Merage JCC Blog
Posted by: Audra Martin on Monday, April 3, 2017
When Matzah is Good
According to Max, 6 years old, matzah tastes like a cracker. Sydney, 10 years old, is a bit more dramatic – and perhaps correct – that matzah tastes like “wet paper put out to dry.” It’s true, most commercial matzah is about as tasty as the cardboard box it comes in.
Making matzah with our kids has to improve the “bread that tastes like the baker failed” (Ada, 10 years old), in at least it is a fun activity and we get to talk about ...
Posted by: Mark Lazar on Tuesday, March 21, 2017
The evolution of how, what and when a Jew learns is quite interesting. Shabbat is known as a “challah-day” to our preschoolers. For our youth, Hanukkah is a day of miracles, celebrating the little cruise of oil which lasted eight days, which in some households coincides with the number of gifts. And Purim is a day when you can dress up in costume, make lots of noise when the bad guy Haman’s name is called out and eat triangular baked cookies, which either represent his hat or his ear…depending on your belief system.
Posted by: Mark Lazar on Tuesday, February 7, 2017
The Forbidden Fruit
Contrary to Renaissance Art and Freudian thought, the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden was not an apple or a banana, but a fig! What other leaf could hide the private parts of Adam and Eve? They were after all, made in the image of God …and presumably quite well endowed.
The Bowl of Lentil Stew
How much could a bowl of lentil stew cost? Some lentils, broth of your choice, tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, celery, parsley, basil, garlic, and pepper…an ...
Posted by: Mark Lazar on Tuesday, January 3, 2017
It is said in the Book of Kings that the great prophet Elijah looked for God within the mighty wind, the shattering earthquake, the raging flames only to find…”And after the fire---a still, small voice.”
A still, small voice…a small voice that some of us hear sporadically and others like modern day prophets, use their inspiration to write poetry and lyrics. These, our contemporary Jewish songwriters like the prophets of old, attempt to remind us our ethics, values and ...