Archive for September, 2011

ďApples Dipped in Honey!Ē

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

ďApples Dipped in Honey!Ē

Honey! Apples! Brisket! CATERER! Thatís what Iím thinking as the New Year approaches. Summer flew by…literally across my home with Hurricane Irene and now itís time to ďpump up the volume!Ē Thatís right, itís Rosh Hashanah and the last thing Iím thinking about is what to wear on the High Holy Days.

What Iím going to cook is the first thing on my mind! People say that Jewish Holidays shouldnít be about the food but for some many of my friends who donít go to Temple on High Holy Days, sitting down with people who talk about the sermon makes them feel like they were a part of it even though they werenít there. Stories of relatives and past Yuntifs are a celebration of our Judaism. Passing stories down to children…. Priceless!

Okay, so some of my stories arenít so wonderful but I always share stories about the wonderful moments I had with my in-laws (before we were outlaws!) and my children love the stories. I had a cast of characters and it was fun! My sister-in-law cooked like it was for a Bar Mitzvah. Minimum 20 different dishes all equally delicious and yes, she would make sure you tried everything! Their colorful grandfather Elliot with war stories that never happened, the notorious ďNever AgingĒ Cousin Cele and their Orthodox cousins, Rabbi Shelly and Zelda Goldstein. Zelda is unique human being with a GREAT personality. Sheís always deep in thought about a baby being born and helping out a new mother. In the middle of a conversation it was not unusual to hear Zelda come out with: ď I wonder if she had the baby?Ē She always knows someone who is about to give birth!

I want my children to know about reflection. Retaining memories to pass on to the next generation. My husband often speaks of his cousin Freyda whom he never met yet always repeats the family story that after meals when it was time to clean up….Freyda had to use the bathroom! There was always a Freyda at the table.

Now the phone calls are coming in. People who Iíve never broken bread with in my life are asking if they can come to my home and as a Jew you canít say no. Nor do I want to say no. I want this Rosh Hoshana to be the best ever as I look forward to Yom Kippur. Donít ask me why thatís my favorite High Holy Day. I have no idea but I do know that when my stomach is growling and Iím imagining bagels with lox throughout the day…I reflect and think of those who suffer with hunger pangs every day without knowing when their fast will be broken. I am blessed to be here another year.

Itís showtime! I wonder who will be Cousin Freyda at my table this year! Doheny Meat Kosher Meat Market…here I come! I wish all of you LíShana Tovah!

…AND HOW WAS YOUR SUMMER?

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

…AND HOW WAS YOUR SUMMER?

AS MOST OF YOU KNOW, MOST OF MY SUMMER IN DENTISTS CHAIRS. AS IíM TYPING IíM PLAYING WITH THE STITCHES IN MY MOUTH…DIDNíT HAVE TIME TO GET THEM REMOVED IN NEW YORK BECAUSE I DECIDED IT WAS TIME FOR MY BREAK TO GO TO THE JERSEY SHORE.

WRONG! IT WAS TIME TO BREAK FOR THE BORDER! AFTER ONE DAY IíM EVACUATED FROM MY NJ HOTEL ONLY TO BE GREETED BY HURRICANE IRENE IN NYC!

EAST COASTERS ARE TOUGH BUT ITíS HARD TO BE TOUGH WHEN YOU ARE EMPTYING PAILS OF WATER FROM YOUR LIVING ROOM! ALL OF MY LA FRIENDS ARE TELLING ME ďIT WAS ONLY A TROPICAL STORM!Ē REALLY? I NEVER HAD WATER FAUCETS IN MY CEILING!

IT STARTED WITH THE WARNINGS ON THE NEWS AND OF COURSE, NEW YORKERS STARTED WITH THEIR ďHURRICANE PARTIES.Ē

I CALLED MY HUSBAND WHILE I WAS FLASHLIGHT SHOPPING AND TOLD HIM TO GET FOOD. HE REPLIED: ďI ORDERED CHINESE.Ē THAT WAS NOT GOING TO CUT IT! I WAS COOKING LIKE IT WAS PESACH! I WAS NOT GOING TO RUN OUT OF FOOD, CANDLES, BATTERIES OR CAT FOOD!

HURRICANE IRENE HIT LIKE A PINT OF TEQUILA! MY HAIR GOT WET IN THE HOUSE AND THAT NEVER MAKES ME HAPPY! FRIENDS WERE CALLING IN FROM LA…. JUST TO TALK! IíM TRYING TO EXPLAIN THAT I WANT TO SAVE MY BATTERY POWER IN MY CELL PHONES.

WE NEVER LOST POWER BUT I DEFINITELY FELT THAT THERE IS A HIGHER POWER. WHEN YOU WATCH THE NEWS AND SEE YOUR OWN FAMILY ON A BOAT…YOU BELIEVE! MY COUSINS WERE BEING EVACUATED IN PATERSON, NJ ON EYEWITNESS NEWS AND THAT WAS AWFUL! I THINK THAT NONE OF US BELIEVED THAT IT WAS REALLY GOING TO BE THAT BAD BUT IT WAS AND I LIVED TO SEE IT AND NEVER EVER WANT TO SEE IT, AGAIN!

ODDLY ENOUGH, I CAME BACK TO LA MUCH THINNER AFTER RUNNING UP AND DOWN 3 FLIGHTS OF STAIRS IN MY NY APARTMENT AND TRUE TO FORM, MY LOS ANGELES UPSTAIRS INSOMNIAC NEIGHBOR WAS LOUDER THAN THE STORM!

SHE IS STILL AT IT! WHAT CAN SHE BE DOING AT 4:30 AM? AS I HEAR THE DRAWERS SLAM AND THE HEELS CLICK I REALIZE I AM BACK IN LOS ANGELES…THE REAL CITY THAT NEVER SLEEPS…AT LEAST DOESNíT LET ME SLEEP!

JERRY LEWIS NEVER SAW THIS COMING! AND I DONíT MEAN HIS MDA DEPARTURE, I MEAN NEW YORK IN A HURRICANE! TO ALL MY VJ FANS, THANK YOU FOR YOUR LETTERS…IíM OKAY AND WILL HAVE A LOT MORE TO SAY AS THE SCHOOL YEAR BEGINS. NOTHING IS MORE FUN THAN A PTA MEETING AND WITH THAT I THANK YOU FOR STAYING TUNED TO SUNDALIVE! NEVER A DULL MOMENT!