it is called? 11.74% including transaction taxes and charges, lawyers fees and notary costs, agent fees. Real estate Finance Law passed fairly recently in 2001. Foreigners cant register more than two pieces of real estate, held for the first five years, rented furnished, intended for a family to live in. For the first time since the 1948 civil code, banks can repossess properties and evict owners defaulting on loan repayments. Politics are a bear, some say a tad fraudulent, wouldn’t you think with the same president seated f or 29 years running. Arbitrary arrests here and there. Minor technicality of Succession concerns when Mubarak dies (an Egyptian disclosure) Oh, and that little thing called the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s oldest Islamist group. I hear the tunnels to Israel are open and running. A home in Egypt with a view? Nah, better off a home in Egypt with a tunnel to the Promised Land and a lesson of real property preservation America should learn a thing or two from. So I’ll go home, in time, eventually, maybe…. when the Muslim Brotherhood leave…


24 Feb
The other day, a woman named Esther walked from Netanya to communities in north Samaria Prime Minister Sharon intends to “disengage.” No 
press releases, no paparazzi or media seeking interviews, in fact, no security just police, calling them “stupid,” seeking to stop Esther
and her friends. Undaunted, Esther and the women continued walking,
joined by a dozen or so others from all over Israel- Hebron, south of Jerusalem, Golan, Shomron. Nobody special to the world, the band of
sisters did something spectacular, they walked a two day Women’s
Solidarity Walk, blue-and-white and led all over by Penina Moati. The modern day matriarchs became Jewish royalty, all of them, heroines.

Unlike the Material Girl, Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone Leon Penn
Ritchie, who cancelled a tour of Israel, alleging terrorist threats to her family, Esther and the women, some babies in hand, fearlessly
marched to a town Israel and the Palestinian Authority share, Baka-Al-Gharbiya as the Israeli-Arabs call it, Baka-Al-Sharkiya, to the rest of the world. Police citing "concern for Arab sensitivities," ordered Esther Eliezer of Netanya and her “sisters for Gaza survival” to “board an armored bus to take them a roundabout way to northern Samaria, rather than directly through Baka Al-Sharkiya” according to Mid-East analyst Emmanuel Winston.  The women refused, walking to their destination center of politics searing the Knesset, in the footsteps of the real Queen Esther, a single woman who stepped center stage from a cast of thousands.

The day before the show of solidarity, Jews around the world celebrated Queen Esther’s sacrificing herself for salvation, a holiday memorializing a woman who forsook her marriage to the man she loved in order to prevent his execution. As if not enough, Esther remained silent about her religion. When it was time to save her people, risking death by going before the King uninvited, she acknowledged her fate was sealed unless she acted, revealing all. She said, “I will go into the King, not in accordance to the law, and as I am lost, so, I must be lost,” Esther 4:16.

Purim, the annual Jewish holiday celebrated with feasting, gift giving to poor, matanot le’evyonim, and, while costumed, exchanging food gifts, mashloach manot, with friends, memorializes with reading, the Book, the Megillah, the story of disguise and allegorical concealment teaching how life events continue without knowing what goes on behind the scenes.

Esther’s Story, Purim, while viewed most often as the story of a beautiful young woman saving her nation, is, in actuality, textbook, unwarranted persecution of the Jews, anti-semitism by Haman, sworn to destroying the entire Jewish people. Enraged Haman told the King Achashverosh, “The Jews are different, they won’t eat our food, they keep Shabbat, they won’t marry our daughters.” Haman offered Achashverosh 750 tons of silver, 10,000 bricks, for the right to decimate the Jews. The King had no objections since the revenue from taxes he would lose, Haman would cover, leaving no loss. “Pur,” “lots,” cast, the day for 13th of Adar, a day for Jewish slaughter.

Pop royalty, Madonna, went public with her decision to assume a Hebrew name. Media paid attention through the looking glass of celebrity. Gossip fauxed knowledge of the diva’s dabbling in Judaism’s rich ancient culture. Then, by chance, the day the women walked, Esther Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone Leon Penn Ritchie, named of Judaism’s heroine, and the pop star’s husband, Guy, thought it kitsch to play pope, and nun, at a Kabbalah center Purim party in London. Back in the habit so similar to her wimple and crucifix donned in her 1989, “Like A Prayer,” video, timing is everything, as is sacrilege. With Madonna’s current husband costumed himself as the Pontiff dying at the Vatican, costuming herself as a nun, the diva, telling 20/20’s Cynthia McFadden she chose Esther as her Hebrew name to “attach myself to the energy of a different name,” might better have been suited for naming herself after the other Purim Queen, Vashti, Ahasverous’ first wife that Esther replaced.

Vashti’s father was Belshazzar, King of the Empire. He commanded guests at a feast to drink from holy vessels he stole from the Temple. While praising to his guests the idolatrous “gods of gold and silver,” a large unattached finger appeared and wrote on the wall, “God has numbered the days of your kingdom and brought it to an end … your kingdom has been divided and given to the Medes and Persians.” That night, invading hoards of Persians and Medes attacked, Princess Vashti survived. Her fate, according to Talmud, was sealed because she deliberately humiliated Jewish women forcing them to violate their modesty, their Sabbath and shed belief in a celestial ruler beyond the reach of any monarch.

It seems when the “Material Girl” chose Esther’s name, the lesson of the modest girl who became Queen was lost to her but found, again, when true royalty walked unpretentious and simple in clothing, with little said about who they were and where they were going, on a Sunday walk, tiyul, for temperance. Just sisters amongst friends embracing their beautiful souls reflective of a modest woman King Ahausverous fell in love with over bejewelled beauties vying to become his replacement in a culture of queens.

Esther of Netanya’s solidarity walk is mindful of the fate of all Ahasverous’ threatening Jews. Premature with his celebratory 6 month feast anticipating the end of the Jewish people, the King pranced in the garb of the Jewish High Priest, Kohen Gadol. He brought out the Temple’s Holy Vessels he conquered from his wife’s father. Taunting Jews to attend his “feast of Jewish defeat,” Ahausverous said, “Torah is proven false, so give up your hope and join us,” many attended, some say to give the appearance of support for the king.  So it goes, Achashverosh, miscalculating the start date of the Exile thinking it began with the first Jews leaving Israel, rather than from the destruction of the Temple, 11 years later…. Well, Ahausverous is gone while Jews prevail, time and again, against his copy cats.

God’s hand guides his people through painful events in a politically dark world. When lessons are forgotten, God repeats them, commanding, “Remember what Amalek did to you, on the way when you were leaving Egypt,” Deut. 25:17-19, no accidents, just events God directs. Taking opportunity of people’s free will to form a tapestry of purpose and destiny, Esther’s in history remind that survival of the Jews is dependent on connecting to God, the One power behind everything that happens including the redemption of the His people. Genocides of the Jewish people that loomed in the days of Ahausveraus, threaten Gush Katif and other communities because, as one resident of Beitar Ilit said, God in the world is forgotten. 

As Mordechai told his Esther and generations of Esthers to come, “It is certain the Jewish people will be saved one way or another because God promised to Abraham so long ago we will never be destroyed. So really the only issue here is you…” the Esthers of long ago and of Netanya, making it obvious, what Esther Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone Leon Penn Ritchie is, and isn’t, a woman for whom it is immaterial to “walk the walk” in solidarity with her “chosen” people.