Author: Ronit Treatman

Ronit Treatman joined the Philadelphia Jewish Voice in April 2009 as a food writer. In 2010, she became its food editor. In 2013, she was elected president of the Philadelphia Jewish Voice. She was born in Israel and grew up in Ethiopia and Venezuela. Ronit graduated from the International School of Caracas and is fluent in five languages. She served as a volunteer with the Liaison to Foreign Forces Unit of the Israel Defense Forces. She has a B.S. in international business from Temple University. Ronit is the creator of Hands-On Jewish Holidays.

Russia Claims To Have Widened Its Nuclear Domain. What To Make Of Its Latest Threats

Russia says it has expanded its nuclear sphere of influence more than three times since the collapse of the Soviet Union. In 1993, Russia’s nuclear weapons were targeted at only 22 countries, by 2010 that total had risen to 67. Russia’s increased nuclear sphere of influence is a direct result of the collapse of the Soviet Union and Russia’s diminished political and military power, according to the Moscow Times. In 1993, Russia’s nuclear weapons were targeted at only 22 countries; by 2010, that total had risen to 67. The expansion of Russia’s atomic sphere of influence is in line with…

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Multiplayer Rams Trade Rumors 4 Guys The Rams Ought To Acquire On The Bye Week

“Les Snead”, or Samuel Lester Snead, the coach for the Los Angeles Rams has an opportunity to rethink his team’s strategy and shake up the tactics which he and his team have been using during this game season. This would be feasible by calling up on the players in other teams who have the skills and the win percentage which would make a team coach like him certainly perk his ears up and take inputs from them, either directly, by calling on them, or indirectly, by studying their methods of play. List Of 4 Players That Rams Should Trade For…

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Musk's Attempt To Take Twitter Private Fails Due To PE Deal Failure

Elon Musk is known for his expensive taste in business. Over the last 50 years, Musk has co-founded multiple companies but his goal remains the same; to colonize Mars and escape Earth. In the race of grabbing multiple businesses, the current one on the list was Twitter. As stated on April 26, 2022; Elon Musk agreed to buy Twitter for approximately $54.20 per share and privatize it. For a total sum of $44 billion, Musk came forward for one of his biggest deals in history. But this deal can affect the already crushing private equity market. To acquire Twitter, the…

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Wegovy: The appetite suppressant Used By Elon Musk and Kim Kardashian

Obesity has been ruling the world for the past two decades and with the pandemic and work from culture, the obesity rate has increased further enabling innovations and discoveries in the weight loss industry every single day. One of these new things is that injections for diabetes can help people lose weight quickly. When the need spread that diabetes injections could aid weight loss, it took the world by surprise and everyone started researching the same. Adding on to it when it was discovered that celebrities like Elon Musk and Kim Kardashian have been using this diabetes injection to lose…

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In the fall of 2019, pending approval of the charter from the School Reform Commission, a Hebrew charter school will open in the East Falls neighborhood in Philadelphia. This will be the second attempt to establish a Hebrew charter school in the area. The Solomon Charter School, Philadelphia’s first Hebrew charter cyber school, closed in 2013 after only five months of operation. The reason for the closure was a failure to operate within the charter and cyber school laws. But Hebrew Public, the umbrella organization that is leading the establishment of the Philadelphia Hebrew Public Charter School, is confident that this…

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— by Ronit Treatman There is a charming Rosh Hashanah tradition in Israel: Family members and friends send baskets of sweet goodies to each other, with wishes for a happy new year. One of the most ubiquitous Rosh Hashanah treats is a round cookie, flavored with honey and spices. It is called a duvshanit (“small honeyed cookie”), and no gift basket is complete without it. Full recipe after the jump.The Ancient Egyptians were the first known bakers of duvshaniot. They prepared honey and ginger cookies for ceremonial use. In the 11th century, the crusaders brought ginger from the Middle East…

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Assorted Fruit-Nut Balls. (Photo courtesy of Kothiyavunu.com — by Ronit Treatman Nut-fruit balls are nature’s perfect treat for Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish New Year for trees.  These sweet and crunchy confections are also known as Sugar Plums in Europe, where they are a traditional Christmas treat.  The earliest known recipes for these candies hail from Ancient Egypt.  Dates, apricots, coffee, rice, lemons, sugar, and ginger did not arrive in Europe until after the Crusades.  Fruit-Nut confections have been enjoyed during Tu B’Shevat since before the first century BCE.  I like to celebrate Tu B’Shevat by indulging in all natural fruit…

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— by Ronit Treatman The Sephardic communtiy has a unique mystical tradition for Rosh Hashanah.  Symbolic foods are served at a Rosh Hashanah Seder.  Some of these foods are also puns, and are called “simanim,” or “signs.”  Special blessings starting Yehi ratzone, Hebrew for “May it be God’s will,” are chanted over these dishes.  Here are some of them, and the traditions associated with them. Pomegranate Pomegranates are said to have 613 seeds, the same number as mitzvot in the Torah.  On Rosh Hashanah we eat a fresh pomegranate preceded by the blessing: “Yehi Ratzon Mil’fa’necha, Adonai Eloheinu She nirbeh…

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— Ronit Treatman Have you ever felt an uncontrollable urge to cut the etrog in half?  Many of us wonder why we bring this strange fruit into our sukkah.  Is it not just an overpriced lemon?  What does it symbolize?  How is it a part of the Jewish tradition?  Most importantly, can we eat it? What is an etrog? An etrog is a large, fragrant, elongated golden lemon-like fruit. It is the yellow citron, or Citrus medica, a member of the citron family.  This citron is the largest of the citrus family, between four to six inches long. Molecular studies…

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