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   Although beekeeping as an occupation is not mentioned in the Bible, bees are mentioned four times, honeycombs are referred to eight times and honey is referred to 26 times. Archaeologists actually discovered proof that there was beekeeping and honey 3,000 years ago in a site in northern Israel.

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(Washington Jewish Week via JTA) — Brood X, the once-every-17-years emergence of cicada swarms across much of the Midwest and Eastern U.S., has again left its mark, with trillions of the insects clogging many major metropolitan areas (and serving as unlikely parenting models). As of late Jun…

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“It’s been two years since I started my Shlichut,” Ron Lugasy wrote last August. She was about to leave Omaha during what had been a challenging last phase of her time here. Her mission was to create meaningful connections between the community of Omaha and Israel: “from lectures to activiti…

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Among the Abrahamic faiths of the world, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, one book occupies the same central position. Some call it the Holy Bible or simply the Bible, some prefer to call part of it the Old Testament, and some in a more historical manner call it the Five Books of Moses. But …

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Beth El Synagogue continues to cook delicious, worldly inspired cuisine and kosher meals for not only Beth El members, but for the entire Omaha community. Beth El’s Kitchen, led by Chef and Catering Manager Mike Newell, continues to serve more than 100 meals for holidays and just to provide …

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   This week, I made latkes for the first time in ten years.

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This is something my grandma, Frances Kraft, would make and now my mom, Joan Kraft, makes.  The grandkids, my son Alex included, request these often (and sometimes payment for chores is with cottage cheese pancakes).

   This is a near-weekly Shabbat standard at Saba’s house and a holiday wouldn’t be a holiday without it. No matter how many times I follow the recipe to the letter, it always comes out delicious, but not quite as good as Safta’s.

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   Our Rosh Hashanah table always features a wide array of fresh, simple and tasty salads. Sure to please the palate, these also add bright splashes of color to the table and contain symbolic foods meaningful to the Holiday. These are also easy to adjust up or down to fit the size of your ga…