Saturday, December 11, 2010
A very dear friend who used to live here came down with her family - her 13 year old son (born here) was having his Bar Mitzvah. Mitzvah literally means "commandment" (and Bar Mitzvah is "son of the commandment", while Bat Mitzvah is "daughter of the commandment). But mitzvah has come to mean a good deed, helping someone out - or, as a friend of mine said, something you do to that makes G-d proud.
So - my friend asked me to make rugelach - a very yummy cookie-type pastry of cream cheese and butter dough, rolled out in cinnamon sugar and filled with great stuff like mini chocolate chips, or walnuts and raisins.
I made 120 rugelach. Gave some to DH last night to keep him happy. Brought the rest to synagogue. Left the Bar Mitzvah early to set up the lunch with a few other women. And stayed late to put away food and clean up.
I have to add, my friend's 4 year old was the MOST adorable little boy! I introduced myself, and we talked for a while. Then I introduced my husband, and this little cutie says, "It's very nice to meet you." He sat eating his food, quietly leaned over to the rabbi and asked if he liked olives - the rabbi said yes - so the little boy quietly picked up each of HIS olives and put them on the rabbi's plate. Absolutely adorable little guy, we enjoyed him very much!!!!
All in all, a fun day.