Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Holiday hijinks and highlights

Another wiseguy heard from :)
My husband considered it rather ironic when he was dubbed the acting rabbi after our synagogue ran out of money to pay a real one, since he never even went to yeshiva, much less rabbinical school.   Perhaps equally ironic is that the shul president has taken to calling me the rebbetzin (Yiddish for "rabbi's wife").  This has given my husband yet another way to tease me, and he certainly had fun this past Monday afternoon.

"May I make myself tea tomorrow morning?"

"Yes, sure.  It's Yom Tov (a holiday), not Shabbat (Sabbath), and on Yom Tov, you're allowed to cook using a pre-existing flame . . .


Pointing at the clean pots that I'd parked on the stove because I'd been too disorganized to think of another place to put them, I yelped, "We gotta get all these pots off the stove so we can light a few burners before Yom Tov!!!"

"I thought you were the rebbetzin.  How could you forget?," said my husband, grinning.

I'll never live it down.  :)

Wild weather
On the way to the first seder, I took off my raincoat because I was hot--it was roughly 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

Fortunately, my husband had printed out three days of weather reports before Yom Tov, and it was a good thing that he checked them before we left for the second seder and warned me to change back to my winter coat.  This saved me from some serious misery on the 20-minute walk home, because, by the time we left after the seder, it was snowing.  Incredibly, the temperature had dropped about 35 degrees in less than 48 hours.  There was still snow on the cars and lawns this morning.

A kasher l'Pesach Ashke-S'fardi "PB&J" sandwich
For those Ashkenazi Jews who observe the minhag/custom of not eating kitniyot during Pesach (and whose families consider peanuts kitniyot), and who miss their peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, here's a fix:  Spread some kosher-for-Passover almond butter or cashew butter on some matzah or kosher-for-Passover crackers (such as Absolutely Gluten Free original flavor), then top with homemade (sample recipe here) or store-bought Sefardi charoset.  Yum!  We were lucky enough to find made-in-Israel Sefardi charoset --Oxygen's version is quite delicious, though, unfortunately, it does contain sulfite and potassium sorbate.  Perhaps you can find an all-natural brand.

Moed Tov!

IMPORTANT KASHRUT NOTICE, Wednesday, April 23, 2014 (post-Pesach) update:
It turns out that only some, not all, of the Absolutely Gluten Free flatbreads and crackers are kasher l'Pesach/kosher for Passover.  Please be sure to follow standard kosher operating procedure and check every food product on an individual basis, even if they're made by the same company.  This is especially important regarding kosher for Passover products, as some of them may lose their kasher l'Pesach status between one Pesach and the next.


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