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it is a rare thing to see my beloved before dark during this high holiday season. zach is the rabbi, music producer and overall caretaker for his west village community and during this period he is buuusy. when he does come home, however late, i am just about the happiest person ever. he texts me ‘off the train’ and i literally jump up from my desk, rush out the door and run toward his open arms somewhere on the streets of park slope. he kisses my lips, i squeeze his hand, and we share stories about our day. it is perfect and i love him so much, more all the time.


zach cleanses during this traditionally introspective time - all vegetarian and no wheat for the month of elul and only liquids for this period between rosh hashanah and yom kippur. hard core. i knew he was coming home early to rehearse with his musicians at our casa today so i put aside my editing for an hour, put on some good tunes and made soup - HIGH HOLIDAY LOVE SOUP.

it was fresh + flavorful, shared by all and gone within minutes. a perfect bowl of nourishment for my beloved and our community as we transition into this new year / new cycle. oh, and it’s super easy to make.


ingredients for soup: loads of fresh garlic, half an onion, small jalapeño pepper, medium leek, olive oil, good salt, coarse black pepper, ground cumin, head of cauliflower, 2 c. of veggie stock or water, bunch of kale, some fresh cilantro + dill

ingredients for lemony tahini: a few tbsp. of tahini mixed with 1 tsp. olive oil, half of a lemon juiced and good salt

directions: rough chop first four ingredients. heat pot to medium with oil, add garlic + onion, pepper, and leek. salt, pepper, and ground cumin. let it all sweat for a few minutes. dance around the kitchen or downward dog and stretch. rough chop cauliflower and add to pot. stir occasionally until it gets those yummy browned edges. add veggie stock and cover for 5 minutes or so. chop remaining greens and add to pot. stir it all and remove from stove immediately.

pour soup carefully into food processor or vitamix. i like varying textures (only half batch pureed) but for my beloved, who is cleansing, i puree it all. 

love soup belongs in beautiful bowls, generously drizzled with lemony tahini and served warm for optimal enjoyment

nourishes a hungry rabbi, talented musicians, a little baby and a friend or two. 

And in high seas or low seas,
I’m gonna be your friend,
I’m gonna be your friend.
Said, high tide or low tide,
I’ll be by your side,
I’ll be by your side.

- High Tide or Low Tide, Bob Marley

photos taken in san francisco + cape cod

Tishrei (Libra)


thursday marked the new moon of tishrei, the seventh month of the jewish calendar year which begins with the introspective high holidays and the birth of a new year and new season. according to kabbalah, tishrei is a fantastic and opportunity to set intentions - to engage with the vital question of who we are, to strip away all that is blocking our way and to learn how to self-generate and nurture our goals.

tishrei is also associated with the astrological sign of libra (scales) which acts as a reminder that true and balanced growth lies in our ability to receive inspiration from outside sources - mentor, friend, a blog - and then participate in this wisdom-process by making it our own.

this seventh moon / new cycle is not one which commemorates a miraculous redemption or heavenly light show, rather, a month that celebrates US and and our own regenerative powers, that we may be reborn and returned to our truest self.


for further inquiry: an article which describes the sense, body part, and astrological significance of tishrei.

and please check out the new moon project for reflections, recipes, and original song on this month’s theme of ‘balance’… amazing women, wise words.

gorgeous image via

on this friday night, i am grateful for..

1. community

2. the moon

3. this sunrise

4. morning rituals

5. getaways

6. home

7. prospect park

8. my beloved

9.  see 6

10. this sunset


more gratitude posts, all taken with my phone camera, can be found here.

you must love in such a way that the person you love feels free. - thich nhat hanh

baby love.

baby love.