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Abramson Challah

Abramson Vegan Breadmaker Challah

Makes one large or two small loaves. Ingredients 2 tablespoons dried yeast (two packages) ½ cup sugar 2 cups luke warm water 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed, aka flaxseed meal (NOT whole flaxseeds)* 2 tablespoons canola oil 4 – 5 cups King Arthur or other good quality bread flour ¼ teaspoon xanthan gum (see note) 2 teaspoons salt Raisins (optional) Place the yeast, sugar, flax seed meal and water at the bottom of a bread maker and let sit for 5 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients in the order given. Set the bread maker for dough. After about 5 minutes, check to make sure that the dough is forming a ball. If it resembles batter, gradually add a bit more flour. If it resembles crumbs, gradually add a bit more water. After one hour, remove dough separate into three ropes, and braid making sure to tuck the ends under. Note if using raisins: Raisins will be distributed better if you put them in the individual ropes. Just flatten each rope out, line the raisins up, and fold the strand back into a rope. Let the bread rise again for one half hour on the kitchen counter. Bake at 350 degrees […]

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Rabbi Steve Greenberg

Crowning God King

By Rabbi Steve Greenberg, Hazon Board Member Originally posted on Siach: An Environment and Social Justice Conversation Every year, as the summer winds down I begin to look forward to the high holidays.  While I surely enjoy the family and the food, for me it’s the chill in the morning air, the haunting music and the power of the liturgy that excite me.  My partner and I seek out singing-communities on the high holidays.   I can’t wait to be carried away by the once-a-year melodies and from the beginning of September they waft through my brain in anticipation.   The music expresses ecstatic joy, longing and dread and this mix of emotions is reflected in the poetry of the liturgy. (more…)

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New strategies for an ancient tradition

At the emotional high point of one of the central prayers of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur we say “teshuva, tefilla and tzedakah avert the evil decree.” Ahead of the prayer marathons of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, I wanted to write something about tefilla, prayer, the second of these three things. It is in many ways the least accessible of the three. Teshuva – returning to our best selves – segues easily into a contemporary neo-therapeutic perspective. We may struggle to improve ourselves, but the desirability of doing so seems clear. (more…)

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