On a recent Wednesday night, I baked challah with 999 other Jewish women.
I admit it, I started out a bit of a skeptic. I belong to a Conservative synagogue, and this event, called “MegaChallah…Bake Chicago,” was sponsored by Chabad. While I yearned to be part of a huge community of women fulfilling an ancient mitzvah, I wondered, was there an ulterior motive to the event? What actually was the point of baking challah on only one single night with so many other women? What would it accomplish? RECIPE: Peanut… >> Read More
For me and my children, one of the highest things on our to do list when traveling to Israel was to visit the Kotel, the Western Wall.
Before our trip, I had quickly read about, but not dwelled on,…the arrest of Anat Hoffman, the leader of Women of the Wall, in October, allegedly for singing the Shema out loud at the wall and for wearing a tallit (prayer shawl). For a woman to wear a tallit while praying at the wall is against current law: in 2003, Israel’s Supreme Court upheld a government… >> Read More