Sunday, July 12, 2015

Snapshots for Sunday (and more)

An interesting entrance . . .

. . . with arches inside arches

Counting heads, literally
Every Shabbat (Sabbath) and Yom Tov (holiday), it's the same story--we rarely get a minyan in time for the Bar'chu (Call to Prayer), and must often skip the Chazarat haShaTz (repetition of the Amidah prayer by the Shaliach Tzibur/representative of the congregation/prayer leader) for the same reason.  It's just a matter of time before we don't get a minyan at all and must read the Torah reading from a printed Chumash rather than from a handwritten sefer Torah scroll.

And while we're on the subject of counting heads . . .

Some people are absolutely serious about refusing to bentsch (do Birkat HaMazon/Grace after Meals) :(
Start here.

"Why are you in such a rush?"  "Because we want to bentch while we still have a minyan."

In response, the questioner and one other person actually picked themselves up and left the shul building.

I was thoroughly offended.  


More bad news re goodies
My husband goes into By the Way gluten-free dairy-free kosher bakery to check their ingredients list, and finds that all of their chocolate products contain soy.  No more chocolate-chip cookies for him, and no more chocolate-chip mini-cakes for me.  Phooey.  :(

And to top it off, I don't like the taste of the palm oil in Enjoy Life crunchy cookies.

Which leaves a grand total of three items as my preferred Shabbat and Yom Tov treats:
~ Enjoy Life snickerdoodle soft-baked cookies
~ By the Way biscotti
~ By the Way almond cookies

Less-frequent favorites:
~ Macaroons
~ Homemade baked goods, which I hesitate to make too often lest I eat too many!  :)



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