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Israeli street food – the magnificent and humble boureka

The square shape of the bourekas tells us that they are filled with a potato filling One does not have to spend a long time in Israel to get your first introduction to a boureka. These savory stuffed pastries are everywhere You'll find them for breakfast in hotel dining halls, in countless bakeries and coffee shops, on picnics and even at restaurants that only serve bourekas. They are often eaten in Israeli homes as part of a 'light' or diary meal in the evenings. (Most households in Israel usually serve the large cooked meal at lunchtime.) More often than not, bourekas are also an integral part of the wonderful Friday or Shabbat brunch table. To be really honest however, you basically eat a boureka whenever you encounter one. They are that irresistible. If you stop to grab a quick coffee at a coffee shop, the comforting smell of the bourekas will convince you to upgrade to a 'café ve'ma afe' (coffee + pastry). Wandering through street markets, the sight of fres

Haveil Havalim Edition 367

"Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity." Kohelet 1 (Ecclesiates) 

I have the honor again to host Haveil Havalim - a carnival of Jewish and Israeli blogs.The Haveil Havalim blog carnival was founded by Soccer Dad and every week a different blogger takes a turn to host a weekly collection of blog posts.

The name "Haveil Havalim" means "Vanity of the Vanities" and is taken from the book Ecclesiates in the Tanach (the Jewish Bible). If you blog about Israel or Jewish-related subjects, please feel free to join the Haveil Havalim Facebook group or go and have a look at the Haveil Havalim website.

Batya Medad at Shiloh Musings says why she thinks the university center in Ariel should be named the Ariel University. And in Me-ander she thinks about her aunt's funeral in New York while she is at a memorial service in Israel in Being Two Places at Once.

Susan Esther Barnes at the Jewish posts about not being afraid of death at Afraid of Death? Join a Chevra Kadisha. A Chevra Kadisha is a Jewish burial organization.

In The Real Jerusalem Streets you can read and see some cool photos of Jerusalem and the various reasons why traffic in this ancient city sometimes comes to a halt in the blog post Warning: Traffic Ahead.

The 7th prime minister of Israel, Itzak Shamir passed away last week and the public could pay their respects at the Knesset building. Photos and comments on the ceremony can be seen at Yitzhak Shamir, 1915-2012.

Still in Jerusalem, Miriam's Words posts about Yerushalayim ours FOREVER!

A Soldier's Mother wrote about the Turkish intelligence and the Syrian intelligence.

It is summer time now in Israel and the temperatures are rising! Is it just me or is everybody just being a bit more irritating than usual? :) I give a few tips on How to Survive the Israeli Summer and  at Esser Agaroth you can read about the Top 15 Ways to Act Like an Am Haaretz! (riff-raff).

And that is a wrap! I hope you enjoy reading this week's Haveil Havalim's collection of blog posts.

Marina Shemesh


  1. Marina, thanks for including my posts in your Havel Havelim.

    1. Thanks for the kind words Batya - I always enjoy reading your submissions to the Haveil Havalim carnival.

  2. Hi, Marina, Great job!

    BTW, according to the Jewish perspective, there is only one "testament." The so-called "new" is non-existent.

    If you are interested in a way to define "Tanakh," you could always say Jewish Bible, or Jewish Written Bible, since much in Judaism was originally transmitted orally.

    Haveil Havalim #367 Is Up!

  3. Thanks Esser Agaroth - you were right, I was looking for a word that would explain Tanach. Decided to go with Jewish Bible.

  4. Congrats and you got a great opportunity. thanks! Sample Letter Templates


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