Hey, all! It's Racheli, and my stomach is about to burst. I spent most of my Sukkot cooking in the kitchen, because where else would I cook? In addition, most laundry was off limits, so I had some free time. It's not like I have a life or anything. The truth is, I didn't leave Bet Shemesh because I'm terrified of getting stuck in traffic with five kids in the car. Someone suggested that I take them to the zoo, but I was like, why would I do that? I live at the zoo.
If you still have some brain space left that's not occupied with the most insane Presidential race in history, then you're probably wondering why I posted a picture of half my stove top. It's because I'm bored. And tired.
So here are the real reasons. First, I was too lazy to clean the other half. Second, on Shabbat, we had my husband's second cousin twice removed and her family over. What in the world does that mean?! What is a second cousin twice removed? Is that the same thing as a third cousin? Is it easier than saying, "My mother's cousin's daughter's from her mother's side?
We were talking about her new neighbor, who happens to be Breslev, and my husband asked her jokingly if she had a big "B" on her forehead, to which I responded, "No, she has the fire symbol in diamonds on her forehead."
This fire symbol is actually made up of part of Rebbe Nachman's famous phrase, "My fire will burn until the Mashiach." After saying that to him, it occurred to me that Rebbe Nachman and I have something in common. I realized that my fire will also burn until the Mashiach, because of all these holidays that I keep having to cook for. I hope the Mashiach comes soon, because I'm really tired of cooking.
How much can one woman cook? And shop? And suffer through two endless weeks of kids at home? Hmmm, it seems that I am a bit irritated. I went food shopping yet again right after Shabbat so I can spend the rest of today - you guessed it - cooking! What fun.
This has been a loooong month for all of us. And it's been even longer for all of you that don't live in Israel. The two day holiday thing is crazy hard! I gotta give you guys a lot of credit.
But the most credit and admiration goes to all you fine ladies out there. Without your hard work and major lack of sleep, most of us might be enjoying our holiday dinners with a can of tuna or a salami sandwich. Give yourselves a pat on the back. Better yet, treat yourselves to a massage.
All of you who have celebrated this intense month of holidays should know - your fire burns bright, too. Your souls are lit up from all of the spiritual energy that you've been connecting to, and this will carry you through an exciting year filled with every blessing you need. Very soon, G-d willing, we will greet our Mashiach together with great joy and lots of dancing!
Speaking of dancing, wishing you all a wonderful and joyous Simchat Torah!