Chi’s Special Mashers

Dairy Ingredients 2 1/2 potatoes (Idaho’s are the best) peel and cut into small chunks 3/4 cup of milk 2 1/2 tablespoons butter 1/2 teaspoon salt 3/4 teaspoon black pepper 1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley Directions Cook potatoes in a large pot for about 15 minutes of until tender…. Read More

Chi’s Unique Potato Salad

Pareve Ingredients 5 Ib. potatoes 1 large onion 1 can of tuna 2 stalks celery 1 cucumber 1/2 medium red bell pepper 3 large boiled eggs 1 1/2 c. mayonnaise 2 tbps. mustard 3 tbps. relish (diced sweet pickle in a jar) 2 tsp. salt 1 tsp. black pepper Directions Clean and boil potatoes for… Read More

Bubbie Ruth’s Mandel Bread

Pareve Ingredients 1 cup vegetable oil 1 cup sugar 3 eggs 1 tsp. vanilla 3 cups flour 1 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. salt 1 cup (approx) semisweet parve chocolate chips Directions Mix together oil and sugar until combined, and then add eggs one at a time. After the eggs are combined, add vanilla. Sift… Read More

Gidon Strikes Again

It’s a typical Friday evening in Jewish Baltimore. Observant Jews are preparing for Shabbat dinner and walking to evening services. The scene is commonplace to those who live in or around Northwest Baltimore. All at once, something horrifying occurs, dramatically altering the peaceful neighborhood milieu. Gunshots, police cars, ambulances, screams of terror. There’s been a… Read More

Hope Amid Tears

Tisha B’Av is observed with mourning and contemplation “Tisha B’Av is an appointed day when you relate to Hashem [God] by discovering how far you are from him,” said Rabbi Aaron Kahn, a director of the Advanced Institute of Talmudic Studies at New York City’s Yeshiva University. “Relating to Him gives us the opportunity to… Read More

Historical Overview

Throughout Jewish history, an array of tragic events fell on the ninth day of the Hebrew calendar month of Av. 1312 B.C.E.: According to Jewish tradition, 10 of the 12 spies returned from Israel with malicious reports about the land and its inhabitants, and the Israelites fell into despair

Ways And Customs

Traditionally, Tisha B’Av, the saddest day of the Jewish calendar, is observed in several ways: At the end of the afternoon prior to Tisha B’Av, one eats the Se’udah Hamafsekes, a meal of bread, water and a hard-boiled egg dipped in ashes. Beginning at sundown, one must refrain from consuming food and drink until the following… Read More

The Mortar of Sadness

Toby Brookes is decidedly undecided about Tisha B’Av. The product of modern Orthodox day schools and summer camps, Mrs. Brookes has vivid childhood recollections of this traditional mourning day. As a girl at summer camp, she fasted. She read from Eicha, the graphic and terrifying Book of Lamentations, and even joined other campers in re-enacting… Read More

Nine Facts On Holiday Of Tisha B’Av

The following are nine things you should know about Tisha B’Av, the final holiday of the Jewish year: 1. Tisha B’Av means “ninth [day] in [the month of] Av.” 2. The holiday begins at sunset on Wednesday, July 17, and ends the following evening. 3. The day marks a number of tragedies in Jewish history… Read More