Penina Yaffa Kessler


Artist Uses Oreos To Show Value of Women's Work

By Penina Yaffa Kessler

Artist Uses Oreos To Show Value of Women's Work
Carving mini-sculptures from the cream in the middle of Oreo cookies or turning eggs on toast into fine art are the best kind of challenges for Judith Klausner.Read More


Food Art: Oreo Cameos

By Penina Yaffa Kessler

Oreos became kosher in 1997 much to the delight of the Jewish world. Now the Jewish love affair with the cookie has been immortalized in art.Read More


A Jewish Diet for the Ages

By Penina Yaffa Kessler

A Jewish Diet for the Ages
When we toast ‘L’Chaim’ (to life), we mean just that.Read More


Shabbat Meals: Meatballs and Ethnically Confused Dinners

By Penina Yaffa Kessler

Shabbat Meals: Meatballs and Ethnically Confused Dinners
In 9th grade global history, one of the universal, all-encompassing answers that gets you at least partial credit on any question is ‘cultural diffusion’, or the process by which different groups assimilate the other’s practices and beliefs into their own milieu.Read More






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