Friday, April 11, 2014
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Thursday, April 3, 2014
Happy happy joy joy! A lovely package of Passover products from Osem was delivered for me to try out and review. Osem is an Israeli food company that is very huge in Israel. But here, only a few products are carried by my local markets, and until recently the only products I regularly purchased had been their veggie soup mixes.
Monday, March 31, 2014
Grandma, grandpa and aunt joined us to hear Sergeant olderSon speak to our synagogue's congregants and entire religious school about the IDF (Israeli army) special forces basic training, including the famous 50km march to Masada. He didn't go into any great detail of course, due to possible security issues and, more importantly, grandma in attendance, but he did have the students' full and rapt attention.
Afterwards, the students asked questions that only kids could ask, such as "how many times did you throw up during the march?" Others in attendance asked questions as well, including his former teachers.
At this point I have to stop and explain that Sergeant olderSon was not exactly the most attentive student in religious school (or any school for that matter), especially during Hebrew language studies. He barely learned enough biblical Hebrew to get through his bar mitzvah, but that was pretty much it. So when a few years later he made aliyah (emigrated to Israel), his former teachers were all were initially confused, thinking it must have been one of our other children instead.
Anyway, getting back to the present, one of the teachers asked sergeant olderSon something in Hebrew, to which he casually replied in Hebrew. Some people giggled because they knew what kind of student Sergeant olderSon was (see previous paragraph) and couldn't believe that he learned conversational Hebrew in such a short period of time. Others giggled because they understood her question and his answer. He then translated for everyone else:
Teacher: my daughter is also in the IDF ... would you like her name and phone number?
Sergeant olderSon: I have run into her a few times already ... we are Facebook friends.
So what does this all have to do with today's recipe?