Chaya’s Challah

There are so many recipes on the internet and in cookbooks on how to make the best Challah. It can get overwhelming to choose, and sometimes you end up relying on a good friend's experience and special touch. That is how I ended up only making "Chaya's Challah". Chaya is a former colleague and Orthodox …

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“My caterpillar to butterfly moment. My Jewish birth.”

Modest Jerusalem is launching a series of personal essays from friends and other women from Israel and around the world, who have inspirational stories covering a variety of topics. Kicking off this series is a dear friend and former colleague of mine, Juli Kristof, who was born and raised in Budapest, Hungary. She made Aliyah to Israel …

DIY: Natural, All-Purpose House Cleaner with Castile Soap and Essential Oils

There are many reasons to make your own All-Purpose House Cleaner. Financial reasons, wanting to green up your house,  limit your bleach usage, to protect your kids from being exposed regularly to chemicals in the house, and many others. I want to first mention that I am not against bleach and I do clean my …