Lamb Chulent

This week we trying something new. Chulent, the delicasy of the Sabbath Day meal, cooked on a low heat over night, is usually made with beef. Healthy Jews use turkey, and we even were making some great buffalo chulent in Monsey. However, until our buffalo shipment arrives, I frantically searched for some fleish to put in the stew. Lamb! We’ll let you know how it was. Shabbat Shalom to all!

braising the lamb
Preparing the lamb
the rest
The fixings


The Fast Fast

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On the 10th of Tevet of the year 3336 from Creation (425 BCE), the armies of the Babylonian emperor Nebuchadnezzar laid siege to Jerusalem. Thirty months later — on Tammuz 9, 3338 — the city walls were breached, and on Av 9th of that year, the Holy Temple was destroyed. The Jewish people were exiled to Babylonia for 70 years….More recently, Tevet 10 was chosen to also serve as a “general kaddish day” for the victims of the Holocaust, many of whose day of martyrdom is unknown. – From Chabad.org

As someone who lost many family members in the Holocaust, the ability to assign a day for their death means that we can mourn for them. Jewish ritual of mourning is all about days and counting. Without a day, there is no way to mourn. So today I try to give some tzedakah, and think about being a better person, and I also mourn for all the relatives I didn’t know that perished, and the family that was never born,…


Happy Birthday Elvis, Friend of the Jews

I ain’t no saint, but I’ve tried never to do anything that would hurt my family or offend God…I figure all any kid needs is hope and the feeling he or she belongs. If I could do or say anything that would give some kid that feeling, I would believe I had contributed something to the world.
-Elvis commenting to a reporter, 1950’s.elvis

Today is Elvis Presley’s Birthday. Or it would have been if he were around to enjoy it and sing some favorites. Elvis grew up next door to traditional Jews in memphis, and I read an article by one of his Jewish neighbors about what a great kid he was, and that he would come over and help on Shabbos if there was something they couldn’t do.

There is lots of speculation that he had Jewish roots, but that is beyond my expertise. If anyone has any good links, lets post’em.

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On Second thought, or maybe on first thought

We all read last week how the Norwegian Finance Minister called for a boycott of Israeli goods. Her party had tried to get this into law three years ago. She told the press she long ago stopped buying Israeli. The Norwegian PM jumped to Israel’s defence saying that she didn’t speak for Norway or the current gov. So today, even Mrs. Boycott herself is looking to save her political life.

Finance minister Halvorsen apologizes after calling for boycott on Israeli goods

Bad timing: Norway’s Finance Minister Kristin Halvorsen, who touched off a storm after calling on her countrymen to boycott Israeli products shortly before Prime Minister Ariel Sharon suffered a massive stroke, has apologized for her controversial comments.

Trouble is that they have tied her apology to “bad timing”. Is there ever “good timing” for hypocritical and racist ideas?