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Eliana’s Passover Meatballs

Ingredients

I make this all year round! When it isn’t Passover, I’ll serve them with rice or egg noodles. Makes about 6 dozen.

 Group 1:

  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 matzo meal
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 clove of chopped garlic (garlic powder also works)
  • 2 lbs ground beef

Group 2:

  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 clove of chopped garlic (optional)

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the items from Group 1 and mix well. Shape into 1-in. balls and put aside.
  2. In a Dutch oven, combine the items from Group 2. Add meatballs; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 45 minutes or until meat is no longer pink. Serve with a slotted spoon.

NOTE: I like to use the left over sauce as a base for either a stew or chili starter. Get creative 🙂

Eliana’s Awesome Sweet Challah Bread

Ingredients

Original recipe makes 4 loaves; I make 2 and then freeze 2. I do this on Thursday night. Note that rising times can vary by altitude.

 Group 1:

  • 3 packets of active dry yeast (You can use 2 but I like my loaves to really rise)
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C – Honestly, I just let the hot water run for a few mins. You don’t want it hot or you can kill the yeast.)

Group 2:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

Group 3:

  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/4 cup honey (sometimes I use a 1/2 cup)
  • 1 cup white sugar

Group 4:

  • 6 cups all-purpose flour, or as needed

Group 5:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon water

NOTE: You can also sprinkle sesame seeds and poppy seeds on top. I don’t.

Directions

  1. Mix the yeast, 1/3 cup of sugar, and warm water together in a large bowl, stir to dissolve the sugar, and let the mixture stand until a creamy layer forms on top, about 5 minutes. Stir in 3 cups of flour to make a loose sponge. Let the sponge rise for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, beat 4 eggs, 1/2 cup of vegetable oil, 1 tablespoon of salt, ¼ cup of honey, and 1 cup of sugar together. Then, stir the egg mixture into the yeast-flour mixture until well combined. Continue mixing in flour, 1 cup at a time, up to 9 total cups. I do 6. Dough should be slightly sticky, but not so wet that it leaves dough stuck to your hands.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface, and knead for 5 minutes to develop gluten. Form the dough into a compact round shape, and place in an oiled bowl. Turn the dough over several times in the bowl to oil the surface of the dough, cover the bowl with a cloth, and let rise in a warm area until doubled in size, about 2 hours. Punch down the dough and knead for another 5 minutes, until smooth and elastic.

Say the Bracha:

When the dough is ready to be shaped into loaves, say the following blessing: Baruch Ata A-Do-Nay Elo-haynu Melech HaOlam Asher Kidishanu B’Mitzvotav V’Tziyvanu L’Hafrish Challah. (Blessed are You, Lord our G-d, King of the Universe, Who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us to separate Challah).

Immediately after saying the blessing, pinch off a piece of dough, approximately the size of an olive or one ounce, and say: harai zeh challah (this is challah).

Then wrap the separated piece of dough in foil and burn it in the oven. The separated piece of challah should be burned so that it is no longer usable.

  1. Grease baking sheets, or line with parchment paper. (I prefer parchment paper.) Cut the dough into 4 pieces for 4 loaves. If you are going to freeze the dough, do so now.
  2. Now, braiding. A lot of people are intimidated by this step but after you do it a few times, it’s very easy. I think the 4 strand loaf is the easiest to braid for beginners. I recommend Googling Tori Avey for this. She has some really good graphics on her site that show how to braid the 3/4/6 strand loaves, round loaves, and dinner rolls. I make 4 and 6 strand loaves for Shabbat.

For 3 strand loaves: Cut each piece into 3 smaller pieces for a 3-strand braided loaf. Working on a floured surface, roll the small dough pieces into ropes about the thickness of your thumb and about 12 inches long. Ropes should be fatter in the middle and thinner at the ends. Pinch 3 ropes together at the top and braid them. Starting with the strand to the right, move it to the left over the middle strand (that strand becomes the new middle strand.) Take the strand farthest to the left, and move it over the new middle strand. Continue braiding, alternating sides each time, until the loaf is braided, and pinch the ends together and fold them underneath for a neat look. I usually do 4 and 6 strand challah.

For 4 strand loaves: Cut each piece into 4 smaller pieces for a 4-strand braided loaf. Working on a floured surface, roll the small dough pieces into ropes about the thickness of your thumb and about 12 inches long. Ropes should be fatter in the middle and thinner at the ends. Pinch 4 ropes together at the top and braid them. Remember: OVER, UNDER, OVER. Starting with the strand to the right, move it to the left over the strand next to it, under the next one, and over the last one. Continue braiding, starting with the strand all the way to the right each time, until the loaf is braided, and pinch the ends together and fold them underneath for a neat look.

For 6 strand loaves: Cut each piece into 6 smaller pieces for a 6-strand braided loaf. Working on a floured surface, roll the small dough pieces into ropes about the thickness of your thumb and about 12 inches long. Ropes should be fatter in the middle and thinner at the ends. Pinch 6 ropes together at the top and braid them. Remember: OVER, UNDER, OVER. Starting with the strand to the right, move it to the left over the two strands next to it, under the next one, and over the last two. Continue braiding, starting with the strand all the way to the right each time, until the loaf is braided, and pinch the ends together and fold them underneath for a neat look.

Place the loaves onto the prepared baking sheets, and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, 2 hours.

  1. Make egg glaze. Whisk together 1 egg, 1 teaspoon oil, 2 teaspoons sugar, and 1 teaspoon of water in a small bowl, and refrigerate until needed. Brush a coating of egg glaze onto the tops of the bread, and reserve the remaining glaze.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  3. Bake the bread in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, remove from the oven, and brush another coating of glaze onto the bread. Return to the oven, and bake until the tops are shiny and golden brown, 5 more minutes. The bread is done when if you press down on the dough with your finger and make an indent, the indent pops back up. Watch so that the bottom of the loaf doesn’t burn. Let cool before cutting

How About Some Simcha?

Simcha שִׂמְחָה = JOY!

“Literally, the word “simcha” means gladness, or joy. It comes from the root word “sameyach,” which means glad or happy. The concept of simcha is an important one in Jewish philosophy. A popular teaching by Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, a 19th-century Chassidic Rabbi, is “Mitzvah Gedolah Le’hiyot Besimcha Tamid,” it is a great mitzvah (commandment) to always be in a state of happiness. When a person is happy they are much more capable of serving God and going about their daily activities than when depressed or upset.” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simcha)

On this site, we focus on dark topics. I’d like to move away from that. I really don’t want to become the monster I fight against.

One thing about Judaism is that we CELEBRATE LIFE! And what better way to celebrate than through an Orthodox wedding?

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Someone Asked Why I Haven’t Reported On the NSM 40th Anniversary So OK Fine Here It Is…

So, I got an email from a friend asking if I 1) knew about the NSM 40th anniversary and 2) if I was going to report on it. Originally, I said “yes, I knew” and “no, I wasn’t going to write about it because I don’t want to give them free press.”

Seriously, there’s really nothing to report. I don’t care about them. They are stupid and irrelevant. They aren’t a threat to anyone but themselves. I’ve already written about how stupid these events are and why they are done ($$ and to feed the ego of an sycophant). I no longer wish to waste bandwidth or beat a dead horse. (I like horses, and bandwidth.) Besides, do they even still exist and why would any of my readers care? What do I care if idiots who barely got out of high school with no authority get their jollies by running around in not so authentic NS uniforms getting drunk and sodomizing each other? Besides, the fact that they wear uniforms alerts us to who they are so we can avoid them. I am much more concerned about educated socialists and fascists wearing a suit and tie who are personable and can actually win an election.

Anyway, my friend kept bugging me so here it is… Happy now lol?

The Event

So, the NSM aka National Socialist Movement aka “Federal agents who dress as Nazis to lure out crazy people” had another stupid little rally for Hitler’s birthday and their 40th anniversary of being irrelevant back in April. They had maybe 15 people. They were outnumbered by hundreds of people who had nothing better to do.

The event went on without incident.

I don’t care. YAWN. Really, it’s better to not even go. If you want to read about it, go to this link:

NY Daily News

I could only find one mainstream news article on this… mostly because I don’t link to “movement” sites and I really didn’t care enough to look further. I’m sure you can find stupid crap on YouTube claiming this was a huge dramatic event etc etc.

My Favorite Quotes From This Event

“What we’re now going to see is the dance of a thousand steps between the NSM and various anti-racists who would like to find the NSM members and beat them up,” said the Mayor of Chattanooga.

“My gosh, I would be embarrassed to have that number at a spaghetti dinner benefit,” a Knoxville attorney hollered at the group as they emerged. “That’s so sad. … You’re looking sad, master race.”

“Is that all the people you brought? That’s sad, I was at a Comic Con last week and it had twice your numbers.”

Lesson of the Day
The NSM and several similar groups are provocateur organizations by their very nature. The members are either 1) agents of a government or counter-political group or 2) stupid enough to fall for a cult-like leader. And, the “anti-racist” groups are basically the same. Both use violence to achieve their means. The NSM likes to portray themselves as victims and lets the anti-racists act violently first so they can claim self-defense. It’s really a stupid waste of time to even give these groups a public forum to play out their totalitarian Nazi vs Communist fantasies.

Why does the ARA still give these guys the time of day? Don’t you realize that the NSM and ARA are part of a symbiotic circle where you feed off each other for narcissistic supply? You’re both idiots. Go back to your mom’s basement, smoke some pot, and do something constructive like play Dungeons & Dragons.

Folks, these people don’t exist unless they have opposition! Don’t feed their narcissistic supply. This is really dumb. The general public should just ignore the public rallies while the government and watchdog groups watch over them. the only reason I caved and actually wrote this is so that the general public would see that groups like this are not scary or important in any way, shape, or form.

Episode 7: Rabbi Tovia Singer Returns With Pesach and Eliana 05/04 by Lovers of Zion Network | Politics Podcasts

Pesach and Eliana are happy to welcome Tovia Singer back to the show. Rabbi Tovia Singer is the Director of the counter-missionary organization, Outreach Judaism. For nearly a decade, he was the host of one of Israel’s most compelling radio talk shows and ?The Tovia Singer Show,? is a powerful and provocative voice of reason in radio on Israel National Radio on Channel 7 in Israel. The live, call-in program is driven by the compelling insights and dynamic style of its renowned host, Tovia Singer. Rabbi Tovia Singer is well known as the Founder and Director of Outreach Judaism, an international organization dedicated to countering the efforts of fundamentalist Christian groups and cults who specifically target Jews for conversion. As a world renowned public speaker, Rabbi Singer addresses more than 100 audiences a year. Through his stimulating and provocative appearances, Rabbi Singer has been an inspiration to thousands. Lecturing on college campuses and synagogues throughout the country has become an integral part of his work. He is the author of the book Let’s Get Biblical: Why Doesn’t Judaism Accept the Christian Messiah??, and is a frequent guest on television and radio shows. Rabbi Singer’s website is located at http://www.outreachjudaism.org

Source: Episode 7: Rabbi Tovia Singer Returns With Pesach and Eliana 05/04 by Lovers of Zion Network | Politics Podcasts

Episode 6: Always Ayelet- Film Maker and Producer 05/03 by Lovers of Zion Network | Politics Podcasts

Always Ayelet is a DYNAMO! With a unique blend of wit, objective truth, steely-willed determination, focused discipline, worldly sophistication, and gentle compassion, Ayelet’s revolutionary approach realizes initiatives for her undying belief that all people are destined to manifest the best of their individual human potential and fulfill their predestined fate of loving and being truly loved. Champion Life Master, Die-hard Entrepreneur, Political and Social Activist, Advocate, Business Executive, Relationship Coach, Professional Matchmaker, Astrologer, Philosopher, and Author: Ayelet is Always Ayelet! Everybody has a story! Ayelet affirms, ?Life is cyclical.? She explains, ?Each of us is born into a cycle of energy that is predestined to repeat itself for better or worse, and all energy in the universe has the equal potential for either a positive or negative manifestation of its expression.? She asserts, ?It’s up to us to make the conscious choice and exercise our free will to make our cycle evolve into the best of its potential.? Life is not lacking in adversity or challenge, however, Ayelet firmly believes that one’s choice of attitude in response to these situations is what constitutes the difference between a story of loss and tragedy and a story of survival and triumph. Some of Ayelet’s projects include Awaken America and The Simple Truth. Ayelet’s website is located at http://www.alwaysayelet.com She can also be reached on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AlwaysAyeletLIVE

Source: Episode 6: Always Ayelet- Film Maker and Producer 05/03 by Lovers of Zion Network | Politics Podcasts