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Ausstellungstipp: Helmut Newton’s Private Property & Polaroids bis 20. Mai 2012 in Berlin, Museum für Fotografie

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Helmut Newton, der ursprünglich aus einer deutsch-jüdischen Familie stammte, arbeitete größtenteils für die australische Vogue, bevor ihn auch die deutsche oder amerikanische Ausgabe engagierte. Zu Beginn der Siebziger Jahre etablierte sich Newton zu einem der begehrtesten und teuersten Fotografen im Bereich Mode, Werbung und Akt.

Bevor die druckreifen und endgültigen Bilder entstanden sind, arbeitete Newton stets mit seinen Polaroid-Kameras, um vorab einen Überblick über Faktoren wie Bildkomposition oder Lichtsituation zu gewinnen – eine Art Ideenskizze also.

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BERRY PIE WITH CRUMBLE TOPPING:

This is the easiest pie and everyone always LOVES it.

Ingredients:
Pie Crust (I use a deep dish frozen pie crust.)
Berries (fill it with your choice of berries, I use blueberries and raspberries. My sister likes to pair up strawberries with peaches. You can use frozen or fresh depending on season…and price!)
1/2 cup of flour
1/2 cup of sugar
1/2 stick of margarine

Directions:
Cook the pie crust for about 10 minutes on 350′. Then remove from oven and allow to cool off. Place the berries in the pie crust. Combine the sugar, flour and maragarine in a bowl. Crumble it together with ur hands then sprinkle on top of the filling. Bake on 350′ for about 30 min or until crust looks golden. You can serve this with ice cream and it’s seriously the best thing ever.

~ Recipe submitted by Nina Safar

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The Five Levels of the Soul (and the explanation)

© Copyright 2012 Alisa Poplavskaya All Rights Reserved

According to Jewish mystical belief and transmitted by Kabbalistic sages is the notion of the existence of Five Levels of the Soul. These five souls are in between the poles of Yesh, which is the world that we know, in which we exist as individuals being separate from the whole, and on the other end the world of Ayn, which is the cosmic soul of everything, or more in more biblical words, it is what we mean when we say G-d is everywhere. The individual being is like a sunbeam. It is unique and it exist as a „self“, but it is much more itself when it is in its source, which is the common sun where the individuality of the sunbeam dissolves in a higher „self“. The five levels in between this „I am a sunbeam“-process are Nefesh, Ruach, Neshamah, Chayyah and Yechidah. Nefesh can be seen as the life force, which keeps the heart beating and the lungs breathing. Ruach is the instinct that makes you for example look for shelter when caught by a rainstorm. Neshamah is the closest to our Ego. It is saying „I, me, mine“ and is a conscious and separate self. Chayyah is the beginning of cosmic consciousness. Chayyah understands that everything is connected, yet it also feels itself as a separate entity, but in unity with the whole. READ MORE

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Tel Aviv market a bonanza from ordinary to exotic (Chicago Tribune)

TEL AVIV — Visiting a food market in a far-flung destination is a great way to get a sense of the people who live there. Israel is no exception. The market in Tel Aviv, Israel’s largest city, showcases the small desert country’s agricultural innovations and the immigrant backgrounds of many Israeli residents.

Tel Aviv’s Carmel market, also known as Shuk Ha’Carmel, is close to the shore and a short walk down Allenby Street from the city’s hotel area. It’s part flea market, with vendors selling clothes, trinkets, cosmetics and cigarettes — there’s something quirky about seeing Camel cigarettes for sale in a place where you often see real camels — but mostly it’s a foodie haven of dried fruit, exotic spices, local olive oil, imported cheeses and fresh fish, meat and poultry. You also could spend your time dealing with the more immediate needs of an empty stomach by visiting stalls that sell persimmon smoothies, imported chocolates, mounds of colorful candies, fresh falafel, halva, lamb shawarma and borekas, the salty stuffed Turkish puff pastries that seem to be everywhere in Israel.

Tel Aviv chef Yair Feinberg, 35, gives market tours to travelers as part of his culinary business Fein Cook. He also offers cooking classes, specialty dinners and works on an Israeli television version of “Iron Chef.” Feinberg, the son of Argentine immigrants, grew up on a kibbutz in Israel’s Negev region and trained to be a chef at L’Institut Paul Bocuse in France. He later worked in several Michelin-star-receiving restaurants in Paris, Provence, France, and Tuscany, Italy, before returning to Israel in 2005.

It’s easy to wander the market alone and relish your solo discoveries. But a trip with someone like Feinberg can add insight and explanations about what you are seeing.

Take the giant lemons, for instance. After sampling some of the largest and juiciest clementines I’d ever tasted, I was convinced I was in the land of giant fruit when I came across what I was sure were the largest lemons I’d ever seen — about the size of a 16-inch softball.

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PICTURE: Purim joke… Bar Refaeli with short brown hair ?


Bar Tweets pic with short brown hair… Purim joke and just a change ?

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SNIPPET from the upcoming album: JEWDYSSEE 5773!

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL ARTISTS. Start your Jewdyssee.

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ADON OLAM FEAT. BEN SALOMO

ADON OLAM, ASHER MALACH, B’TEREM KOL Y’TZIR NIVRA. L’ET NA’ASAH V’CHEFTZO KOL, AZAI MELECH SH’MO NIKRA. V’ACHAREY KICHLOT HAKOL, L’VADO YIMLOCH NORA. V’HU HAYA, V’HU HOVEH, V’HU YIH’YEH B’TIFARA. V’HU ECHAD, V’EYN SHENI L’HAMSHIL LO, L’HACHBIRA. B’LI REISHIT, B’LI TACHLIT,
V’LO HA’OZ V’HAMISRAH.

MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE THE LORD OF THE UNIVERSE WHO REIGNED BEFORE ANYTHING WAS CREATED. WHEN ALL WAS MADE BY HIS WILL HE WAS ACKNOWLEDGED AS KING. AND WHEN ALL SHALL END HE STILL ALL ALONE SHALL REIGN. HE WAS, HE IS, AND HE SHALL BE IN GLORY. AND HE IS ONE, AND THERE’S NO OTHER, TO COMPARE OR JOIN HIM. WITHOUT BEGINNING, WITHOUT END AND TO HIM BELONGS DIMINION AND POWER.

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Purim is over, but you can still enjoy these savory treats: Savory Hamantaschen + Chocolate Raspberry Hamantash!

I adore Purim. Any holiday that encourages dressing up, eating large amounts of candy and drinking alcohol gets a thumbs up from me. I don’t like to eat Hamantaschen though. The three cornered pastry is a holiday treat and is traditionally filled with poppy seeds and various jams. Devouring it is symbolic of overcoming evil.(more on that HERE) I do like to engage in all the festivities and since I run a food blog, I felt it was necessary for me to bake some. I like chocolate and savory foods, so I came up with the following three versions that were in the spirit of the holiday but tastier than the usual selection.

1. Bleeding Hamantaschen: These chocolate and raspberry filled pastries were decadent but due to the raspberry juices leaking out during the baking process, they resembled bleeding hearts. Which works for me since my fam and I are dressing up as pirates this Purim. They may look messy but they taste divine!

2. Mediterranean Hamantaschen: Caramelized onions, tomato, basil and goat cheese make these the perfect appetizer to serve this holiday. I had to resist eating all of them long enough to take the photo!

3. Taco Hamantaschen: These came about by accident, as I had leftover taco meat and spinach from dinner and decided to use them along with some ravioli dough that I had in the freezer. The dough gets nice and crispy in the oven which makes these taste like real tacos!

  
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“Freedom of Soul!?” by Alisa Poplavskaya

“Freedom of Soul!?”, acrylic on canvas, 80*100 cm, Alisa Poplavskaya 2011

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“Five levels of Soul” by Alisa Poplavskaya

© Copyright 2012 Alisa Poplavskaya All Rights Reserved

“The individual human being is like a wave on an ocean. From the surface each wave appears unique, independent, and transient. Yet beneath the surface all waves are one , interdependent, and eternal. From the perspective of the surface, each wave is born, runs its course, and dies. From the deeper perspective of the ocean there is no birth, no separate life, no death.

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