Rank and File: Torah With Bread

Torah with bread; Flight of 93; Who knows what 2018

New olim land in Israel
Nefesh B’Nefesh

TORAH WITH BREAD: A new book by biblical scholar Diana Lipton not only adds insight into the biblical role of food but also benefits Leket Israel – the National Food Bank, which salvages healthful food for Israel’s needy. “I had come from living in London, and previously New York – places where Jewish food is in excess, to where lots of people in our country go hungry,” Lipton told Haaretz of the biggest shock she felt moving to Israel in 2011. A reader in Hebrew Bible and Jewish Studies at King’s College London, Lipton decided to do something practical in Israel – compile a book comprising short essays on food and eating in the weekly Torah portion. The result is “From Forbidden Fruit to Milk and Honey,” the proceeds of which go to Leket Israel. She said she recruited dozens of contributors “from completely secular to pretty religious.” Jerusalem’s Cafe Ofaimme is hosting a book launch Sunday at 8 P.M.

LAST FLIGHT OF 2017: Nearly 200 North Americans moved to Israel this week, including the last group flight of 2017 organized by Nefesh B’Nefesh. The group flight of 93 people included 15 future lone soldiers and a soon-to-be bride. This week’s new citizens bring the total number of North American immigrants in 2017 to 3,633, ranging in age from five weeks to 102 years old. “We have had the incredible privilege of assisting thousands of olim this past year in fulfilling their Zionist dreams, and are pleased to see continued interest in aliyah from Jews living in the Diaspora,” said Rabbi Yehoshua Fass, co-founder and executive director of the immigrant support organization, which facilitates the immigration process in cooperation with Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael, the Immigration and Absorption Ministry, the Jewish Agency for Israel and JNF-USA.

Who knows what 2018: will bring, and the same goes for First City Improv, which will ring in the new year in Jerusalem on Monday with an all-new improv show. Raphael Poch of First City Improv told Haaretz that the evening will include a mix of long and short performances, all in English. “These short improv games are new ones we haven’t tried, where you do forced gimmicks upon yourself,” said Poch, who hails from Toronto. “Sometimes you bring audience participants on stage to make it more fun. And we give out free wine to encourage more laughter.” The ensemble on Sunday is scheduled to include Poch, Dani Edelman, Shira Katz, Tobie Harris and Aviva Schnur. To order tickets, call AACI at (02) 566-118.

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.

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