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And the world goes round

Filed under : Judaism
On September 11, 2007
At 10:15 pm
Comments : 9

Today was a big day in New York and I didn’t really know what to write. But then I realized, it tied in with my theme o’the week, reflection. See, tomorrow evening begins Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish holiday that marks the new year, and it’s a time when Jews look back and forward, get whiplash, then eat a lot (you might recognize that last part from ALL Jewish holidays). As part of this, I looked at my post from last year. I remember writing it in like 15 minutes because I was running to Sister1’s for the holiday (running meaning running, getting caught in train doors, sitting for a while, etc.). Last year around this time was a frenetic period in general. I didn’t really have time for reflection. This year is much calmer. So, to reflect…




Don’t rush me! This stuff is hard. Luckily, I actually have ten days to think about it. In the meantime, I’ll explain the title of the post. Challah, as bread-lovers know, is usually in a braid shape. For Rosh Hashanah, though, it’s round symbolizing how fat we get over the holidays. Wait, no. Actually, it’s round like a crown to symbolize God as the King of Kings. But I like round because it goes back to that whole reflection thing: looking back, looking forward, as Michael Kay used to say on YES Network commercials.

This evening I braved the madhouse that is the local Kosher bakery and stood in a throng of people as such things were shouted as “Raisin! Plain! Whole Wheat with Raisin! Lady, that one’s too hot to touch. No, we won’t be making more tomorrow, they won’t get any fresher.” I finally got my round plain (I hate raisins and whole wheat weren’t ready) and took it home. A funny thing happened on the way to Rosh Hashanah, though.

eaten challah

I think I’ve changed a lot since last year and become a better person. Except for this. I’m going to have to work on this.

I won’t be blogging over the holiday but if I have time I’ll whip up one of those “magic advanced scheduled posts” for oooooh, let’s say, Friday. Shana tova, everyone! (that means happy new year, or, two chicks’ names).

I was sure I wouldn’t be able to use one of my favorite songs ever, Tool’s Reflection, because Tool songs are never available on download services. But I was wrong! The lullaby version is available. I know these are good because I got the Radiohead one for Baby Owen.
Tool Lullabies – Reflection


9 Comments for this post

  1. CajunQueen says:

    Happy New Year Becca!

  2. KP says:

    Happy new year Bec!


  3. carol anne says:

    Happy New Year Becca!

    I used to braid challah bread years ago when I worked in a bakery!

  4. Celia says:

    You hate raisins? What’s to hate? One of my daughters hates them, too. When she was very, very small, maybe a year and a half, she sat in front of a plate with a cinnamon-raisin English muffin on it and started insisting, “Open the toast! Open the toast!” Of course, this made no sense, and we said, “Open the toast???” To which she replied, “RAISINS OUT! OPEN THE TOAST!” She wanted us to pick out the raisins.

    Unfortunately, I love raisins and am annoyed that I have to leave them out of the challah, the kugel, the honeycake, etc. To add insult to injury, the OTHER daughter hates nuts. This makes for a very plain honey cake.

  5. Shana Tova Umetukah, Becca!!

    Celia? Make three cakes! More for you!

  6. Becca says:

    Thanks, everyone!

    Celia, I really only hate two things about them: their taste and texture. Oh wait, that’s everything. All sour and wrinkly and stretchy and chewy… blech, ew, etc.

    Hey, could you come and pick the raisins out of my lukshen kugel? It looked so good and I didn’t notice it had raisins till I got home.

  7. Arjewtino says:

    L’Shana Tova, Becca. Shit, I just got whiplash again.

  8. Becca says:

    Thanks, my Arjewish friend.

  9. Soxy says:

    That challah certainly looks better than the stale discs of bread we Catholics get.

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