Those of us recovering? re-emerging? from having celebrated Pesach (no noodles, no bread, no pretzels, no oatmeal, no breakfast cereal except for ones that should be outlawed, no rice if Ashkenazi, no beans if Ashkenazi, no corn chips if Ashkenazi, no peanut butter if Ashkenazi, no popcorn if Ashkenazi and lots of cooking and food and meals) may be experiencing difficulty in reconnecting with the planet. I think a good night sleep tonight for me will help do the trick. More importantly, my kids finally return to school tomorrow, though my eldest sighs it was too short a break.
Any Pesach recuperators having a hard time looking at a potato?
Some great links:
- SuperRaizy hosted Haveil Havalim. I so connected with her post on childhood Pesach preparations – sometimes holidays bring out difficult times for families.
- My heart goes out to Baila, who has flown to New York to visit her dad who is not well. So difficult to see a parent suffer.
Update: according to A Mother in Israel, Baila’s father has died.
- Ilana-Davita recommends The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society and other books.
- Jew Wishes reviews Tales of the Ten Lost Tribes by Tamar Yellin. Having read Tamar Yellin’s book The Genizah at the House of Shepher, I’m sure this one is a worthwhile read, too.
I’m reading The Magicians by Lev Grossman. I finished Harriet Reisen’s Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women. It left me with great admiration for Louisa May Alcott – she worked hard to support her family (never married – she supported parents and sisters), volunteered as a nurse in the Civil War, and in an era when women had few choices of livelihood, became rich and famous. She unfortunately became ill in her middle years and died at age 55 probably of complications from lupus.
Feel free to talk about whatever you like, as long as it’s not rude. (the people who comment on this blog make the world seem like remarkably polite folks – what a group of mensches, that is, good, polite folks).
14 thoughts on “Post Pesach Pause”
what do you think of The Magicians? I enjoyed it. Like a grungier grownupier Harry Potter…
I found the Louisa May Alcott book held my interest much more, but I’ll finish the book.
Thank you for the link. I might try The Magicians when I want something different.
I lke your photo; both the colors and the size.
I also enjoyed your paragraph about the people who comment on your blog.
That paragraph about people who comment was written totally on a whim – sometimes those work out!
Glad you enjoy the photo. My kids were with me, and they protested as soon as they saw my camera. “You are going to take forever,” they say.
All of Highland Park looks like that this week – many blossoms. Next week the blossoms will fall.
My father is having trouble remembering tat Pesach has ended and is surprised every time I give him bread.
I felt a little strange cooking spaghetti last night – something about my kitchen still felt like Pesach.
May we all be privileged to share besurot tovot, yeshu’ot, and nechamot (good tidings, salvation, and consolation).
I’m not 100% sure, but I seem to recall that Tamar Yellin went to my college at Oxford (so did Rupert Murdoch). I haven’t read any of her books, though.
I think you would enjoy The Genizah at the House of Shepher, Daniel. It’s about a codex that is passed down in a family. The main character is a biblical scholar. I’ve been thinking of re-reading it.
I am anxious to read the Louisa May Alcott book, and am glad you had positive things to say about it.
Thank you for the link. I enjoyed The Genizah at the House of Shepher, and Tamar Yellin did not disappoint me with Tales of the Ten Lost Tribes.
I was certainly more glued to the Louisa May Alcott book than I am to The Magicians, which I still have not finished.
The blossoms are so beautiful. You asked if I have deer that might eat my tulips. We don’t have deer in my neighborhood, they are in the subdivisions that are newer than mine and are further out. I have seen squirrels dig up my bulbs so that could be the issue with some of the tulips.
Ah, you are lucky not to have the deer issues. A few blocks closer to the railroad tracks it is very difficult to do any gardening.