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There are mitzvot (plural of mitzvah) and there are mitzvot

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.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
EUPHRATES 12/12/2010 1:43AM

    And this is when I wish I knew more about my heritage. *sighs...goes back to reading "Born to Kvetch"*

Thanks for sharing!

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ILOVEROSES 12/11/2010 11:59PM

    It sound like you had a very happy day and congratulations to the Bar Mitzvah boy! He sure has an adorable brother!
How about posting the recipe for all of us. emoticon
Ania from Australia emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 12/11/2010 9:10PM

    How about the ones with raspberry preserves? Also very very good.

Love the story about the little boy contributing his olives: so sweet!!

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PHEBESS 12/11/2010 6:49PM

    When I'm eating the chocolate ones, they're my fave. But then when I eat the walnut and raisin ones, they're my fave!!!!! I think I just really like both!!!!!

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SAPNA. 12/11/2010 6:34PM

    I just love to eat the chocolate ones. Shabbas treat!

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