How I make my Challah



How to make challah

2 teaspoons of yeast

2 teaspoons of sugar

1 cup warm water

Mix this in a bowl and set aside

In a large mixing bowl

4 cups of flour

3 eggs

¼ cup of sugar

¼ cup or oil

1 teaspoon of salt

Add yeast mixture and knead until smooth

Put a tablespoon of oil in a bowl and roll dough into a ball.  Place this into the bowl and cover with a cloth or plastic bag.  Let rise for about 4 hours.  Shape into challah.


*this makes two loaves*

Bodies of three kidnapped teens found | The Times of Israel



Naftali Fraenkel, 16, Gil-ad Shaar, 16, and Eyal Yifrach, 19, were kidnapped on the night of June 12 at a hitchhiking post outside the settlement of Alon Shvut in the Etzion Bloc south of Jerusalem.

Read more: Bodies of three kidnapped teens found | The Times of Israel 

I have been feeling empty all day and not sure how to even express it.  Why? with so many prayers were they not saved and brought back?  I can’t allow myself to ask these questions now because I fear I will fall into a very dark place.  I have so much pain inside that I don’t know what to do, so I bake.  It is the one thing that brings me so much joy and right now I need joy.  I need to know that all is right in our services to Hashem and that He alone knows what is best even when I don’t.  I need to believe that somehow this was all the for the good.  I’ve known evil all my life.  I’ve felt the hate of others just because I was not born of a certain race.  I’ve felt unloved and unwanted just because…..


What is it that we are doing wrong that our prayers were not answered?  Its not just the evil done to these boys but of all the evil I see and feel each day in the world.  The only answer I can see is we are not doing something right.  My mind keeps going back to verses like Isaiah 1:15-18 “When you spread your hands [in prayer], I will not listen; your hands are replete with blood.  Wash yourselves, purify yourselves, remove the evil of your deeds from before My eyes; cease doing evil.  Learn to do good, seek justice, vindicate the victim, render justice to the orphan, take up the grievance of the widow.  Come, now, let us reason together, says HASHEM”.    And verses 19& 20 “If you are willing to obey, you will eat the goodness of the land.  But if you refuse and rebel, you will ve devoured by the sword–for the mouth of HASHEM has spoken.”



Bodies of three kidnapped teens found | The Times of Israel.

Tutorial: Olive Grove aka Layered Waterfall Twist!

I think this is a hit for all summertime covering.


Tutorial: Olive Grove aka Layered Waterfall Twist!.

Mung Bean Hummus

I’ve had a bag of Mung Beans sitting around for a while.  I was thinking with Shabbat coming on and me loving Hummus, why not make some hummus with them.  The issue was, I have never done it before.  So, like with any amateur cook, I searched the internet and came across this recipe.


So here is what I did with a few variation, (of course).   Visit the page to get full recipe.


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At the end I added some Olive Oil, and Salsa.  It takes so good.  Not going to shelving your chickpeas, but still a nice change.  Hope you enjoy!

The story of Ruth told by Rivka Malka Perlman

For as long as I can remember I’ve felt a connection to Ruth who was not born Hebrew.  She felt a love from Hashem and no one could change her mind.  She joined the people who, at first did not welcome her.  After all, no one from Moab was to EVER be a part of the Hebrew people.  But this did not apply to women only men.  Listen as my friend Rivak Malka shares this story with us and a wonderful less to take from the story.



D.B. Mania!

The Joy of Home Life:

Like so many others, I love the DB.

Originally posted on Wrapunzel ~ The Blog!:

The Double Braid (now named the “D.B.” by Wrapunzelettes) is becoming my every day go-to!  It has quickly replaced the standard tichel bun, and don’t worry, when you do it over and over it can be done so quickly!  The 2 in 1smake it so easy and perfectly light for the summer!  Here are two that I’ve worn lately – one in Florida and the other one in Baltimore today.

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The D.B in Florida! So light and cool with the 2 in 1s!

The D.B. in Baltimore!  Looks gorgeous with a flower clip and colourful dress!

The D.B. in Baltimore! Looks gorgeous with a flower clip and colourful dress!

Would you like a tutorial?  I should probably make an updated one but here is where it all started… two years ago in the holy land of Jerusalem!  The only difference between this video and what I do in the photos above is tucking in the ends instead of leaving them hanging!  Looking…

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