Saturday, November 28, 2015

Tales from Thanksgiving Weekend

Wheat worries
Reminder to self:  Next Thanksgiving, ask to have your probably-bread-based stuffing and probably-wheat-flour-thickened gravy served on the side!  If the wheat products are served on the side, you can just offer your husband everything that you can't eat.

Showing my age :)
Our son, after my umpteenth trip to the kitchen:  "What did you used to do before there was a 'pause' button?"
Me:  "That's what commercials were for."

For our son's generation, commercials are mostly for fast-forwarding through.  :)

A quick visit to High Line Park
We busted our chops to get the pre-Shabbat (Sabbath) shopping, cooking, and table-setting done so that I could do at least a little something other than prep for Shabbos on the day after Thanksgiving, as it's just about the only Friday all year that my office is closed, other than on Jewish holidays.  The fact that this has been the warmest Thanksgiving weekend we can remember led us to choose some outdoor fun.  It was worth the subway schlep just to see the mural above.

Free-fly zone :(
Despite the fact that our apartment has screens on every window, and even though it's late November, we're still being pestered by well-identified flying objects.  I think--I hope!--I clobbered the last mosquito this morning.  But we're still being buzzed by a fly.  Sigh.

Don't even ask
. . . how much weight I've gain since Thursday's Thanksgiving dinner.  Tonight's the last hurrah of this holiday weekend--we'll be polishing off the cranberry sauce and our last mini-loaf of corn bread (courtesy of gluten-free kosher parve By the Way Bakery).  Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow, we diet.

To my American readers, I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving feast and weekend!


Anonymous Mr. Cohen said...

The Mishnah in tractate Avot, chapter 5, paragraph 5 teaches that in the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, there were ten miracles that happened all the time. One of the ten constant miracles that happened in the Temple was that flies were never seen there, even though it was filled with meat from sacrificed animals.

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Sun Nov 29, 10:27:00 AM 2015  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Let's just say that I credit our ancient sages (ChaZal?) with great imaginations. But I do tend to approach such unlikely stories with a grain of salt (which was probably used on sacrifices because it's a preservative).

Sun Nov 29, 12:13:00 PM 2015  
Anonymous Mr. Cohen said...

My dear Jewish sister, you are making a big mistake when you speak like that about our great Rabbis.

When you speak negatively about our great Rabbis, you sabotage and undermine the entire Jewish people, both spiritually and physically; that kind of talk causes greater damage to the Jewish people than all the terrorist missiles and bombs that ever existed.

You know not what you do; may G_d forgive you.

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Sun Nov 29, 03:03:00 PM 2015  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

I may not take my Judaism literally, but I do take it quite seriously. I have great respect for our rabbis and sages, who kept Jewish tradition alive through the worst of times.

Sun Nov 29, 07:50:00 PM 2015  
Blogger Hannah out loud said...


As I'm friends with an expat American from Tennessee ( sometimes conversing in French rather than English,so we can understand each other in a similar language, LOL) , among others, I tend to throw a little thanksgiving party. Sephardic style of course, so lots of food, wine and singing!

Mon Nov 30, 06:40:00 AM 2015  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Hannah, if you have room for two more guests (one a French-speaker), maybe we'll go to your place next Thanksgiving! :)

Mon Nov 30, 11:16:00 AM 2015  
Blogger Hannah out loud said...


Yes, I also disagree with Rav M on women's roles in Judaism and also in the approach to gay people such as myself. But, I'm an outlier on those issues, although I've always said the task is to tackle these issues within the "framework" or "toolkit" of orthodoxy (imho "with leniency").

In fact I'm not totally up-to-date with conservative Jews. I know in Britain conservatives are traditionally observant, but don't agree with orthodoxy in that they say not all of Torah was given at Sinai,a bit like open orthodoxy. I also was told by a reform friend that they're more like American conservative Jews than reform in the U.S.,so this blog will be a treat for me in getting a flavour .

Mon Nov 30, 12:13:00 PM 2015  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Hannah, I don't know whether what I've heard is accurate, but my understanding is this:
~ British Conservative Judaism is between American Conservative and American Orthodox Judaism
~ British Reform Judaism is like American Conservative Judaism
~ British Liberal Judaism is like American Reform Judaism

Then, just to confuse matters, we have the "born-in-the-USA"versions of Judaism. For further info, check out Reconstructionist Judaism ( and Renewal Judaism (> There are also the independent minyanim, which are unaffiliated (and grew out of the homegrown Chavurah movement of the 70s--see They don't really have a central website, but you might get some of the "flavor" at

Mon Nov 30, 06:21:00 PM 2015  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Oops--looks like the previous 2 comments both belong on the previous post. I'll try to copy and paste them there.

Mon Nov 30, 06:24:00 PM 2015  

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