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Can't We All Just Get Along? (And Eat, Already??)

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Just look at this disgusting picture. Okay, so it's not really disgusting. I'm just trying to convince myself that it is because it's the most carb-infested sandwich I ever saw. David had me make him baked ziti, which was already torture enough. Then, he decided that there weren't enough carbs in baked ziti, so he put it in a fresh baguette that he had me buy him. Then, he topped it off with Sriracha rooster sauce.


Enough about him. He can talk about himself as much as he wants on his own blog. So let's move on to me. I'm so mad at myself. Yesterday, I ate like a bear about to go into hibernation. The truth is, I do that every day. But yesterday, I ate things that I wouldn't normally go near, like those delicious rugelach that I have a perpetual love/hate relationship with. The problem is that I can't eat just one. I ate six (or was it seven?), each time getting more upset with myself, but at the same time rationalizing that I wouldn't be eating for 25 hours. Today I'm still a little bit mad at myself, because why can't I just have a little self-control?

But I'll put these thoughts on the back burner (he, he) and focus on the significance of today. Yes, we're mourning over the destruction of our two Holy Temples, and the many horrific and terrible things that have happened to the Jewish People over its very sad and persecuted history. And yes, we're all wondering when Mashiach will make his grand announcement and help bring the world back to love, peace, and unity.

We're all wondering why so many good people have to suffer in this world, why the best people get taken away from us, leaving orphans and a broken home. We're wondering why the world leaders are a bunch of self-centered, power hungry, evil idiots, and why Hashem lets them be in power. We wonder why some children are born to abusive parents, and others are born with debilitating health problems. 

We can't know the answer to these questions until the Mashiach comes and explains everything to us. But in the meantime, let's wonder something else. Let's wonder why we all fight so much. Let's wonder why we find it so hard to put aside our egos and try to see the other person's perspective. Let's wonder why we think that only our way is the right way. Let's wonder why we still discriminate against others because they're different from us.

Yes, we are all very different, with very different ideas of right and wrong, how to live, how to behave, what to believe in. Hashem knows that. He doesn't expect us to be the same. He expects us to recognize our differences and learn to work with each other, using those differences to bring us closer to our goals. He certainly doesn't expect us to use our differences to hate, judge, and be intolerant of one another. 

So why are we spending yet another year without our Holy Temple and our Mashiach? 

Let's answer that question with another question.

Why can't we all just get along? 

We don't have to love each other, and we don't even have to like each other. But let's work on treating each other with simple human decency, and respect that the other guy has a right to his opinion and ideas. Hashem doesn't expect perfection; He just expects us to behave like humans.

I hope that this will be our last year of our collective suffering, and with Hashem's mercy, we will celebrate the following year with our Mashiach in a world where we all respect each other and don't have to fast any more! 

To kick off the celebrations, I could think of no better way than drinking wine posting these delicious muffins that I made two nights ago. They're perfect! 

And.... I have a RECIPE!! See? The Mashiach is just around the corner!


Racheli's Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free, Oil-Free Pumpkin Walnut Muffins: 

  • 3 cups finely ground almond flour
  • 1/2 cup honey, agave, or Splenda (yikes!) 
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. fine Himalayan or sea salt
  • 1 T. of homemade or store-bought pumpkin pie spice  
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • handful of craisins (optional)

Mix the dry ingredients first, and make sure there's no lumps. Then, add the wet ingredients, mix, then add the chopped walnuts. After scooping the mix into the muffin tins, top the muffins with more chopped walnuts. Then try not to eat the whole bunch at once!

Let's hope the Mashiach gets here this year, because I've had it with fasting! 



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In Hebrew love really does mean treating someone with respect, giving, etc - so essentially by behaving nicely we are practicing ahavat chinam.
What a concept!
And the recipe looks great! If I only had the loach to get up and make them!!!


Awww...but fasting is good for us, right? 馃槈 Lol.

I'm not a Jew, but I pray every day for Machiach to come! I so desperately want peace and love to rule this world and for all the pain and suffering to end. May it happen today, G-d willing! May everyone have an easy, blessed fast. Shalom. 馃檹鉂わ笍

P.S. My trick to not eating what I shouldn't is to not bring it in the house. 馃槒


Mir, you're totally right. The western version of love is not necessarily the Torah's version, which is what you're describing. Just because you're not googly-eyed over someone, it doesn't mean you don't love them!
And don't worry about the muffins - maybe I'll bring you some after the fast! ;)


Tena, if only I were half as spiritual as you!! You're amazing! The problem is that if I didn't bring what I don't eat into the house, the rest of the crew would be starving! lol And yes, fasting is excellent for kick starting the metabolism and letting the body reach the fat stores so it can start burning through them. If a person can fast once a week, they would not only help tremendously with weight loss, but they would be healthier too!


Hi Racheli my holy sister, warm greetings from gulus (Brooklyn NY). If you don't know by now this is your favorite Pizza Store owner Bigjude. Listen you know I support you in all your rants and tyrades-hope I spelt that correctly- but running a negative article about Baked Ziti and beautiful white flour baguettes is crossing the line , they are the very fabric of our holy Jewish culture and without saying keep a roof over Davids head when he's in NY.
But being that it's Tisha b Av I'm going to forgive you ( but only if you bake us a batch of those Yummy muffins and FedEx them to us Asap) -Regards from Barb and all the kids -And PS - tell David I'm very proud of him and thinking about putting that combo on the menu. I might even name it after him.....


My holy Brother from Brooklyn, may the Good Lord bless you that all of your delicious baked ziti, ooey, gooey, doughy pizza, overstuffed calzones, linguini with cream sauce, and insanely delicious six types of lasagna (did I miss anything?) should not add an inch to anyone's waistline, nor a pound on their scale. I don't have to bless you that they should be the most delicious, because I know they already are! Yes, please name the sandwich after David- call it "David's Baked Ziti Baguette!"
Also, are you coming to Israel this month? I need to order a new car and a 6-person jacuzzi. I'm really not kidding about that new car. I need to order tail light covers. Can you bring them??
And for y'all that are in the Brooklyn area, go and visit Big Judah at Pizza Time! Enjoy a huge slice of melt-in-your-mouth pizza and send me a picture!! There's no better kosher pizza in all of New York!


I can't vouch for brother Judah's doughy delicacies, but his salads are off the charts. He's definitely a landmark not only on Avenue J, but in our hearts too - Brooklyn's address for pizza and emuna. Prayers for your success, Judahl'e...

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