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he green mountain ranges of the Golan Heights are alive with lush landscapes. In northern Israel, this region has seen a steady progression of development and settlement since the 1970s. Agriculture lovers sought to establish farms in the Heights, because of the pristine atmosphere and prime growing conditions. In 1976, a collective of farming communities eyed land in the region with the intention of being the first to plant wine grapes in the most northern and elevated reaches of Israel. The Golan Heights Winery cultivated large vineyards north of Israel’s central coastal plains, where most of Israel’s grapes had been previously planted despite its warmer climate, to take advantage of prime wine-growing location. In 1983, GHW released its first wines, which immediately gained notice. Three decades of international awards followed, especially as wines were retrieved from the win-

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ery’s deep cellars. Contributing to Israel’s growing international recognition as a source of great wine are its Yarden, Gilgal, Golan, and Hermon labels, examples of Israel’s wine renaissance. The advantage that GHW has is that “altitude gains latitude,” said head winemaker Victor Schoenfeld, who was trained at University of California Davis and has decades of experience. Located somewhere between 29 and 33 degrees latitude, Israeli vineyards are at the southern extremes of where prudent wine growers seek to plant wine grapes in the northern hemisphere. Because GHW planted vineyards between 400 and 1,200 meters above sea level, they successfully introduced grape varietals that first flourished in France, Spain, Portugal, and Italy. They nurtured higher altitude vineyards in a considerably cooler climate, thus mimicking the growing conditions that made the See

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Rosh Hashana The buzz on sweetness A beekeeper preps for Rosh Hashana Edmon J. Rodman JTA


ere’s the buzz about Rosh honey for granted anymore, I suited Hashana: Beyond a congrega- up along with him in a white cotton tion or family, it takes a hive to bee suit and hood to visit the hives have a holiday. You may have your he keeps near the large garden area of tickets, new dress or suit, and High the Highland Hall Waldorf School, Holy Day app, but without the honey an 11-acre campus in Northridge, in which to dip a slice of apple, where Calif. would you be? After three years of beekeeping We wish each other “Shana tova — he also leads sessions with the u’metuka,” “Have a good and sweet school’s students — Laio has learned New Year.” To further sweeten the calendar change we eat honey cke and teiglach, little twisted balls of dough boiled in honey syrup. Little do we realize that to fill a jar or squeeze bottle containing two cups of the sticky, golden stuff, a hive of honeybees must visit five million flowers. For most of us, the honey seems a natural byproduct of the cute, Uri Laio, the “Hasidic Beekeeper,” on his craft: “You bear-shaped squeeze need to be calm.” Photos courtesy Edmon J. Rodman bottle that we pick up at the store. But for beekeeper Uri Laio, honey is like a gift to appreciate that “thousands of bees from heaven. His motto, “Honey give their entire lives to fill a jar of and Beeswax with Intention,” is on honey.” In the summer, that’s five to his website, six weeks for an adult worker; in the “ E v e r y o n e t a k e s h o n e y f o r winter it’s longer. granted; I did,” said Laio, who is It’s been an appreciation gained affiliated with Chabad and attended through experience — the throbbing yeshiva in Jerusalem and Morris- kind. town, NJ. Not wanting to take my holiday See Sweetness page S-10

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n 2006, right before Rosh Hashana, Ido Shapira — a chef and caterer in Tel Aviv — was catering a fancy dinner party when the war with Lebanon broke out. The party was hastily canceled but Shapira was left with pounds of beautiful Argentinean beef. “There was only one thing to do,” he said. “Our soldiers were putting their life on the line, and my partner and I wanted to show our support. We piled everything you can imagine that goes on a hamburger into a truck, bought a big barbecue, and drove to a training camp in Haifa. “We grilled 1,000 burgers for the soldiers, but we weren’t the only ones. We saw so many people bringing food — grandmas who cooked something every day and drove it to the border, piping hot. Nobody was thinking of the danger….” This year, for the holidays, Shapira has again put his culinary talents to work helping others. But unlike traditional tzedaka, Shapira does not

mass-produce identical meals and dole them out. He instead gathers basic ingredients — flour, honey, fruits and vegetables, fish and meat — and brings them to poor Israelis who can’t afford a nice holiday dinner. This way, he said, “they have the opportunity to recreate recipes just the way they remember them. They celebrate with their own traditions and retain their dignity.” Like many accomplished chefs, Shapira developed a love of food from his mother and grandmother. “I grew up in Tel Aviv and I remember there were always delicious fresh fruits and vegetables on the table,” he said. His mother, Ruth, would serve typical Israeli dishes, including a plethora of salads, among them a special carrot salad with Middle Eastern herbs and eggplant with onions, garlic, and tomatoes. “When I eat these dishes, I’m transported back to my childSee

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Recipes from Tel Aviv chef and caterer Ido Shapira. OSSO BUCO OF LAMB SHANKS WITH GRAPES 8 lamb shanks (about 1 lb. each) salt and pepper to taste Olive oil as needed 16 large whole garlic cloves 2 large leeks (white and pale green parts only), chopped 8 carrots, peeled, cut diagonally into 1/2” pieces 4 celery roots cut into cubes 1 1/2 Tbsps. dried herbes de Provence 1 lb. seedless purple grapes 1 bottle red wine 1 cup pomegranate juice 5 bay leaves 1-2 cans amber beer (such as Guinness) 2 ozs. pistachio nuts Season lamb shanks with salt and pepper. In a large, heavy frying pan heat oil. Sear lamb shanks, two at a time; remove to platter. Using the same olive oil and adding more if necessary, saute garlic cloves, leeks, carrots, and celery root. Saute until garlic and leeks are golden and carrots and celery root are crisp tender,

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about 10 minutes. Place meat back in the pan along with the herbes de Provence, grapes, wine, pomegranate juice, and beer. The meat should be covered with the liquid. If not, add more beer. Simmer three-four hours until tender. Best if made the day before serving. Garnish with pistachios. Serves eight.

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deep spiritual life is hard to find. While opportunities abound for spiritual connections (yoga, meditation, retreats, and the like), for most of us it doesn’t come easy. The noise, unfinished to-do lists, and distractions of everyday life interfere with quieting our minds, letting go of our egos for a moment, and connecting to something far greater than ourselves. On Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, we notice just how difficult it is to connect spiritually. As we log in hours of prayer at our neighborhood synagogues, with unfamiliar liturgy and an unfamiliar language, we can easily let the longing for spiritual growth morph into a longing for the service to be over. But for some, the spiritual life

that we crave comes naturally. This is especially true for children. Yes, they may be running up and down the synagogue aisles and “whispering” too loudly, but this time of year they can become our best teachers. We just need to slow down enough to listen to them. Cultivating a relationship with God comes easy for children. As an adult, a relationship with God has never been central to my Jewish identity. It might sound strange because I live an observant life and prayer is important to me. The weekly and holiday cycle punctuates my family’s calendar, and Jewish ethics frame much of my behavior. Still, I seldom credit my obserSee

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Rosh Hashana Reimagining and rewriting the Akeda Rabbi Jack Riemer


here are only 19 verses in the story of the Akeda, the Binding of Isaac, which we read in synagogue on Rosh Hashana, but there are hundreds, if not thousands, of commentaries on this episode. They ask: How could a good God command a father to kill his child, and how could a good father possibly obey? What was it like on the three days when Abraham and Isaac journeyed together toward the place where the sacrifice would take place? Did Sarah know? What does it mean when the text says Abraham “returned to his servants”? Above all, in this age of terror and suicide bombers who train their children to be killers and martyrs for the sake of Allah, how can we still read this story, which seems to praise murder in the name of God? If you are a father, you wonder: Could I do this to my child? If you are a son, you

wonder: Could my father do this to me? If you are a human being, you wonder: What kind of a God is this? And whoever you are, you ask yourself: Why do we read this story on Rosh Hashana? James Goodman’s new book, But Where Is the Lamb? Imagining the Story of Abraham and Isaac (Schocken Books, 320 pages, $25), is a fresh and exciting take on the different ways in which the Akeda has been understood through the centuries and on how we should understand it today. He writes as a son and a father, a Jew and a person in search of meaning, and, above all, as a storyteller fascinated by this ancient tale. It is impossible to determine exactly a story’s origin, but Goodman imagines a writer — whom he calls “G” — who was asked to do a rewrite of this story but who turned it in See

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Sukkot family fare with chef Jeffrey Nathan Beverly Levitt or New Jersey chef Jeffrey Nathan, the hol- tional to serve a variety of autumn fruits and vegeiday of Sukkot is a particularly good time to tables. A beautiful fresh salad is perfect. practice what he preaches in his new book, Jeff shares his family tradition of the Salad MysJeff Nathan’s Family Suppers (Clarkson Potter), tery Basket. in which he emphasizes the importance of not “We go to the Farmers’ Market or the produce only eating but cooking together with your chil- section at the supermarket and buy whatever looks dren. During Sukkot, the Nathans not only build the freshest — bok choy or mesclun or baby carrots. and decorate the sukka together, but cook the We put everything into a basket, bring it home, and meals they will eat under its canopy of leaves and the kids assemble their own salads. branches. “They’re in charge,” he says. “They make up the “Now that Jackie and Chad are teens, they’re recipe, including the dressing. busy with friends and a million activities,” says Jeff. “Of course,” he added, “I’m on the sidelines “But being home on Friday night and Saturday and explaining which raw items go together and which during the Jewish holidays such as Sukkot is sac- dressing accentuates the flavors.” rosanct. “But I encourage them to develop their own “I love the family feeling of it,” says Jeff, who is likes and dislikes…. I tell them, ‘Don’t try to like co-owner of Abigael’s in Manhattan. “Getting in something just because someone else tells you it’s the kitchen with my wife, Alison, and our kids is good.’ I want to build their confidence and their our biggest pleasure. I think we’re closer because sense of adventure.” we cook together.” Since Sukkot celebrates the harvest, it’s tradiSee Sukkot page S-19


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Rosh Hashana Sweetness from page S-3 “It’s dangerous. I’ve been stung a lot. It’s part of the learning,” Laio said. “The first summer I thought I was going into anaphylactic shock,” he added, as I heeded his advice to stay out of the bees’ flight path to the hive’s entrance. Drawing on his education, Laio puts a dab of honey on his finger and holds it out. Soon a bee lands and begins to feed. “Have you ever been stung?” he asked. “A couple of times,” I replied, as Laio used a hand-held bee smoker to puff in some white smoke to “calm the hive.” After waiting a few minutes for the smoke to take effect, and with me watching wide-eyed, he carefully pried off the hive’s wooden lid. Half expecting to see an angry swarm of bees come flying out like in a horror flick, I stepped back. “They seem calm,” said Laio, bending down to listen to the buzz level coming from the hive. “Some

days the humming sounds almost like song.”

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The rectangular stack of boxes, called a Langstroth Hive, allows the bee colony — estimated by Laio to be 50,000 — to efficiently build the waxy cells of honeycomb into vertical frames. As he inspected the frames, each still holding sedated bees, he found few capped cells of honey. The bees have a way to go if Laio is going to be able to put up a small number of jars for sale, as he did last year for Rosh Hashana. According to Laio, hives can be attacked by ants, mites, moths, and a disease called “bee colony collapse disorder,” which has been decimating hives increasingly over the last 10 years. Pesticides contribute to the disorder as well as genetically modified plants, he said. Underscoring the importance bees have in our lives beyond the Days of Awe, Laio calculates that “one out of every three bits of food you eat is a

result of honeybee pollination.” Laio practices backward or treatment-free beekeeping, so-called because he relies on observation and natural practices and forgoes pesticides or chemicals in his beekeeping. The resulting wildflower honey is sweet, flavorful, and thick, tastier than any honey from the store. “Honey is a superfood. And it heals better than Neosporin,” Laio claims. “In Europe there are bandages impregnated with honey.” He says it takes a certain type of character to be a beekeeper. “You need to have patience. Be determined. Learn your limitations. Be calm in stressful situ-

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Rosh Hashana Akeda from page S-6 view of the story of Jesus. In Sarah, they saw Mary. to the editors before he was completely satisIn Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son, they fied with it. G wanted to struggle more with saw God’s willingness to sacrifice His. In the the silences in the story, but the editors took three-day journey, they saw a preit away from him and published it before figuration of the three days he could finish it. Then G learned the lesfrom the crucifixion son every writer must learn — that once to the resurrection. you have published a story, it no longer In Isaac’s carrying belongs to you. Every reader who picks of the wood, they up your tale has the right to see in it saw Jesus carrying whatever it means to him or her. the cross. In God’s For the author of the book of promise to provide Jubilees, the Binding of Isaac was the lamb, they saw the a precursor to the Passover story, lamb of God. In the ram and its purpose was to show the caught in the thicket, they envious angels why Abraham saw the crown of thorns. was worthy of being so beloved In the whole story, they saw by God. For Philo, who wrote the supremacy of faith, and in the midst of Greek culthemselves as the new Israel ture, Abraham was a stirring that replaced the old. example of stoicism. He Goodman says when you understood the patriarch read this book, you feel like an as a wise man who supobserver who has been privileged presses emotion for the with a seat at a great convention, sake of reason. A weaker man where scholars and sages of all the might have wavered, or cried, or been generations are exchanging insights struck dumb by Isaac’s question, “Where is the lamb?” But Abraham showed no weakening of soul. He remained steadfast, as befits a true stoic. For Pseudo-Philo and for the Second Book of Maccabees, Abraham was the prototype for those parents who surrendered their children to martyrdom in the time of the Hellenists. For the early Christians, the story became a pre-

into what the ancient tale means to them. You are with people who read the story in Hebrew sitting next to people who read it in Coptic, Aramaic, Greek, or Latin. Over in one corner, you see a newcomer from Islam who says that it was Ishmael, not Isaac, who was bound upon the altar, and in another corner, you can eavesdrop on a midrashic sage who believes that Sarah should have been informed of what was going on, and that when the Satan told her, she was so upset she had a heart attack on the spot. In the center of the room sit the Talmud sages who insist that because of what Abraham and Isaac did that day, God would always care for His people. Near them sit the poets of the Crusades, who say that Isaac died on the altar, but came back to life. The book lets reader in on the conversations of Soren Kierkegard, Wilfred Owen, Shalom Spiegel, A.B. Yehoshua, Bob Dylan, Yitschak Lamdan, and others. I came away from this book with a sense that the conversation about the Binding of Isaac is not over. Who knows what we may yet find in this fascinating tale that has within it the capacity to surprise us and enable us to see new things each n time we read it?

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Twist from page S-4 hood,” he said. While his mother’s offerings are his comfort food, it was his savta Bertha who instilled in him a sense of culinary adventure with her sophisticated cuisine. An immigrant from Latvia, Bertha brought to Israel her memories of the dishes her family had served at home in Riga — meals that ended up on Shapira’s childhood table. “My grandmother made dishes that weren’t part of the Israeli table. She used ingredients I had never seen before, like rabbit, boar, venison, and duck,” he said. “She gave me my love of experimenting. I feel like I took over from her.” But it was her standards that influenced him the most. “She was a perfectionist who didn’t like shortcuts,” he said; unless she had the best ingredients and just the right cut of meat, she was unhappy. “During September our family had a month-long food celebration,” Shapira said. “Not only did we have exotic meals for the High Holy Days, but — since everybody in our family has a birthday in September —

grandmother would cook the birthday person whatever they wanted for their special day. It was one big month of nurturing. “Today it’s the same,” he said. “We work very little and spend time with friends and family, who maybe we have neglected over the year.” In fact, he said, during the New Year season, “the whole country comes to a halt; there’s a special feeling in the air. People put on their holiday clothes. Everywhere you go you greet people with “L’shana tova.” For his Rosh Hashana meal, Shapira does a quick left turn on the tried and traditional. Instead of gefilte fish, Shapira cooks elegant striped sea bass and dorade (sea bream). For the piquant accompaniment, he switches from the common horseradish root and opts for wasabi. For his lamb shanks, he simmers the meat in red wine, pomegranate juice, and beer and garnishes the dish with grapes and pine nuts. To add zing to a dish of acorn squash he surprises diners with oyster mushrooms and sage. n

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While I am still not sure what God is, I am coming to appreciate the view that God is what inspires us to live our lives in service to others.

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the small things and consider for that moment that they have ultimate significance. Consider the concept that Rosh Hashana marks the birth of the world. Act as if nothing existed before this moment. Slow down, focus in, be silent, and you may experience awe. Children forgive easily, grownups not so much. The central work of the period of the High Holy Days is teshuva, or return. We return to our better selves and make amends with those whom we have hurt in some way. Every year I recognize how uncomfortable I am to ask for forgiveness from family members, peers, and colleagues. “So much time has passed” or “I’m sure they forgot about

Children forgive easily, grown-ups not so much. that incident” are common rationalizations I offer. But it takes an adult days, weeks, or even years to let go of resentment, but children get over it in a matter of minutes before they are back to laughing with those they were angry at. While it might be difficult to coax an “I’m sorry” from a child’s lips, they rebound quickly. It is a lesson for us. Children offer their love freely. I am overwhelmed daily with the unbri-

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Prices include all costs to be paid by a consumer except for taxes, MV, doc and dealer fees. *Leases with approved credit, subject to availability and primary lender’s A Tier Approval. Leases include 10K mi./yr. w/25¢/mi. thereafter. Lessee resp. for maint., excess wear & tear. **Customer Loyalty cash provided by Audi USA to returning Audi customers with proof of ownership or previous lease. Financing available on approved credit up to 60 mos, see dealer for details. †If there is remaining coverage from the Audi New Vehicle Limited Warranty at the time of Certified pre-owned purchase, the Audi New Vehicle Limited Warranty provides coverage on the Certified pre-owned vehicle until its expiration, either 4 years from the original in-service date or at 50,000 miles, whichever occurs first. When the Audi New Vehicle Limited Warranty expires, the Audi Certified pre-owned Limited Warranty becomes effective and provides coverage for a period of 2 years or up to 50,000 miles, whichever occurs first, not to exceed 100,000 total vehicle miles. Not responsible for typographical or printer errors. ©2013 DCH Millburn Audi. See your dealer for more details. Offers expire 9/12/13.

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