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its always divine
To offer in rhyme
The oft strong opinion
Of little miss minyan
Given whenever there’s time.
Photos on headstones are popular with Russian people – of all faiths, including Judaism.November 10, 2016 2:02 pm at 2:02 pm in reply to: Pareve versions of dairy foods are not worth the calories. #1191060
Winnie: Thank you so much for taking the time to post your recipe. It is chock full of yummy ingredients, so how can it be anything else. I shall try it in the very near future. I can picture my wonderful son-in-law eating it and nodding “yes”.
Lightbrite, there is always enough dessert, so drop by anytime. We love guests at the table.November 9, 2016 10:45 am at 10:45 am in reply to: Pareve versions of dairy foods are not worth the calories. #1191057
WinnieThePooh, when you have the time, I would absolutely love to have the recipe. I am always looking for something new and interesting. My son-in-law has a real sweet tooth and dessert is his favorite course of any meal. In fact, dessert – for him – is often the main course.November 6, 2016 10:59 am at 10:59 am in reply to: Pareve versions of dairy foods are not worth the calories. #1191046
Winnie, please don’t tease us. Post the recipe please.
Yichusdik – yes, still proudly Canadian. I have relocated from Winnipeg to Toronto and I am still trying to decide if I like it here. Shabbat Shalom.
I’m composing a new little ditty
So this name will show up bright and pretty
I’m giving a bump
To the top it will jump
So you’ll all the chance to be witty.
I’ve jumped in the fray once again
I now type, no longer use pen
Thoughts must be concise
You can’t do this twice
This separates boys from the men.
Once again I’ll try my hand at rhyme
Though I miss the mark half of the time
My thoughts keep on coming
The metre I’m humming
This lack of content is really a crime.
There are a lot of familiar names in this thread. I took a hiatus of several years and hadn’t noticed many names that I know. So this is where you have been hanging out. I was posting several years ago in the limerick days – hence my subtitle. I am not too terribly late to wish everyone a very happy and healthy year.
Joseph, thank you. I have been lurking for awhile and finally I had something to say. It is nice to be back.
When I went to Israel a few years ago, I was fortunate enough to be there for Purim. The tour leader had told us to bring costumes if we wished and that we had the opportunity to attend the Megillah reading on Erev Purim. Most of us chose to go to shul but not all of us came in costume. However, one woman in our group walked up to a woman attending the service and gave her a huge compliment on her wonderful costume. The woman replied that she was not wearing a costume but that she was an observant Amish woman on a pilgrimage. Luckily, the “costumed” lady was not offended and shared in our laughter. BTW, Purim in Yerushalayim was like no other Purim that I had or have ever experienced. Wonderful experience!
metrodriver, the official Canadian way of spelling is the same way as the the English way:
neighbour – not neighbor
colour – not color
centre – not center
cheque – not check
However, Canadian society is so strongly influenced by American culture, that these days, anything goes. Most Canadian television is beamed in from the US via cable so a great number of Canadians even watch US newscasts and often know more about what is ocurring in the US than in Canada. Reading the newspaper one can often find a mixture of both spellings. It is really hard to know know which is correct these days although I believe that the teachers are still teaching the British way of spelling. I think that the only place you could be guaranteed of finding “proper” Canadian spelling would be in hansard.
metro, were you raised in Canada? If so, where did you grow up? Soon we will be playing Jewish geography and find out that we are first cousins.
Twisted – pick up your next assignment from the 3rd felafel vendor on the right hand side of the street closest to the King David Hotel in Jerusalem. You will recognize him by his red Greek fisherman cap with a yellow button on it that says “Shalom, welcome to Israel”. After you buy your second felafel from him, he will know you have come for an assignment. He makes the worst felafel in the country and nobody ever buys a second felafel from him, except for agents. After you receive your assignment check in with Miss Moneypenny (whoops, wrong story), I mean Miss Cohen. She will tell you where to report when you have your mission accomplished.
The CR page had been the same since sundown on Friday night. This place is closed on Shabbat and nothing on the page changes until after Havdallah (I assume in the US Eastern time zone).
Well, I am Canadian and probably have as much in common with our UK posters as I do with our American posters. I spell ( or I should) like the Brits and I understand your governmental ways far better than I understand the American way of governing. The great thing is that we still have so much in common – all being Yidden. So, I take this opportunity to wish you all a Shevuah Tov.
I haven’t been around much for the past couple of weeks as I have just not had the time. But I missed this place and hope to be able to be here more often.
Mod 42, now you have me confused. I was always under the impression that you traveled by EMU to CAMEL, and now you tell me the complete opposite. Please reconfirm at your earliest convenience.
zahavasdad, I disagree with you. Not everyone has a choice of where they end up living. You can be the only Jewish family in town and still be “ON the derech”. It depends on the kind of life that you and your family wish to live. It will be a lot more difficult to be frum in a small town than it is in New York, but it can be done. I know people who have done it and they have to be given a lot of credit. When you can’t swing into the local grocer and pick up a kosher chicken or some hummus but must plan months ahead and order frozen meat, you have to be very devoted. A lot of frum people from big cities might stumble in a small town yet others manage very well.
Astrix, you CAN make it happen. You might surprise yourself. Talk the idea up with your friends. Speak to a few (younger) rabbis. I think you may find a rabbi who will come on board – perhaps even offer his shul for the shindig. I think its a terrific idea and as you can see by the reponses here, many others think so, as well.
This reminds me of the very old joke about the lady who thought the CD rom on her computer was a coffee cup holder. I volunteer to donate my Keurig to the CR because I want a newer model with a larger capacity water tank.
Airies, these marriages don’t all fail. I know of several cases of intermarriage where after several years, the partner became very interested in Judaism and eventually converted. All of these couples had a chuppah and became active, as families, in the shul. In 2 cases, the converted husbands ended up becoming president of the shul. They daven beautifully – one of them reads Torah as if he has been doing it all of his life and the other often leads the mincha/mariv service.
Soliek, unfortunately you cannot “save” everyone and you cannot take everything so personally or you will burn out. Obviously kiruv is very important to you and you should put your efforts where they may be able to do the most good. I can’t understand why an organization wouldn’t want you. Have you considered doing some work for Jews for Judaism? They are a wonderful organization and have been able to “rescue” many Jews from misguided messianics who have them convinced that their brand of xtianity is actually Judaism. I think you would be a wonderful asset to their work. Don’t be so diheartened. You do the very best that you can and that is all that can be asked of someone.
zahavasdad, I can just imagine what kind of “pisks” these children will have when they are older (if not already). Then the parents will say “where are they picking up such foul language and bad habits from – it must be coming from their school.”
One of my late father in law’s favorite sayings was ” a woman searches for a long time to find the perfect man and then spends the rest of her life trying to change him.” Unfortunately, his own son was unchangeable.October 31, 2011 9:48 pm at 9:48 pm in reply to: how long do you have to be in the CR to be "one of the guys"? #823000
To really be part of the “in” crowd around here, you must be generous and supply us with donuts and very good coffee at least once a month. After a few months, you may be voted in on a permanent basis. At least that’s how it was for me.October 31, 2011 9:42 am at 9:42 am in reply to: Is it halachically wrong to give Tzedakah to a known addict? #824513
Aries, I completely agree with you on that point. I would never give cash to an addict, but I would offer to buy him/her a meal or chat with him for awhile to recommend a rehab program or ask if he wishes to be put in touch with someone from an organization such as JACS.October 31, 2011 2:01 am at 2:01 am in reply to: Is it halachically wrong to give Tzedakah to a known addict? #824511
Sam2 – if that were true, then all of the frum organizations should stop accepting donations from non-frum Jews. Unfortunately, they could never afford to do this because the bulk of their donations come from just these people. I recently read an article – can’t remember where and can’t quote any stats – but the gist of it was what I have just stated. BTE, I am not saying that you believe this – you even said that “there are some who claim”. As Jews, we are all in this thing called life, together. We really must stick together because there are so many that would like to destroy our nation. Sometimes, when I read the news on many frum websites and see how much space is devoted to (for lack of a better word) sect upon sect violence and fighting, I begin to think that we will never be able to stay together as a Klal. We seem to be doing a fairly good job of destroying ourselves. I never seem to read about Protestants against other Protestants, etc. Why do you think there is so much of this infighting amongst Yidden? (boy have I gone off topic)
I know about this light green man. He got that way when he ate some bad chopped liver at a Bar Mitzvah. Some caterers forget to keep it refrigerated and it can wipe out an entire simcha.
Mazel Tov. May your boys continue to bring you and your entire family much nachus. As I said, on a different thread, last week I attended an upsherin for the first time. (Kapusta, does that sound better??) I thought it was extremely meaningful and of course for me, very interesting. The party and the food were nothing to sneeze at either. As I told the parents, I was very honored to be included in their simcha.
brotherofurs, you say you would never think of writing like that, but you just did. You said “her grammar didn’t affect me for the bad”. Then with a run on sentence (and an uncapitilized “I” you introduced a new and grammatically incorrect second thought.October 30, 2011 9:32 pm at 9:32 pm in reply to: Is it halachically wrong to give Tzedakah to a known addict? #824509
Sam 2, it shouldn’t even matter if he/she is Torah observant or not. The fact that the addict is Jewish is all that matters. His parents are just as upset as frum parents and he needs just as much help as a frum person. We are all from the same Klal and should be obligated to help each other when needed.
Zees et al, you should all make aliyah to the Pacific Northwest. I think you would quickly tire of dreary days. I grew up in Vancouver and didn’t anything different than a lot of dreary and rainy days (but at least you don’t have to shovel rain). As much as I love Vancouver, I don’t know if I could live there now. I know that I couldn’t afford to live there now, but finances aside, I think that all the rain would depress me. Where I live it is usually sunny, even when it is bitterly cold. You need sunglasses for driving year round, particularly in the winter when the glare from the sun on the snow can be blinding.
charlie brown – why can’t we drink if the kiddush is in the CR? Is there some law that I don’t know about regarding drinking and typing? To date, I have never been charged with a DWT.
Popa, I have been thinking about your good fortune all day. I think (and I believe that many would agree with me) that in honor of this auspicious occasion it would only be fitting and proper that you should sponsor the kiddush this Shabbas at your shul.
I completely agree with BaalHabooze. We are so proud of you and you didn’t even have to learn a Haftorah to become so “honored”. From this day forth and edict shall say that “henceforth on each ensuing October 26 (or 28 Tishrei, if you wish) an online celebration shall be held in CR at precisely 8:00 PM (EDT)”. In fact, should you choose 28 Tishrei as your celebratory day, if it falls on a Monday or Thursday, we may even take out a second Torah in your honor. What an achievement!! I am kvelling.
And what happens if “nature” calls during the davening and one of the 10 needs to leave for a few minutes? Does the entire minyan take an intermission? This is one reason that I have often heard that the 11th person in the minyan is very important.
I asked for it. I suppose I should do more proof reading.
It seems that not much has changed since I trained – and I graduated in 1977. When I was doing my rotation in OB, the nurse that I was teamed with was from one of the Caribbean islands. My instructor was from the same place and knew the nurse personally – this ended up being to my advantage. In those days I used to wear a very tiny gold Mogen Dovid around my neck. The first day I was on the ward, the nurse that I was teamed up with said “I didn’t know that any Jews were nurses. I thought that you all went to university for a year or so and then got married. I know that none of you have to work because you are all rich.” I was so stunned that I had no reply (which for me is highly unusual). Fortunately, my instructor was right around the corner and had heard all that had been said to me. She stepped over and asked me to leave for a few moments. She gave the nurse such a “what for” that it was impossible not to overhear her. She let her know that she had made a complete idiot of herself and that there had been Jewish students in every class since the nursing school had started – 10 years earlier. Then she really let her have it about the “all Jews are rich” line. Anyhow, when I came back the next day, I was paired up with someone else and I never again laid eyes on this woman.
I have something interesting to report. I attended my first ever, upsherin on Sunday. I was very honored to have been invited and found it very interesting. Fortunately the young boy co-operated and kept smiling even though there was a long line of strangers (with scissors in their hands) just waiting to take a “snip” and pay the pushke. Thanks for letting me share.
Queen Bee, please do not go. We need your caliber of people around here. You are so intelligent and have so much to offer all (well nearly all) of us here in the CR. You offer so much support for so many people and your wide range of knowledge only makes me look for more of your posts. Certainly, Health was way out of line for the insults that he threw at you and your way of dealing with him was amazing. I am willing to be his “kicking post” if it means you will stay.
Okay Health, fire away. I am Conservative and I guess you know what goes with that title. It suits me just fine – I daven at shul 7 days a week and love it. Have I given you enough ammunition so that you will leave Queen alone and allow her to continue her wonderful contributions to this forum? BTW, I don’t write novels, but I do read them and many of them are also not what you would consider kosher.
Mommania, from what you have written, it seems to me that getting him interested in a Birthright trip may be the best thing to do. However, there is an age limit – I think the cutoff age is 26, but I may be wrong. Although the trip itself is not very long, many young people elect to stay on in Israel for at least another month. Of course those that stay have generally travelled with at least one friend. I don’t know if the Birthright/Taglit office will assist in matching you with a room mate for an extended visit. If he has been seeing this young lady for quite some time, a trip of just a couple of weeks would probably not break up the relationship. Do you know if his family has any plans to talk to him about this situation or to ask him if the girl involved might be prone to converting to Judaism? It is a difficult situation and I commend you for taking an interest.
Last year I read an article about Hallowe’en. It seems to have lost most of its attachments to religion. This article also said that more homes are decorated for Hallowe’en than for any other holiday – because it is now considered a non-religious holiday and crosses the boundaries of many different religions. I know that when I was a kid, nobody decorated homes for Hallowe’en and in the past 20+ years it has become such a big deal. Some people really go all out. Of course, the person who invented orange leaf bags with faces painted on them was brilliant. Because this is the time of the year that people are raking up their leaves anyway, at least they can now be used for decor.
I feel as if I have been inserted into one of the early scenes in the Mel Brooks movie “Young Frankenstein”.
I would like to add my comments – Kapusta is a terrific person. She can often see (and explain) both sides of a problem or a discussion and can make her points without offending anyone. I hereby would like to nominate Kapusta to the post of CR Ima.
Health, it isn’t necessary to be quite so technical. Its obvious he means that this unfortunate woman arrested twice and was B’H’ successfully rescuscitated.October 18, 2011 2:58 am at 2:58 am in reply to: What to do to the chazzan who takes too long for hallel #818601
Personally, I love Hallel – the longer the better, because at my shul that means more singing and the tunes we use are beautiful. The Chazzan could take a half hour and it would be fine with me. I love any holiday that has a full (as opposed to Hatzi) Hallel.
Not only why do they call themselves MO, when did they begin calling themselves MO? When I was growing up, there were either Orthodox or Conservative Jews (there was no Reform in western Canada yet). I never heard the term MO until just a few years ago.
PBA is simply an illusion. If you go through some of the older threads you will find that all of his posts have vanished into thin air without the aid of the Mods. You only THINK that you have read something written by him but it is only in your fertile imagination. There is no Popa_bar_abba. Nobody would have a screen name that is so difficult to type – with underscores, yet.
This is also the reason for the difficulty establishing whether or not he has a spouse. He had one but she is beginning to vaporize.
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I don’t use my PayPal account to buy “thin air”.
Toi, if many American cities can have streets named Martin Luther King, why shouldn’t Israel have one named Messiah King?
yoya, it is worth every Arab prisoner in Israel for the life of one Jew.
Doctored Cake Mix
1 – box of cake mix
1 – 4 serving size pack of instant pudding
3/4 cup cold water
3/4 cup oil
Beat every thing together until smooth – this should be easier if you add the eggs, one at a time. Bake in a greased bundt pan at 350 for 50 – 60 minutes. Let cake cool a few minutes in the pan and turn out onto a cake rack to finish cooling.
Use the same flavor cake mix as pudding.
For lemon cake, add 1 tsp of lemon flavoring and some lemon rind, if you wish. You can also add just under 1/4 cup poppy seeds.
For chocolate cake, add 1 tsp. vanilla and add about 3/4 cup chocolate chips if you want
For orange cake, add 1 tsp. of orange flavoring and some orange rind.
If you use a spice cake mix, add butterscotch pudding.