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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 #383

A rose for Ricki

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

Yup, it is my turn 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.

I enjoy hosting this carnival. All the different bloggers who participate in 
Haveil Havalim seems to represent the wonderful diversity of people who lives in Israel. There hardworking bloggers who write nearly every day (I am not of them !) bloggers who like to write about politics, and others about their families, some blog about food or religious issues and other Haveil Havalim bloggers enjoy posting photo blogs. This is something that I would also like to do more of.

Not all of the Haveil Havalim bloggers live in Israel, but many do. And as far as I can tell, the bloggers of this issue are all Israeli. So if you want to reading more about the day-to-day life in Israel - start clicking on these links!

At Me-ander, Batya Medad blogs about a visit to the Israel Museum. The story of the German Synagogue is really heart touching. She also tells us about the Ohel Shiloh Elementary School.

Ester at Frugal and Kosher, blogged this week about planting your own vegetables. She gives us some useful tips on where to buy seeds and raises the GMO question. Do YOU think one should plant genetically modified seeds?

Ricki's mom from Beneath The Wings writes about the small daily reminders that her child has passed away. In the blog post, Corrected- Thanks-to Anonymous  she thanks the person who told her that she may still keep her daughter's name in her identity document.

Here in Israel, all our children's names and ID information are noted in their parents' ID's. This part of the ID is called a "ספח" which translate more or less into English as an "annex" or "attachment". This word always makes me smile because our children are indeed our "attachments".
Thank you for sharing these stories of your daughter with us, Ricki's mom. I dedicate this photo of the rose to her. I know that the memory of your daughter will stay as sweet as the smell of this rose was.
At Bat-Aliya in the blog post Pain of the Saying Goodbye Variety we read about why is was hard for Rivka to go back to the States for a visit. 

Rivka, we also send you our sympathies. And yes, I agree with you - the hardest part of making aliya is leaving loved ones behind.
Naomi at researched and created a list of The Top 11 Websites in the Orthodox Jewish World.
The website,, that got third place on the list, is probably my favorite Jewish website.In the wonderful Real Jerusalem Streets we get to see some great and amusing signs. Be sure to scroll down to see the "Concrete Cushion Installation!" Concrete cushion? you say ...yes, go and check it out!

Next week, A Soldier's Mother, will be hosting Haveil Havelim, so be sure to go and look at another edition of Haveil Havalim.

Have a wonderful week, or as we say in Israel: "Shavua Tov!"



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