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A WEEKLY TREAT I moved from Brooklyn some time ago, and I’ve never before seen a publication like The Monsey View. Each Wednesday night, I make sure my husband picks up a copy for me, and I read it from cover to cover. I especially love the parsha articles by Malka Schneps, the food section, and everything else, in fact! Once I’m done reading, I watch over my copy until every family member has seen every page. Thank you so much, Mrs. W.

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legitimately with no potentially dire consequences? I went through the financial crisis of 2008, and this financial crisis is certainly different, but I saw people lose their homes in foreclosure because they were misguided by not paying their mortgage payments, with the hopes of being approved for a modification. And in some cases it never occurred. Sincerely, Ann Zeilingold Branch Manager, FM Home Loans Pomona, NY

EDITORS’ BULLETIN (Re: Birchas Ha’ilanos, Issue 245) It has come to our attention that the following two addresses do not currently have fruit trees: 4 Elaine Place in Spring Valley 14 Bush Lane in New Square We apologize for any inconveniences the misprint may have caused.

YOUR VOICE A LETTER TO DEVOTED PERSONNEL AND KLAL YISROEL First of all, I want to acknowledge that everything is in Hashem’s hands. We believe with complete faith that nobody leaves this world unless their time has come. It was Divinely preordained for my husband to be taken from this world at the exact moment that he left us. Hashem’s ways are beyond our understanding; all we know is that everything Hashem does is for our own good. Our family would like to sincerely thank the devoted Monsey

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PA RS H A S AC H A R E I MOSKEDOSHIM It says in Parshas AchareiMos, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ushâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;martem es chukosai vâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;es mishpatai asher yaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;aseh osam haâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;adam vachai bahem... â&#x20AC;&#x201D; You shall observe My statutes and My ordinances that a man shall do, and live by themâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;? (Vayikra 18:5). Chazal derive from this pasuk: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;chai bahem vâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;lo sheyamus bahem,â&#x20AC;? meaning that we are to live by the mitzvos and not die through them. Saving your life or the life of another person overrides every mitzvah in the Torah except for the three cardinal sins, such as murder. Râ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Schach, ztâ&#x20AC;?l, explains that â&#x20AC;&#x153;vâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;chai bahemâ&#x20AC;? refers not only to staying alive, but also to living a life al kiddush Hashem. There are times when the Torah demands that we sacrifice mitzvos in order to live, and there are times when the Torah requires

that we sacrifice our lives to keep the Torah. Living a life al kiddush Hashem means always being ready to do whatever is required, and always making sure that what we are doing is indeed the right thing. This is no simple matter, and each person must consult with his doctor and his rav when issues arise. We were raised to be willing to be moser nefesh for mitzvos, and willing to endure great difficulty while keeping those mitzvos. We were raised on stories of tzaddikim who kept every mitzvah they possibly could in the war camps, trading hearty soup that was treif for less nourishing but still lifesustaining bread, which was presumably kosher. We were raised on stories of Yidden in Russia learning Torah in secret, moving their yeshivah from place to place to avoid detection by the communists. During these difficult times, many of us, depending on where we live, have been asked to set aside certain mitzvos, such as davening with a minyan, because of pikuach nefesh. For a person who loves Hashem â&#x20AC;&#x153;bâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;chal lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;vavcha uvâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;chal nafshecha uvâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;chal meâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;odecha,â&#x20AC;? this is a tremendous sacrifice. For a person for whom it is paskened to set aside these mitzvos because of pikuach nefesh, doing so is indeed living al kiddush Hashem.

Living a life al kiddush Hashem means utilizing every moment of our life to do what is right.

Bring in your Shabbos with

The Brisker Rav once paskened that the needs of a certain sick individual superseded Shabbos. When asked why the Rav was being meikel in regard to Shabbos, the Brisker Rav responded that he was not meikel in regard to Shabbos; rather, he was being machmir in regard to pikuach nefesh. Walking the fine line of halacha requires the guidance of daas Torah, but once that psak is given, a person should trust that he is being machmir in fulfilling that psak, as it was given with daas Torah. It also says in this weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parsha that the sons of Aharon Hakohen died â&#x20AC;&#x153;bâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;karvasam lifnei Hashemâ&#x20AC;? (Vayikra 16:1). Chassidishe seforim say the problem with the sons of Aharon is hinted at in the word â&#x20AC;&#x153;bâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;karvasamâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; they were busy with their avodah and not as busy with the needs of Klal Yisroel as a

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manhig should be. As focused as a person should be on his avodas Hashem, so, too, must he be focused on the needs of those around him, both in gashmius and in ruchnius, as it says, “Kol Yisroel areivim zeh lazeh” (Shavuos 39a). We are all responsible for one another, so if a person finds himself in a situation where he is being asked to set aside certain aspects of his avodah in order to safeguard the health of others, such as many people today are being asked to do, then he is truly making a kiddush Hashem by doing so. Living a life al kiddush Hashem means utilizing every moment of our life to do what is right. We are all familiar with the story of Rabi Akiva, who sacrificed his life for Torah (Brachos 61b). As Rabi Akiva was being tortured and killed, he recited the Shema, his neshamah departing as he was uttering the word “echad.” The Gemara relates that Rabi Akiva recited the Shema then, because it was the time for saying Shema. What we see is that Rabi Akiva was not reciting the Shema only because he was dying, but because it was the time when everyone was required to say Shema. Even as Rabi Akiva departed this world, and despite the pain of torture, Rabi Akiva fulfilled the mitzvah that was incumbent upon him at that time. The time had come to sacrifice his life for Torah, and Rabi Akiva did so with love — but for every last moment he was alive, he did every mitzvah that came his way. He lived al kiddush Hashem, and he died al kiddush Hashem. May we soon be zoche to a time when we are all free to live al kiddush Hashem, and pursue mitzvos in good health.

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precautions that reflect the “new normal,” Cuomo called for creative thinking to ensure public safety, citing risk factors, including physical space concerns and cleaning and hygiene protocols, among others. “I think every business leader gets you can’t go back to where you were,” observed Cuomo. “We have to go back in light of the circumstances that have developed.” According to the governor, the coronavirus data is being measured by the number of hospitalizations in each region, and antibody and diagnostic testing showing past and current infection rates. He acknowledged that ending the current quarantine is a process that has been painfully slow but equally necessary. “We just went through this wild period where people are walking around with masks, not because I said to, but because they understand they need to,” said Cuomo. “How do we make it better? … Let’s use this period to do just that… We’ll reimagine and we’ll make it a reality because we are New York, tough and smart and disciplined and unified and loving, and because we know that we can.”

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Recap: Elisheva confides in her father that she’s very suspicious of the “string of coincidences” occurring to her family lately — and that she’s wondering if they are, in fact, not coincidences at all, but someone’s deliberate attempt to help them out. Balking at the thought of being the recipient of handouts, she wants to get to the bottom of it. On their flight back to England, Blumi mentions that she will no longer trust people easily after what had happened to her. Elisheva walked through the rooms, opening and closing doors and drawers. The children would be thrilled when they’d get home from school. They really could use normal beds, dressers and desks — all which were part of the package of furniture that had come with the new apartment. She had been rather taken aback by the generous standards they’d been allotted by the catalog sent to them. It was a catalog from a reputable carpentry firm, and it had been delivered by courier. Tucked into the front cover was a handwritten list of the items they could choose from. They had called the company to place their order, and today, less than two weeks later, the order had arrived. The items were perfect. Beautiful. New. “Mommy?” Riki called to her. She and Devoiry had stayed home to help their mother organize the family’s possessions into the new dressers and closets. “Where should we put the boys’ winter clothes?” She used a knife to slice open one of the taped cartons that had been waiting patiently to be unpacked. Elisheva opened the door at the bottom of one of the dressers, a high-quality, pressedwood piece in shades of blue and yellow. It had five drawers with navy car-shaped knobs, and a shelved cabinet at the bottom.

“Here,” she said. “Did you finish in your room?” “Yes.” Riki was quiet for a moment. “Mommy?” “What?” “There’s an empty wall in our room. The one where the old homework desk will go.” “Nu?” Elisheva joined the girls in smoothing the stacks of clothing and reorganizing the piles of corduroy pants. She tackled the sweaters, sorting them by size. “I want to paint that desk mint green, like our new dresser. May I?” “I don’t see why not.” “And do you think we could order a few cubbies to hang over the desk, with the same colors — light wood and mint green? It shouldn’t be expensive — probably around a few hundred shekels.” “It sounds like a cute idea.” “I can do it in Chani and Esty’s room, too. We’ll buy them a small desk, and we’ll paint it maroon to match their beds and dresser.” “You have the energy to do it all? Then be my guest. I’m sure they will love it,” Elisheva said. Again, something clenched in her heart when she saw her daughter’s eyes light up with joy. She and Eliyahu, with all of their love and

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goodwill, had never been able to allow themselves to spend “a few hundred shekels” so easily, with hardly any thought. And Riki and all of them knew that now everything had, baruch Hashem, gotten easier — but it was not because of their father or mother, but rather because someone was giving it to them, tzedakah or not, raffle win or not. Whatever it was, it was because someone from the outside was succeeding where she and Eliyahu had failed. For all of their efforts, with Eliyahu’s tea, the work she had taken on, everything — money had still always been a struggle for them. Perhaps she should hang a sign on their new door: “Here lives a couple who could not provide for their children’s needs on their own.” “I don’t understand the problem,” Eliyahu said quizzically later that evening, when the kitchen had emptied and they sat down to a quiet supper. “The children know that the lifestyle we prefer — and always have preferred — is solid but not grandiose. At the same time, they realize that there are things we were not able to do, not because of principle, but because of our limited means. Now that we can do it, we are giving them these things. What can be simpler than that?” “I always tried to make sure that they’re growing up happy…” Elisheva spoke slowly. “Even if there wasn’t much, they should never feel a lack. But… but I don’t know how successful I was. And I’m sad that my children know that now when I have the ability to give them things, it’s not even from me.” “But why do you think that the money you’re giving them for the cubbies, or whatever they are, is from someone else?” He moved his roasted pepper salad around his plate. “I can understand that about the beds and dressers, but why do you feel the same about

the items you’ll be buying for them?” “Because putting aside the raffle win, you can’t ignore the fact that the financial reprieve that we are now experiencing, baruch Hashem, is because of what happened with Tzippy’s wedding and with the strange buyer of the cuckoo clock.” “So decide that the money that

about the anonymous benefactor?” She smiled and stood up to clear the table. “Yes.” “So as long as we haven’t discovered the guilty party, we have no way of finding out if you are right.” His smile rose from his lips to his eyes. “But in the meantime, we are allowed to lend it out for a mitzvah. I think that the best thing would be to lend it out together with our sefer Torah.” “You mean, to the same shul?” “Yes.” “How is the sefer Torah coming along?” she remembered to ask. “Baruch Hashem. The writing is almost finished, except for the last amud, which will be completed at the hachnasas sefer Torah.” He went to the sink. “And there’s the work of sewing together the panels… But that’s also almost done.” He washed his hands under the stream of water, and droplets splattered all around him. She wondered if that was why his eyes suddenly seemed to sparkle.

“It’s totally kosher. Let the girls buy their cubbies, and some buckets of paint in green or purple, or whatever they want.”

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you’ll use for these things will be from your salary instead.” “You know that my salary gets used up even before we finish paying the bills, Miri’s mortgage, the summer clothes that we just began to buy…” Eliyahu chuckled and stood up to hang the towel on its hook. “It all goes into the same account, Elisheva. And, baruch Hashem, there is money in there right now, and even if some of it got to us in strange ways, it’s totally kosher. Let the girls buy their cubbies, and some buckets of paint in green or purple, or whatever they want.” Elisheva nodded quietly. Eliyahu suddenly changed the subject. “I asked the Rav about the yad.” “And?” “I told him that we don’t know how it got to us, or where it’s from, and that nothing came out of the signs that we hung around the neighborhood.” “I think I know exactly how it got to us,” Elisheva said, playing with the edge of the tablecloth. “I mean, not exactly ‘how,’ but at least where it’s from.” “Are you speculating again

***** “What’s doing, Ma?” Blumi leaned over to her elderly mother-in-law and gave her a kiss. “We missed you!” “Good to see you,” the other woman answered. “What will you have to drink, Blumi? Gideon?” “He’ll have some soda,” Blumi said gaily. “And I want your tea. But only if you have the energy to prepare it for me,” she added hastily, when she saw what an effort it was for her mother-in-law to get up from the couch. “I have the energy, don’t worry,” Gideon’s mother said. “And sweetie, you can take some soda yourself from the fridge.” Her 48-year-old sweetie chuckled, his eyes fixed on his phone. “It’s fine, Ma, thank you.”


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“Gideon…” Blumi did not even try to hide the reproach. “Yes, yes.” He raised his eyes and smiled apologetically. “Okay, now I’m with you. What’s doing, Ma? Is everything alright?” “Baruch Hashem, everything is excellent. Just please go over all of these papers and bills that I got. They’ve been waiting for you for more than a month already.” “I get your bills by email,” he said as he opened the fridge. “So if there’s any problem, I would have seen it already.” “Email, shmee-mail!” Chaviva Hartstein took a clean cup out of the cabinet. “The bank once made a mistake that you only discovered a month later, remember?” “Yes, that’s right,” her son admitted, taking the cup from her. “I’ll look at your mail again, Ma.” Blumi, sitting next to the little wooden mail chest, pulled the pile out and gave it to her husband. His eyes raced over the pages as the women chatted quietly. “It’s all perfectly fine,” he said, after a few minutes. “The money is coming into the account regularly, right?” His mother nodded. “And what is this?” Blumi asked, pointing to a colorful paper in the pile. “It’s our Halabi community’s newsletter that is published once every few months. My brother sends it to me,” the elderly woman said. “I think there’s a consolation notice there for you, Blumi, isn’t there? Or was it in their last one?” “We got the notice at home, right after I came back from Eretz Yisroel,” Blumi said, recognizing the style of the condolence notice, with its thick black border. “But not the entire newsletter.” Gideon glanced at the thin booklet. “I get it at the office. I think it arrived yesterday; I didn’t have time to really look through it. It’s a union of a few Halabi communities who put out the newsletter, including that new shul of young people that we saw in Yerushalayim. But I did notice a mention about that shul holding a hachnasas sefer Torah in the near future, and I think they also wrote about our donation

to the shul.” “Yes, your name is here, on the first page,” Blumi said as she leafed through the pamphlet. She suddenly stopped. “But what’s this?” she whispered. Her fingers began to tremble, and her face went ashen. “What’s what?” her husband asked. “Look at this picture! And look what they write about it!” All at once, she felt flushed. She’d told Gideon to look, but she didn’t hand him the paper; instead she began to rapidly read the column right near the photo. “Really!” she huffed. “Is that so?!” “Is what so?” her mother-in-law inquired. Gideon put down the bottle of soda without capping it. “What are you reading there?” “This!” She was still gripping the newsletter, and looked furious. Then she shook her head lightly and began to read aloud. “‘Aside from the sefer Torah, a silver yad will also be donated. It had been mysteriously given to the donor family, and when a rav was asked about it, the ruling was that the yad could be used by a shul. We are looking forward to receiving the yad together with the sefer Torah.’ Mysteriously given, indeed! Really now! Theft in broad daylight is more like it!” She finally gave the newsletter over to Gideon and his mother. His mother wasn’t familiar with the yad that looked back at them from the color photo, but Gideon certainly was. Although Blumi had only taken it out of her parents’ hallway closet once to show it to him, its small size and the way it was set with stones were clear in his memory. He wasn’t the type to forget something like that. “Are you sure it’s the same one?” he asked, just to be sure. “Absolutely positive,” she declared. “Now get me the phone number of someone there in the shul so I can talk to them.” She actually wanted to say, “So I can give them a piece of my mind,” but restrained herself mightily from doing so. To be continued...

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Brownie Cake Ingredients 5 tsp. coffee (slightly heaping) 1½ cups water 4 T. cocoa (slightly heaping) 10 eggs 3 cups sugar 2 T. vanilla sugar

Cinnamon Marble Cake

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12 eggs

3½ tsp. baking powder

3 cups sugar

Directions 1. Preheat oven to 350°. 2. Dissolve the coffee in boiling water, and then add cold water until you reach 1½ cups. Stir in the cocoa. Set aside. 3. In a mixer set to high speed, mix together the eggs and sugars for one minute. Pour in the coffeecocoa-water mixture and the oil. Mix quickly. Fold in the flour and baking powder. 4. Pour into a 10x16” pan. Bake for approximately 1 hour and 5 to 10 minutes.

2 T. vanilla sugar 1 cup oil 1 cup seltzer 4 cups flour 4 tsp. baking powder 1 heaping T. cinnamon

Directions 1. Preheat oven to 350°. 2. In a mixer set to high speed, beat the eggs and sugars for 5 to 6 minutes. Add in the oil and seltzer, and mix gently. Fold in the flour and baking powder and mix until combined. 3. Pour three-quarters of the batter into a 10x16” pan with scalloped edges. 4. Mix the remaining quarter batter with the cinnamon. Drizzle the cinnamon mixture over the white batter, and swirl with a knife to marbleize. 5. Bake for 1 hour and 5 minutes.

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Grated Chocolate Cake You may need some muscle power to grate the chocolate, but the results make it worthwhile! You can grate the chocolate in advance, refrigerate it and make the cake later. Alternately, you can finely chop the chocolate in a food processor until the pieces are tiny; the cake will still be heavenly, but not as f luffy.

Chocolate Chip Sponge Cake

Ingredients 14 eggs, separated

2 T. vanilla sugar

3½ cups sugar

1 cup oil

3 T. coffee

3½ cups flour

1½ cups water

4 tsp. baking powder

Ingredients 9 eggs, separated

1 cup orange juice

2½ cups sugar

3 cups flour

2 T. vanilla sugar

3 tsp. baking powder

1 cup oil

1 T. cinnamon 6 oz. baking chocolate, grated (I prefer Shufra Real Chocolate Baking Bar)

Directions 1. Preheat the oven to 350°. 2. In a mixer set to high speed, beat the egg whites with the sugar until stiff. Gently fold in the yolks. 3. Dissolve the coffee in hot water and add cold water to reach 1½ cups. 4. Add the coffee water, cinnamon, vanilla and oil to the mixer and mix gently. Fold in the flour and baking powder, and mix until combined. Last, gently fold in the grated chocolate into the batter. 5. Pour batter into a scalloped 10x16” pan. Bake for 1 hour and 15 to 20 minutes.

¾ cup + 3 T. tiny or extra-mini chocolate chips, divided (mini chocolate chips are not small enough and will settle at the bottom of the cake)

Directions 1. Preheat the oven to 350°. 2. In a mixer set to high speed, beat the egg whites and sugar until stiff. Gently fold in the yolks, vanilla, oil and orange juice, and mix gently. 3. Fold in the flour and baking powder, and mix gently until combined. 4. Pour one-third of the batter into a 10x16” pan. 5. Add ¾ cup tiny chocolate chips to the remaining batter and mix gently. Pour over the batter in the pan. 6. Sprinkle remaining 3 tablespoons of tiny chocolate chips over the batter. 7. Bake for approximately 1 hour and 5 minutes.

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Also, people never seem to tire of seeing more of them, keeping cookbook writers and food columnists (ahem…) gainfully employed. Recipes can even become a mesorah of sorts, like when it comes to making and serving Elter-Bubbie’s kugel... On the other hand, recipes, or more precisely, the idea of cooking “by the recipe,” irks me. We Yidden like to find out what lies behind things, to learn the kuntz of something, to get closer to the source and cut out the middleman. However, simply following someone else’s recipe word for word, and being wooed by glossy pictures, is not my idea of real cooking. Therefore, I would like to now, al regel achas, share with you some of the main principles that I’ve discovered over decades of kitchen duty (both professional and recreational) that will allow you to move beyond recipe dependence and discover the kuntz of cooking. These are the things that we recipe developers consciously or intuitively know as we “whip things up,” but there’s nothing mysterious about them, and they’re really quite teachable. 80 / THE MONSEY VIEW / April 29, 2020 www.themonseyview.com / 845.600.8484

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Substitution

As someone who has spent a lot of time in both professional kitchens and professional food writing, trust me when I tell you that probably 90% of the “official” recipes out there are the result of what the recipe writer happened to have in the kitchen (or whatever happened to be on sale, was getting close to its expiration date, etc.) the day the recipe was conceived. And I’m fine with that. Necessity is the mother of invention. But for the recipe reader, whose kitchen happens to be bursting with yet another perfectly substitutable item, to run out to get or order the specific product the recipe calls for definitely doesn’t strike me as cooking with a Yiddishe kop. But how do you know what you can substitute for what? It’s not so complicated. Every ingredient, and every food, has certain properties. These are the simple things like its color, texture, water content (is it dry or moist?), fat content (is it rich or not?) and taste properties (is it salty, sweet or sour? bland or intense?). If two ingredients more or less match up in properties, there’s a good chance that


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you can substitute one for the other. The truth is that it may be enough if they only match up in some of their properties, or even only one. This depends on what the ingredient is “doing” in the recipe. For instance, is it being used to bind the other ingredients together? Eggs often do that, but so do ground flax seeds, cornstarch or potato starch, and even some seed and nut butters. This means they can likely be substituted for the eggs. Of course, then you have to take into account the differences between them. Eggs are liquidy and moist, whereas ground flax seeds are dry. This means if you substitute the seeds for the eggs, you might need to add a little more liquid to the recipe. Or if you use seed butters, which are oilier than eggs, you might want to cut down the recipe’s fat content in another way. Get it? While it may seem daunting at first to dive into the sea of substitution, after a while, you start to get the hang of it and it becomes a challenge — and even fun. Of course, it’s not recommended to start out on things like your kid’s birthday cake that he’ll be taking to take to cheder, or your spouse’s favorite dessert! Rather, begin with things like low-risk weekday lunches and then work your way up.

The next cooking kuntz is clearly knowing what your priorities are. Some of the priorities people have when it comes to cooking are: health, level of kashrus, cost, taste, special dietary needs, ease of preparation, and the impression it makes on others. Often it’s a combination of several, with the higher priority trumping the lower should they happen to clash. Once you’re consciously aware of your priorities, you can start adapting (or better yet, creating!) your recipes to meet them. I once cooked for a popular kosher restaurant known for its vegan and macrobiotic health food. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to guess what the priority was there! I was assigned to develop an Erev Shabbos take-out menu to appeal to the clientele who flocked there on Friday to pick up some of their whole-grain sourdough challos. Of course, what’s Shabbos take-out without potato kugel? So I set out to create one to please the priorities of this particular crowd. In its most basic sense, a potato kugel is a baked casserole consisting, obviously, of potatoes and something to bind them together. So what did we do? We steamed grated potatoes and gently tossed them with some organic sesame paste, a sprinkle of sea salt, and a drop of cold-pressed olive oil for flavor — and baked it. Between the natural potato starch from the steamed potatoes and the sesame paste, it stuck together nicely, and while I would never try to serve it to a Boro Park bubby, for people with health food as top priority, it worked. On the other hand, I once cooked for a catering company whose priorities began and ended with “taste!” A kugel mixing bowl by them meant plenty of oil, salt and MSG flavor enhancer, all before it even looked a potato in the eye. Needless to say, at that place, the tafkid — and menu — was different.


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Of course, there’s more to cooking than ingredients. There’s also how they’re combined and cooked. I’ve found that a really helpful way to view the process of cooking is as the interplay of four elements: fire, air, earth and water. (Not to be confused with the four spiritual elements of the same names, which we’ll leave for the Kabbalists.) Here’s a quick rundown:

FIRE.

Fire obviously refers to heat. This includes the intensity of the heat at which a food is cooked, as well as the type of heat used (oven, stovetop, grill, crockpot, sous vide, etc.), each of which has its own special properties. Then there’s also reheating (which is an art unto itself), warming or maintaining heat, and ideal serving temperatures. While it’s obvious that too much heat means burnt food and too little means underdone, it’s amazing how knowing when and how to turn up or down the heat during the cooking process (or even how to switch heating methods in the middle) can ratchet up a dish from just plain “good” to “geshmak.” For instance, after baking chicken bottoms covered to keep them moist, removing the cover for the last few minutes of baking with dry heat can give them just the right crisp.

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water refers to a food’s moisture content, both regarding an ingredient’s intrinsic properties, as well as a given dish’s cooking process and its finished state. For example, vegetables with a higher water content, such as zucchini or tomatoes, will, as a rule, cook faster than less watery ones, like carrots or winter squash. This is important information to know

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when timing stirfries, etc. It also means that a casserole based on the former will need something to offset the extra moisture those vegetables will leach as they cook.

Air.

How moist or dry a cooked dish is depends largely on how much or little it is exposed to the air while cooking. For example, an openair oven roast will come out drier than a covered pot roast, and that’s why oven roasts are generally limited to internally moister — i.e., more fat-marbled — cuts of meat, whereas potroasted meats are usually leaner, more economical cuts. The air factor also includes things like evaporation and condensation, which can intensify flavors as well as make things crispier and crunchier (or, on the negative side, stale). Also, the density of a food (compare, for instance, a light cake to a heavier one) depends on the prevalence of air pockets within it. These things can all be tweaked to attain the desired results.

EARTH.

Earth generally refers to solid ingredients, either alone or in proportion to liquids. It also includes ingredients that cause things to solidify (starches, kosher rennet, etc.) as well as the process of

freezing (and/or congealing), which turns liquids into solids (or at least into thicker liquids). Getting a soup to be just thick enough to be satisfying, without turning it into a cholent, is a matter of finding the right earth-water balance. I’VE FOUND that virtually all cooking is simply a matter of understanding and manipulating these four elements, or factors. People are amazed when I show them how you can take any printed recipe and break it down this way, step by step, noting how all of the elements come into play.


Of course, there’s a lot more to say. Squeezing 30 years’ worth of tricks of the trade into one article is too big a kuntz for even a kitchen magician like me. But hopefully this taster will be enough to whet your appetites and start you on the road to cooking less by the book — and more like a Yid.

Nesanel Yoel Safran is a writer, chef and student of Torah and life. You can read about all of this and more on his blog Soul Foodie (soulfoodiecom.wordpress.com) and contact him at soulfoodie613@gmail.com.

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There’s absolutely nothing in the world that can compete with the satisfaction of crossing off every single thing on your to-do list. That content feeling that envelops you as you proudly hold a now-completed list, and the acute satisfaction that comes along with it, is like winning the lottery. Or better. However, there’s one list that I (and probably most of you too) can somehow never seem to check off completely. My bucket list. Because, yes, skydiving over the Grand Canyon and deep-diving into the Atlantic isn’t the same as buying eggs and searching for matching socks, so of course, my bucket list stays unchecked. Oh, well. And now I’d like to share with you all a little (well, notso-little) secret that I harbor: I’ve also got a list of a different kind. It consists of things I promised myself I will never, ever, under any circumstances, do. There aren’t many things that made it to the Things-I’ll-Never-Do List, but they’re all, unequivocally, of equal importance. At the very top of the list, in big, bold block lettering, there used to be something that had been in first place for a long while. It read: I am never going to bake Kokosh Cake. There. Phew. I said it. I can see you all shaking your heads in amusement, chuckling to yourself and wondering: Seriously? That’s the

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big it? I know, I know, you deserve some answers, so here goes... nothing. The baking of kokosh cake, I thought, is a task for only the most talented of bakers, gourmet chefs and superhuman mommies. I mean, the perfect kokosh — or the perfect babka — was only to be admired longingly as it lay on the bakery shelf, its chocolate oozing and its dough standing tall and proud, as if telling me: You see, Rivky, as hard as you’ll try, you could never accomplish the art of The Kokosh. And that is why the baking of kokosh cake had made it to the top of my Things-I’ll-Never-Do List. A few weeks back, I was reminded of my list while I was on the phone, chatting with my dear friend Pessy. She was telling me all about the kokosh cake she was on her way to pick up from her dear grandmother, who bakes a loaf every week for each of her grandchildren, and how her Shabbos morning coffee just tastes so different with that heav-


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enly homemade slice of chocolatey goodness. I nodded to myself nostalgically as she said those words — my Shabbos morning coffees are missing that special something since my Babby passed away, and her homemade cakes are all but scrumptious memories. As Pessy continued yapping about this and that, I thought about that list, once written with such certainty. Because I knew that there, at the very top, in big, bold block lettering, was the first thing I had promised myself I’d never, ever do. Bake kokosh. Ouch. If I was aspiring to be half of what my Babby was, or to be a beloved Babby who bakes goodies for her grandchildren, I realized, I had better reassess #1 on my never-do list and start baking!

And this, my dear readers, was the beginning of the end of the Kokosh Saga. Without further ado, I can now (very!) proudly declare that my Things I’ll-Never-Do List will now become shorter, for I have mastered the art of The Kokosh. No, it will never taste like my Babby’s cake, or yours, but I did come pretty close, and that makes me happy enough. Dare I say, it tastes even better than those oozing babkas on the bakery shelves! In truth, I have no idea why in the world I’d put the baking of kokosh on my never-do list. It proved to be a simple, enjoyable and accomplishing feat, and I’m thrilled — and honored — to share the kokosh-baking journey with all of you.

Come and join me in my kitchen for a step-by-step visual on the magic of baking kokosh cake with less stress and no mess.

The recipe I finally settled on is an absolute winner. The dough is my mother’s recipe, the filling recipe is one my friend Miriam generously shared with me, and the crumble is a combination of a few recipes. When I received only rave reviews from the taste-testers who begged for seconds and thirds, I knew I’d hit the jackpot. First off, and most important, was choosing the day of the week that works best for me: I prefer to bake on a day when there’s not much cooking or baking that needs to be done. That eliminated Wednesdays and Thursdays, which are usually designated for baking and cooking for Shabbos. Fridays are usually out of the question, since there’s so much happening on Erev Shabbos, and Sundays… Sunday is my lazingaround, doing-errands kinda day. So that left Mondays and Tuesdays. On Mondays I like to prepare my suppers for the week, so Tuesday was the lucky day earmarked for kokosh-baking. Also, on Tuesday I have some help with my now-almost-seven-month-old, not-so-quiet and oh-so-yummy twin boys, which is the only way I can even think of baking anything, let alone kokosh cake. The day before I plan on baking, I make sure to have all the ingredients the recipe calls for in my house. Running out every few minutes because I’m missing this and that, or knocking on my neighbor’s door for a missing egg, makes me frazzled, discombobulated and usually causes some kind of mishap to occur in the midst of the baking process.

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Before I bake anything, the first thing I do is spread out a plastic tablecloth across my working surface — in my case, my kitchen counters. Thus protected, my counters stay perfectly clean, the mess is contained, and when I’m done baking, I just swoop up the tablecloth and slide the entire mess straight into the garbage. Easy does it! Once the tablecloth is ready, the next thing I do is lay out all of the ingredients. I measure the amount I need, and then I return the rest to their places! It’s a trick my dear mother taught me, and I thank her every time I work in the kitchen. First, it eliminates the back-and-forth running between the fridge, closet and pantry while the mixer is running and I’m pressed for time. Second, I circumvent having to put back floury, sticky or dirty ingredients into the fridge or pantry. Third, when I’m done baking, there’s zero mess to deal with. There’s also that peace of mind when all the ingredients are measured beforehand and all I do is pour, mix and contentedly watch the magic happen. The mixer I use for baking is a KitchenAid Stand mixer fitted with the dough hook. Yes, yes, you can obviously use your Bosch, too, though believe it or not, I actually don’t own one yet (gasp!). Four years ago, when I got married, my apartment was kind of small, and I knew that I wouldn’t be baking much yet, so it wasn’t that important. Well, time flew by faster than I thought it would, and I found myself needing a good mixer for my baking. My mother gifted me the KitchenAid mixer (thank you!), and I’ve been using that for all of my baking expeditions — it’s absolutely perfect. Usually, right when I’m ready to start baking, Moishy or Matis starts becoming fidgety, wanting Mommy’s attention. This time it’s Moish; Matis is being cared for. I seat him in his highchair, place some toys on his tray, and let him join me in the baking fun. Okay. My machine is set up, my ingredients are measured, so let the baking begin! In a bowl (it can even be a disposable soup bowl), I place 1 ounce fresh yeast (or 1½ tablespoons dry yeast), ¼ cup seltzer and ¾ cup warm water, and I let the mixture sit for a minimum of 10 minutes. We’re aiming for that foamy, bubbly state. While my yeast is doing what it needs to (hopefully, anyway), I add the following ingredients to my mixer and mix them all together: 4½ cups flour ½ scoop vanilla sugar ¼ cup sugar 1 stick margarine ½ tsp. salt 2 eggs ½ cup oil

I mix it all on medium-high speed for a few minutes, until everything is incorporated and combined well. When the yeast is ready, I add it to the mixture and continue mixing until I have a smooth dough. Next, I gather the dough together and form a nice mound. I place it in a garbage bag, wrap it, cover it with a towel and let it rise for a minimum of 1 hour. The dough needs to double in size, and the warmer it is, the faster it grows. I sometimes use my oven to help with rising — it’s simple: I preheat the oven to 200°, place the dough in a clean bowl, and cover it. Then I turn the oven off and place the dough inside the warm oven. Once it’s inside, I leave the oven door cracked slightly open and watch the dough grow! While the dough rises, I continue with the yummiest part of the kokosh — the filling! I clean the mixing bowl and pour in the following ingredients: 1 cup cocoa 1 cup confectioners’ sugar 1½ cups sugar ½ cup brown sugar ½ bag instant chocolate pudding 2 T. vanilla sugar A dash of cinnamon

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I mix this by hand with a spatula to combine well. If you’re anything like me, and you love overflowing, rich, chocolatey babka, I would recommend that you double the filling. As I wait for the dough to finish rising, I tidy up the kitchen — I wash the mixer, measuring cups and spoons — line two loaf pans with parchment paper, and prepare a floured surface and rolling pin. I’m still left with some extra time, so I enjoy some playtime with the kids before putting them to nap. The dough has now doubled in size. I punch it down to release the air bubbles, divide it in two, and it’s time for my arms to get to work. On my floured surface, I roll out the dough — thin, but not too thin — into a basic rectangular shape, and I liberally spread the filling and roll them both up, jellyroll style. You can choose to twist the kokosh cake either one of these ways: 1. Once the dough is rolled, twist it a few times and place it in a lined pan. 2. (The way I do it) Once the dough is rolled up, I cut it in the center (in the length) so I have two strands. I twist the two strands together and place them in a lined pan. I cover the two pans with a towel and let them sit for about twenty minutes or so. Before placing them in the oven, let’s not forget the crumble! With my hands, I crumble 1 stick margarine, 2/3 cup sugar, and 1 cup flour. I cover almost the entire top with the crumble (you can sprinkle the amount you prefer). I slide the rolls into an oven preheated to 375° and bake them for 40 minutes to an hour. I like my babka slightly underbaked so I usually take them out after 40 to 45 minutes. The smell that permeates my house when the babkas bake is out-of-this-world delicious. You’ll want to eat a slice as soon as these beauties are out of the oven, but remember to wait 10 minutes before cutting them. Once they’re cooled, I cut myself a thick slice (diet? What diet?), slide it onto a nice dish — yes, I treat myself too — and let myself get lost in the wonderful world of chocolate babka heaven before reality and bottles and deadlines pull me back…

So all of you who were like me before reading this article (and everyone else too!), I hope I inspired you to add a new something to your to-do list this week: Tuesday: Bake kokosh cake!

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As we readjust to chometz consumption, we are proud to present a behind-the-scenes look at one of the premier culinary shops churning out mezonos delights. As a young child (young enough for her to have now forgotten how old she had been), Golda was at the kitchen counter creating messes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and successes. While she was fond of her final creations, she was well aware of the mess she left behind for her patient and proud mother to clean up. But all those hours experimenting in the kitchen did well to hone her talent.

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An Aspiring Artist In the summer of her thirteenth year, young Golda was getting ready for her cousin’s bar mitzvah. Her Brooklyn-based aunt was bringing the simcha to Monroe so that the extended family summering upstate would be able to participate. Along with the entire family’s simcha wardrobe, her aunt dutifully lugged the large centerpiece she had ordered at her hometown bakery. Whether she overestimated the cake’s resilience or underestimated the August sun, upon opening the box, melted icing greeted them — eliciting gasps of horror from all but one. Quick-thinking twelve-year-old Golda assured them that the cake was salvageable. And sure enough, with some heart and skill, she presented her flustered aunt with a beautifully decorated masterpiece. “Prettier than what I’d brought from the city,” her aunt always makes sure to point out.

A Coincidental Cakery Despite her impressive imagination, Mrs. Porges never imagined that messing around in the kitchen would one day lead to a full-time profession. It was only after giving birth to her oldest that she first entertained the idea of supplementing the family income with her favorite pastime. Still, she hesitated before placing the $50 ad. “I recall wondering whether the advertisement would ever pay for itself,” she now laughs. But with her husband’s encouragement and faith in her abilities, she took the leap. And the public responded! Prior to Porges Cakes, most bakeries either specialized in delicious cakes or elegant decorations. It was rare to find both in the same creation. “I believe that was what put us on the market,” Mrs. Porges reminisces. “We were pleasing the palates as well as enhancing the presentations!” “One of our biggest secrets is that we always use the freshest, most authentic ingredients and never substitute with inferior, ready-made cheaper products. The end result is our signature delicate flavor that the public has come to love.” Very quickly, with her husband’s expert managerial skills and tremendous siyata d’Shmaya, the business took

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off. Initially they only serviced customers upstate, but with Mr. Porges’s insistence and extraordinary investment of time, money and energy, ten years ago the company expanded and was finally able to cater to additional locations like Brooklyn, Lakewood, and even out of state. They are also busy all summer long, delivering to the mountains. Nowadays, Porges Cake is synonymous with exquisite artistry and delectable goodness in every bite.

Designing Delights Mrs. Porges is usually the one creating the actual art, but she is grateful for her entire creative team — a dozen employees overall, each one an expert in their particular field. “One of the important elements of employing a talented staff is to recognize what each employee excels at and how to utilize her skill to enhance production,” she explains. “Some girls are especially adept at fondant, others cream cakes seamlessly, while still others seem particularly skilled at baking…” A simple cake can be creamed and designed by her talented employees in a mere fifteen minutes, but even with her capable staff, complicated creations might require Mrs. Porges’ attention for days on end. One of the more intricate creations she remembers was an order for a cake shaped like a massive school building, which was to be presented to the philanthropist who had donated the structure. This showstopper, like many of her elaborate designs, took a number of days to complete. Each layer of fondant had to dry and be ready to accommodate the necessary additions. In these creations, the actual cake is added fresh, as the final addition to this intricately created masterpiece. When asked about where she draws

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Delicious by Design Styles come and go in all areas and industries, and this one is no different. When I ask her about the hottest designs, Mrs. Porges explains how, much like fashion, artistic edibles have to be in vogue. “At one point the popular item was painted cakes, at another it was rose balls. The trends change, but at the core, we always have a solidly delectable cake,” she explains. “We recently got to showcase our exquisite cookie cake creation at the massive Keiravtuni event at the Crowne Plaza in Stamford, Connecticut. “Whenever we get to pull off a particularly large project, from an artist’s perspective, it feels incredibly rewarding.” She also finds it fulfilling to share her passion and have others recognize their own latent, or already budding, talent. Some years back, when she still somehow found time on her hands, Mrs. Porges accepted the repeated request to teach some of her secrets to twelfth graders. With patience and expertise, she ensured that all of her students who put their minds to it were able to excel, not only in class, but later in their own kitchens at home. Despite her years of successful teaching, the innate talent is not readily transferable. Ultimately, Porges Cakes is repeatedly called upon. Typically, the busiest seasons are prior to yom tov, especially Purim and Sukkos. That’s when their customers notice that good intentions by themselves don’t get cakes baked. It is usually at the last minute that they realize they just don’t have the time (or is it the skill?) to possibly churn out a masterpiece on their own! From a professional standpoint, the company requests that all orders be placed in a timely manner, but they are well aware of the sudden influx that may come in at the last minute. Even as their energies wane, Mr. Porges rallies the troops as they continue to produce their luscious and sumptuous art.

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Porges Cake is synonymous with exquisite artistry and delectable goodness in every bite.

At Porges, kashrus is paramount. Besides the use of stellar ingredients, their staff is comprised of predominantly heimishe girls who handcheck the eggs, are aware of the halachos of hafrashas challah, and are trained in all relevant areas of halacha. Mr. Porges was also determined to import a state-of-the-art sifter with the most mehudar size mesh. To further ensure utmost kashrus, they have resolved to be a pareve-only bakery. And though they have secured two reputable hechsherim that the majority of their clientele appreciates, CRC and KJK, their door remains open to other clients who wish to send their own kehillah’s baal machshir to check on operations. “The most gratifying regards I’ve ever received,” Mrs. Porges shares, “was related to me by a relative of mine. He was advised by a well-established mashgiach that if


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A correspondence I had with a close friend drove this point home. She was sharing the difficulty of having everyone home and mentioned an article we both read that (very logically, don’t ask) explained why, according to all possible scenarios, some of the major changes to our lives are here to stay long-term, if not forever. She ended off by writing, “Even if Moshiach’s coming — the most logical scenario — doesn’t happen, chas v’shalom, the other solutions such as…” Allow me to stop here. What she wrote doesn’t matter. What matters is that as things stand now, somehow, without us noticing, Moshiach has become the most logical solution. It has somehow moved from a faraway concept to an obvious reality. Which is incredible. The world has rolled over onto its head, and that feels normal to us. And this is why: Because normal, simply put, is whatever the majority is. I am normal, because I do what most people do; someone else is “not normal,” because they’re different from the majority (read: me). We kicked and screamed, because normally — that is, most days — our kids go to school; now school is a far-fetched concept, because most of our days are spent locked up in self-quarantine, and we almost forgot what freedom feels like. For each of us this will happen at a different point in time, but the moment we stop fighting the change and accept it as the new reality, that’s when things move from “crisis” to “normal.” Even if normal looks like what our houses look like now. And here’s how all this is connected to Camp Corona: The point of our camp is to turn uncertainty into structure, and frightening into normal. Of course, you don’t have to actually run a camp for that. A simple drawn-up schedule of your day is an amazingly powerful tool for making the world safe again for your children. Personally, I chose to take it a step further and move


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further from “normal” to “fun” — because once I’m not getting my freedom (you know what that means, right? Ten minutes of drinking coffee slowly, with no little people around or shaking the door handle), I may as well give my kids some great memories. It doesn’t look like I’ll be getting any work done anyway. But let’s talk about the schedule. Before we even began Camp Corona, I called everyone in for a family meeting. My teenagers rolled their eyes and my husband gave a long-suffering sigh, but they came and sat down around the dining room table. I said to them: “Look, guys. The situation doesn’t look like it’s changing anytime soon. Now, it’s our choice whether we’ll be miserably cooped up at home, or take advantage of this rare opportunity and turn it into a fabulous time for us all.” I invited them to think of what they would like to do during this unexpected “vacation,” and the suggestions started coming fast. Even the older kids quickly warmed up to the idea and began throwing in their own suggestions, like family newsletters and mailboxes and raffles and prize shops and night activities. Already their eyes filled with stars. Then we drew a basic schedule to follow each day. In our case, our schedule includes “camp” after lunch, but it doesn’t have to. A simple schedule that makes the day predictable is all it takes. It can even look like this: Here’s a favorite: • We wake up

• Get dressed • Brush our teeth • Eat breakfast • Daven • Play with toys • Story time • Drawing, arts and crafts • Lunchtime • Yard toys and fun • Exercise • Bath time • Listen to Rabbi Juravel on the phone • Bedtime

Sounds obvious? It is to you — but it may not be to your children. And following the predictable list, knowing what’s coming next and what the day is structured like, is an incredibly soothing tool for the children, which will make life feel familiar and safe again. And safe is the greatest gift we can give our children during these turbulent times. DOING ACTIVITIES ANYWAY? There’s absolutely nothing wrong with just plain fun, but sometimes, infusing some added meaning into a game can turn it from a momentary adventure into a long-lasting, warm memory and a boost of confidence that will last forever.

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Step 1 We pulled out large sheets of paper (like those used to line the shelves for Pesach) and cut them to size. Every child took their turn lying on a sheet and having a sibling trace them.


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Then we cut around the traced image, and had the kids draw features and basic outlines.

Next we hung the cutouts on the wall.

Step 4 Once the papers were hanging, each child received a sibling’s cutout to color. I told them to color the papers based on that sibling’s special characteristics. The younger kids drew pictures such as a sefer, because “he loves to learn Torah” and a heart because “he has a good heart.” I helped them out a bit, ensuring that every child got a generous dose of chizuk and compliments!


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The older girls received more vague instructions. I told them to think of their sibling and then just color according to what feels “right,” without thinking. Honestly, I thought this might be too vague and difficult for them (I’ve done this with women, and it’s not easy!), but my girls surprised me with their ability to let go and with their insights.

While we were cleaning up the mess that all that cutting of huge papers had left, I had another idea and told the kids they could tear up the leftover paper into pieces and dance with them. We turned on music (this was before Pesach), and the fun began!

The youngest kids simply received their own cutouts to color.

The children continued with their own ideas — they always seem to do a better job than we do! They stuffed the papers into their sweaters and danced around the room without letting any papers fall out — and without holding on to them! A fabulous time was had by all… with zero planning beforehand.

Step 6 Finally, each child presented their masterpiece and explained why they drew what they did. For the older girls, this was the first time they were putting words to what their hands had done, and their insights were absolutely amazing!

And as a side benefit, they all crashed into bed pretty quickly that night. A true win-win!

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Do I need this? They say necessity is the mother of invention. But has this old adage gone out of style? With so many unnecessary contraptions flooding the market, it certainly seems so.

Needless kitchen gadgets Perhaps you received it as a gift. Maybe the advertisement led you to think it is a must. Alas, it takes up prime real estate in your kitchen. And helps you, well, less than expected.

Corn kernel stripper: Hmmm. Why bother when a knife can do just as good a job?

Egg separator: This idea may sound tempting if you’ve got dozens of eggs to crack, but you’ll notice your fingers can do the very same thing…

Watermelon slicer: This gadget looks so helpful, yet is it really easier than a knife? And surely, loads of melon goes to waste…

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How did I ever manage without it? On the flip side, you may wonder how you were ever a balebusta without these.

Kitchen shears: Even if you don’t get your chickens whole, it’s a whole lot easier to divide and clean those chicken parts with a neat pair of shears. Betty Crocker Pizza Maker: Officially for pizza, unofficially for anything else. Used to cook, bake and reheat, its multi-purpose functions make this a winner. Nicer Dicer: Perfect salads in a matter of minutes. You might lose the time saved in the cleaning process, though.

Our grandmothers didn’t have these… Immersion blender: Hmmm, no blended soups?! Peeler: Still, do you think it took her more time to peel those potatoes with her simple knife? Food processor: Handgrated potato kugel is officially considered tastier.


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Guac-Lock container: If you love avocado dip and salad, but hate to see them turn brown, try this air-tight container that promises to keep your avocado bright green and fresh.

2020 favorites Not sure these will make it to your Top Ten, but they’ve been rated hot items for purchase this year.

Funnyside Up silicone egg mold: Prepare sunny-side-up eggs for your kids in the shape of a cat, puppy, frog or owl.

Lasagna trio pan: Make three different types of lasagna in three mini loaves, simultaneously.

Silpat: Don’t throw out sheets of disposable baking paper after every batch of cookies with this reusable version.

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Takeaway Dice: Do you find yourself — or your kids — arguing over the menu? Just roll the die and find out what’s for supper.

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JOB OPENING Established Monsey company seeking qualified individual to join an already successful team. Candidate must be organized, diligent and very proficient in Excel. Office experience preferred. Full Time. Excellent pay. Please email resume: jobopening1212@gmail.com. F/T POSITION Sunshine Children’s Home and Rehab Center, located in Ossining NY is seeking a responsible, reliable and dedicated Quality of Life Assistant and Cuddles Club Program Sundays – Thursday 9-5 . Once a month Shabbos Program. Applicant must have experience working with the special needs population, have leadership skills, must drive and be

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F/T POSITION Great for Graduates! Local Amazon business looking for a female to fill full time position in a fast paced office. Great growth opportunity. Commission Only. Must be detail oriented, responsible and able to multitask. No experience necessary. Email resume to jobopeningoffice4@gmail. com EXCELLENT MONSEY OPPORTUNITY Seeking General Studies Teachers and permanent Substitutes in the Elementary and Junior High School divisions of a Bais Yaakov girls’ school. Please email your resume to: resumes@ baisyaakovelementary.org OFFICE POSITION Bookkeeping company looking for a F/T female employee. should be organized, detail oriented and a quick learner. Great opportunity for the right candidate. Please email your resume to: bookjob08@ gmail.com

WE’RE HIRING!! Accounts Payable - Actively Hiring during COVID19. Broad Management Group. Montvale, NJ Office (right near Monsey) Fast growing real estate management firm seeking a representative to join our AP department. Ideal candidate will possess organizational skills, diligence, attention to detail and strong communication skills. Be a part of a growing Accounts Payable team! Entry level candidates are welcome. Reply to: dschimel@ broadmg.com ACCOUNTANT Boutique Accounting Practice looking for an experienced accountant to join our team. Email resume to: jobs. boutiquefirm@gmail.com or Fax resume to (646) 792-3313 F/T SECRETARY NEEDED Property management Company is looking for a f/t secretary. office Experience required. Please email resume to rcmanageoffice@ gmail.com PUBLIC ADJUSTER Want to help people & would like a pandemic friendly career? We have the perfect opportunity! Ideal candidates are self- starters with real estate or property management experience. Call 973-951-1534


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SEEKING ASSISTANTS/ TITLE I MENTORS Seeking Teacher’s Assistants and Title I Inclusion Mentors for a girls Elementary and Junior High School. Please email your resume to: resumes@ baisyaakovelemenatary.org or fax to: 845-205-4333 OFFICE WORK Seeking F/T girl for office worker in heimishe kitchen design industry office located in Monsey. No experience needed, will train. Call Or Text 718-926-5415 OFFICE POSITION Chassidishe Office in Monsey looking for a full time female secretary with good communication and computer skills. Please send resume to rn@yankels.com or call 718-384-4846 ext. 117. SECRETARY POSITION Busy Distributor looking to fill a secretarial position. Needs to have good communication skills and be able to multi task. Please email resume to bookjob08. com GET HIRED! Resumes written and perfected. Consistent success in the job market. Special price for graduates! 845-6596999 call or text. Lv. msg.

BABYSITTING BABYSITTER AVAILABLE Experienced Babysitter available to babysit your baby during the day or overnight. Central location. 845 274 5450

SERVICES GOLDEN CATCH Fish for wholesale prices. Delivered to your door. Minimum $60. Order to goldencatchseafood@gmail. com or call 718-257-0006. Delivery days Monday & Wednesday VIRTUAL! WEIGHT LOSS SESSION! Looking to Keep your weight off? Come join a virtual weight maintenance group only $97/month. 845-641-1057 keepthosepoundsoff.com KEYBOARD LESSONS Give your daughter the gift of music at a very reasonable price! Call Yitty @ 845-4267561 after 4:30 pm TORAHANYTIME.COM On demand Torah lectures Video-Audio-download All for free Computer or App for iPhone/Android Or Hotline 718-298-2077. Yiddish Hebrew - English

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CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION CLASSES To join the next class please call 845-426-0931. Tzippy Tauber CD (DONA)Certified Birth Doula ELI’S PLUMBING Great service at reasonable rates. Call or text 845-6597859 SEWING COURSE One on One, by Esty Krauss. Group forming now for high school girls. call or text 845662-5931. DRUM LESSONS by Shmuel Klaver, Monsey’s most experienced Shomer Shabbos drum instructor. Lessons ($45 & up) given in your home or my studio, to boys or girls ages 10-adult, beginners to professional. Call (845) 459-9935 MARRIAGE & FAMILY COUNSELING

Warm, professional 25 years exp. Communication. Child & Teen behavorial issues. Dr Yisroel Kaplan, Please call for free phone consult 917-345-5750 HANDYMAN AVAILABLE Need a handyman or renovations? Karbrinsky Construction is available. Call/text 845-276-4755

KANGEN WATER “Change your Water.. Change your life” Alkaline - AntiOxidant - Super Hydrating Call for FREE supply and feel AMAZING! 917-681-0003 HYPNO BIRTHING DOULA Labor of love LOVE your birth experience, certified CD( DONA) Doula Malky Breuer 845 270 4330 845 362 3480 Malky@mbdoula.com MASSAGES

for women by a licensed massage therapist. Relax with a deep tissue, swedish, pre/ post natal massage. New Hempstead/New City area. Please call 845.201.8251 or email info@cuzzispa.com GUITAR LESSONS by Moshe Klaver, for beginners of all ages. Very motivating and patient teacher. References available. (845) 746-0925. Shomer Shabbos PROFESSIONAL HAIRCUTS Great prices. Call Miri 845426-7561

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PETTICOATS FOR RENT! Enhance your gown with just the right petticoat! Kids and adults petticoats for rent! In the Bates area. Call or text: 845 200-4326 PROFESSIONAL WRITER ‘In intricate patterns, this diamond-encrusted clasp is your go-to spring `ornament.’ I sell the written word, not jewelry. 4144186464 BAR MITZVAH PHOTOGRAPHY Quality and affordable bar mitzvah photography by Moshe Grunfeld call 917858-1054 or email moshe@ moshegrunfeld.com DEBT RELIEF having trubble with finances? join Debtors Anonymous Tuesday night @ 19 Robert Pitt # 113 , 7:30-8:30pm. visit www. debtorsanonymous.org MATH TURORING Regents/GED/TASC/SAT/ ACT Common Core, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Precalculus, Calculus, Physics ALL Grades/Levels. call: 845-445-8003 MATH ANXIETY? I can help! All ages. All levels. Regents, SAT Prep, CLEPS, AP courses. Remediation and Enrichment also available Linda 845.538.5319 THE BUG CLINIC Don’t let ANTS and other PESTS quarantine in your

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house! Call for our do-ityourself PEST-FREE products and advice. We deliver! The Bug Clinic 845-356-2837

ODDS & ENDS SEEKING DONATIONS Of toys, arts & crafts, or supplies, in good condition, for a Heimishe Moised. Call 845.500.3100 DIABETIC STRIPS Looking to buy your extra Diabetic Test Strips. Strictly Confidential. 347-871-7574

GEMACHIM ACCESSORIES BASKET To place in the Chasunah Hall. Monsey halls only. No fee. 845-371-6857 BECHER GEMACH Real bechers from our free-loan gemach. 845-377KOS1(5671) KosYeshuos@ gmail.com BED REST? We do the laudry for you. 213-7437 (also looking for volunteers) BIKE RACK GEMACH Fits all cars. Holds up to 3 bikes. 845-659-1863. FREE ADVICE with OPWDD/self direction and community classes. call 1201 892 0526 email slfydhm@gmail.com

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ARE YOU UNEMPLOYED? Looking for a new job due to the current situation?? Medical Billing Company seeking to hire qualified individuals to handle various billing and communication tasks. Full or Part time! Great pay! Amazing Long-Term Opportunity!

Please email resume to: info@starar.co

BRIS GEMACH located in Central Monsey. 617-955-3630. poya, pillow case, outfit, blanket. BLUE LIGHT Gemach in monsey, pls call before. 845.425.1919 BEAUTIFUL BENCHERS (not Zemiros) 845-642-0910 BABIES LAYETTE GEMACH text 718-551-1732 or email frimitbabies@gmail.com BABY GEMACH short term loans of carseats, pack n plays, strollers, pumps and more! 845.397.7724 or visit soralasbabygemach. com. BRIS GEMACH Located on Blauvelt Rd. 356-6215 poya, outfit, blanket and hat. BRIS PILLOW GEMACH and benchers with tfilos for bris and pidyon haben: 845213-0602

BRIS GEMACH Outfit, blanket and poia 845 425 3873 LEV DEVORAH Layett gemach (845) 213-3646

DOONA CAR SEAT GEMACH If you need a doona for any medical reason or for any other reason for a short period of time Please call 845-445-7474

COAT RACK Coat racks and hangers for your simcha. 845-356-9841

FLORAL BISOMIM for your Simcha - 845-6292785.

FREE MOVING BOXES Standard egg carton boxes (eg. Evergreen boxes). We are located in Chestnut Ridge. Call/text between 8-10:30pm. (845) 641-5536

EAR-PLUG GEMACH for ba’alei simcha to protect your guests’ hearing. Baby headsets also available. 845202 -0105.

CHUPPA CARDS. call or text after 5pm. 347278-1278 CHUPAH CARDS Lucite cards. 845.222.0456 CARSEATS & BASSINET and pack n play bassinets. 425-1202 CHUPPAH GEMACH Green velvet portable Chuppah. 845-425-4790

FREE BOXES for moving (mostly egg carton size). 845-425-6826 or 845-608-7830. Donations of flattened boxes are always welcome! FORMULA GEMACH chani @ 347-267-3640 or Miriam 216-889-3643 GPS GEMACH Brand new, updated, with traffic. 845-352-2588 Leave msg. (Minimal fee)

BRIS GEMACH beautiful bris outfit w hat, poya and pillowcase. Suzzane area 845 425 8359

DVD/VIDEO GEMACH DVDS and portable players for sick and homebound adults and children.425-2660

ISRAEL GPS No fee. English or Hebrew. Must reserve in advance by email at IsraelGPS@gngroup. com

CHUPPAH TEFILLOS tefillos and tehillim booklets for the chupa time 845-2130602.

GOWN GEMACH mother and sister gowns size 0-12, by apt only. 845-4267496 or 845-352-3031.

GOWN GEMACH. South Monsey Ladies gowns and petticoat gemach.call or text after 5pm. 347-278-1278

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HOSPITAL SUPPLIES inc. TPN equipment, feeding pumps, NG tubes, & feeding supplies. donate/receive. 845746-8293. NEW GOWN GEMACH sisters of the Kallah/chasson. Adult Size 0-12. 845-517- 8808 ELEGANT HATS For short term rental 845517-0838. ‎ OT WATER URNS H 845-425-9211 HOSPITAL GOWN for maternity or hospitalization Tzniusdige & Comfortable. 845-425-8687 HAIRCUTS & STYLING GEMACH $7 haircuts. $10 styling. call miri after 4:30 426-2561 SIMCHA HAT $25. many styles/ colors. We also accept donations of elegant hats. 347 351 1604 MATERNITY GEMACH Weekday and shabbos clothing, various sizes. call/ text 845-445-9687 PIDYON HABEN GEMACH Located in Wesley Hills. Call/ Text 845-579-2351 or email gemach.pidyonhaben@ gmail.com


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BANDS & BERETS GEMACH Previous season designer sample leftovers. New ladies berets and bands $10. Sun & Thurs 8-9 pm. Please call before 845-290-8319 FREE HOTLINE Increase the kedusha and strengthen your connection to Hashem. Women’s inspirational, interactive and informative hotline: Yiddish 6469271200 English 9179249900 HEATER GEMACH 845 362 8666 JWAZE DEVICE 8455965856 leave message ‫טייערע כלה‬ ‫נוצט אויס דעם יום החופה‬ ‫מיט אן אלבום וואס ענטהאלט‬ ,‫ שיעורים‬,‫ הדרכה‬,‫השקפה‬ ‫ וואכן פאר‬4‫ רעזעווירט‬.‫תפילות‬ 845-352-2560 ‫די חתונה‬ ‫לעילוי נשמת‬ We can arrange to have the whole ‫ששה סדרי משנה‬ learned ‫ לעילוי נשמת‬your loved ones! Call /Text (917) 720-6392 / chofetzmishna@ gmail.com MECHITZA’S 30’ - 5 six’ tables, 10 chairs stands and bus-boxes $100 deposit. $18 Donation call 845-445-8015 or email Mitzvah1@gmail.com MOVING BOX GEMACH New Hempstead area. text 845-642-5286 to arrange pick up

R’ Avraham Lebel 718.977.5459 With the endorsement of Rabbanim of ‫בד”ץ העדה החרדית ירושלים‬

MEZUZOS GEMACH 362.2333 KALLAH ACCESSORY GEMACH Everything you need for the kallah (except for the gown) Crown, veil, shoes, decktich, fur cape 845-426-0767 GEMACH ‫מוהלים‬ We are ready to sharpen your knives. 718-384-6214 PACK N PLAY We have New Pack n Plays tova222@gmail.com or text 845-216-4885 PIDYON HABEN coins,silver tray, lace box, outfit 845-426-1681 845-6427256 REFLECTOR GEMACH Hosting guest? Be safe! Wear a reflector. If anyone borrowed please return as soon as possible. 845-3560815 ROOF CARRIERS For all cars even without bars on roof. 845-659-1863. Monroe: 845-662-7102. South Fallsburg 845-434-3865. REFLECTOR GEMACH: having guests or having a simcha and need reflectors 347-977-6816 WE ACCEPT clothing, shoes and household items in brand new condition. To donate or receive call 347-731-3851.

SIDDUR GEMACH Sfard: Friedman 845-6087830 Ashkenaz: Shulman845 352 1756 or 845-826-6718 SIDDUR/CHUMASH 558.4774 PHONE GEMACH free of charge for as long as necessary. 845 579 5538 SHIFRA PUAH DOULA Please call to register in advance. 845-587-1649 SOUND SYSTEM GEMACH Speakers, mikes, mixers, cables, 917-382-8809 SHULERT APP Daven at the perfect Minyan with Shulert! https://www. shulert.com SCHOOL SUPPLIES GEMACH Accepting donations. New or gently used. 862-505-9546 SHABBOS SIMCHA GEMACH Becher, Challah deklich, Zemiros, Benchers… 845425-0498 SUITCASE GEMACH 845-371-9121 TABLECLOTHS for your Simchos. (845) 371 2105 TOY GEMACH Keep all the children busy by your simchas with tons of lego and clicks. 845-578-6513

WEDDING HAIR PIECES for children 3473001679 TICHEL GEMACH To receive or donate 845-3717504 TICHEL GEMACH Donations welcome. 845548-0014 TOY GEMACH 3 different sets of exciting toys available for free to help you and your children enjoy your simcha. Call/text Rifki Zimmerman 917-538-3453. UMBRELLA GEMACH For simchas, events etc. 216470-9841 WHITE KALLAH SHOES. Proceeds go to tzedakah. Call\Text 845-200-0211 WEDDING KIT for Machetunim to take along. 845-425-2036 THE WEDDING KIT All necessities for Kallah/ Chosson’s family for the wedding night. Leili Nishmas: Perel Gela Bas R’ Shloima. 845-371-2947

DRESSES/GOWNS 2 TEEN GOWNS FOR SALE Magnificent fresh (creamy/light pink family) Coordinating custom gowns. Size 0-6. Coordinating toddler gown size 3-5. 845352-0095

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MAGNIFICENT GOWN Exquisite gown for rent size 2-4. White base with mauve & blue embroidered flowers. pls call 845-596-9933 GOLD GOWN Adorable gold gown by Dassy available to buy or rent. Toddler size 4. Call 422-5596 for more info

Purple baby blanket on Purim company delore. corner Ellish and Vincent call or text 845-694-2140 If you dropped off a korban mincha siddur to bind on Horizon ct please call 425-1937

GOWN FOR RENT

New toys for Toys4u in Rockland Kosher Parking lot on Chol Hamoed 845-2634849

beautiful dark colored gown size 2-4 8455380391

Pair childrens glasses on Briarcliff 4 weeks ago. 845-425-7469

RENT/SALE Black & White Exquisite gown for rent/sale.Text only 845-826-2185 CUSTOM HALBERSTAM Black/white mid-length dress size 8-10 for rent. For more info call 845.425.0924

LOST Diamond earring Main St/ Maple area. 2nd day Y’’T. 845-548-2583 red push n ride toddler bike half year ago, Roberts / Johanna area 8452386691

on Jill Lane childs blue-greenish Shabbos cap. 845222-1305 necklace in West Maple area 845-6429626 Small siddur Hamefoiresh Hachodosh Mincha Maariv L’chol at 7 Kakiat mailbox. 845425-2586 lv msg envelope with money in Hatzlacha Grocery parking lot on friday, April 24. 845.445.7952

FOUND small baby gold stud earring lafamilia 7/29. 4261612

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‫הרה"צ ר' חיים יעקב צבי גרויס מקערעסטיר ביים פראווען די יארצייט פון הרה"ק רבי ישעי'לע מקערעסטיר זצוק"ל‬

‫המספיק האט אנדערש ווי יעדע יאר ווי זיי שטעלן צו חוה״מ טריפס און שאוס היי יאר צוגעשטעלט גאר רייכע שפילן און‬ ‫אקטיוויטעטן פארשאפענדיג א שמחת יו״ט פאר די פולע המספיק פאמיליעס‬

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‫ערב ראש חודש אייר אצל ציון האדמו"ר מריבניץ זצ"ל | בילדער אבי ס‪.‬‬


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‫ברכת אילנות אין מאנסי | בילדער אבי ס‪.‬‬

‫האדמו"ר מסאטמאר בברכת אילנות בקרית יואל‬

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‫קביעת מזוזה אינעם נייע הכנסת אורחים שטוב פון חסד ‪ 24/7‬אין קאלאמביע שפיטאל‬ ‫נתנדב געווארן דורך הרבני הנגיד ר' משה אייכלער ושותפו הרבני הנגיד ר' שמואל הורוויץ‬

‫די בארימטע אסטרייכער'ס קוקיס האט פארטיילט פאר אלע וואלענטירן פון חברה הצלה דשיכון סקווירא א באקס פון‬ ‫געשמאקע‪ ,‬פרישע טשאקלעט טשיפ קוקיס אלס הכרת הטוב פאר זייער מסירת נפש ארבעט אין די איצטיגע טעג‬

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‫האדמו"ר מסקולען אצל ציון אביו הרה"ק מסקולען זצ"ל ערב ראש חודש אייר | בילדער אבי ס‪.‬‬


LET’S GET THE FACTS STRAIGHT:

The Snowflake Effect

P

icture this: A single snowflake drifts to the ground. It disappears. A second, third, and fourth flake fall; they remain invisible. Hundreds of flakes land on the ground. They are visible, but only slightly so. Then thousands upon thousands of flakes fall, and the ground if covered in white.

Such is the effect of an Ayin Horah. Suppose some casts an Ayin Horah at you. He casts but a speck. Another person, another speck. It has no real effect. It’s only with the passage of time that many little specks of Ayin Horah accumulate and its impact can be felt.

So no. There is no reason to be

concerned because someone looked at you. The results of an Ayin Horah will not be felt unless many, many, many, ‘someones’ look at you. Einy Yeshuah keeps an ‘eye’ out for Ayin Horah so you can relax, knowing that other’s eyes will not affect you.

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‫הגאון רבי חיים קנייבסקי בלימוד בביתו‬

‫ברית מילה לנכד הגה"צ אב"ד סיקסא לבן הנולד‬ ‫אצל חתנו הרב אהרן טייטלבוים‬

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‫פארגאנגענעם זונטאג האט המספיק פארטיילט מתנות פאר די משפחות פון חברה הצלה דמאנסי און שיכון סקווירא‬ ‫אלס הכרת הטוב פאר זייער העלדישע ארבעט די טעג‬


‫ריזיגע קידוש השם ווען טויזענטער אידן קומען אין די טעג צו רפואה העלט סענטער זיך צו טעסטן אויב מען קען מנדב זיין בלוט‬ ‫וואס קען העלפן פאר מענטשן וואס זענען קראנק מיט קאראנעוויירוס | בילדער אבי ס‪.‬‬

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Contents FYI: KITCHEN GADGETS CROSSING OFF KOKOSH FROM MY “NEVER-DO” LIST

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FREE ISSUE 246 APRIL 29, 2020

‫קדושים‬-‫פרשת אחרי‬ ‫ה’ אייר תש”פ‬

It seemed impossible to bake… until I tried

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FAMILY FAVORITES Clip and save these basic cake recipes

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