I remember sugary cereals and rice crispies cereal and the desert we made with soft marshmallow mixed with rice crispies then lightly baked. We ate Blintzes on special holidays. Sometimes they were filled with ground meat and spices and sometimes they were filled with farmers cheese. My grandmother made the very best ones. We often ate the cheese filled blintzes with homemade applesauce and sour cream. My family never made any of the other flavors that you can buy these days and the taste was so much better than the frozen ones.
"On Purim we ate triangular pastries."
On Hanukah we had latkes which are potato pancakes made out of grated potatoes with onions. According to the recipe my cousin gave me, one drained as much of the potato liquid off as possible while saving the starch and adding it back in with an egg or two . Then oil was poured into a cast iron pan heated up and the pancakes were cooked as you might cook any other pancakes.
On Purim we ate triangular pastries stuffed with either a poppy seed filling or one of prunes. Although some might groan at the thought of prunes, they were especially delicious. They were triangular because the nemesis of the Jews, (Haman) wore a triangular hat and it seems to be the case that since he was destroyed, instead of Esther and her uncle and the entire Jewish community. Almost every Jewish holiday is celebrated with special food. Haman died and we ate pastries and were given noisemakers to drown out Haman’s name every time it was mentioned as the story was either acted out or read at the party for the children, every year.
All of this food and a very long list of foods from every Jewish holiday except Yom Kippur, has special foods associated with and sometimes rituals with how and when they are eaten. Yom Kippur is the day of private prayers, no food (24 hour fast unless you are sick or a young child) and no water or liquid for the period of the day. You are supposed to be asking for forgiveness for the wrongs you have committed in the past year and to be written into the book of life for the next year.
born, lived, cried, appreciated, lost, found, lived, laughed, flew in my dreams,
taught others to fly in their dreams, became a telescope reflecting the stars,
dove to the depths of despair ,recovered and walked along the beach as the water escaped from the sea and erased my footprints.