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Round-up: A 2016 Free Beacon Holiday Literary Guide
When reading for pure pleasure, more often than not I find myself taken by the unexpected, by books that are difficult to categorize. When shopping this holiday season for the reader in your life (all the better if that’s you!) don’t forget to investigate the byways and tributaries of literature published this year, like Tristan Gooley’s How to Read Water, a deeply satisfying book about the behavior of oceans and puddles and everything in between. And would you believe it that one of the most interesting books this year in the weekend pages of the Washington Free Beacon was a history of American eating habits during the depression?
That all said, there is something about the act of
The Person in the Parasha, Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb’s compilation of essays based on his highly popular column of the same name, offers the unique point of view of a world-renowned Torah scholar, community rabbi, and clinical psychotherapist. Each essay begins with an interesting anecdote which the author then connects to a central theme in the parasha, and wraps up with a profound message of inspiration and wisdom for life and spiritual growth.
The Person in the Parasha offers a creative
Perfect for warming up your family and the cold weather.
Winter has set in all over the country with unusually cold temperatures. For me this means extra coffee and hot cocoa but lots of comforting meals too. I’m happy to try new recipes and rediscover old favorites on rainy days. Here are a few keepers. They’re great and well worth keeping in your files to make over and over again, and they are make-ahead meals that keep well in the refrigerator for days. Reheat them covered in a low
Baked Cheesy Vegetable Crocks
By: Jamie Geller
Prep Time: 12 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Chill Time: none
Yield: 4 servings
4 celery stalks, chopped
16 grape tomatoes, halved
1 (15-ounce) can sweet yellow corn Niblets, drained
4 scallions, diced
½ teaspoon celery salt
¼ teaspoon white pepper
4 (1-ounce) garlic and herb soft cheese triangles
½ cup plain yogurt
¼ cup heavy cream
4 tablespoons grated parmesan
1. Preheat oven to 400° F.
2. Evenly divide celery, tomatoes
When my wife and I were newlyweds, we took up an informal study of marriages. At the time, my parents had a close circle of friends, 8 couples, who got together regularly. After carefully looking at each couple, we both reached the same conclusion: every one of them was mismatched! Had we been the shadchanim, we would not have put any of them together. She was too smart… He was too frum… She was too sophisticated… He was too loud…They just didn’t fit together.