Monthly Archives: December 2016

Wish

 

        W  I  S  H

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💝

 

I’m not sure what this word says, but I hope it’s something nice. At least, it’s what we can wish.

 

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Ba’ach

 

Ba’ach (Randyjw; December 29, 2016)

 

mishmesh b’d’vash

kishmish b’ashishah

shnei yoshvim al

ha’karkah ba’ach

lischak et hamischak

sheshbesh zeh nikrah

 

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Apricots in honey

Sultanas in cakes

Two sit on the floor

by the fireplace

to play a game

backgammon it’s called

 

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Randy’s Recipes: Banzai Bowties

 

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Banzai Bowties (Randyjw; December 29, 2016)

 

 

Banzai

 

A hungering need sends me

insensibly seeking consumption

myriads of spices

in pyramids’ reflection

 

Irreverently beckon

its scent fragrant

and unlessened

the lessons of life’s

mysteries

Insistingly strengthened

 

Banzai — that’s why!

It’s the only thing

that’s said to work

when the rest is left

unshouted to the sky!

 

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Randy’s Recipes: Banzai Bowties (December 29, 2016)

 

Based on a true story. The scent of curry wafted sweetly to my olfactory senses, as I opened the cabinet door upon my kitchen spice shelf. There was no choice but to combine these bowties I’d planned to make kasha with, a Jewish dish of buckwheat, toasted in a coating of egg wash, mixed with cooked bowtie-shaped pasta (gentlemanly, to note the least) with the curry. What else? Penne, by any other name, would have seemed no substitute.

 

I could’ve used some of the remaining coconut I’d toasted for my Chanukah latkes, but that thought didn’t cross my mind. Instead, I selected the trusty standby, peanut butter (thank-you, peanut butter), and my newest purchase, Ponzu. What was I thinking? What was I going to do with this ponzu? And why did my fingers type the beginning of two mysterious letters not even that close to each other on the keyboard as if it should shout?

 

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Randy’s Recipes: Banzai Bowties (December 29, 2016)

 

Ingredients:

 

Bowtie pasta, cooked and drained; or others, to preference

Indian curry powder, to preference

Peanut butter, to preference

Ponzu, to preference

 

Mix well and enjoy!

 

8 Yums Up

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Banzai

 

Banzai (Randyjw; December 29, 2016)

 

A hungering need sends me

insensibly seeking consumption

myriads of spices

in pyramids’ reflection

 

 

Irreverently beckon

its scent fragrant

and unlessened

the lessons of life’s

mysteries

Insistingly strengthened

 

 

Banzai — that’s why!

It’s the only thing

that’s said to work

when the rest is left

unshouted to the sky!

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Little Doll

 

Little Doll (Randyjw; December 29, 2016)

 

Arrived in its gift wrap

shiny and new

little girl loved it

through years as she grew

 

It never was fancy

it came without bother

no excess enhancements

no wardrobes and other

 

the staunchest supporter

was steadfast and true

through ease or disorder

she stuck there like glue

 

She had no thoughts to say

in her love strong and pure

Just reflecting the way

others thoughts thought they were

 

No trite string-pulled greetings

No milk bottles fed

just packed into sheeting

and moved to where led

 

The years passed less kind

on both girls real and doll

what fate had in mind

for both each took their toll

 

the patches grew larger

the fabric wore thin

the seams could no longer

hold everything in

 

the moving and shuffles

had torn past repair

now gone were the ruffles

the girl had sewn there

 

And each time the wheels

of the suitcases turned

Both objects could feel

that their love had been spurned

 

A little more worn

for the wear and the tear

And neither were born

to those found in their care

 

Now void of the features

that brought them to life

the delicate peaches

of cheeks now gone white

 

The stains that stayed ground

and would not wash away

the others now found them

good cause for dismay

 

The pleasure conferred

was good only complete

And now what they offered

was deemed rather effete

 

Their visages ravaged

the stuffing pulled out

New models undamaged

which still held their clout

 

They could clean, they could cook

they could even give birth

Their incomparable looks

were like heaven on earth

 

With their mansions and stables

and the multi-storied homes

their toy-storied fables

were flouted and sown

 

Their repute and their dignity

were torn fast asunder

they learned love with impunity

to be downfall and blunder

 

Its not for themselves

to close love at the door

but they sit on the shelves

so that others have more

 

The lives they were meant

to live happy and free

with smiles never spent

for the family-to-be

 

For both surely knew the love

locked in their ticking

sewn by the One above

for their self-picking

 

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Happy Chanukah!

Original Post Date: December 5, 2015

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One of the highest precepts of the Jewish religion is to “teach children in the way they should go”. Education has been a guiding principle of our people for thousands of years. In that spirit, and in the spirit of spreading a little joy and light at Chanukah, I share with you some selections from YouTube about Israel — and of Chanukah around the world, in song, for you to share in the culture of the Jewish people — the ancient, the old, the new, the ones imprinted on our souls throughout our dispersion. Hope you’ll learn, share, and enjoy with us:

STYLE:

Israel: (https://youtu.be/6Q4XL4oRIRE)

Hebrew: (https://youtu.be/E9HCOX1f3H4)

Russian: (https://youtu.be/OFodbrlqbJI)

Moroccan: (https://youtu.be/rkIc1adgD_M)

Yiddish: (https://youtu.be/KxH0xF84h_0)

Children’s: (https://youtu.be/KgFyCPs2XmE)

Iraqi: (https://youtu.be/1kbxkwv0JUU)

Sephardic: (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6ByJHOhVUQ&list=RDM6ByJHOhVUQ)

Breslov: (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcCHkSWzmS0&list=RDGcCHkSWzmS0)

(In English):

New/Original: (https://youtu.be/HQHFwgnnGBE)

Translated: (https://youtu.be/G_bAqvYedIM)

Medley/Dance: (https://youtu.be/fqEQy6l1kzc)

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Breakfast Is Served

 

       H  A  P  P  Y     C  H  A  N  U  K  A  H   !  !  !

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Chanukah First Night (Randyjw; December 24, 2016)

 

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Breakfast Is Served (Randyjw; December 25, 2016)

 

On The Menu:

 

Black Coffee With Cardamom And Cinnamon

 

Scrambled Eggs With Melted Provolone and Parmesan

 

Latkes With Assorted Toppings: Clockwise From Left: Blueberry Compote With Cardamom Coffee, Cinnamon, and Wine; Raw, Shredded Coconut; Sauerkraut; Toasted Coconut; and Vegan “Sour Cream”

 

 

Inspiration and motivation found from Dolly at:

 

https://koolkosherkitchen.wordpress.com/2016/12/08/but-hannah-did-not-have-potatoes-latkes-with-a-tropical-twist/

 

     H  A  P  P  Y     C  H  A  N  U  K  A  H  ! ! !

 

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