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Monday, 01 May 2017


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Rebbetzin Channen's first article answers her second article. Rabbis Arush and Brody are constantly saying how you can't learn Emuna until you get to Israel. Why? Like her second article said, everything is crazy in Israel. Everyone's yetzer is going crazy getting them to worry about everything from being a frier to terrorism. That's much more opportunity for tests of Emuna. Basically, her second article told me I won't really learn much Emuna in Australia.


That makes a whole lot of sense, Pinney!

Elena Kuchik

My sister (who lives in Devver) and I (Tzefat, Israel) - were both in tears after reading Rav Brody's article "Put the Humus". Its about our parents..and our grandparents.
I want to share a short story about my grandmother Feiga Etya bat Michel. She was born at 1928 in Soviet Russia. Attended Idish non-religious school till 14 when the WW2 started. They went to evacuation and after the war she started working. She wasn't shomer Shababt, although she making a lot of dough and baking halot and danishes for Shabbat. She wasn't 'frum' (i really don't like this word) - but she would not eat anything on Yom Kippur and always buy matzot for Pesach. When my grandfather was niftar at the young age of 50, my then 47 year old bubby Feiga secretely had miniyan in our house to say kaddish and observed his Yortzai every year since then. I am pretty sure the main reason i became observant later in life was bewcause of her. She didn't know all the mitzvot - but like people in the story was very strong on minhagim, some of them very strange to me. More than anything my bubby loved to feed her kids and grandkids. She would do anything, spend hours cooking delicacies and buying expensive new fruits at the market to make us eat. There was one exception. As a child I loved fried cabbage filled danishes that my friends shared with me. When my bubby was baking her danishes with poppy seeds, cherries, farmer cheese , blueberry - I asked her to please make some with fried cabbage. i was shoked to hear 'no'. 'This is gooyish" - said bubby Feiga. No matter how i asked she didn't agree. I don't know why she thought it was goyish..cabbage is not pork; but what I think is - her mom never made them; her grandma never did too. They used cabbage all the time to make cabbage rolls. Bu not danishes. That is what their 'gooyish' neighbors did - and there has to be a red line, a minhag, what connects you to previous generation.
After a while i realized she wouldn't budge and stopped nagging her. Fast forward 30 around 30 years. My bubby was already niftar for several years. I had my own family and 6 kids. The coleslaw mix was on sale. We got several bags. Then chala baking day came Thursday. I remembered my craving for cabbage danishes. i will do it myself - why not ? I fried onions in oil, added cole slaw mix. Fried some more. I put the mixture in the chala dough and rolled. i put it in my gas oven on a foil. 15 minutes later in our living room fire alarm turned on. I smell smoke. I run to the kitchen . The oven (inside) is all on fire....The oil spilled from the danishes, on the foil and from it straight on the gas fire....I am home alone with my 3 year old. i turned off gas..Fire still on. 5 minutes passed..Fire still on. House is rented. Its very embarrassing (we lived in completely jewish neighborhood) but i call Fire department. they come and helped me. The whole street staring from the window. My 3 year old very excited - fire fighters in our house!Boruch Hashem no damage to the house...And then I got it..the message from hashem..."Its because i didn't listen to my Bubby!!!!!" Tradition!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(i almost here Tuvia the milkmen singing it right in my living room". So, yes, "put the hummus away"....and "Put the cabbage away from my danishes'' :)


What an amazing story, Elena! Thanks for sharing!

Elena Kuchik

Thank you, Racheli :) I hope Rabbi Brody will get a chance to read it too..its so similar to me to the story in his article..the idea ;)

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