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Hebringlish April 28, 2010

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Achla is slang for great!

Sababa is slang for ‘cool’.

Ma Hamatzav translates as ‘what’s the situation’ and its meaning is ‘what’s up’? its friends (synonimus) are: Ma Kore? Ma Ha-Inyanim? or just a meaningful, intoned Ma?


Save the date to a Shavuot event


Becoming Israel April 26, 2010

A special Yom Yerushalayim  program for teens and adults, an original theatrical performance.

Wednesday, May 5th at 7 pm.

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A day in Manhattan

Here’s a great suggestion for a sunny romantic day in Manhattan.

Start your day in the Chelsea Market –

After a nice starter take a walk on the High Line  –

You can continue to one of the great restaurants located in the area and wander in the beautiful galleries and boutiques for the rest of the day.

We did so – it one of our best romantic days out… here are a few photos….

Do you have a recommendation to add,  if so please share with us.

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Must see April 24, 2010

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It’s been about a week and a half since we took the kids to see Cirque du Soleil’s new show – OVO and we are still not over it.

The great acrobatics, comedians, costumes, sounds and scents keep coming back to us…

It was a very well-organized, amazing show.

We thought it was worth every dollar.

Run to see, hope you enjoy.

Do you have a show you can recommend?


Uga L’Shabbat, Friday’s Cake April 23, 2010

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 Chocolate Cake / Muffins


1 cup cocoa powder (sifted)

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 ½ cups sugar

1 tea-spoon baking powder

½ tea-spoon baking soda

2 eggs

 1 cup oil

½ cup heavy cream

½ cup bitter-sweet chocolate morsels


  • mix together eggs and oil
  • mix all the dry ingredients
  • combine both mixtures
  • add hot water and mix until well combined
  • pour into a 10” baking pan and bake at 350 F for about 45 minutes
  • melt together the heavy cream and chocolate morsels over a medium heat and pour over the warm cake

Relaxing weekend near the Amish Country April 21, 2010

Here is a great idea for a relaxing weekend.

Thank you to our dearest Ayala Kochan for the following:

Last Friday we drove about three and a half hours south to Lancaster county and spent a beautiful long relaxing weekend with friends in a big house that could easily accommodate us:  four adults, seven kids and a dog. The house is located not far from the Amish country and about an hour from Hershey park. However, we didn’t visit any of these places and concentrated in relaxing, spending fun time with the kids, reading and having some adult conversation while the kids were busy fishing (didn’t catch any fish but spent hours trying), bike riding (the house is located on a very light traffic road by the river so the kids can just hop on the bike and ride) and Canoing.  When we were tired of relaxing we went on a very nice easy hike in the area and had ice cream in a very nice place just ten minutes away from the house that also offers mini golf for kids and pony riding.

The down side of the trip is that it takes three and a half hours to get there. I am sure there are similar houses you can rent that are much closer.

Since I was not aware of this blog I took the usual family pictures.

Next time we do something interesting I will try to take pictures that better reflect the nature of the place.